Icons by Margaret Stohl audiobook

Icons

By Margaret Stohl
Read by Thérèse Plummer

Little, Brown Young Readers 9780316205184

The Icons Series: Book 1

9.46 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Your heart beats only with their permission. Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid. She's different. She survived. Why? When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy. Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths. Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first audiobook in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future.

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Summary

Summary

Your heart beats only with their permission. Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid. She's different. She survived. Why? When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy. Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths. Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first audiobook in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future.

Reviews

Reviews

by Paul (AudiobookReviewer) 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

This novel keeps the listeners attention and is filled with action.

Icons by Margaret Stohl is set in a world run by aliens that have dominated humans. The majority of human race was eliminated and the remaining people are enslaved. The main character Dol and her childhood companion Ro are special in some way unknown precisely to them. Through the course of the novel they meet others like themselves and try to figure out who they are. This is of course with the backdrop of a rebellion to overthrow the alien overlords.

This novel keeps the listeners attention and is filled with action. The characters continue to move and face more challenges as they try to figure out what is actually going on around them. My favorite characters in this novel were actually Doc and Fortis even though they are not the main characters. Doc is especially well done because of the computerized tone of his voice. The logic based speech added a lot of humor to the story.

One of the most interesting aspects of this novel is how it is arranged. Between the main chapters of the story told from the perspective of Dol runs a third person reading of documents. These in-between readings provide the listener with clues about the story and add another layer of information. This is great because the main characters of the story are mostly unknowledgeable. With these in between readings, the listener can couple what the characters are doing and their knowledge with this additional insight. It helps the listener make their own conclusions about the events and the world.

What I actually found to be annoying was that this is a young adult novel in which the characters are not only young as expected but also naïve and behave as such. It’s sometimes difficult to understand the main characters’ feelings and actions. There are some incongruous aspects when characters suddenly seem to change the way they are. I didn’t feel like this about the other characters.

I believe the narrator, Therese Plummer, did a great job with the voice of the different characters. They were clearly different. I did find the main character’s voice to be annoying, but I can’t tell if that is because of the main character or the narrator. The emotion that Dol embodies may be the cause of my irritation toward her voice. I though the rest were great. The production was well done, especially Doc’s voice the in-between readings were great.

Audiobook provided for review by the publisher.

Author

Author Bio: Margaret Stohl

Author Bio: Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video-game designer, and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, which is now a major motion picture.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.46
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English