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The 5th Wave

Series: The 5th Wave, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Rick Yancey’s gripping epic, read by the actors Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

©2013 Rick Yancey (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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Not for me.

Maybe I'm getting too old for YA. Maybe it just sucked. I finished it hoping it would get better. It didn't.

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  • debra
  • vermont, Australia
  • 19-01-2016

Oh Dear...I was tricked!

Would you try another book written by Rick Yancey or narrated by Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza ?

Yes...0nly if it was aimed at a more mature audience. I thought the two narrators did a great job

What will your next listen be?

Something that is not so schmaltzy..and more grown up

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Although the narrators were obviously young ...they were very natural there were no 'stupid' voices and I enjoyed their performance...I'm thinking if they were not so good I wouldnt have finished the book!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 5th Wave?

oh that doesn't count cos this book is aimed at a much younger audience

Any additional comments?

This book reminded me of a mix of The Twilight Saga and the Hunger Games...totally different genres but had a certain similarity

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Good story idea but boring

I love YA genre but this book feels a little young. I love the story idea but I found myself bored in a lot of the chapters. I didn't find myself excited to listen to it like I usually am with my favourites. Finishing it feels like a chore

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Highly Entertainging Listen

The Fifth Wave delivers a well written and intelligent tale of the end of the World. I continue to be amazed at the fresh and entertaining books coming out in this well trodden Genre of late.

I have to admit I had mixed feeling when I started reading this book as I though I had stumbled across a booked aimed at the Teen and Tween market. Thoughts of this was quickly pushed aside as the author delivered a well thought out and intelligent narrative. Sure the main characters of the book are teenagers but their is nothing PG about this book.

What I really like about this book was the "wave" concept that is used to spell the end of humanity. This concept was fresh and frightengly did not take to much stretching of the imagination to believe. Looks like the is another series I am going to have to read to the end.

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100% loved this book!!!

I really didn't think i would enjoy this book but I purchased it as it kept coming up in my recommended sections. I absolutely feel in love with it and was always wanting more.

great book!!

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Excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed it

Would you consider the audio edition of The 5th Wave to be better than the print version?

I don't know, because I can't read for long stretches any more, especially novels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I wasn't expecting there to be so many main characters regardless of the fact that the Book is supposed to revolve around Cassie. I loved all the main characters for different reasons. To me the story revolved around these four and they were all equally as important as each other to my great surprise.

What does Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

They both read very well, but they or the production team needed to work on the voices of individual characters to break them up more and make them WAY more distinguishable, on occasion because if you're not paying attention, you can get confused as to which character is speaking, especially during a chapter change, but it's not only chapter changes you have to watch out for. This unfortunately was a huge flaw for me after just being spoiled with the incredible job one person did with the maze runner trilogy characters. You didn't even have to think twice as to who was saying what with James Deakins reading. That's just constructive, they still didn't excellent job.

Any additional comments?

An excellent well written book if you like this kind of genre like I do, but at times there was too much overlap and repetition which was very unnecessary constant backfilling. It didn't detract from the Book it was just something I personally found annoying at times which I know that other readers don't have a problem with. These are minor picky flaws but that's why I gave this story four stars but overall five, the concept was a clear winner for me.

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I liked it more than I thought...

I listened to this book as it was set by my book club. I loved that the book was read by two people - female roles read by Pheobe and male roles read by Brandon. It enabled me to stay in story and feel more of the emotion as it felt more real in the correct voice. I watched the movie a couple of years ago and wasn't sure if I'd like the book so I always put it off. I liked it a hell of a lot more than I thought I would. It's a very similar storyline to the usual 'alien invasion' stories but with twists and turns you don't really see coming. As soon as I finished I bought the next one I needed to continue the story!

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Great story

I couldn't stop listening. The dialogue was brilliant. What happened to Evan? Was he sacrificed?

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Captivating Story let down by narration

It was a captivating Story but the narration was haphazard in many places. There was no clear distinction between characters thoughts vs their actual speech, so you're often left wondering if they said things out loud to other characters or they were just thinking it. I agree with the other reviews in that there was a lot of unnecessary repetition but that's more q problem with the actual prose of the novel. Otherwise , an interesting story.

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Really enjoyed this book

Looking forward to the next book in series, really enjoyed storyline and the light humor

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  • Zafar
  • 05-03-2016

Great Book

I actually only got this book after i saw the movie trailer and decided to get it before i saw the movie. The book isnt bad. Telling the story of two teenagers after an Alien invasion. Its also part romance which i wasnt expecting but its not too much. I would definitely recommend. Hopefully the movie lives up to the book. Gotta get the second part now.

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  • Simon
  • 26-10-2014

I suspect it will split opinions

I've got to say I liked it, I'm glad I read it, but I suspect this one will split opinions. This is a decent story with the narration split primarily between two of the young, teenage protagonists. And this is the crux I think of why some will like it and some will struggle. If you're comfortable with the teen-movie like delivery of the narrators then I think you will enjoy it very much. It's a gripping story that, consistent with the apocalyptic theme pulls few punches.

I think those who find the current teen-movie style a little grating may not find this so easy to like. Yes, okay I admit it I'm one of those who are maybe a generation or two older so it's not my favourite style and it did grate on me at times. But, this is the story of young adults cast into a tough situation so it makes eminent sense to write it this way and while it's been some time since I felt qualified to comment on how a teenager thinks these days it felt realistic enough to me. The characters, particularly Cassie, trying to come to terms with all the normal things teenagers have to get to grips with on top of the slight inconvenience of an alien invasion.

There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, plenty of points at which you are left guessing, occasional humour and some good interplay between the characters giving it enough depth to be entertaining, exciting and a worthy piece of entertainment. I don't see it winning any prizes but it's a very decent listen.

Hormonal teenagers with M16 assault rifles . . . you don't need the aliens to make this one scary for us parents :-)

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  • mrStat
  • 17-08-2015

Loved it

Very rare to find an audiobook to transpose so well to multiple characters and plots without feeling lost or confused at certain junctures, a really nice read to follow cassie as she works her way back to a life lost.... An immersive read, very wall played.

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  • Paul
  • 24-01-2015

Not just for young adults

I am a 53-year-old man and I bought this without realising it is a YA book. Actually I found this to be one of the most enjoyable books I have read or listened too all year. The writing is excellent: the characters are well-developed and interesting; the plot is very engaging; and it is very funny in places. My ten-year-old daughter loved it too so this is quite a feat that Yancy has pulled off. The performances are excellent too - it is such a good idea to have both a male and female reader. We have just bought the second book. My daughter has first dibs of course!

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  • Valarie Saturn
  • 07-03-2019

strong beginning

I watched the film before I listened to this, and I thought it was fine, so I was excited to read the book. I have to say, it has a very strong beginning. It does a good job at introducing Cassie and setting up the dangers she will face later on. The relationship she has with her little brother Sam is very heartwarming and you can really understand her motivation to save him from the ‘Others’, and I found her heroism very admirable and inspiring. The writing for the beginning is very strong, and it’s always interesting seeing a genre like ‘apocalyptic world’ in a new and unique way. However, the middle is when it starts to become a depressing ride. It’s not that it’s badly written, far from it, but it really drags and when the narrator (who I think really does a good job at telling the story), changes to some other guy to voice her love interest, Ben, I found his part of the story really boring to be honest, as I found Cassie’s story far more interesting. To conclude, I have mixed feelings on this book. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, I just thought it could’ve been something better. I might skip the sequels, which is a shame, because I love sequels and Sci-Fi.

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  • WildOneKate
  • 17-09-2016

Film vs Book

I saw the film before I 'read' the book and I am massively impressed with how similar the two are. The book is funny in a post apocalyptic way which helps keep the story light and gripping. The readers are fantastic and really helped me visualise the characters. The only down side is that there is a section where three male voices are the narrator and I struggled to identify if it was Nugget, Ben or Evan speaking. But otherwise an excellent book.

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  • Samantha
  • 27-06-2016

very good

love it, well written, well read, it kept me in suspense and quiet witty to. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • jessica gadsden
  • 27-03-2016

Amazing

I love this book so much!!! Recommended it loads to all my family and friends

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  • Andrew
  • 02-03-2016

excellent book

loved this book. it was a tad predictable in places but a fantastic premise and a fantastic performance by the actors

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  • Richard S.
  • 13-02-2016

great story

I will defiantly read second book in the series, assuming that there will be one.

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  • A. Banner
  • 13-01-2016

Good story kept me gripped

Good plot with a few twists well read looking forward to the movie now and the last book in the saga to be released as an audiobook.

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