- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: November 6, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0773TL9PC
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The Becoming of Noah Shaw Audiobook – Unabridged
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What can I say? Noah is a splendid character, with a unique voice. I was itching to have his POV since he first appeared in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; there was something about his character that simply caught my attention instantly. Reading this from his pov proved me right.
The worldbuilding just keeps getting better, there's no denying that Hodkin has a brilliant thing going on, and that she obviously knows where she's taking it every step of the way: there's not one single comma out of place in this story.
The characters are also wonderfully crafted, and each one has a strong presence and a precise place to make things move forward at just the right pace.
When I first started reading, I thought that it was moving a bit slowly- I guess I wanted to see much more action (à la "Mara Dyer trilogy")- but once I really got into it, I understood that, obviously, I wouldn't find what I found with Mara's voice, cause this isn't about her, it's about Noah. Once I understood that, everything was fine. More than fine, actually, it was fabulous.
Also, while I do understand that Noah's and Mara's lives/fates/whatever are tightly intertwined, I just wish things had taken a bit more place slightly removed from All Things Mara, I wanted to delve more deeply into other characters- true, the Noah aspect was satisfyingly covered by First Book standards, but I just wish that (especially given how things were left off at the end of this), at least in book 2 we can focus more on Noah&Co. and considerably less on Mara herself.
Other than my usual bitching (which, if I say so myself, is still pretty tame in this case), I really, really loved this.
And now... I will have to wait until the end of time (?) to read some more. *dramatic sigh*
Things I Liked
I’m always a fan of letters in stories. They instantly add context and history, and in some cases mystery. The letters in this story were definitely used to it’s advantage.
Small thing, but I really liked the chapter titles. I feel like so many books don’t have actual chapter titles or headings, so I appreciate these.
There was an abundance of light-hearted banter that so so entertaining. It was quick, smart, and biting. It really showed the character’s personality and the dynamics between characters well.
“A day may come when I stop being my own worst enemy, but that day is not today.”
Things I Didn’t Like
It took way too long for anything to happen. I feel like we didn’t really get into the plot until around the 40% mark. It was a long slow buildup, that felt long.
The writing style wasn’t really my favorite. There was a notable use of parenthesis that was kinda weird. It didn’t necessarily bother me, but it was something I noticed every time, so it pulled me out of the story. I also thought there was a good bit of telling instead of showing within the story.
This was such an easy book to read. It was filled with unlikeable morally grey characters, fantastic banter, and a vivid well crafted world with a rich history. While I found the first half to be pretty boring, the plot really picked up in the last quarter. The Becoming of Noah Shaw excellently highlights Noah as a character and sets up a great adventure going forward.
First off if you have read the The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the other two books in the trilogy start there. You will understand who everyone is and who Mara and Noah are better if you read her trilogy before starting this one.
I just finished this and I am still processing... I mean like I know Mara is bad, but she isn't and I love her and I am 100% on board with shipping Noah and Mara so I don't know how I feel, but I get why she did what she did.
Normally I would say quite a bit more about what is going on in this book and then jump in with how I feel about it, but I wouldn't feel right spoiling any of this for Mara Dyer fans. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a book from Noah's perspective, but Michelle hit it out of the park. Just as dark and heart wrenching as the Mara trilogy. I think at this point I will just concede that I will read whatever she writes.
Being in Noah's head is exactly what I expected. He's smart and rude and shamelessly loves Mara and I was maniacally gleeful as I read every word.
It was one heck of a roller coaster I should have been prepared for, but was still stunned speechless when I got to the end.
Yes, this review is vague af, but I wouldn't dream of ruining one single page.
**Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge.**