Shatter Me : Shatter Me

  • by Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by Kate Simses
  • Series: Shatter Me
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time - and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.

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Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!

I avoided purchasing Shatter Me for months. In fact, I first became interested in the story when I read a review from an author I admire who loved Shatter Me. But when I tried the sample on Audible.com, I thought the narrator's voice sounded whiney and I couldn't get past the "scratch out" noise.

Then I kept finding new authors I enjoyed, and when I would read their blogs, many of them raved about Shatter Me. So then I put it in my "wish list" category and it sat there for months. I just couldn't get past the sample offered.

Finally, I downloaded the book , being too lazy to research a new book and settling on just choosing from my wish list. WOW! What was I waiting for? Shatter Me is exciting and such a good listen - - probably more so for females as far as following the main character's erratic thought process.

The narrator's voice is not whiney at all. I think the sample doesn't do Kate Simses justice. Yes, her voice is higher pitched, but after a moment or so, it's not at all annoying. And the narrator does a great job interpretting and relaying Juliet's (protagonist) internal thought process and emotions. The narrator also does decent male voices - - I just finished two separate books with horrible male voices by a female narrator so this is quite a relief.

Further, the sample (and another review on here) give the impression that the entire story is going to be full of the "scratch out" noise. I interpret this noise to be Juliet's mental stopping or scratching out of her thought process to redirect herself in a different way. In the beginning of the story, Juliet's mind isn't exactly in the most stable place, so her thoughts are more jumbled and the "scratch out" noise happens more often. However, this noise is not as overwhelming or distracting as I thought it would be, and eventually, you don't even notice it at all.

As for the story itself, it's terribly romantic - - not in a horrible gushy way, but in an appropriately steamy way. I love the relationship between Juliet and Adam. But I especially love how the antagonist (Warner) really complicates matters. I have my suspicions as far as his significance, and I can't wait for book 2 to see what happens with him.

I think the author does a great GREAT job of keeping the reader (listener) guessing as far as what Juliet's "issue" is, as well as the current state of civilization (don't want to give away spoilers) as well as a whole array of twists and surprises that actually make sense to the story and help it develop.

I read another review that complains this story is not really a Dystopian novel. I disagree. While yes, this story focuses mainly on character and relationship development, and less on formation of the Dystopian realm of the novel, the end of book 1 clearly sets up the Dystopian world that is about to be revealed to Juliet. It's basically a huge teaser, which worked on me. FYI, Book 2 is said to be set to release in February 2013.

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- Amanda

For six grade girls

This is why you do not write a review until you have finished the book. Had I written the review at the end of ten chapters, I would have given it five stars. It starts out with this girl in prison. A prison where there is only a small window about fist size. The only light is through that window. She is fed maybe once a day. She has been in prison for nine months and has not spoken to anyone in that time. It kind of reminded me a little of Room by Donoghue. The language or vocabulary is different then any I have heard in any book: See Examples. When the story started to go down hill, which is when she is let out of this jail for another jail, I stayed with it for the flavor of Mafi's words. After about a third of the book is over, the story seems rushed, gets very predictable and even the tasty language which had been about every other sentence stops, with the exception of the semi-love scenes. With the exception of one line in the whole book(See Examples), the love scenes are very middle school. The bad guy is laughable. The book ends with a copy of X-Men.

Examples of Mafi's savory language; My words use no parachutes as they fall out of my mouth. I've discovered I don't know how to breathe. The bed under my back. My eyes are fighting not to flutter. I am going to memorize every inch of your body with my lips. I die stupid in that second.

I wish I could have written these down as I drove, they come at you every other sentence in the first half of the book. If Mafi ever writes an adult novel or erotica, I most assuredly want to read it. This book went from five stars to two stars faster then a speeding bullet and I have no interest in the rest of the series.

The narrator sounds like a ten year old girl, the girl is seventeen.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio