Book Review

Audio Review | Cinder – Marissa Meyer [Audiobook Month]


This week, we are talking about fairytales. I am a sucker for a good fairytale retelling. And, in the past, Cinderella has been a favorite of mine. Marissa Meyer takes this well-loved story to an entirely different level, with the introduction of cyborgs and evil mind-controlling Lunars!
The Lunar Chronicles #1
by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Genre: Fairytale Adaptation / Retelling
Length: 10 hrs 6 mins
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible
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Story: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Narration: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Reviewed by Megan
Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that 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 center 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 fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget. 

20180508_230733.pngcinderella brandy

Why, hello again! In anticipation of being able to FINALLY continue with The Lunar Chronicles, I felt a re-read of Cinder was in order. As I already knew what was going to happen, this time through was more for the pure enjoyment of the story instead of the mad dash to the finish line to see what happens.

20180508_205106.pngThis story is entirely about the characters.
prince kaiJust try to tell me Prince Kai isn’t one of the highlights of this book. I adored him. His character is so down-to-earth and, dare I say, normal? Other than the fact that he’s about to be the Emperor because his father is dying of the Letumosis plague.

cinderella snarkyAnd then there’s Cinder. She is, essentially, an outcast. She’s a 16-year-old cyborg mechanic, living in New Beijing with her stepmother, Adri (who is one of the greediest characters I know of), and her two stepsisters (one sweet, one totally sour – or gone rotten). Most people, who know she’s a cyborg, shun her. Only Peony, her sweet stepsister, and Iko, her android with attitude, really treat her with any bit of respect. Well, and Kai. Cinder’s personality is one of the things that drew me to her character right away. In one word: snarky.

dataAnd then we have Iko. I think of a child-version of Data from Star Trek TNG – sassy and opinionated, but with an android’s logic. I almost imagine her looking like a smaller version of the robot on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

robot hitchhiker's guide

Yep, that about sums up Iko 🙂 With a little girl personality, of course. She definitely likes the finer things in life 🙂 And easily my favorite character in this series ❤

20180508_210730.pngRebecca Soler is such an amazing narrator. The way she gives each character their own personality (especially Dr. Erland – he is one of my FAVORITES) takes this book to the next level. It already has a fantastic story line, but then you get to hear the characters, their accents, their personalities, and it is so easy to “fall down the rabbit hole” and not come back up until you’ve finished the book.

Have you read Cinder? If fairytale retellings are your thing, I’d love to hear some of your favorites 🙂 And if you’ve read Cinder, what did you think of Queen Levana? Talk about a creepy beauty! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading!



8 thoughts on “Audio Review | Cinder – Marissa Meyer [Audiobook Month]”

    1. So much better the second time around! And, though the book itself is great, I absolutely recommend the audio version. Rebecca Soler is a fantastic narrator and it makes the book that much more enjoyable 🙂


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