The Host

  • by Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 23 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories.But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

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Impressive

I had never come accross Stephanie Meyer before, and I was very pleasantly surprised. This is science-fiction at its best. At a basic level this is a survival thriller. But Meyer uses the premise that human beings are possessed by aliens to skillfully explore xenophobia, prejudice, loyalty, betrayal, love, cruelty, kindness, altruism, selfishness, and the meaning of humanity.
The book is written from the viewpoint of an alien possessor, and the action, physical and psychological, moves at a good clip, which made it compulsive listening for me.
The narrator deserves special praise too, she acts out the parts with care and skill, getting the voice characterisations and the inflexions just right.
Whether you want a provocative and thought-provoking story or just a gripping yarn, I can thoroughly recommend this audiobook.
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- indigodreamer

The Host

This book by Stephenie Meyer, author of the aclaimed Twilight Saga, is a deeply moving story about what it means to be human. Aliens have conquered Earth and taken over the minds of humans. Most humans have submitted, but there are some who resist. When Wanderer is driven by her resistant human host to seek sanctuary among the people her host once knew, she faces rejection, hatred and violence, but also discovers the meaning of true love and friendship. This is a science fiction tale which is not my usual fair, but I thought it was very well written and I found the characters both complex and engaging.
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- Nadia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2008
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK