Working under the government's shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim.
With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common - they've been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science.
Meanwhile, Perry Dawsey - a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey - awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices....He is infected. The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.
Infected was the first major print release from Internet phenom Scott Sigler, whose podcast-only audiobooks have drawn an immense cult following, with more than three million individual episodes downloaded. Now Sigler thrills listeners with this cinematic, relentlessly paced novel that mixes and matches genres, combining horror, techno thriller, and suspense in a heady mix that is equal parts Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King.
©2008 Scott Sigler; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
"Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go. Just when I thought I knew what abyss he was leading me across, he knocked the bridge out from under... I think I screamed the whole way down." (Lincoln Child)
"Infected blends science fiction and horror into a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense....Three recommendations: don't read it at night, or just after you've eaten a full meal, or if you're weak of heart....You've been warned!" (James Rollins)
The best part about this audiobook is that the author narrates it himself. It is easy to understand his intended tones and inflections and it makes for a compelling- if unrealistic - horror remniscent of a tasty mix of HP Lovecraft, 1950/60s Drive-in, B movie monsters, and modern Da Vinci Code-esque rapid pace, anticipation, and suspense. Overall quite impressed and glad this poppedup on my recommendation list.
The book had an okay story to me. It was slow to start. I did enjoy it more towards the end and am hoping the next book is better. I loved the story his author wrote called "Nocturnal" so I decided to try this.
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
Honestly, it wasn't the story as much as it was the way it was narrated. Sigler did an excellent job. The sound effects, the "we're huuuuuuungry" voices, all were perfect, and lemme tell you... you don't want to fall asleep with this book playing. Waking up hearing those whispery voices will freak you out!!
Any of the infection mutilation scenes were pretty awesome.
I wouldn't. Infected works well.
How people can compare this author to Stephen King or anyone of that caliber is truly amazing. The story just wasn't put together neatly and the narration ruined it. Thank goodness for returns!
I was first concerned when I realized the writer also read the story, since it was not autobiographical. And, unfortunately, my concern was justified, it is horrible. The characters are copied from other stories with nothing that makes you care about them. The writing is stilted and is simply one cliché after another. The characters even speak in clichés with bad accents. I had to stop listening after the first three chapters, I simply could not take it any longer. The plot has some promise, although it seems very similar to other plots, unfortunately I could not put up with the writing to find out if the plot is any good. So far, it appears to be another alien spawn kind of story. To bad I will never find out.
Zombie books, apocalypse books gotta have them!
I loved every part of this audiobook. The story , the characters, the action on and on. Wow Scott does an amazing job telling the story. I could not stop listening. I wish every audiobook was performed this amazingly!
I have always enjoyed Sci Fi books. This is however one book that scared the crap out of me I was so enthralled. At some points I was laughing out loud, this book has it all.
Yes absolutely. The whole book was beyond interesting.
Absolutely Nothing! Best performance ever!
You will not regret getting this audio book. I am definitely getting the next books in this series. Thank you Thank you Scott for an amazing book!
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
This wasn’t exactly a zombie book like I thought, but it’s really good. I listened to the audio book which was really well put together and a fun listening (but don’t do it while you’re eating). It’s got a lot of gore but the story sticks together really well and the characters interesting. I highly recommend this!
The production value is great!
Entertaining Beyond Belief
My favorite character was Perry Dawson. Seeing his decent into madness and how he responded was fascinating.
That super cool sound effect between chapters and the sound of the aliens' voices
Perry Dawson was my most memorable character. The mental conversations he had with the infection were scary, funny, chilling, and thrilling all at the same time.
"Starts off great, but goes downhill - it's ok"
If you'd asked me that half way through I'd have said yes. After reading the whole book, no I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.
Rubbish, but in my opinion the second half pretty much was.
I really didn't rate the narration, very monotone. There are worse out there but it did take me a while to get into it.
No. Although I am aware there are some out there already.
It starts off really well and follows a couple of characters all experiencing something bad. It's well written, graphic and very immersive. It then gets silly and very average.
"Started well but became... tiresome."
Always, Audio is always better imo
Narration was ok, the author narrates and he openly admits that some of his narration is wanting, the voice acting is bloody awful. I know it adds to the story to be able to differentiete between characters but i think it could be toned down a bit. Sound effects sometimes make it hard to actually hear the words (when driving at 70mph anyway). His women's voice.. my god, just stop doing it. I was close to skipping sections.
Sometimes makes your cringe when describing various self 'harm' shall we say.
I found the last 30 minutes of the book a struggle and the ending felt rushed. I am not sure if i will bother with book 2 in the series.. I'm looking for a new stephen pacey narrated book :)
"Some good ideas, but felt a little disappointed."
Probably not, because I only recommend books I love.
A bit disappointed. I know it is the first in a series but I felt I wanted to know more at this point.
Narrator was fine, but one or two voices a bit annoying.
There is plenty more to tell, I would imagine.
Not a bad book but not a great one. The following one may be worth a listen.
"Well paced, gripping and VERY gory."
When I first started Scott Sigler’s Infected, I must admit to being a little disappointed in the narration. Scott narrates the books himself, but I’d just finished a series of great books with truly amazing character actors narrating, so with hindsight it was a little unfair.
Scott uses some light voice effects to differentiate between some of his characters voices, and also uses sound and music to really bring the story and some of the characters alive. Whether it’s to counter limitations in his own vocal ability or not, it’s a good technique and I grew to love it.
Let me say upfront, Infected’s story line is in a genre I love, but it’s right up there with the best of them. Believable characters which are well developed, a story which is well paced and (sounds) well researched, nice twists, and is a real (metaphorical) page turner that keeps you gripped right up to the very end. Oh yes, and really really gory, with his descriptions painting such an immersive picture, I squirmed several times.....and I'm not in the least bit squeamish. (Chicken scissors anyone?!)
If you like this genre, I say go for it. If you don’t then I’m sure Mills and Boon books are also available.
"BUY THIS BOOK"
This was my first SS book, I love how he narrates, he can not sing, it almost put me off but otherwise it's great. I love the triangles voices, nice little touch. This is a great book, you get completely invested and care what happens and it's so so involving . Buy this, it's so so so good, you won't regret it.
"Now I'm terrified of triangles!"
This book was simply amazing. Best audio book I've listened to. loved the narration and now hooked on Scott Sigler.
"thoroughly entertaining and intense"
A lovely book - this is meant in the nicest and best way, it felt like a book written by an incredibly enthusiastic learner author - which made it all the better.
Once you accept the concept of the story, it bowls along, really exciting and I really wanted to know what happened to the protagonist.
I will be buying the sequel for sure
As long as he doesn't narrate it himself then maybe
I love this genre but this book was garbage IMO
Voice acting was terrible. Made me cringe and eventually turn off. There is little differentiation between characters and when there is, it's a satirical representation of the type of person he's voicing for
I gave up after 2 hours. Maybe it picks up but Im not wasting anymore time
Definitely a young adults book. I feel it appeals to people who like the zombie apocalypse genre in media rather than zombie apocalypse books. It's over dramatised in its performance. It's under developed in its characterisation. It's cheesy. It's predicrable. I hate when authors stop the narrative to talk to the reader. I just didn't like anything about this book
Great thought has been put into this story with a lot of incredible detail that is so graphic at times that you can't help but feel just a little ill. But what the triangles emerge into is slightly disappointing and I felt the whole tale lost something at that moment.
"Formula melodrama lacking conviction and tension"
Lack of any real tension and conviction.
Shallow characters - do I care what happens to these people? NO.
Over melodramatic, tried to make up for the lack of any real tension in the writing.
A really annoying listen. Lack of any tension or conviction in the storyline or writing. Shallow stereotypical characters written perhaps with the hope of a film deal.
Overdramatic reading trying to compensate and that mind numbing melodramatic music
A poor mans (a very poor mans) Stephen King
The author/writer probably had great fun with it but it's all rather indulgent, gosh aren't I cool and violent (even has a warning at the beginning about how violent it is) . . . . yawn.
Clearly not for me.
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