Candor

  • by Pam Bachorz
  • Narrated by John Lavelle
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight A's, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant - perfect - through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar's built a business sabotaging his father's scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they're turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks? Then he meets Nia, the girl he can't stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure...and more.

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Good background listening

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to this book while doing yardwork. It kept me engaged enough while still allowing me to focus on manual labor tasks. The characters were somewhat weak and under-dimensional, but I was interested enough in the storyline to keep listening. It's a decent listen if you're doing other things. The target demographic for the writing level/style is perhaps age 12-14.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting was the interactions between Oscar and Nia. The least interesting was the character of the father, whose actions kept imposing on my suspension of disbelief.


What does John Lavelle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice was well suited to achieve the 'teenage' vibe of the book. I thought he did well, speaking at a good pace and distiguishing the voices so that I could tell which character was speaking.


Do you think Candor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I would probably listen to a follow-up, as I was unsatisfied with the ending. But I wouldn't pay more than $5 for it.


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- lyst

Cloying - and I'm usually not too critical

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am a very easy going audible listener - I like almost anything - so I wanted to make sure I reviewed this because it stands out to me as a particularly bad audiobook. The story itself has the potential to be interesting but the writing is juvenile. I have nothing against YA fiction (Hunger Games, for example, is amazing, as well as a book called Dare Me that I recently tried). However, in this case, it felt very dumbed down. Additionally, and, again, I am not usually too picky about my audible books, the narrator really bothered me. Mainly because every female that he gave a voice to sounded like a weird Valley Girl/Mall Chick bimbo - even the heroine of the story, which I am sure was not the author's intent. It was basically just an annoying listening experience so I wanted fellow listeners to be warned.


Has Candor turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all.


Would you be willing to try another one of John Lavelle’s performances?

Perhaps - I think the issues were mostly with the material. But I won't seek out a book narrated by him just to hear him (as I do with other readers).


What character would you cut from Candor?

Honestly? They were all pretty one dimensional.


Any additional comments?

Sorry - I don't want to be mean - I just want to help people to have a good listening experience. Overall I really enjoy audible.

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- Jennie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios