• Gregor and the Code of Claw

  • The Underland Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,173 ratings)

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Gregor and the Code of Claw

By: Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
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Publisher's Summary

Rich in suspense and brimming with adventure, the New York Times best-selling Underland Chronicles unfold the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor. Suzanne Collins is also the author of the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

Everyone has been trying to keep Gregor from seeing the final prophecy, The Prophecy of Time. It says something awful: It calls for the warrior’s death. The warrior being Gregor, of course. Now, an army of rats is quickly approaching and Gregor’s mom and little sister, Boots, are still in Regalia. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor’s hands and time is running out. There is a code that must be cracked, a new princess to contend with Gregor’s burgeoning dark side, and a war designed to end all wars.

In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.

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A cure for my hunger games hunger!

Where does Gregor and the Code of Claw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was prepared to be disappointed in this book because the Hunger Games series was just so darn good. How could Suzanne Collins possibly have had a whole series published before the phenomenon, that I'd never heard of, that was good?? Well, this was excellent and had me hooked in under a minute.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor and the Code of Claw?

When the crawlers spoke for the first time with their unique syntax and cadence! "Princess you be, princess!"

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I am addicted! I've read the whole series. Love, love, love!

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Loved the series but the ending is a huge letdown!

This series is wonderful but I have to wonder what on earth Suzanne Collins was thinking when she wrote this ending...It is terrible, it's like she got tired of writing and just decided to stop! I wont say more because I dont want to spoil it for anyone else but PLEASE Ms. Collins...write a 6th book!

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They kissed. They parted. Fantasy meets Reality.

Would you consider the audio edition of Gregor and the Code of Claw to be better than the print version?

With multiple listenings of the audio, I have not felt the need to read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ripred impressed me with his insights, honesty and devotion. He was Gregor's mentor, a reality check for the Regalian royalty, the hope of the rats even when they did not know it, and the one person who could handle prophecy as it ought to be.

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

Paul Boehmer gave enough vocal distinction to make most characters seem differentiated and real. I especially liked Boots, Mrs. Cormaci and Ripred. His style and diction made the story easy to listen to, which I did several times.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved to breathe a sigh of relief when Luxa refused to come above ground and the rock was replaced. Luxa, tender and loving at moments, also revealed herself to be a young Solovet. And if the royal-commoner divide does not doom a relationship with Gregor, her warrior predisposition and ability to stand by and watch him die in quicksand certainly are not good omens. Gregor needs Mrs. Cormaci's healing touch much more than he needs Luxa's hand. Fantasy meets reality.

Any additional comments?

Not many sword and sorcery fantasy books paint a picture of battle as realistic as Collins has here. Gregor spends more time in the hospital than in battle, and ends the book needing much healing. The children in the story, though, seem a wee bit older than their stated ages, and I think the story has a lot to offer readers/listeners a wee bit beyond Gregor's thirteen.

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The ends sucks

It’s like she couldn’t make up her mind and just ended it. Rest of the story is good but after 5 books you want some time conclusion

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More Gregor Wanted

Would like to see Gregor and company in about ten years. His families situation, mrs. Cormasy, the new bonds and allies in the underworld and how Gregor has adjusted to high school and possible college with his rager powers

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If you liked the others in the series, you will like this one too. Fair warning, it gets darker the farther you read in this series, so be mindful with kid readers. Also, I felt like the ending got away from her. I wasn't expecting a fairytale happy ending, but there wasn't much of one. It is an issue I've noticed with this author before. Still worth reading, just don't expect it to get wrapped up.

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Great book, bad ending.

The book is soooooooooooooooo good such a great plot, but the ending is not very good at all.

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Not for a 9 year old

I bought this series to listen to with my 9 year old girl, but although I like it very much and may recommend it for her in 2 or 3 years, I thought it was too violent for her.

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A teenager no more

Where does Gregor and the Code of Claw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a great book, probably in the top 10, but not the top 5.

What other book might you compare Gregor and the Code of Claw to and why?

Suzanne Collins has a pattern. She makes her beloved characters suffer a lot, and she always kills someone dear to him / her in the end, which might suck for people who like happy endings. And also, her characters suffer extreme poverty and hunger, but they are loyal and true to what they believe.

Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, to all of Gregor's stories. Paul Boehmer is a great narrator, although he made some slips with some of the minor characters by changing some of their voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, because I wanted to know the end of the saga.

Any additional comments?

Although I've read some comments saying these books might seem like the Harry Potter ones, they DO NOT! There is the similarity of extreme suffering, but Suzanne Collins shows political concepts and ideals in her books which are not seen in the Harry Potter ones.
I think they are worth reading, and if you read Gregor you will have lots of adventures, and you'll even llok at bugs differently, but do not read them if you are expecting something similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. Gregor brings a different story. Pleasant and adventures. I recommend it.

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I loved the entire Gregor series

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I'm not sure which of the Gregor series books I like the best. They were all very entertaining. I have enjoyed this series better than any other audible books so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Lucsa's character because she was so powerful and brave.

What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was very animated in his voice changes, which helped make the characters more real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well, no, although I looked forward to my car trips because I new I'd be entertained!

Any additional comments?

All age groups will love these books, but some young teens might need a little guidance.

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  • 06-21-15

Addictive

Loved these stories, utterly enjoyable, great characters and narrator
Was not ready for it to end

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  • Hannah4cupcakes
  • 02-20-21

Loved it!

Just a great as the others in the series.. didn't want it to end! It had a brilliant story with twists and turns. I would 100% recommend!

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Brings Real Social Justices to Light

I’m in awe at how Suzanne took horrendous events within our history and made it apart of this series. Like the Mice being gassed and blamed for the plague in which it wasn’t their fault at the hand of a powerful and persuasive dictator (Hitler and the Jews) and how Sandwich wiped out and entire species to rid them of the land that was traditionally theirs for centuries (The British Invasion of Australia and the slaughter of the Indigenous People)
Truely amazing.