Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Audiobook Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


Series: Shatter Me #2
Narrator: Kate Simses
11 hrs. 57 min.
Unabridged
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published: 2/5/13
Source: Library
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it's almost time for war. 
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. 
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. 
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. 
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
My thoughts:

I'm glad I read the prequel and it did set things up nicely for this book. So, do get to that one first if you can. And yes, this one does set up things for the dreaded love triangle. I don't like triangles, but I don't have the aversion to them as others have when immediately hearing a series or a book has them. I've actually read good triangle books but I will concede that they are few in number. And how do I feel about this one? I'm not sure. It is too early to tell, but so far I'm intrigued by how it is set up. In some ways it makes sense depending on who Juliette decides who she IS in the end. She is still a child, growing and learning so she has things to think about. Even though she gets jumbled up in her head and needs to leave that space more often, she still finds a way to figure out, in baby steps, who she wants to become as she learns more about her world. Now, that I do appreciate and that is really what drives me along in the book. The triangle for me is just another way for her to explore herself more even if you might get frustrated with her confusion from time to time. It is good to remember her formative years were quite stunted.

I admit this one took me a while to get though. It was no fault of the book, and I was always glad to get back to it, but I also didn't have a problem letting it go from time to time. Still, by the end of the book I was very curious to how Juliette would progress and how all her friends fit in it.

I give this audiobook 4 stars. The narrator, Kate Simses, does the voicing of the various characters well and it is easy to get lost in her telling of the story. I really like how they took this visual book and made it work in audio. I do think I'll continue this one on audio if I can and it does look like the library has the next two. I do recommend the audiobook format.

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48 comments:

  1. it's great that you're enjoying the audio format. I really need to read book 1!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have been so far.

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  2. I know everyone gets tied up in knots over love triangles but the way you described this one is so right. It's another way that Juliette is learning about herself and figuring out who and what she wants to be.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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    1. Aw thanks! It seems like in that perspective it works.. so far.

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    1. Go for audio if you can. I really think it makes the difference here.

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  4. I just finished this one too and loved it! I read the novella that comes after too and it was okay, not as good as Warren's but still good. I need to read the last book but I haven't quite prepared myself for it yet. ;) Wonderful review!

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    1. Oh I'll have to seek out that novella as well. Sounds like that one isn't as necessary. :) Good luck on the last one! :)

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  5. I really like a good love triangle, but it should be really good one! Can't wait to start this series.

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  6. I've always been curious about this series! The covers always catch my eye :)

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    1. Pun intended? ;) I also like this series of covers.

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  7. I do have an aversion to love triangles lol

    I didn't love the first book - more because of the writing and Juliette - than the lt though.

    For What It's Worth

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    1. I'll have to find you a good one and then tell you that you are wrong when you hate it. LOL

      I think it helps on audio because I can see me getting more irritated with Juliette otherwise. The writing is unusual so I like it because of that.

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  8. I wish I could get into this series, but I wasn’t thrilled with the first one. Besides I know how the love triangle settles out so I figure why bother at this point>

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    1. I've avoided that knowledge but I can see how it will go and I'm not surprised. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing. I'm not really a big fan of love triangles, but you're right, some can be done well.

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. Still on the fence about this series. Glad it was a four star--gives me something to look forward to if I pick it up!

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  11. Interesting about her having to decide about herself before deciding about the love interest. Makes sense. Good to know that the prequel should not be passed over if I decide to go for it with the series.

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    1. I think it goes together. I think the novella helps here.

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  12. I wasn't into audios when this released, but I bet it was fun to listen.

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  13. I'm not a fan of love triangles as well, but there are ofcourse a few that were good. Haven't head about this series yet honestly, but I think I will like it as well. I'm glad you enjoyed this audio version Melissa. Great review!

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    1. I'm not a fan either, but I don't have the same aversion as others. I'd love to see if you enjoy it too!

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  14. I've only listened to one audio book and I'd rather read the book personally.

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    1. I like to listen when doing activities. Some just don't ever care for it. :)

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  15. Eeeeep! You are making me so excited to get to this series! I'm with you; I don't have an immediate aversion to love triangles. I like them when done well.

    Great review.

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  16. Nice review... not my thing, but I do love the cover. Very cool! (haha)

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    1. Yea, probably not for you. :) I also love the covers.

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  17. So glad the narrator did an amazing job with the voices. I sometimes have a hard time with audiobooks because of this. Sorry that it did take you a bit to get into it, but it sounds like for the most part it was a winner

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    1. Yea, a narrator can make or break a book in a lot of cases. It was good here.

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  18. I might have to see if the library has this in audiobook. Though I still struggle to get into it

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  19. I haven't read any by this author, I think after reading your review I would make sure I read the prequel first xxx

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. Read it in order as well. Don't skip the first book!

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  20. This is one of my favorite series, and I can't wait to get more about Warner and the others soon-ish, Melissa!
    I dread love triangles, too, but in this series it actually worked for me. And it worked really well, too!
    I hope you'll keep enjoying it :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  21. I love this series, Melissa! I think I may have to do a re-read with audio! I'm happy you're enjoying it for the most part. I felt like Mafi did an excellent job with the plot, world building, and character development. And even though there is a triangle, it works for the story. :) Lovely review! I'm excited to reminisce as you read the series. :D

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    1. Oh do try the audio! I think it made a difference for me and if you already loved it... :D I will continue! :)

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  22. I wasn't a fan of the love triangle in this book either, and how it all plays out. I do think she has some better character growth in the third! :)
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

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  23. I couldn't finish this book for some reason :(

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    1. I wonder if the audio makes a difference. For some books, it can make a difference in keeping me interested. I don't know why!

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  24. Glad to hear you enjoyed this, even if it took a while to get through. I'm not usually a fan of love traingles either, but I did like the one here. Mostly, because as you said, I thought it helped demonstrate the character development in Juliette, which is one of my favorite aspects of the series as a whole. Hope you'll enjoy the last one! :)

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    1. Yep, this is one of the few, so far, that I have enjoyed. Will audio the rest! :)

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