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Publisher's Summary

The first instalment of The Lunar Chronicles - a futuristic reenvisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl....

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen - and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth's future.

This is not the fairy tale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.

©2012 Marissa Meyer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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The narrator of this book did an excellent job!

This book had an amazing plot and the narrator was excellent! The story was really gripping and it was just an amazing experience!

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the sarcastic teenager vibe was grating at times

I think I'm a bit too old for this... struggled to finish... did not like the main characters.. no depth at all.. they all felt superficial. did not like the narration... was grating at times...

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Awesome!!!

This is my first sci-fi book and this book had been on my to read list for a really really long time. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The narration made it more interesting for me. Absolutely in love with the series. will go for other books in the series as well!!!

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  • Andia
  • 20-07-19

Amazed!!

This book was truly an amazing listen. I was recommended to this collection by my friend and so far I am amazed. Now it's on to the second one!

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  • Asian reviwer
  • 22-05-18

Predictable but fun

For a long time I wasn’t keen on reading this book (as I’m not a sci-fi fan) but I had read so many good reviews on the Lunar Chronicles that I decided to give it a try. At first the book was hard to get into but after 2 hours of listening, I was sold. The narrator did an amazing job with the characters especially Iko. I really liked the protagonist “Cinder” and root for her enough to follow her story in the sequel.

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  • Camilla
  • 22-05-17

new version

I love this version of Cinderella. I was hesitant to get it due to I'm not the biggest fan of Cinderella. But this book is worth buying!

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  • Nada
  • 12-02-18

beautiful <3

Stayed up all night to finish it 😍😍 love the narration and the story is amazing. So glad i picked it up <3 <3

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  • Rio Carnival Girl
  • 03-01-19

Interesting concept but needed better editing

I liked the concept but the main character is far too self absorbed and the plot twists are far too obvious.

The narrator does well to bring out the positives in the main character but her accents are cringeworthy and I am left feeling that this book could have been so much better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-18

Good but...

The reading of this book is amazing. The story on the whole is good but at times they fixate on weird point and it comes up again and again. It is a perfect book for a teenager or an easy listen. Not bad but with a bit more could have been great. Still worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-18

Addictive

The characters drew me in from the beginning. A little predictable but still utterly charming

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  • Ms. V. J. Herrett
  • 30-09-18

Great take

This is a great take on a classic. A great start to the next three books. Some plots are perdictable. But still worth the listen. Off to get book two.

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  • beth
  • 09-08-19

Love love love

I’ve read this before and I loved hearing it now as much as I read it then. It’s my favorite series. Rebecca Soler does an amazing job with reading it and the accents she puts on for the different characters never fail to make me all that much more interested in what’s happening.

Brilliant. 👌🏻👌🏻

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  • tru.gough
  • 02-10-18

a great story

a great story that had me excited for the next in the series. not your simple cinderella the depth of the story and the level of action is really well written.

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  • Clarence
  • 26-09-18

Modern twist on an old fairy tale ish....

I liked this book, it was nicely fast paced and the interesting concepts. Modern or even futuristic spin on Cinderella tale , I'd be intrigued to see what's next for Cinder et al.

I'd like to hear more from this author and narrator

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  • Polina G
  • 27-02-21

Pleasant

Easy listen, quick and straightforward. Cinder didn't seem like too deep of a character but it was still a good retelling.

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  • Carrie Duff
  • 07-10-20

One of the best!

Such a good book of this genre. The others are great too. No regrets whatsoever!

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  • Tessa
  • 28-07-19

love love loved it

I only had one issue and it was the steriotypical Australian accent of the Prime Minister of Australia but that's only because I'm Australian and don't know anyone with an accent like that but seeing as this was only a few sentences in the entire book I can look past it haha regardless an amazing story and performance non the less

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  • Isabella
  • 05-04-17

Pretty good

I really enjoyed the book... I kinda guessed what was going to happen but it was still enjoyable watching how it unfolded. For a while I had avoided it but then I was like 'suck it up and read/listen to it!' And I did and am happy that I did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-21

great surprise

wonderfully surprised by the turns the story took! expected the conventional Fairytale story but I like how the characters were inspired by Cinderella but took on a life of their own. found myself enjoying the mythos of this world.

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  • Kate Crawford
  • 16-11-20

Second time and still love it

This book kay be perfect for teenagers but I first read the book at 24 and now for the second at 30 and it’s still just as intriguing and exciting.
The premise is amazing and should be turned into a movie series!

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  • David Button
  • 12-11-20

Lot of fun

The story so far has been great, nicely woven fairy tale
Reading is great as well

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  • Emily
  • 08-06-20

great retelling

wasn't sure I liked it st first but by the end was hooked already on book three. loved Cinder and Kai 😍

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  • Pensive
  • 25-02-20

wowzers Give More!

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addictive. fantastic. a page turner . love the retelling of a classic fairytale. so clever .

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  • Melia
  • 14-02-20

Whoa! Story & Narrator were soooo good!

Wow. Not what I was expecting. Brilliant spin on Cinderella story. Fantasy / Sci-Fi - Read so well. Narrator REALLY got into the characters. About to start book 2.

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  • Johan vanw Wyngaard
  • 01-11-19

An easy listening experience

I've enjoyed listening to this classic tale with it's sci-fi twist. The ending was not what I expected and left me wanting more.

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  • Benjamin Freeman
  • 17-06-19

Great story!

A lot of originality even though based on the Cinderella story. I just have to say the narrator gave the worst impression of an Australian accent that I have ever heard! Thankfully it was only a couple of lines out of the whole book.