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)
Listeners who are unfamiliar with Scott Sigler might be wondering about all the strange reviews of this novel:
A few years ago, when Mr. Sigler was an aspiring author, he began publishing his novels online in podcast form. Every week, he read a chapter aloud and made it available to his podcast subscribers for free. The stories were pretty damn entertaining, and his podcast became one of the most popular feeds on the internet. His fans call themselves "junkies" because of their addiction to Scott's weekly fiction "fix". He produced several free online audiobooks in this fashion, and all were eventually printed by small publishing houses.
"Infected" was his first novel to be picked up by a major publisher. Marketing an audiobook was problematic because Scott had already read the book on his podcast for free. Hence, this Director's Cut. (If you look in the pupil on the cover, it says "Director's Cut" in blue letters.) This version contains several scenes that are missing from the free podcast version and the print novel. They're not crucial to the story, but they are entertaining.
As other reviewers have stated, this is a horror novel for listeners with a strong stomach. Don't expect a Robin Cook style medical thriller. What porn is to sex, this book is to violence and vulgarity. Having stated those disclaimers, let me say it's a damn good page-turner. Imagine a good Michael Crichton book crossed with Stephen King, as told by Quentin Tarantino. In my opinion it's worth the credit. (Actually, I spent cash for this, and I don't regret it.)
The book contains graphic violence, constant swearing, non-sexual violence against women, male genital mutilation, and a racial slur. It does NOT contain: sex, drugs, rape, animal cruelty, gang violence, or hate crimes.
If you've made it this far, thanks for looking at my wordy review of "Infected." Who says audiobook lovers can't read?
Ok, yes, I'm a Sigler Junkie. I was over-joyed to see this on Audible. I listened to the podcast, I bought the hardcover (I'll be donating that to my local library.). I cannot wait to see Contagious (the sequel) come out. I would love to see Scott's other books on Audible as well. As always, his production is top-notch. His enthusiasm for the story comes through in this performance. My highest recommendation for this book.
I thought this book was a great story.
People complained about the voices he does but he's just getting started. The voices are much better in Contagious (the second book).
Parts of this book had me laughing out loud and other parts had me cringing.
I have started and not finished a lot of audio books because I lose interest. This book kept my attention all the way through.
I have the Contagious halfway finished and I'm looking forward to more titles from this author.
Keep 'em coming Mr. Sigler!
This story is totally addictive. You won't want to stop listening. It's disgusting and terrifying and perfect! This is absolutely amazing. I have been a Stephen King fan for ever and I have never come across anyone that can entertain me like he does. Until now - Scott Sigler is the new Master of Horror!
This audiobook seems like an action-packed movie. While violent and gory, the story progresses rapidly and the reader is gripped by the suspense and tension. Very entertaining. I eagerly anticipate his next novel. Definitely buy this one if you would like to be entertained and would not be put off by the graphic violence.
OMG! A GREAT "what if" ride! I don't care how "bad" folks thought the author read this book. (I don't like the way Stephen King reads his books either but it doesn't stop me from listening) I enjoyed this book soooo much! I drive for a living and I listen to LOTS of books and there are some I have by very popular writers that I have had to turn off because they were putting me to sleep...not this one though...I had to force myself to stop. Am posting same review on his other book cuz I feel the same...hope he writes lots more...
Love these books! I am a big fan of plague and Zombie books and thought this was well written. Alot of you are commenting that you did not like his vocal version of the book, but I thought he did well. Some parts were even funny to me and some parts made me flinch! Thanks Scott for these really entertaining books. I was absolutely addicted.
It took a few chapters to capture my attention and to get used to Scott's voice and style of narration...but WOW, I am really glad I gave it a chance. One of the most interesting and creative plots I have ever
The plot and characters
The entire thing
First off, the narration is not nearly as bad as some reviewers say. The author should not have read his own book for the Audible site, but I've heard far worse from "professional" narrators. The Amos voice was cringe-worthy, and some of the female voices were not the best. Overall, though, he did a fine job of acting without overacting.
The story was interesting, and had me hooked early on. The author took a fairly well-known plot and gave it enough twists to make it feel fresh. Well done on that account. Where it fell short, for me, was in some of the detail. Sigler seemed to be fairly heavily influenced by another popular horror author, but he lacked the skill to pull off the Flawed Character. In some instances, his characters seemed to be not so much flawed as a vehicle for the author to air some of his own more unfortunate biases. I hope I'm wrong in that. Regardless, the characters lacked depth, and it was difficult to care what happened to them one way or the other. I was far more interested in the alien species.
To sum up, if this book were a camera, I would describe it as prosumer: an hybrid of professional and consumer grade. It doesn't have the polish of a professional work, but it's still pretty darn good.
Mr. Sigler has written a pretty engrossing story, here; but I wish he had allowed a professional actor narrate it. In his afterword, he even apologizes for his attempts to voice his female characters. In general, I don't think authors make good audiobook narrators -- even for their own stories. They don't appreciate the skill and training that professional actors bring to audiobook narration. For me, a good narrator contributes at least half of my enjoyment of an audiobook. While I was listening to "Infected," I kept thinking how much more I would have liked this audiobook if George Guidall or Ron McLarty had been narrating it. For this reason, I have docked a star from my rating of "Infected." Otherwise, Mr. Sigler has delivered to us a pretty exciting, scary, genre-bending story. The fact that "Infected" keeps us enthralled to the end -- despite its sci-fi far-fetchedness -- testifies to Mr. Sigler's good writing and researching. He lays down the premise that some alien, plant-like civilization has sent spores to Earth that infect humans, using us for their gestation. This premise generates a somewhat gory and horrifying scenario, which Mr. Sigler describes so skillfully that we have to keep listening. However, people who are offended by graphic descriptions or profanity should probably bypass this audiobook.
"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.
"Good story, we'll paced."
There's something new on the alien abduction idea here, the page is good and the performance although not perfect, becomes better as he gets into it. Well worth a listen.
"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.
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