The Maze Runner : Maze Runner

  • by James Dashner
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • Series: Maze Runner
  • 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.
Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

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Quite a long book but with no real answers

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

It was enjoyable but not ultimately satisfying. It asked so many questions but without enough real substance to be though provoking, mostly just hinted at big things to come. Not as clever or exciting as I was hoping for.


If this book were a film would you go see it?

I believe it is a film, the film being due out was one of the main reasons I decided to read it.


Any additional comments?

Its the first of a trilogy and it was certainly written to be one in that its got a lot of filler to bulk it out but doesn't feel complete. Its not readable as a stand alone book but nor is it really interesting enough to merit the time of reading the other two.

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- Faye

intriguing new story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would because book recommendations are often the best books I have read. This book particularly was told in an interesting way. The series of events were often jumbled but seemed to occur in a full cycle, giving a broader perspective to an apect of the story.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Alter to a first person perspective and describe the inter-personal relationships further. It did not have enough emotional connection or intensity compared to other stories I have listened to. The greevers were not overly described, it seemed like the description was only repeated, other than describing how they sounded. I could not imagine what they looked like very well.


Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I have not, but as a first time experience I reaqlly injoyed it. The accents added a great dynamic to the storytelling and weren't ridiculously exaggerated or inaccurate.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the point of the story where Minhau and Thomas were in the maze and the greevers chased them into the corridor. The boys stood in the doorway to the edge of the cliff. At the last moment they pushed each other apart and the greevers fell inot the abyss.It was the best moment because I could visualise it clearly. Their reaction to the event was very detailed.


Any additional comments?

I was recommended this story by a friend. They said that as a fan of the hunger games I would like it. It was enjoyable and the plot swiftly progressed. I have mentioned about the description perhaps needing more depth, however as there are so many events in the story it may loose the momentum by adding that in. I wanted the story to continue and will be getting the next book to see what happens next with Thomas and the Gladers.

For people wondering whether or not to read this I would say YES, also making the point that this is more similar to the writing style of the Phillip Pullman (he wrote the Golden Compass series) rather than Suzanne Collins (she wrote the hunger games series).

The story is packed with interesting characters, twists and turns! Kept me intrigued throughout (apart from the first chapter, but I was half asleep on a plane when I began listening to it so that may have influenced that). Enjoy!

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- blueswallow87 "I discovered aubdible through a youtuber called Meghan Rosette.I love sci fi adventure thriller and imaginative authors"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios