Audiobook Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa MeyerAuthor:  Marissa Meyer

Narrator: Rebecca Soler

Genre: Young adult, science fiction, retelling

Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners (audiobook); Feiwel & Friends (physical book)

Audiobook length: 10 hours, 6 minutes

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

The book:

Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella in a dystopian, Asian world in which Cinder is a freaking cyborg! How cool is that?! I was a little nervous for this one just because of the huge amount of hype surrounding this series, but I honestly wish I would have read it years ago! I feel like there isn’t much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said, but let me point out a few of my favorite things:

– Queen Levana is exactly what a villain should be like – manipulative, creepy, horrible, and just deliciously evil.

– The way Meyer took this well-known and sometimes overdone story of Cinderella and completely transformed it into her own story was amazing. Yes, sometimes you’d be able to predict what was going to happen, but for the most part, it just read as a quick nod to the original story and then she’d take it somewhere else. It was fascinating.

– The world that Meyer has created is incredible, original, and all around captivating. I just wanted to know EVERYTHING about it. The politics, science, technology – all of it was SO cool, and I was completely engaged with the story and world from the beginning.

– There were a few parts that felt a little long/drawn out, and the main reason I’m not giving this a TOP rating is because I figured out the big “twist” pretty early on, and while I definitely didn’t want to stop reading because of that, it made reading/listening a little less fun.

The audiobook/narrator:

I absolutely LOVED Rebecca Soler’s narration. There were a few times in the book that I think would have…bored me during the story but her narration kept me completely enthralled and I didn’t want to stop listening for a second. I wanted to start the next book right away.

The bottom line: I can’t believe I waited this long to read Cinder, but I’m glad I finally did. A fascinating world, wonderful retelling of Cinderella, perfect villain, and fantastic writing all mix together to create a book I didn’t want to stop reading for a second. I figured out the twist early on, but the book was so good I didn’t really care that much.

Rating: 8 – freaking fantastic

I’m participating in The Lunar Chronicles Read Along hosted by the lovely Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide!

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8 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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  3. This sounds like so much fun, but I too have avoided it because YA isn’t usually the first thing I pick up and that hype train is LONG. Maybe I’ll change my mind! 🙂

  4. I’ve seen so many people loving this book and have wondered if it was the hype or if it was really up to par. I guess I’ll give it a shot if I ever get caught up.

  5. I am SO glad you enjoyed the book so much and that the hype didn’t kill it for you! It’s so hard when there’s so much hype out there.
    I LOVE how original the story line is! It was so great to see the Cinderella base and specific references in there but that it was really its own book.
    I really loved Rebecca Soler too! She did a great job, I think. I’m re-reading them all on audio and it’s so much fun!

    • I think Rebecca Soler does a great job! I’ve got all three of the next books checked out in audio to read/listen to on my vacation at the beginning of September. I know I’ll be super ahead for the readathon, but I really want to marathon them on a road trip!

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