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Gregor the Overlander

Underland Chronicles, Book 1
Written by: Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

©2003 Suzanne Collins (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

What the critics say

"Collins introduces her young heroes Gregor and his little sister Boots into a wonderland....A fantastically engaging place." (Publishers Weekly)
"Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story." (Booklist)

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Amazing and engaging story!

I loved this book and can’t wait to hear the second in the series! This is the fastest I’ve ever made it though an audio book, but I couldn’t put it down.

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  • J. Christiansen
  • 2009-02-16

Great series.

I really like this entire series. Good characters. Very inventive story. Good writing. Good all around.

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  • Joey
  • 2011-10-25

Second best book series in print

I loved the Underland chronicles, second best book series in print today, second only to Harry Potter of coarse. Well written, easy to understand and follow along, with no boring spots to interupt your enjoyment. Suzanne Collins is an excellent author and her Underland Chronicles is much better than her Hunger Games series. There are 5 books in the series and they all flow together like water in a river, and each book can stand by itself without the others if need be. The cast of caractors in this story is wonderfully well written, you fill emotionally attached to them by the time the series ends. So please follow Gregor and his two year old sister Boots along on a great and heart felt journey.

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  • Michelle
  • 2011-08-31

Love these books!

I did not know what to expect having just finished the Hunger Games series. I loved those and thought that this may be along those lines. Gregor, Boots and all of the other characters in this series are awesome. I just got this book 3 days ago- and have just finished second one. These books are so good I'm going to purchase the books themselves.
The story is gripping, heartwarming, heartbreaking and just wonderful. There is no swearing - yes these may be more for children than adults but I don't see it that way. I'm looking forward to listening to the 3rd book!

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Rush2112
  • 2008-12-07

Very Good

My son and I just finished this book and we really enjoyed it. My son is eleven years old. The story moved along at a nice pace and the narrator did a good job with the different voices. If you're looking for a good solid story that doesn't get bogged down in endless detail, this book is a good choice.

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  • Whitney
  • 2009-07-01

Skip if you're looking for more Hunger Games

I downloaded this book because I loved the Hunger Games so much. However, this book is aimed at an audience that is significantly younger and just isn't as gripping. It's not a bad book, but it's nothing that exciting either.

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  • Sarah Rooney
  • 2014-04-18

It's A Kid's Book, And I Liked It!

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Happily surprised by this one. What does that say about me? Not sure because according to Amazon, the age level for this series is 8-12. That actually makes me pretty happy because that means there’s some decent fiction out there for young readers. No better way to get them hooked on reading than by giving them decent books! My son liked it, and since it was in my Audible library from him, I thought I’d give it a listen.

Of course, some parts of my adult brain noted when the writing was a bit simple, but quite honestly, it was an imaginative journey down the vent shaft in the laundry room to the underworld. Gregor gets the surprise of his life, and protects his baby sister quite gallantly. Good boy… and well, sometimes you just have to save the world, underworld or not! This would be a good one for the whole family to listen to together! Road trip!

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  • Scarpenter
  • 2012-01-07

Watch out Alice in Wonderland!

Gregor is 11 years old and left at home to watch his baby sister, Boots, who is 2 years old and his grandmother who has trouble keeping her mind in the here and now.

It's summer. It's hot. And all Gregor can think is that it's pathetic that he's excited over the fact he gets to get out of the house for a few hours to do laundry.

Then...his sister falls down a......what? He dives after her and falls too, and what they find is a fantastical world where they are called "Overlanders".

Gregor is not sure about trusting these strangers, especially with his baby sister, but they gradually earn his trust....and his respect....and ultimately a gratitude he can never repay.

The world is strange; but described so well it's easy to visualize. Gregor doesn't think he's much of a "warrior" when a prophecy in the Underland seems to point to the fact that he is, and what he fights with would win no battles here in the Overland.

The choices he makes are so natural, so human, so real, it's easy to feel after a bit that you, the reader, are living it with him. Other characters are very three dimensional, and all the main ones change in some way throughout the book.

Wonderful as a good book or a good bedtime story; take your pick. Highly recommend for an escape!

Suzanne Collins paints a portrait out of her imagination of an immense Underland so vivid it does make me want to take a second look at anything that may go "down". Paul Boehmer narrates amazingly and believably both an old man's voice and the voice of a two year old little girl. (How do they do this?) Fantastic book; fantastic narration. A joy to read.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Clayton
  • 2018-08-08

librarians give the best recommendations.

after my 5th grader read the Hunger Games, our librarian recommended this book. the subject is not quite as difficult as the Hunger Games, the relationship between the underlanders and the creatures of the underworld give a different yet parallel view of inequality in our own society. fun read for adults and kids (+8)

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  • Junell
  • 2011-10-27

Wonderful book

I was originally recommended the Hunger Games trilogy and devoured them in days, so I decided to move to this older series. Collins' writing is slightly more raw, but her unique style certainly comes through. I was very absorbed by this book and the performer. I loved how he gave affections for all the characters, especially the toddler. It was a great story and happy it was my first credit. Sadly now I need to wait 3 more weeks for a credit for the second one!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Got My Book
  • 2005-12-27

Not a trilogy

I really like all three of the Gregor books that are out so far. I thought it was a trilogy though and now I have to wait for the last two books (I hate that). The stories are good and so is the narrator. What I really like though is that, despite all their troubles, this is a story of a loving and mostly functional family, which is unusual in this type of fantasy fiction.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful