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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,664 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. A. Bodeen Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781423384847
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Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of an experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this horrible plan, who is simply called the Gardener.

Will Mason be forced to destroy the thing he’s longed for most?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Gonzalez | 2/7/2014

    " So far, I LOVE it. Yay sci-fi! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vmcmorris | 2/3/2014

    " This is on the Truman Award list for 12-13. This is not my favorite... It was hard for me to get into the book, the characters weren't people I especially liked, and the pace of the story seemed off. I wonder if kids will like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/20/2014

    " Good thing that Mason pays attention in biology class about autotrophs, because he is going to see this play out more than he ever could have imagined. Mason's mother does not want him applying for the scholarship summer program at TroDyn. He never met his father but has a video of him reading the children's story called The Runaway Bunny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 foo4luv | 1/11/2014

    " The idea is interesting enough. The book is a bit tame for me. I guess that means it's better for teens. Usually, I'm complaining that the books are too violent/creepy/whatever for the young adult market. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci Haley | 12/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed S. A. Bodeen's first novel, The Compound, so I had high hopes for The Gardener. I guess I probably shouldn't have gotten my hopes up because I have to admit I was a tad bit disappointed. The emphasis on the environmental crisis was a bit heavy handed and the plot was pretty predictable, right up to the very end. And the main character was dumber than a box of rocks. But despite all that, I thought the story was worth reading. I especially appreciated that the author, who is a fellow Oregonian, set the story in Oregon and even had the characters visiting Powell's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/7/2013

    " This was a book about a company that is trying to solve the future world hunger problem. It takes Mason on an adventure when he accidentally wakes up a girl at his mom's work. He has to try to help her and figure out who he is and where he comes from. It's ties things together pretty well, but I would expect a sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla Beth | 12/2/2013

    " The theme of this book was different, but different doesn't always mean bad. I enjoyed reading this in my free time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Beth | 10/1/2013

    " Good book with a nice science lesson thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 6/20/2013

    " This book was good. It was a little bit predictable but I liked the characters and the concept of it. It is clean for any age. A very fast read. It did have a little bit doomsday in it and not a lot of romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/19/2013

    " Creative idea. Her books are a little too out there and sci-fi-ish for me so I'm probably done with her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rabeea | 12/24/2012

    " I liked this book more than I thought I would. It was a really interesting idea and I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 11/2/2012

    " I liked the idea of the book, but it could have been so much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 8/21/2012

    " I'd give this 3.5 stars. I liked the idea of this book and some of the characters. The second half was much better than the first. The ending had me wondering about a book 2. I'd recommend this to science-fiction fans who appreciate reading about "out there" possibilities/advancements in science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Olson | 5/29/2012

    " Interesting YA book. The premise was fun, and the theme was good. If you want a simple, plot-driven story with a bit of a sci-fi twist, this is a good one:). I do STRESS YA though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona | 5/21/2012

    " I loved Bodeen's first book, The Compound, so I snatched this one up. Interesting premise, but something was missing. A little too predictable and parts of the story were a bit hurried... I'd still hand it off to a reluctant reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Crowder | 2/1/2012

    " It started out somewhat good, but then kind of tanked into lameness for me, both plot-wise and writing-wise. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sori Fant | 7/30/2011

    " Such an interesting idea. It was a little too short for my taste though. Loved the characters. "

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

    " This was a very good book. I really liked it and I gave it 5 stars. I suggest you read this book. It's about a labortory that creates humans that get their food from the sun. So then the main character finds one and they go on the run. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faith | 5/16/2011

    " One that I would recommend to my more reluctant readers: not a lot of details or thought but a little bit of action and based on a super-creepy "scientific" idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rabeea | 4/21/2011

    " I liked this book more than I thought I would. It was a really interesting idea and I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/9/2011

    " It was okay. It felt like a lot was missing, a lot of background, a lot of depth within the main character. The story itself, the plot, the idea was pretty intriguing - but the whole thing left a lot to be desired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ezgi | 3/29/2011

    " Even though the time span of this book is very short, a lot of things happen. A boy discovers a girl that he "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/21/2011

    " Not my favorite YA book of the season, but I think kids will like it.

    Bodeen attempts to challenge us to think of the possible consequences of a world full of people without enough food. The solution explored in The Gardener<u/> is disturbing and fascinating. "

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About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.