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The Strain Audiobook

The Strain

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Publisher's Summary

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months - the world.

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing....

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city - a city that includes his wife and son - before it is too late.

©2009 Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Katrin Sweden 05-09-15
    Katrin Sweden 05-09-15
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    "Del Toro should stick to screenplays"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better dialogue and better writing.


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

    I like the fact that there are no teenage girls mooning over the vampires.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are considering this book because you love Del Toro's movies I would advice against buying it.I love Del Toro's movies. They are never shallow and they always have something beautiful about them even if the story is grim. Although a lot of the dialogue is written as if this book was a screenplay, the story lacks in finesse and it has none of the beauty the movies have I had a feeling of not caring about the outcome so I skipped (about 1/3 of the book) to the ending. I didn't seem to have missed much.

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    CFL chicago 05-01-15
    CFL chicago 05-01-15

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    "loved this book"

    wonderfully narrated.....couldn't stop . listening......visual of details through narration gave me the feel of actually watching the movie....

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    Matt 04-21-15
    Matt 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful concept, but the performance not so much"

    The story was alright, could definitely tell it was originally intended for the screen, but I had a problem with some of the voices the narrator used, they were a little hard to hear.

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    Michael EAGAN, MINNESOTA, United States 04-15-15
    Michael EAGAN, MINNESOTA, United States 04-15-15 Member Since 2006
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    "An engrossing origin story."

    I enjoyed Perlman's narration much more than I initially thought I would. A good first book for a trilogy.

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    B. Skaggs United States 04-07-15
    B. Skaggs United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent new take on the vampire genre"

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the sequels. Perlman was a great choice for narration.

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    Laura Concord, NH, United States 03-30-15
    Laura Concord, NH, United States 03-30-15
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    "Good story, only ok narration"

    This was recommended to me by a friend and I'm really glad I took his advice and gave it a try. I loved the story, love the graphic imagery set in it. While I really like Ron Pearlman's voice (deep, rich and smooth) there's very little differentiating between character's voices which makes it a little hard to follow along. Still it was an enjoyable listen and, in my opinion at least, worth the credit. I do plan on picking up the next in the series.

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    Victor Knoxville, TN, USA 03-09-15
    Victor Knoxville, TN, USA 03-09-15 Member Since 2005
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    "better than expected"

    I enjoyed the performance. I'm looking forward to the next book and am pleased that there are a couple more in the series. actually a little scary.

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    Brett PROVO, UT, United States 02-20-15
    Brett PROVO, UT, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2012

    Writer, actor, improviser, and family man working as a content writer/editor in a SaaS Marketing Department.

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    "Great but ..."

    The incessant, repetitive interlude music has got to go.

    Otherwise it's gripping and intense. Check it out especially if you like vampires who are actually terrifying.

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    Zeddmore 02-13-15
    Zeddmore 02-13-15
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    "I really wanted to like this book"

    It seemed perfect - a book written by one of my favorite directors and performed by an actor I very much respect. My hopes were high and at first is seemed great - but alas, it wasn't meant to be.

    Bloated writing, heave-handed narratives and long-winded dissertations on every little thing kicked me out of the story before any real action developed.

    At first I laughed, then I groaned, then I gave up and pushed the off button. Might be a good story, I just couldn't make my way through it.

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    Jennifer Austin, TX, United States 02-12-15
    Jennifer Austin, TX, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Creepy"

    Ron Perlman's show and steady performance somehow heightens the creepy factor of this disturbing spin on the vampire trope.

    I will definitely be listening to the sequels.

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