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Seeders: A Novel | [A. J. Colucci]

Seeders: A Novel

George Brookes is a brilliant but reclusive plant biologist living on a remote Canadian island. After his mysterious death, the heirs to his estate arrive on the island, including his daughter, Isabelle; her teenage children; and Jules Beecher, a friend and pioneer in plant neurobiology. They will be isolated on the frigid island for two weeks, until the next supply boat arrives. As Jules begins investigating the laboratory and scientific papers left by George, he comes to realize that his mentor may have achieved a monumental scientific breakthrough....
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George Brookes is a brilliant but reclusive plant biologist living on a remote Canadian island. After his mysterious death, the heirs to his estate arrive on the island, including his daughter, Isabelle; her teenage children; and Jules Beecher, a friend and pioneer in plant neurobiology. They will be isolated on the frigid island for two weeks, until the next supply boat arrives.

As Jules begins investigating the laboratory and scientific papers left by George, he comes to realize that his mentor may have achieved a monumental scientific breakthrough: communication between plants and humans. Within days, the island begins to have strange and violent effects on the group, especially Jules who becomes obsessed with George’s journal, the strange fungus growing on every plant and tree, and horrible secrets that lay buried in the woods. It doesn’t take long for Isabelle to realize that her father may have unleashed something sinister on the island, a malignant force that’s far more deadly than any human. As a fierce storm hits and the power goes out, she knows they’ll be lucky to make it out alive.

A. J. Colucci masterfully weaves real science with horror to create a truly terrifying thriller, drawing from astonishing new discoveries about plants and exploring their eerie implications. Seeders is a feast of horror and suspense.

©2014 A. J. Colucci (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-14-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I think I will go work out in the garden..."
    What made the experience of listening to Seeders the most enjoyable?

    Actually does have some rather interesting twists and turns, featuring characters that, while maybe abit too shallow ( at least intially ) turn out to be more complex and this makes the story that much more enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Seeders to and why?

    Triffids, anything to do with Pod People, anything to do with plant/human communication.


    What about Janie Brookshire’s performance did you like?

    I had somewhat of a tough time with her at the start ( and, dare I say, she did as well! ) . However, we both warmed to the task, and I was taken by her work in the last 3rd.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Honey, please cut the lawn?!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very entertaining offering, much more so than I originally thought when I read about it and started listening. Bookshire's teenage girl is excellent, and she brought to life some domestic drama at the start that was truly discomforting.
    Not to be too trite ( but somewhat so ! ) this book does..ahem..grow on you.
    Recommended!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David San Diego, CA, United States 11-13-14
    David San Diego, CA, United States 11-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Cliche Concept Well Executed"
    If you could sum up Seeders in three words, what would they be?

    The trees watch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think one of the scenes towards the end was my favorite, when Jenny was half mad and digging in the dirt, basically digging her own grave.


    Any additional comments?

    The romantic subplot between the two teens was not something I enjoyed, or I felt the story needed. However, over all though the concept was executed well enough that I suspended my disbelief and wanted to keep listening. I finished in three days with only minimal interruptions and I look forwards to my next listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne 03-04-15
    Yvonne 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad story Horrible narrator"

    Don't waste your time money or credits. Narrator was atrocious! I've heard kindergarten teachers read more interestingly. No joke! You've been warned!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Alaska 01-31-15
    Elizabeth Alaska 01-31-15 Member Since 2012

    Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

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    "Could've been so good...."

    The premise for the story was great; empty island, mysterious plant blight, crazy scientist, stuck there for two weeks...

    Instead, the story just rambles on with very little character development or coherent plot structure. Things just seem to happen with very little actual story building.

    Biggest peeve: the main female character is portrayed as a very inconsistent and weak personality. What kind of woman would stay with a husband who hits their mentally challenged child, calling him a freak? The author immediately created a main character that we can't trust or even like much---so who cares what happens to her on the island.

    I gave up 2/3 of the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mamabear 10-30-14
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    "DON'T BOTHER!"
    What disappointed you about Seeders?

    It was not discribed as a Sci-Fi novel, but that's what it turned out to be....and, at that, it's the worst Sci-Fi EVER!


    What could A. J. Colucci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Try having a concrete and plausible story line.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Janie Brookshire’s performances?

    No, NADA!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seeders?

    The first third of the book was reasonably good, but the remaining part was so idiotic I couldn't wait to see how far the author could bring this story to it's knees.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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