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The Flu | [Jacqueline Druga]

The Flu

Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you'll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you'll feel better in the morning. Not this time. Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns. In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Dave Courvoisier gives a steady performance of the apocalyptic novel The Flu by Jacqueline Druga. His clear voice is an excellent counterpoint to the chaos of the story. One day, a mutated version of the Spanish Flu returns, and becomes a plague upon the human race. This strain is much more deadly than its 1918 incarnation. As people begin dying in droves around the world, Lodi, Ohio, somehow remains free of the flu. The people of Lodi discover that their test isn’t the illness, but their luck in remaining healthy in the face of death, destruction, and disaster.

Publisher's Summary

Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you'll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you'll feel better in the morning. Not this time. In 1918 forty-million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared.

Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns. In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they ... are 'flu-free' In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course.

©2006, 2011 Jacqueline Druga (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Maria OSCODA, MI, United States 05-01-12
    Maria OSCODA, MI, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "It was okay. Not my favorite."

    I'm a big fan of apocalyptic novels, but this one wasn't my fave. It was a bit of a struggle to listen to. It was very "conversation heavy" and didn't have enough narrative, so the characters and scenes were flat. I also thought the characters weren't very likeable. Mick came off as a "Rocky" type guy with an IQ of about 60. And Dylan was shallow, petty and immature. There were far too many scenes and conversations that were irrelevant and slow, not moving the story forward. Some scenes were great and well-written, others (especially the dialog) were really bad. it was almost as if two different people were writing it. I will listen to another book by Jacqueline Druga because I think she has tremendous potential. But I have to rate this accordingly. Sorry.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-05-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 12-05-13 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Enjoyable"
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    I am happy with this book, the story and the narration is good. I must say I found it enjoyable, compelling to listen too and interesting. I am still unsure if I liked the character Dylan basically for the way she treated our poor Sheriff but then that was part of the fun of it all.

    I would have preferred more about the FLU and the effects, but as a story it is enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Jefferson City, MO, United States 05-21-13
    Rose Jefferson City, MO, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A little bit of everything..."
    Would you listen to The Flu again? Why?

    Yes. I love these characters now. I love the way they are with each other and who they are. I would like to revisit the ones lost to the flu.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Flu?

    I loved the comical conversations between the characters, especially when Rose, Mic's mom explained the facts of life to Dylan's sons... and the moment Mic realized it.


    What about Dave Courvoisier’s performance did you like?

    He was as moved by the story as I was, so his emotional delivery matched my mood upon hearing it. His voice changes for different characters got a little out there sometimes, but I think it added to my ability to distinguish different characters from each other early on.


    If you could rename The Flu, what would you call it?

    Sanctuary. I think that word has a double meaning in this story. At first it's the town as it holds off the flu, but even when that fails, the bonds between the characters create a peace for the survivors from which they can rebuild.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the language was a little graphic, although I must admit, it somehow worked for Rose (to a point), and the homosexual love scene made me uncomfortable with openly recommending this book to just anyone categorically. However, the characters, writing and performance were SUPERB! I appreciate any author who doesn't lazily rely on pure villainy to drive conflict. These people are complex and flawed and so appealing. I intend to visit them again someday, and I look forward to sampling the author's other works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Peabody, MA, United States 02-09-13
    Donna Peabody, MA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Kept me hooked!"

    Well developed story. Very exciting and well written. Good narration. I couldn't wait for the next page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adrienne New Mexico 04-27-12
    Adrienne New Mexico 04-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Swifty much?"
    What disappointed you about The Flu?

    This writer has a tin ear for dialogue. Really, it's kind of painful. And hello? If the speaker is petulant, I don't need the writer to point it out to me. The swifties came so fast and thick, it almost seemed like a joke.


    Any additional comments?

    Aaargh, the voices! Look, it's great when a narrator can develop voices for individual characters, but it's not necessary, and skipping it is better than doing it badly.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-09-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "A realistic insight into human nature and our will"

    What I think is a man made virus, kept in cold storage in Alaska. Away from populations so it can be studied without worry of infecting the masses. As so often happens when a story stars off this way, the virus gets out and infects the entire continent faster than anyone thought possible. Then we are introduced to a cast of characters in Lodi, Ohio of all places. I found it very strange as to why we were concerned with the population of such a small and unassuming town. It isn’t until the second part of the book that I was able to understand why the town of Lodi, Ohio is even relevant. Full of interesting characters that are developed very well. I would even say there were too many characters to keep track of. I think it was strange that there were several distracting sex scenes that added nothing to plot. I found nothing ground breaking for terribly unique to the story. Slow to develop without a real climax, but overall good plague apocalypse adventure. A realistic insight into human nature and our will to survive and overcome anything. However I will be giving the second book a try.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Hopkins Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada 07-28-13
    Elizabeth Hopkins Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada 07-28-13
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    "expected better."
    What disappointed you about The Flu?

    Romance novel with a few deaths thrown in for good measure.


    Has The Flu turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I expected better. There was too much time and detail spent on mushy stuff nd not enough detail about the flu.


    What didn’t you like about Dave Courvoisier’s performance?

    Mechanical sounding in places. Not sure if this was an editing problem.


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

    Good title?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristal Coulter Laconia, NH 11-15-12
    Kristal Coulter Laconia, NH 11-15-12

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    "Great book"

    The book itself was amazing, I do feel it could have used a much better voice, he was very boring and without feeling in his voice. The Author did a great job writing it though.

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    Bobby J. Cooper United States 10-21-12
    Bobby J. Cooper United States 10-21-12

    "zombielizer"

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    "I NOW LOVE AUDIO BOOKS"

    This was my first try at listening to a novel in audio,and I must say I was blown away at how much more intense it is. I had already read half the book on my kindle, so I thought Id give Audible a try. The narrater does a superb job and Jackie Druga penned one hellove story. It made for one hellove combination. I will be listening and reading more from this author

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    Andrew M. Lechner Minneapolis, MN 08-26-12
    Andrew M. Lechner Minneapolis, MN 08-26-12

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    "Worst audiobook ever!"
    What would have made The Flu better?

    Nothing. The naration sounded like stick characters. When I heard the opening lines, I actually thought the speaker was going to be a comedian doing a character. It was like the narator couldn't do different normal voices, so he made up all of these bit characters. I could see him lowering his eyebrows to make the voice of a cowboy,


    Has The Flu turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. This purchase made me really mad. I've already used my returns, and this was a total waste of money


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Courvoisier’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from The Flu?

    The main character. The author's depecition of these family quirks might seem charming to her, but they are just annoying. If I saw pepole acting like they do (before the pandemic) I would walk away from them. And that's what I think you should do from this book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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