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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (347,569 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephenie Meyer Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Melanie Stryder is one of the last free humans alive in a world inhabited by "Souls," an alien race that takes over human bodies, completely erasing the original person. Melanie is eventually invaded by a Soul named Wanderer, but she refuses to fully succumb to this alien intrusion into her body. Melanie bombards Wanderer with emotions and memories of her loved ones, including her lover Jared Howe. Unable to emotionally detach herself from the desires of her host, Wanderer sets out to find Jared and the other humans.

Wanderer soon finds herself near death, lost in the desert. Against the wishes of the other humans, Melanie's uncle allows Wanderer to rest and receive care in the human cave. As Wanderer infiltrates the camp she is accepted and begins to develop her own love affair with Ian O'Shea. Her loyalty is put to the test when she discovers the humans are experimenting with methods of extracting their alien hosts. However, their methods end in death for both the human and the Soul. Wanderer knows of a method that will only result in the death of the Soul. Will she reveal it, basically sacrificing herself? Through many trials Wanderer proves her loyalty to the humans and deepens the unique love triangle created between Wanderer, Melanie and the two different men they love. These two unlikely allies face difficult decisions that mean life and death for them and the rest of humanity.

The Host is a brilliant blend of the science fiction and romance genres.

Stephanie Meyer is an award-winning author and producer, most famous for her vampire romance series Twilight. She was the bestselling author in America in 2008 and 2009, selling 29 million and 26.5 million copies respectively. Time magazine ranked her no. 49 on its list of "100 Most Influential People" in 2008, and Forbes put her at no. 26 on its "2009 Celebrity 100 List" and ranked her the 59th most powerful celebrity in 2010. Additionally, USA Today named her "Author of the Year" in 2008.

Meyer has revealed that she plans to make The Host a trilogy, calling the second and third books "The Soul" and "The Seeker." Meyer lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her husband, Christian, and three sons, Gabe, Seth and Eli.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving the bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves: Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stephenie Meyer is an amazing phenomenon—out of the brightness of her mind and spirit comes the illuminated darkness of her stories. For no matter how much pain her characters suffer, Meyer infuses the tales with light and hope.”

    Orson Scott Card

  • “A fantastic, inventive, thoughtful, and powerful novel. The Host should come with a warning label: it will grab you and keep you reading well into the wee hours of night and keep you thinking, deeply, hauntingly, well after the final word. Stephenie Meyer captures characters and handles story line like a master—a hybrid combination of Stephen King and Isaac Asimov.”

    Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An epic story of love, family, and loyalty…The Host is The X-Files meets Days of Our Lives.”

    USA Today

  • “Meyer is more interested in relationships than in flashy genre conventions…Meyer’s affirmative life lesson is disarming.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human: a literary phenomenon…The way she manages the reader’s curiosity, maintaining tension and controlling the flow of information, is simply virtuosic…People do not want to just read Meyer’s books; they want to climb inside them and live there.”


  • “A brilliant and fascinating premise…Its mix of adventure and new love on a new Earth is just right to get lost in this summer.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

  • “Shines with romantic intrigue.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reading beautifully expresses the confusion of a creature who is accustomed to a certain compassionate detachment and who becomes quickly overwhelmed by the strong passions of her human encounter. These emotions drive Wanderer to seek out the loved ones whom Melanie left behind…delivers both emotional satisfaction and a somewhat morally ambiguous ending.” 


  • The Host lives up to the hype, blending science fiction and romance in a way that has never worked so well.”

    Library Journal

  • “You might assume that Meyer’s bestselling Twilight series, about the intense love between a human teen and a vampire, takes the interspecies relationship thing about as far as it can go. There’s where you’d be wrong. Meyer’s ingenious adult-market debut, heavily but not tediously indebted to Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, imagines the tangled web of attachments between an alien parasite and the colony of humans to which the alien’s host body once belonged…The view of the apocalypse from the vantage point of one of its horsemen makes for propulsive reading, laden with unforgettable, unsettling scenes that raise fascinating questions about distinctions between essential human identity and its physical vessel. Consider buying duplicate sets of Meyer’s ouevre, one for adults and one for YAs, since this entertaining, somewhat soft-focus SF saga will only serve to broaden the penumbra of Meyer’s fame.”


  • “Mature and imaginative…propelled by equal parts action and emotion…Its unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Host will likely appeal to readers interested in supernatural romance or character-driven science fiction. Questions of what defines humanity and love add a philosophical angle to an engaging and entertaining title.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 2/8/2014

    " Stephenie outdid herself on this book. I loved this story more than Twilight! I really with that she would finish the next book in this trilogy. Very Sci-Fi with a neat twist on human souls! Don't read this expecting another Twilight kind of book. Great storyline! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pigeon | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed the struggle to understand the nature of humanity and the way the author created a situation in which we are forced to think about our consciousness and the many different ways we feel and give love. The discussion questions at the end really gave me a lot to think about and the playlist she offers in the end is intriguing. I might have to try it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zion | 2/5/2014

    " I loved how Stephanie was able to capture the perspective of both the humans, and the "aliens" and make it seem like there was no true "evil" yet everyone was a little creepy, guilty, confused, and had there own idea of "good" and "bad". Make no mistake though this book isn't cheesy, or full of rainbows and butterflies nether is it that gruesome. Its just awesome a great book, the first few chapters were a little confusing but ones you get in to it it's so totally worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jillian Louise | 1/18/2014

    " Meh, kinda book. It's a bit slow, but it is intriguing. "

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