Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Published by HarperTeen
Publish Date: November 15, 2011
Source: Audio – Library, Book – Won
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. -(from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Another audiobook re-read! I followed along with my print copy. I had just finished reading Destroy Me and Unravel Me, and my Tahereh Mafi-loving world was pretty much upside down. I had intense loyalties – I thought – but I needed to be reminded of them, quickly and firmly. The best way for me to do this was with a re-read, Asheley-style. (Also, in the picture up there, I used the cover that I have. I’m totally like that.)
I had a good idea that I would connect instantly with Destroy Me and Unravel Me when I recently had the chance to read them. And I did. I loved them. So brilliant and challenging! I loved the way that Tahereh Mafi was able to get inside of my head and mix up my thoughts so easily. She provoked me. She made me question myself and my loyalties. She made me confused and I didn’t even realize it. She made me sympathize with the enemy. Tahereh Mafi is an even better writer than I could have ever imagined and I’m such a huge fan.
BUT…with the amazement at the continuation of her series…with the respect of her work and the excitement over the new books came my very own brand of bookish stress. So stressed was I over my confused loyalties that I decided to go back to the very beginning…in audiobook format. As it turns out, I checked the audiobook out of my library through the Overdrive audio system and immediately – immediately – I was hooked.
First of all, Kate Simses has the perfect voice. She has a very feminine pitch that is neither too loud nor too bold. She has a remarkable ability to make Juliette sound meek and somewhat quiet, which is perfect for those times when Juliette is expressing her inner thoughts or dialogue. Kate also has this wonderfully perfect inflection – she changes her pitch so well when Juliette repeats words and phrases. It’s absolutely amazing and perfect and astonishing. There were times (Chapter 4!) in which I had to rewind and rewind and rewind to listen to parts over and over again because they were so incredible. Kate Simses was Juliette, period. She sounded angry when Juliette needed to be angry. She sounded sad when Juliette needed to be sad. She sounded tearful or wounded or exasperated or like she had lost hope when those times were right.
Throughout the entire audiobook, throughout everything, in every scene – I have to admit that Kate Simses’ delivery of Juliette’s thoughts (the strikethroughs) were my favorite parts EVERY SINGLE TIME. It had everything to do with Kate’s delivery. Her inflection and pitch were perfect in every single case. In my opinion, this is why this audiobook is so fantasic and wonderful for re-readers – because you’re already familiar with Juliette’s mind and how she thinks.
| My favorite part of the audiobook.
Beginning of Chapter Four – so intense!
|Another audiobook favorite – the
beginning of Chapter Six.
A super-fun question was recently posed to me: Will my loyalties be confused again after listening to Unravel Me via audiobook? (because I will certainly be re-reading Unravel Me in audiobook format, especially since Kate Simses is again narrating) – My answer is that I don’t know! I wonder if this narrator is strong enough that she can keep me loyal to my camp. She read Warner a certain way – with the way that Unravel Me is written, I wonder if she will be reading his voice the same way this time, or differently? It’s certainly food for thought…
The audiobook format of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is published by Harper Audio and is 9 hours and 12 minutes, Unabridged. I cannot fangirl enough on how Kate Simses read the voice and thoughts of Juliette, and I even love how she read
the evil Warner. After initially using my library for this audiobook, I am purchasing it and the sequel, Unravel Me.
If you’re one of those that have not begun this series yet, I have to urge you to go ahead and start it. It’s really quite fantastic. If you’re a fan of YA dystopian romances (yes, there’s plenty of romance), you will find plenty in this series to love and discuss with other fans. I urge you to read in print first, but please consider the audiobook format for re-reads because it is fantastic.
Romance: Fantastic, steamy romance. Potential triangle.
Great Audiobook Narrator
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi