Cinder [Audiobook Review]

Author: Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Genre: Young Adult; Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Audio: 10.1 hours
Year: 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
Source: Library
Book Rating: 5/5
Audio Rating: 5/5


In a futuristic Asia, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg, is commissioned by the Emperor’s son to fix his android. Cinder is used to laying low as a second-class citizen, but her encounter with Prince Kai and the palace doctor force her into action. Cinder soon finds herself involved in an intergalactic dispute – a far cry from her days playing servant to her stepmother and stepsisters.

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness. This book is amazing. It’s a strange premise and peppered with creatures like cyborgs and moon people but it totally works. I promise.

Cinder is a completely likable protagonist, with an adorable android sidekick. Prince Kai is totally crush-worthy and Cinder’s stepmother is cringe-inducing. I figured things out sooner than they were revealed, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of this book one bit.

While inspired by Cinderella, this is only slightly related to the original tale. Meyer has created something unique here – I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Audiobook Thoughts:

Definitely give this one a listen. Rebecca Soler did a fantastic job narrating this one. I was almost thankful for Evan’s nighttime feedings and subsequent insomnia so I could keep listening.

10 thoughts on “Cinder [Audiobook Review]

  1. Sandy September 17, 2012 / 11:32 am

    I’ve heard pretty good things about this one when it first came out. Audio huh? I’m going to see if our library has it. Fairy tale re-tellings are tricky so that is why I didn’t run right out and get it. You have given me a reason to try it.


  2. Bob September 17, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    I actually really liked this book. One of my favorite YA listens this year. I was a tad critical of the audiobook, because I didn’t think the Asian setting came through in the reading, but I can’t really blame Soler for that, who I thought did a really good job otherwise.


  3. Linda September 17, 2012 / 2:03 pm

    I read this one earlier this year and enjoyed it.


  4. Kristi September 17, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    I keep seeing reviews of Cinder pop up, but I haven’t been compelled to seek it out yet. I’m coming around though. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.


  5. Kyle @ A Reader's Pensieve September 17, 2012 / 7:41 pm

    I loved Cinder too! I was a little apprehensive going into it, but it really blew me away. I can’t wait for Scarlet!


  6. zibilee September 18, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    I loved this one, and I am so glad that you did too! I thought it was quite a fantastic retelling, and it was something that my husband wanted to read after I reviewed it. It really is unique and wonderful. Nice to see your thumbs up on this one!


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