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4.00004595966525 out of 54.00004595966525 out of 54.00004595966525 out of 54.00004595966525 out of 54.00004595966525 out of 5 4.00 (43,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marissa Meyer Narrator: Rebecca Soler Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lunar Chronicles Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781427215017
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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer's Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella

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, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marissa Meyer rocks the fractured fairy tale genre with a sci-fi twist on Cinderella.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This series opener and debut offers a high coolness factor by rewriting Cinderella as a kickass mechanic in a plague-ridden future… Readers will return for the next installment in this sharp, futuristic ‘Cinderella’ tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The book will appeal to fans of twisted fairy tales, techno-thrillers, romance novels, and well-plotted suspense. Although the happy ending beckons, the story does not end with the final pages, a welcome promise that Cinder will return with more unimagined chapters in a story as old as time.”


  • “This futuristic twist on Cinderella retains just enough of the original that readers will enjoy spotting the subtle similarities. But debut author Meyer’s brilliance is in sending the story into an entirely new, utterly thrilling dimension…[Cinder] unfolds with the magic of a fairy tale and the breakneck excitement of dystopian fiction. Meyer’s far-future Earth is richly imagined, full of prejudice and intrigue, characters easy to get invested in, and hints of what might await in future books.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Rebecca Soler's sweet but firm voice conducts the listener through a fresh, quirky take on an old trope: reimagined fairytales…Overall, this is good fun, and provides encouragement for the next adventure. Locus

  • Narrator Rebecca Soler captures the determination and independence that make Cinder a compelling character…the story will keep listeners engaged and awaiting the subsequent titles. School Library Journal
  • The audiobook is delightful. Rebecca Soler brings all the characters to life with such distinct voices that it's like listening to a play. I was riveted. And here's the best part – the book is absolutely suitable for all ages. Record-Courier
  • Soler's narrations, both confident and well paced, flow effortlessly. She masters major characters' voices…Soler is also very effective at quick transitions between accents in dialogue-heavy scenes. The combination of Soler's superb performance and Meyer's captivating storytelling creates a pair of tour-de-force audiobooks. Horn Book Magazine
  • This was actually the first audiobook I ever listed to on my phone and I fell in love with the portability as well as Rebecca Soler's amazing narration…Rebecca reads Cinder perfectly. USA Today Happily Ever After Blog

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2012 ALA Top Book for Teens Nominee
  • A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Among longlisted titles for IRA Young Adult Choices, 2013
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for ABC New Voices Title, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, 2014
  • Winner of Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, 2013
  • Winner of CO Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2015
  • Winner of California Young Reader Medal
  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for MO MASL’s Readers Awards - MASTER LIST, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Maine Student Book Award Master List, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for YALSA Teens' Top Ten, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for TN Volunteer State Book Award Primary ML, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, 2014
  • Runner-up for Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book A ML, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for New York Charlotte Award Master List, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for IL Abraham Lincoln High School Book Master, 2014

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms.Hill | 10/11/2017

    " the author does a wonderful job of making an old story. This is Cinderella retold for the new generation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 8/23/2017

    " Its a good story, a bit predictable but in the same time captivating. It's not something completely new, it's been done before, but there is a twist. All in all it was good entertainment. I absolutely will listen to the next book in the series as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jen | 12/9/2016

    " Cinder is a fun and exciting book for tweens! A great series and my daughter looks forward to reading more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/17/2014

    " The beginning was not great. It didn't pull me in right away. I did get into it and stayed up too late many nights at the end. I can't say I loved it. I do want to read Scarlet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Ivashkov | 2/12/2014

    " Amazingg... With a Capitol A(: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/4/2014

    " I will admit that I almost didn't make it through the beginning of this book - I got stick somewhere around page 40 but I am definitely glad I persevered! I let myself forget the fairy tale aspect if the book for most of it and focused on the real story. I wish I had a bit more resolution at the end or a peak into the next character in the series but alas I will have to acquire the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandie Kok | 2/4/2014

    " A very enjoyable retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinder is far more likeable than Disney's delicate Cinderella. I will definitely read the rest of the books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 1/27/2014

    " Loved it! Refreshing to read something new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ozcose | 1/23/2014

    " Really entertaining read, can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Stogner | 1/19/2014

    " Great story, the book was full of twists and turns throughout the story. It kept the story entertaining and unpredictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 1/16/2014

    " This is an interesting twist on Cinderella. It is a fast read (too quick, because now I'm done.) The plot went in directions I didn't expect. The characters were either "good" or "evil" - which added to the book's charm. It was fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syntha Green | 1/10/2014

    " I don't know what took me so long to get to it. I have passed it on to my mother who likes a good sci-fi every once in a while.Lucky me, the next one will be here soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 12/23/2013

    " I cant wait for the 3rd book in this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecelia | 12/7/2013

    " It was an amazing book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid Morris | 9/18/2013

    " Laughable in its set up ...a cyborg Cinderella from the moon!? But the kids are eating it up. Things like this make me want to write! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siobhan | 5/7/2013

    " I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. It kept showing up in my recommendations on various sites so I thought I'd try it and see how it was. At first I was afraid it was going to be another some-what poorly written Cinderella book, but it far exceeded my fears and I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenlie | 3/22/2013

    " Cinder!!! It was such an exceptional book! I love how the author tied in the whole Cinderella fairy tale, and in places you least expected it!! You'd be reading and then oh my gosh!! That's like Cinderella :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/15/2013

    " This is a book, that can change your life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie-leigh Haughn | 8/8/2012

    " This book was fantastic! The whole time I was reading I felt like I was watching a movie. A very interesting spin on a classic fairy tale. I loved it :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serenity Rey | 6/12/2012

    " Awesome start to what looks to be an amazing series! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emy | 5/26/2012

    " ARGH, book 1 kinda ends but doesn't. I liked the setting and I thought it was a good story, although not an implicit retelling of Cinderella, rather an 'inspired by'. Nonetheless good and one I'd recommend to students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Anne | 5/14/2012

    " An interesting and engrossing take on Cinderella, if she had been a cyborg living in a post WWIV world. However, at about 50 pages in I figured out what the big twist at the end was going to be, so getting there 300 pages later was a bit anticlimactic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bella | 4/10/2012

    " All i have to say for this books was that it brought me back to my Sailor Moon and fairy tale days and i loved those days so thank you Marissa Meyer =D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Harrop | 4/10/2012

    " What a great idea for a book. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 12/19/2011

    " I loved this book i barely finished it and fell totally in love with this book need to get the second book of the series as all the others hope the time goes fast so i can read them all because the book was delicous i need to know what happens "

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About the Author
Author Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the author of the Lunar Chronicles series, of which Scarlet was a New York Times bestseller. She attended Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her BS in creative writing.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Soler is a film and voice-over actress and winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. Her audiobook credits include work by authors such as Judy Blume, James Patterson and Sarah Dessen. She has also narrated the young adult series The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Her voice-over credits include various video games, like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Red Dead Redemption, and television shows such as Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.