Monday, October 22, 2012

Underland Chronicles (Books 2-5)

Title: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Author: Suzanne Collins ; Read by Paul Boehmer
Publisher: Listening Library
Series: Underland Chronicles, Bk 2
ISBN: 0307282686
Length: 6 hours, 34 minutes ; 6 discs
Obtained: Library audiobook copy

Comments:

After reading Gregor the Overlander, I had to read more.  Once I started this one, I was just as caught up as I had been with the first book.  I had some issues with one of the discs skipping and jumping backwards, but I finally made it through.  It can be so intense with some really dramatic scenes.  At one point when a shocking death occurred, my mouth dropped open, and I had to tell my coworker about it.  I was all, "This is a kids book for, like, 10-12 year olds!"  (Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it isn't age appropriate just... very intense.)  In any case, by the end I was so caught up I decided I had to read book 3 immediately.




Title: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
Author: Suzanne Collins ; Read by Paul Boehmer
Publisher: Listening Library
Series: Underland Chronicles, Bk 3
ISBN: 9780739353950
Length: 7 hours, 48 minutes ; 7 parts
Obtained: Library downloadable audiobook copy

Comments:

Immediately following my reading of Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, I got on my computer and downloaded this book.  I put the actual audiobook on hold too, but I couldn't wait.  I didn't intend to stay up until 4:30 in the morning listening to it (and of course it had to be longer than the rest), but I couldn't just stop either.  I started book 4 the next morning.




Title: Gregor and the Marks of Secret
Author: Suzanne Collins ; Read by Paul Boehmer
Publisher: Listening Library
Series: Underland Chronicles, Bk 4
ISBN: 9780739364826
Length: 7 hours, 17 minutes ; 6 discs
Obtained: Library audiobook copy

Comments:

Unlike in the first three stories, Gregor does not have a specific prophecy to follow, or at least not yet.  But it's not like there is much he can do in the Overland over his summer break.  Not with the fresh scars across his legs and body.  While Gregor starts this book without any overt pressure, the story becomes increasingly intense as it goes.  There are even parallels with holocausts and concentration camps (highlight to read - somewhat spoilerish).




Title: Gregor and the Code of Claw
Author: Suzanne Collins ; Read by Paul Boehmer
Publisher: Listening Library
Series: Underland Chronicles, Bk 5
ISBN: 9780739364864
Length: 9 hours, 4 minutes ; 7 discs
Obtained: Library audiobook copy

Comments:

This
is the last and most intense of the Gregor/Underland books.  Each book has loss of life, but the loss in this one was so MUCH.  I was sobbing through parts.  And the ending!  I couldn't get this out of my head.  I really wish there were more; I wasn't ready for it to end.  But there you are... I'm glad I at least took the journey.

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