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Extended Audio Sample The Underland Chronicles Book One: Gregor the Overlander Audiobook, by Suzanne Collins Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.00006830367815 out of 53.00006830367815 out of 53.00006830367815 out of 53.00006830367815 out of 53.00006830367815 out of 5 3.00 (29,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Collins Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Underland Chronicles Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780307207319
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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 eleven-year-old Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, humans live uneasily beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats--but the fragile peace is about to fall apart.

Gregor wants no part of a conflict between these creepy creatures. He just wants to find his way home. But when he discovers that a strange prophecy foretells a role for him in the Underland's uncertain future, he realizes it might be the only way to solve the biggest mystery of his life. Little does he know his quest will change him and the Underland forever.

Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, Suzanne Collin's debut marked a thrilling new talent, and introduced a character no young reader will ever forget. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste Sargent | 2/9/2014

    " Definitely a kids book "

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

    " I have to admit I was skeptical at first because I thought it was a little too young for me but I ended up really loving this book. It probably helps that I like fantasy. Gregor was a great protagonist and the Underland was fascinating. Collins kept me believing the whole time, she rarely strayed from the confines of her fantasy world. I definitely want to finish the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AnnMarie | 1/13/2014

    " It was good! I think my son will like it. I will eventually read the others but it wasn't so amazing that I'm running out to get the next ones. It is a young adult book and it I believe it hits it mark well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vorv2012 | 1/9/2014

    " This is a very good entry to the Underland Chronicles. It breaks in well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassy Hall | 1/7/2014

    " This was a really fantastic read! Not at all what I was expecting (I guess Kafka was flavoring my expectations a bit, because I totally thought Gregor was a giant bug, for some reason--he's not). Gregor is an eleven-year-old boy expecting to have to endure a boring summer taking care of his two-year-old sister, Boots, when they fall through a grate in their laundry room and find themselves in the Underland, where a mysterious prophecy seems to expect more from Gregor than he thinks he can deliver. This was a very fast-paced book. I easily could have read it in one sitting, if time had allowed. Boots is hilarious, and Gregor's patient interactions with her were some of my favorite parts of the book. I can't wait to finish the rest of the books I have to read for class so that I can get started on the rest of this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/18/2013

    " Gregor is a great character. Even though he sees himself as just an average kid, he always stands up for what's right, even if it puts his life on the line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 12/12/2013

    " I liked it, it was fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Larson | 12/6/2013

    " A lot of creepy things like bats, cockroaches and spiders combined with "epic" battles might make this an appealing book for boys. Gregor falls down a hole in his basement (for hours) and softly lands in an enormous underground world where animals talk and people are nearly translucent. Not my cup of tea, but like I said. . . boys might like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 12/4/2013

    " A great series for young readers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy | 11/8/2013

    " I read this book a really long time ago and really loved. I can't really remember it but I know I enjoyed it and read the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Cutler Lloyd | 9/29/2013

    " Most fabulous children's books. We've read all 5 books in the series and loved them all! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jim Johnson | 6/22/2013

    " I made it as far as the talking spiders and bats and the human-eating rats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jera Gunther | 6/9/2013

    " Kind of a fun read. Good for the pre-teen age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 5/21/2013

    " Very good book to start out an amazing series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/16/2013

    " It took a little while to get into but then I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Criaturita | 1/27/2013

    " Was a good book. Everything by suzanne collins is amazing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bronx | 12/28/2012

    " I know so many people loved this book, but I just didn't get it. I understand the message and theme but I think the characters did not always add to the story. I am sure I will have many fifth graders who will love it. It will be on my shelf Monday morning to share with the class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Coker | 10/13/2012

    " I have not heard very much about this series by Collins. I loved it. Fell in love with the characters. Now that I've finished the series, I sure miss them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daissy | 9/26/2012

    " I love this book I want to thank Mrs.Graham and give her credit because she read it out loud in lunch but i really love this book we just finish the book.I HOPE WE READ THE 2ND BOOK!!!!!!!. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolin | 9/9/2012

    " I liked it, once I learned to accept the roaches are main characters. Now I am on the second book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae | 7/27/2012

    " Reasonably entertaining, reminded me of Tunnels by British authors Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/24/2011

    " Really enjoyed listening to this book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 11/7/2011

    " I love this series. I finished them all. An underworld under NYC, it works for me. I love Boots! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/23/2011

    " A cool urban version of Alice in Wonderland. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 5/22/2011

    " I quit this book. made it to Chapter 6 and was completely uninterested in it. sending it on to my nephew to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 5/20/2011

    " This is a very interesting book about a world under our world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Redwallcrazy- Through God, I can do anything!! | 5/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I loved the characters and cried when even just an insect died! I was able to get into this book to where I felt I was really in the story. Very well done, I really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/19/2011

    " One of the best books i have ever read . The series is Great too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 5/18/2011

    " I find this series has characters that are easier to connect to than some of her other series. Interesting setting, not the usual pretty fairy land of many stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaic | 5/17/2011

    " This book is a awesome underground story. When "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 5/17/2011

    " Interesting. Not thrilling and definitely not Hunger Games but still an interesting concept and a perfect quick read.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kennedy | 5/17/2011

    " I am not a fan of this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/15/2011

    " This one took me a while to get into. Audrey and I are reading for our kids book club. Once I got into it, it was really enjoyable.I am hooked and want the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/15/2011

    " very good you need the imagination to read it or else it may seem dumb but other than that it's very eventful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/13/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into this book. I think the writing was odd and characters weren't that engaging and the storyline wasn't my favorite, but I'll probably keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/8/2011

    " Great kids book. Not as great as the hunger games, more tame. However, that's probably a good thing for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 5/7/2011

    " Great middle reader book for kids that deals with themes found in The Hunger Games, but on a younger level of course. "

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About the Author
Author Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins first made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle-grade readers. Her debut for slightly older readers, The Hunger Games, immediately became a New York Times bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It was called “addictive” by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly and “amazing” by Stephenie Meyer on her website and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2008 and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. It is now a major motion picture as well. The other two books in the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, also enjoyed enormous success. In April 2010, Collins was named to the Time 100 list of “the world’s most influential people.” Collins has also had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for cowriting the critically acclaimed Christmas special, Santa, Baby! She lives with her family in Connecticut.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.