I listened to the first 5 hours or so of this book, but had to give up.
The story had potential, but the author's narration killed it for me. The main CIA agent sounded like a bad "Dirty Harry" impersonation and the two main CDC doctors sounded like Pops and Trixie from the old Speed Racer cartoons.
I tried to fight through it, but I just couldn't. Maybe somewhere down the line I'll try to revisit it.
It's a shame. The author should have hired a professional to read the audio version.
I am an avid reader! I'm 49 mother of 2 daughters and a trucker. I listen to audio books 5-8 hrs a day 5 day's a week. or 2500 miles which ever comes first. I love scifi, mysteries and all things J.R WARD.
Within a few moments your shivering.I was captivated.
Excellent character development, yet not to long winded. I was intrigued by the depth of understanding Sigler has of the panicky, willful creatures we humans are. I couldn't wait for the next chapter.
Beware 1 sitting will be hours you won't be able to turn it off.
I put off buying this book because of the reviews saying the narration was terrible. I disagree. I didn't find it distracting at all. Some of the voices weren't great but I thought the author did a good job with it. If you like this genre, get this book because it is worth it.
I haven't listened to 800+ audio books, but I have listened to a lot of audio books read by the author. When done so, it is always the best reading as nobody conveys the ideas of the author better. Sigler does a good job of 'performing' the book for the audience. Good story, lots of action.
...the one sentence reviews that say this book was horrible because of the narration and only give it one star. At first the narration was a little silly, but once the story got going I didn't care. Perry's story is probably the most interesting and I like that the author went into detail on how the infection grows and mutates. It reminded me of something David Cronenberg would come up with - horrors of the flesh kind of theme. The story has a lot of horror, suspense, and action. Kind of reminded me of CSI or 24, with a horror/sci-fi element added to it. If you're into those kind of shows, you'll definitely like this story.
When I heard about this series on Book Radio, I got excited. I'm now rather sad that I bought it. The story concept excited me, however, this writing is not that good....the author obviously didn't do extensive research into what he wrote about....and the voices he uses in the narative are extremely bad. I've listened to three hour, and have decided to delete the whole thing from my comp. Yes....it's that bad.
I suppose to be fair, I have to say it is entertaining, for the most part. THere's lots of action and a fairly decent plot, and some very memorable moments. However, the low brow humor, excessive gutter talk, and very unfunny, guyish jokes, gives it a bit of a dopey, stupid feel, like the lowest common denominator is clearly the intended audience. Not that it has to be smart, but it just seems like some dumb formula after a while - and it is so relentless in its vulgar, dumb jokes and mind-numbing tough guy lingo... It becomes tedious and repetitious and predictable in that way. Also, toward the end, the "hero" is so completely unlikeable that you just really don't care at all what happens to him, or to the creatures tormenting him - you just want them to stop spewing all the repetitive, predictable nastiness after a while - It really does kill the story in places. That said, it is a more or less fun story, though I think a condensed version with some of that annoying nonsense weeded out would have been a lot better. Though in the end, I suppose it ia a matter of taste.
good news is the description of this fictitious disease is very detailed and imaginative, Crihtonesque for sure, and there are descriptions of things that truly made me nauseous, so that was fun.
The bad news is that to get to these clever moments you have to endure simple brained dialogue not fit to come out of a purple dinosaur on a kid's program. To call these characters in this book caricatures would suggest that these people have been formed more fully with convincing personality, however cliche. This isn't the case. Whatever the author has been observing to inspire this tome, it wasn't conversation.
Add the cruel fact that this man soils his own book by narrating it himself, doing himself and my ears a true disservice, then you can see why two stars is all i can give this nonsense.
this is the worst audio book i have come across. there is no way in can finish it. as others have stated the narrator ( the author ) is as bad as they come. JUST READ THE BOOK. stop with all the voices. do not waste a credit.