Delirium by Lauren Oliver- Audiobook Review

Author: Lauren Oliver
Audio Length: 11 hours and 41 min.
Release Date: 1/24/2011
Narrator: Sarah Drew
Format: Unabridged

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria – blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. Goodreads.

This book really goes to show me not to judge a book before I read it. I thought this premise sounded ridiculous, but boy was I wrong. This book has completely transformed my way of thinking about writing. I 100% believe Lena is a real person- though that is partly due to Sarah Drew’s narration. Lena is a lush character, filled with hopes and dreams that are in accordance with the structure of her society (where love is a disease that people are cured from at the age of 18). After she meets Alex though, she is transformed.

Usually, I’m not a big fan of love as the theme of a book. It doesn’t hook me (check out next Tuesday’s post to find out why), but Oliver made this work. Love wasn’t a goopy, silly thing. It was full of power with the ability to take the film off Lena’s eyes and shows her the truth about her world.

I doubt I can say enough about Delirium and Lauren Oliver’s writing style. She has absolutely risen my expectations for authors and for myself as a writer. If you haven’t read this book, you need to and if you have read it then please listen to it.

Drew doesn’t read like she’s reading a book (which is what I’ve found many readers do). Instead, she becomes the character and completely made me forget I was listening to a book (Jim Dale, Jesse Eisenburg style). Drew is incredible. That’s it. I will absolutely be listening to the other books she has read. Go listen. Now.

(Next week, I’ll review Wither).

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2 thoughts about "Delirium by Lauren Oliver- Audiobook Review"

  • Susanna says:

    I really enjoyed this book too, Juliana, although I read it myself, not audiobook. I was (just a bit!) crushed by the ending and wondering where she’s going to go in the sequel. On the whole, I have to say I liked Before I Fall better – if you haven’t read it it’s definitely worth it – awesome book! – but this one was very good too.

  • I used to listen to audio books–many of them over the years–when, like you, I had to drive an hour each day to and from work. Some readers are amazing.

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