Audiobook Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Posted January 9, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 29 Comments


Audiobook Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Book: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Article Type: Book Review, Audiobook Review

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About the Book: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 Audiobook Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Read from January 05 to 06, 2013

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating 4.75
Story Rating 5.00
Character Rating 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: This was a fantastic story that I was totally surprised I liked so much!

Story Talk:

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

This book has been reviewed a thousand times so I thought I would approach it a little differently. I am not really a YA reader (only 12 out of my 205 read books for 2012 were YA). This is going down as one of my favorites. There was zero angsty drama, zero triangles, and the story was fantastically rich and full. Even though the story starts with Once Upon a Time, it is not your typical fairytale retelling. In fact, it has all the elements but then takes you on a journey that you won’t soon forget.

Character Talk:

“Do your kind even know what love is? Can you feel anything at all, or is it just… programmed?”― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

The whole cast of characters were very well done! The only draw back (if there was one) was the quickness of the end of the story. I felt that all the characters were in 1.5xx time. They felt rushed so I did a little bit too. Plus, I was left wanting more about 2 particular characters (not saying who) and so that was the only reason for a slight knock down in the rating in that area.

Audio Talk

Narrated by Rebecca Soler/Running Time 10 hrs and 6 mins

I highly recommend this book in audio format. Rebecca did a great job with the pacing, voices, and emotion. I will be continuing this series on audiobook.

Final Thought: I recommend Cinder to any reader young and old alike!

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Felicia S
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29 responses to “Audiobook Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

  1. I felt the same as you did about this book. I don’t like the teen angsty mambo jumbo and this one was refreshing because of the omission. I JUST hear that each book in the series will be a take on a different fairy tale. I’m kind of confused now. I want to know about Cinder.

  2. hmm, you liked Cinder.. I may have read/listen to this one…. I’ve heard great things about it, but since I rarely read YA, I never paid too much attention. Thanks for the great review, I’m off to check it out on audible… Book Savvy Babe

    • I loved Cinder because it read a little less dramatic than most YA (or at least YA that I have tried). It doesn’t have a big romantic element which probably helped because it was more about Cinder and her struggle/awareness. It was such a unique spin on the fairytale.

  3. No angsty drama or love triangles? YES!!! I’ve had a copy of this book on my shelf for awhile now, but after all the hype…I was kind of scared to read it. At the same time though, you know I read a lot of YA, and the idea of one that doesn’t adhere to the popular tropes is very appealing. Glad to hear that you liked it so much!

    • None! I am telling you this was the type of YA series that I can get behind. I am even using one of my audio credits for the next one Scarlett (next month). It is different and the ending will leave you wanting BUT well worth it!

    • I was glad that there was very little romance. I thought it was appropriate for it to be more “crushy” than “love forever”. I expect it to grow into that (this is Cinderella) but I am glad they didn’t go there first!

  4. This was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2012 and I can say it didn’t disappoint! I just got the ARC of Scarlet in the mail and I can’t wait to dig back in. I was disappointed in the ending as well and the other thing that bugged me about this one was the way CInder backed down to her stepmother at the end it didn’t go with her previous behavior. Still it was very creative and fun. I am super excited for Scarlet!

  5. Felicia, I’m so excited that you loved this book. It’s really one of those books that will appeal to a large audience. The ending was a little abrupt. Once I figured out how Marissa Meyer is writing the series romance-wise, it makes sense. Even if it’s not what I wanted.

  6. YEAH!!!! So glad you loved this one Felicia! It was a favorite of mine last year as well, and I can’t wait to see what you think of Scarlet! I read it recently and LOVED it. I was worried since it introduced a whole new character and her story and I really just wanted more of Cinder, but it all worked perfectly in my opinion:)