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The Compound

Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"Dad asked me if I wanted to see more of the Compound. I didn't. We would have to wait fifteen years before it would be safe to go outside. Which left more than enough time to see the rest of the Compound.

"Our new world. A world I would soon hate."

Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can't get out.

He won't let them.

©2008 S.A. Bodeen (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"The audience will feel the pressure closing in on them as they, like the characters, race through hairpin turns in the plot toward a breathless climax." ( Publishers Weekly)
  • 2008 Parents' Choice Recommended

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  • Leslie
  • 17-04-2014

The Compound

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend it! I only for the very twisted ending

Would you ever listen to anything by S. A. Bodeen again?

Yes!!

Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first.

Did The Compound inspire you to do anything?

Stock up on canned meat!!

Any additional comments?

This story left me reeling. You just don't know who to trust, or how far someone will go to fulfill a social experiment.

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  • Ana
  • 08-09-2017

Messed up.

Bought this because we were reading it in school, and it's nice to hear it as well as read it. Let me just say, this book takes messed up and brings it to its own whole new level. That is coming from someone who really enjoyed The Hunger Games. I'm appalled that our school would have us read it. If you want to know why it's so messed up you can keep reading for spoilers.

SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT.

The dad is holding the family captive and he's making the mother have kids for the family to get to know but then force them to eat. It is sick.

END OF SPOILERS.

All in all it is well written if you can get passed the grotesque parts of the plot. I did enjoy how relatable Eli is, and how it all ends. I do not fail to see the brilliance embedded in the work. I just found it particularly messed up and hard to get past.

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  • Lillian
  • 24-02-2018

Category TEEN

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I believe the younger generation would find this book very interesting ! I bought this book without checkin category did give low ratings but would rather not rate this book . I am 85 and found no interest in the story line .

Would you ever listen to anything by S. A. Bodeen again?

Believe she writes for teens .

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator did a fine job

Any additional comments?

I feel this story is a great book just out of my area of interest

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  • Jonathan Riley
  • 14-02-2019

Great young adult book

I love the story and the twists as they slowly show up through out. You don’t really even know what’s going to happen until the last chapter and I love that. Check it out.

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  • Daniel
  • 01-12-2018

okay but slow beginning.

only gets good last 2 hours. very slow beginning. wish the whole book would have been like the last 2 hours.

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  • Laurelle
  • 16-11-2018

love it

love it this is the greatest book I've heard
great buy please buy love it

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  • Tim Erickson
  • 02-07-2018

Interesting story, at times repulsive.

The story was not an easy listen, dealing with moral issues and deceit. Not one of Christopher Lane's best narrations.

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  • Brede
  • 26-05-2018

Great Listen

this is a very interesting and enjoyable book to listen to. Some of the other reviews said it was weird and odd. But I found it very entertaining and very enjoyable definitely worth a listen very very good.

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  • J. Bengt
  • 20-05-2018

Unique storyline

I read this story years ago and loved the unique storyline. It stuck with me enough that when I saw it in audiobook, I knew I wanted to read/listen to it again. The story didn't disappoint even the second time around. Eli is an interesting and sympathetic character. It may be a 'teen' story but it's got a lot of meat to it.

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  • Aaron Villarreyna
  • 19-05-2018

Great Book, lots of twist

it was one of those books that you cant put down once you start it.