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Infected Audiobook

Infected: A Novel

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.
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Publisher's Summary

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mike 04-01-15
    Mike 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining - Lovecraft/Drive-in/Da Vinci Code"

    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.

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    A. O. Dea Ireland 03-31-15
    A. O. Dea Ireland 03-31-15
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    "narrator's voices a complete turnoff"

    Well reviewed but could not finish it for the above reason. Will not now be listening to Pandemic for the same reason.

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    VPrinceza 02-27-15
    VPrinceza 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow to start"

    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.

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    Scifi and Scary 02-19-15

    Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!

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    "Creeeeeeepy narration. Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Infected?

    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!!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "....the hell?"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the infection mutilation scenes were pretty awesome.


    If you could rename Infected, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't. Infected works well.


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    OutdoorDude 02-10-15
    OutdoorDude 02-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed the book"

    I enjoyed the book and story concept. Did feel a little like there were lots of unanswered questions.

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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 11-17-14
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 11-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious"

    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!

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    Carl E Slaton 11-01-14
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    "It is really, really BAD! And not in a good way.."

    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.

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    Tracy 10-30-14
    Tracy 10-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Zombie books, apocalypse books gotta have them!

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    "Wow wow wow!!!!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    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!


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    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.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes absolutely. The whole book was beyond interesting.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Absolutely Nothing! Best performance ever!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    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!

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-27-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Not what I expected"

    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!

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    Dave Cissell 09-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This Book is Infectious"
    If you could sum up Infected in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining Beyond Belief


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Perry Dawson. Seeing his decent into madness and how he responded was fascinating.


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

    That super cool sound effect between chapters and the sound of the aliens' voices


    Who was the most memorable character of Infected and why?

    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.


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  • Ryan
    8/9/14
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    "Starts off great, but goes downhill - it's ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Rubbish, but in my opinion the second half pretty much was.


    What aspect of Scott Sigler’s performance might you have changed?

    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.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Although I am aware there are some out there already.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • P. Mckenny
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    "Started well but became... tiresome."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

    Always, Audio is always better imo


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes makes your cringe when describing various self 'harm' shall we say.


    Any additional comments?

    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 :)

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  • Janet
    4/28/14
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    "Some good ideas, but felt a little disappointed."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, because I only recommend books I love.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointed. I know it is the first in a series but I felt I wanted to know more at this point.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine, but one or two voices a bit annoying.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is plenty more to tell, I would imagine.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad book but not a great one. The following one may be worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Lanark, United Kingdom
    3/12/13
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MsRanPan
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    12/29/12
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ms S Boothe
    2/22/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn
    Dorking, United Kingdom
    11/8/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack
    WAKEFIELD, United Kingdom
    9/30/15
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    "Garbage"
    Would you try another book written by Scott Sigler or narrated by Scott Sigler?

    As long as he doesn't narrate it himself then maybe


    Has Infected put you off other books in this genre?

    I love this genre but this book was garbage IMO


    What didn’t you like about Scott Sigler’s performance?

    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


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I gave up after 2 hours. Maybe it picks up but Im not wasting anymore time


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    4/26/15
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    "Stomach Churning"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    11/12/14
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    "Formula melodrama lacking conviction and tension"
    Would you try another book written by Scott Sigler or narrated by Scott Sigler?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    Lack of any real tension and conviction.
    Shallow characters - do I care what happens to these people? NO.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Over melodramatic, tried to make up for the lack of any real tension in the writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yawn, yawn


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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