When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.
He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.
But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.
©2012 J.A. Konrath (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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There were so many points at which this book could have gone horribly, crashingly wrong. To my amazement, it never did, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Literature for the ages, this is not. But it's ontologically whacked, it's crazy fun, it's bite-your-nails exciting! And Luke Daniels does a fine job with the narration. Definitely recommended to take the edge off the the pain of the current political primaries.
Its up there. The story was creepy and twisted all the way through. Just how I like them.
Picturing "Bub" speaking for the first time would give me the chills.
Did a really good job with different characters. I was never confused about who was speaking.
Hang on to your shorts... and bring an extra pair!
This story was fast paced and kept me listening all throughout. Looking into the different characters' past was quick and insightful without taking you away from the story. Author and narrator had me freaked on what was coming next. Putting myself in the same situation as the main character I could see the same reactions. I would highly recommend. I didn't know what to expect and was delivered a gem.
Not sure - I've only listened to the audio version - but it definitely made some of the sounds and ambiance stand out.
The story itself was terrific. J.A. Konrath I wonder must be a freaking genius! This book is labeled as a techno-thriller. Not sure exactly what that is per se, but the level of information about DNA strands and nuclear fusion, etc. literally was impressive. Blew me away. No pun intended.
Bub's voice scared the crap out of me.
80 years ago it was found buried nearly 200 feet below the Mayan soil deeply submersed inset a deep coma...
Just a really great story. Some of the twists were just so impressive that I had no idea what I was in for. The ending I was perhaps a little disappointed with. I would have liked to have had more closer, but still that did not detract much from anything. The character of
Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken
A rabbi, a priest, and a molecular geneticist... oh, you've heard this one?
Well, they are all part of a super-secret government project in an underground lab deep in the desert. It seems that while digging the Panama Canal in 1903, workers unearthed a huge, humanoid being with wings, horns, and cloven hooves. The being was alive but in a state of suspended animation. So of course Teddy Roosevelt took him back to the U.S. and installed him in this no-expenses-spared secret lab.
Fast-forward to the present. The molecular geneticist is there to sequence "Bub’s" DNA. There's also an M.D. and a veterinarian on the study team. The priest and the rabbi are there just in case, and there’s a crusty old army general who runs the show and reports to the president. Bub has suddenly woken up and started talking, but no one can understand him, so a noted linguist is called in. But Bub picks up English real quick, so the handsome linguist is really there to romance the pretty lady vet and to team up with her to lead the heroics when everything goes horribly wrong (as we know it will because we remember Jeff Goldblum's speech about chaos theory in Jurassic Park).
This adventure is fast-moving, gruesome, and ridiculous if you think about it (and you don’t have to think very hard). But it had enough interesting characters (including Bub) and unexpected plot twists to keep me intrigued and just enough humor to lighten the gore. It’s also the right length--long enough to build suspense but short enough so the silliness doesn't become exasperating. I suspect that if you enjoy books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (especially their solo efforts) you'll probably enjoy "Origin."
Luke Daniels does his usual fine job of narration, right up to the book's memorable last line, which he delivers perfectly.
All the characters were equally great...however Bub had some of the best lines.
Yes, and he is one of my favorite narrators. In fact, the main reason I tried this book is because of him. I had never heard of the author.
Yes, but not in a nice way. When the baby attacked I thought the woman got what she deserved. She was totally bonkers.
This book was so extra creepy and gory. Not for the faint of heart. That said, sometimes I just need to listen to something like this and it fit the bill exactly.
I purchased this Audible Book on a whim. I was checking out, and noticed the title, and scanned the summary, and since it was fairly short, and inexpensive, I added it to my cart. I sure am glad that I did so.
The storyline is imaginative, although it stretches the imagination a wee bit, but what I really found enjoyable was the characters, all of them.
I would recommend this quick listen to anyone who has a tendency to enjoy rather quirky, out of the ordinary Audible Books.
I don't really want to give anything else away, or it wouldn't be a suprise!
for 5 years has driven 180 miles round trip daily. That is a ton of listening time!
twists and turns leaves you wanting more information on what is going on right from the start.
When you think you know, but you don't know.. that makes a good book. Konrath continues to deliver for me.
passion and flair.
This book kept me in my car during breaks and lunches! Could not get enough
Interesting: Bub, the prinicipal character.
Less interesting: The sometimes gratuitous gore
I have listened to his performances, and am always impressed . His rendering of "Bub" is one of the all time best on Audible, IMHO.
It did grab me, and was definitely a " pause in the day and pay attention" type audio book.
The final resolution is somewhat of a let down, but it does leave promises of more to come !
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This thing does end, reeeeeeely. I know you won't believe me when you are twenty, thirty, one hundred hours in. And it feels like at least a hundred hours after the first fifty minutes. Konrath would like to be Chricton. And Chricton did write some things this mediocre. Maybe if I read something else, I'd like it. But I didn't start Chricton with a novel filled with characters shallow as a parking lot puddle. Or a plot contrived to string those characters together. So since I didn't start with a Chricton stinker, I kept reading him. Since I started with this Knorath stinker… well I won't read any more.
Fool me once….
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
A very fun listen with a surprising story line. Love books where I can't tell what is going to happen next (so rare!). Especially effective is the slow-reveal of character's histories. Also, is the creature evil or not? Keeps you guessing. Listened to this book several times since I purchased it.
Fast paced, well researched and a great ending. I'm getting pretty good at the 'Bub' voice - another plus!
"Not for me."
Didn't enjoy this. I found the characters too cartoonish and some of the things they came out with made me want the dark side to win. Sorry Mr Konrath. I'm sure it's exactly what many, many people are looking for.
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