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Publisher's Summary

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Rick Yancey’s gripping epic, read by the actors Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.
On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.
©2013 Rick Yancey (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Zafar on 03-05-16

Great Book

I actually only got this book after i saw the movie trailer and decided to get it before i saw the movie. The book isnt bad. Telling the story of two teenagers after an Alien invasion. Its also part romance which i wasnt expecting but its not too much. I would definitely recommend. Hopefully the movie lives up to the book. Gotta get the second part now.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 10-26-14

I suspect it will split opinions

I've got to say I liked it, I'm glad I read it, but I suspect this one will split opinions. This is a decent story with the narration split primarily between two of the young, teenage protagonists. And this is the crux I think of why some will like it and some will struggle. If you're comfortable with the teen-movie like delivery of the narrators then I think you will enjoy it very much. It's a gripping story that, consistent with the apocalyptic theme pulls few punches.

I think those who find the current teen-movie style a little grating may not find this so easy to like. Yes, okay I admit it I'm one of those who are maybe a generation or two older so it's not my favourite style and it did grate on me at times. But, this is the story of young adults cast into a tough situation so it makes eminent sense to write it this way and while it's been some time since I felt qualified to comment on how a teenager thinks these days it felt realistic enough to me. The characters, particularly Cassie, trying to come to terms with all the normal things teenagers have to get to grips with on top of the slight inconvenience of an alien invasion.

There are some clever twists and turns in the plot, plenty of points at which you are left guessing, occasional humour and some good interplay between the characters giving it enough depth to be entertaining, exciting and a worthy piece of entertainment. I don't see it winning any prizes but it's a very decent listen.

Hormonal teenagers with M16 assault rifles . . . you don't need the aliens to make this one scary for us parents :-)

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4 out of 5 stars
By Steve S on 04-05-15

Enjoyable and a bit different.

Wasn't expecting much here as it's not something I would normally listen to and it was a sale item. But I enjoyed it and recommend it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By debra on 01-19-16

Oh Dear...I was tricked!

Would you try another book written by Rick Yancey or narrated by Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza ?

Yes...0nly if it was aimed at a more mature audience. I thought the two narrators did a great job

What will your next listen be?

Something that is not so schmaltzy..and more grown up

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Although the narrators were obviously young ...they were very natural there were no 'stupid' voices and I enjoyed their performance...I'm thinking if they were not so good I wouldnt have finished the book!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 5th Wave?

oh that doesn't count cos this book is aimed at a much younger audience

Any additional comments?

This book reminded me of a mix of The Twilight Saga and the Hunger Games...totally different genres but had a certain similarity

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4 out of 5 stars
By The Lazy Book Reviewer on 01-13-16

Highly Entertainging Listen

The Fifth Wave delivers a well written and intelligent tale of the end of the World. I continue to be amazed at the fresh and entertaining books coming out in this well trodden Genre of late.

I have to admit I had mixed feeling when I started reading this book as I though I had stumbled across a booked aimed at the Teen and Tween market. Thoughts of this was quickly pushed aside as the author delivered a well thought out and intelligent narrative. Sure the main characters of the book are teenagers but their is nothing PG about this book.

What I really like about this book was the "wave" concept that is used to spell the end of humanity. This concept was fresh and frightengly did not take to much stretching of the imagination to believe. Looks like the is another series I am going to have to read to the end.

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