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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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    Sharon S. Plate Rio Rancho, NM USA 09-06-15
    Sharon S. Plate Rio Rancho, NM USA 09-06-15

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    "Wow!"

    This reading of THE STRAIN is wonderful. I cannot wait to hear the 2nd book!

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    Amazon Customer 08-17-15
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    "Exciting story!"

    love Guillermo del Toro stories! and Ron Perlman voice its awesome!!!,( Hell Boy its one of my favorite movies! )

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    Isaiah 08-13-15
    Isaiah 08-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "nice"

    This book was fantastic can't wait to buy the next one. Ron perlman killed the narration.

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    D. Kit. 08-09-15
    D. Kit. 08-09-15
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    "Ron Perlman hurt this story"

    The story wasn't terrible. I hate saying Ron Perlman is the reason I wouldn't recommend it, but it's the truth. Between his monotone reading, whispering the parts that the characters are speaking, and the quickly annoying music between chapters, I just wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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    Cubaruba 07-28-15
    Cubaruba 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great fun! Wildly addicting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Never a dull moment!


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

    When the Master 1st evades destruction by the sunlight. SHOCKER!


    Have you listened to any of Ron Perlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my 1st, but he was great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the son Zach sees his changed mother. That was rough.


    Any additional comments?

    It's great how firmly rooted in science and medicine this tale is while still maintaining the ethos of the vampire!

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    Impatience 07-17-15
    Impatience 07-17-15
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    "Excellent detail and back story."

    Although the TV series is excellent, the book brings a new dimension of detail and back story. Plot lines are slightly different, making this a fresh read for those who have seen the series.

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    David B Harris 07-16-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Scary Fun"
    Would you listen to The Strain again? Why?

    Just finished my second time through while getting ready for the next book. I listened years ago, and had forgotten how scary un it was.


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    Nathan Tullis 07-16-15 Member Since 2016

    Fearing I may go mad at the sheer monotony of my desk job, I quickly developed a love for audio books. I've been hooked ever since.

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    "A doctor, a Romanian, and Vampire walk into a bar"
    Any additional comments?

    This book has been on my short list for quite some time. It kept getting moved back for no reason in particular. Other things I was more excited about took precedence. Beyond the fact there are vampires and it is now a TV series, I didn't know much about this book. I enjoy a well imagined vampire, so I jumped in with hopes high.

    An international flight landed at JFK and, before pulling up to the gate, goes completely dark and stops moving. After repeated attempts the contact the pilot, they finally manage to make their way onto the dark, ominous plane. Upon entering, they discover it to be full of bodies. There was no sign of a struggle and all the victims seemed completely drained of blood. Officials quickly contact the Center for Disease Control in hopes to discover and, if need be, contain whatever caused the deaths. Dr. Eph Goodweather of the CDC Canary Team, soon discovers the terrifying truth of what they face. Vampires are real, and they are ruthless.

    This story is a slow burn. It starts off with some excitement then quickly slows to a snail's pace. I understand that there is almost always a lull at the beginning of a story, events and characters needs explained and introduced. However, this was hard to stick with in the beginning and it's not until a little over halfway through that it really started to get exciting. Once events really start to unravel, it more than makes up for the slow start. The liberties the authors take on their view of vampires is pretty cool and a little different. I will say, these are vampires I wouldn't want to meet.

    I really like Ron Perlman, he is Hellboy after all. That being said, I did not care for his narration as a whole. He has a great voice that fits the narrative perfectly, and he reads smoothly and is easy to understand. His dialogue however is a different story entirely. While he did a great job with the Romanian vampire hunter and Eph, most of the characters sounded the same. I often found it hard to distinguish between his readings of male and female characters. There were numerous occasions I found myself thinking one character was talking, when in reality it was a completely different character.

    All said, I enjoyed this book and plan to read the next one. If you like vampires, read this story. There is plenty of blood-draining deliciousness to sate your appetite.

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    eloy 07-15-15
    eloy 07-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth your credit"

    After listening to The book I couldn't put it down made me want to watch the show so bad it's freaking awesome Ron Perlman does a bang up job even tho it sounds like he was getting tired of reading

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    Warren 07-10-15
    Warren 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story! Not so great narator!"

    Story makes me want to go back and read the books! The story telling however was a big disappointment. Ron pearl man voice was very drone like and it was easy to get lost on which character he was going on about. It was like he was a zombie vampire at times !

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