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Publisher's Summary

John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him.
But you can’t run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about – and who care about him. Never in John’s short life has there been space for friendship, or even love.
But it’s just a matter of time before John’s secret is revealed.
He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next...
©2010 Pittacus Lore (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca on 01-12-11

Listen to a sample before you buy

With "I Am Number Four" being made into a Hollywood blockbuster, and with what appeared to be an interesting storyline, I was eager to add this title to my growing audio book collection for the commute to and from work.

The initial premise is good: 9 Lorians and their Keepers escape to Earth from their home planet, only to be hunted down by the Mogadorians. The Lorians can only be killed by the Mogardorians in numerical sequence. John Smith, our hero, is Lorian Number 4, and with when One Two and Three are killed, he knows it's only a matter of time before they come for him.

I wish I could tell you more about the story, but in all honesty I stopped listening at chapter 4. The narrator, Adam Kaplan, drove me insane and is the sole reason I stopped listening to this book. His 'normal', John Smith voice is barely tolerable (while I know that this is a YA book, Kaplan's almost Valley Girl tone for John grates after awhile) - and the voices he uses for the female characters and other male characters was enough to make me rip my earbuds from my head in disgust (Although his Henri - gravelly, French - is wonderful). I urge you to listen to a sample of the book before you spend money on it. I myself will be heading down to the library to find a hard copy version so I can find out what happens to John without Kaplan's annoying voice in my head.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tegan on 06-05-12

Worth the listen, but the narrator doesn't give sh

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A great novel, but sadly the narrator destryed the strong women characters for me... made them out to be pathetic.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 11-20-10

Amazing!

This book was amazing and gripping! I listen to books at night; I am only 19 and love my audio books. I find it hard to find books I like more to my personal favourites like The Hunger Games and the Boy Solider books but this one really did put up a good fight! I was up for hours on end just wanting to know what happens next! Well written and well read, I highly recommend this, I cannot wait for the film in February 2011 and the second book 'The Power of Six' 10 out of 10!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 07-28-11

Easy listen

I'm giving this 4 stars, not because it's a brilliant story, but because as a young adult / teenage read it's fine! A superman-meets-Percy Jackson, which although predictable in the "alien boy falls in love with human girl" kind of way, it's still a very easy listen, and will undoubtedly appeal to the young adult market. I agree with one of the previous reviewer's comments regarding the kissing....although I have no aversion to the act, there is a tad much of it here, and it does become a little nauseating after a while. It's better than a 3 star, but it does fall short of 5 in that it's just a little too predictable.....

The introduction states the authors name, and then that the book is PERFORMED by Adam Kaplan (as opposed to "narrated by"), and I have to give credit where credit is due - he's pretty good! He sounds like a teenage boy one minute, and then a fifty year old Frenchman the next, and this does make listening easier when it comes to identifying who is who....

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 07-17-15

Kids stuff

The story was immature, too many holes and lack of continuity. Though it was science fiction the story lacks a level of realism or believability. Stories I read have to be logical , people's actions in different circumstances were odd.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Caleb on 04-18-17

lame book

The voice that Adam used for girls was terribly annoying.
If you think this is a good book then you need to read/listen to more. Then you will realize how bad this book is. The movie was way better.

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