Gregor the Overlander

Gregor the Overlander

The Underland Chronicles, Book 1

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy. When eleven-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, humans live uneasily beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats—but the fragile peace is about to fall apart.Gregor wants no part of a conflict between these creepy creatures. He just wants to find his way home. But when he discovers that a strange prophecy foretells a role for him in the Underland's uncertain future, he realizes it might be the only way to solve the biggest mystery of his life. Little does he know his quest will change him and the Underland forever.Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, Suzanne Collin's debut marked a thrilling new talent, and introduced a character no young reader will ever forget.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780739344859
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Boehmer, Paul
OverDrive, Inc

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Mingli73
Dec 28, 2017

a very good book that you want indeed.

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Caralien
Nov 30, 2017

My family seems to like this audiobook so far, but the author has a strange idea of what 2 year olds sound like, which is rather bothersome (in this story, the toddler can say "ball", "milk", or "bat"; all of the 13-24m olds we've met have sentences, phrases, questions).

Maybe we are being picky, having just listened to Constance Contraire, the genius 2-4yo from the Mysterious Benedict Society, while also listening to our own children and their friends, who haven't stopped speaking since they were able to walk.

We will keep trying, but I'm still trying to figure out if they ever took care of Boots' dirty diaper, or if the "overlander" smell is that of poop (Princess Boots is beloved by the giant cockroaches after they lovingly discuss her wonderful smell, to which she responded "poo poo!". Maybe she just isn't as vocal as the average 2yo?).

Giant cockroaches, violet eyed short humanoids. I guess I prefer authors who don't try so hard to make their stories accessible to different generations by dumbing down the children. If you said "goo goo ga ga" to kids instead of "good morning!", or assumed that preteens were incapable of thought, this might be a better, less annoying book. Or I'm too picky and expect better for my children's and my ears.

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Dogmadix
Dec 30, 2013

Suzanne Collins has written a really unique and well-worth the read book, definitely one to buy and have on your bookcase.
4 1/2 stars.

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Arachne
Mar 21, 2012

This is a great fantasy, full of great characters and a fascinatingly different world of adventures. It's too good to leave just to young readers.

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imrepapp
Feb 24, 2012

awesome book!

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