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Origin Audiobook

Origin: A Technothriller

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Publisher's Summary

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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    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-29-12
    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2007

    Chef

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    "You either love Konrath or you don't"

    I have never been a Sci-Fi fan but I love J. A. Konrath's Jack Danial series so I thought I would give some of Konrath's other works a try. I was hooked on the first chapter! I was surprised the book has a lot of depth to it and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Luke Daniels does a fantastic job narrating, especially on Bub!
    If you don't know of Konrath, his books are not for the squeamish lots of gore for some people! I'm funny, I can read about gore but can't see it.
    This book has to continue because I'm looking forward to # 2!!!!!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rainiac 01-10-12
    Rainiac 01-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Origin"

    This is an extremely gory book. What I mean by gory about 90% of the book seems to be a discription of oozing gore, poop odor, dismemberment, reanimated dead flesh and criminals in charge of the devil. The narrator was good though. However the characters are very stereotypical and you'll be offended if you're a Catholic or Jew, women too, vets, just about everybody could be offended by the actions of the characters in this story. It's too gross for me. Don't buy this..

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-18-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-18-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "A Bomb… As in "A" Bomb"

    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….

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle 12-13-13
    Rachelle 12-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Huge disappointment"
    Has Origin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The problem isn't the genre, and really, the book had great potential, except for two things; one, this is NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a technothriller - if that's what you're after, try Daniel Suarez' Daemon. The second issue, I'll explain later.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with all of the voices, particularly with Bub.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. The second part of the reason I think this book is a failure is that the pacing is really messed up, and the characters are a bunch of selfish morons.

    The protagonist is a linguist who speaks 30 languages, but the day he shows up, before he does a single thing, suddenly the reason he's been called there evaporates. There is literally no reason for the protagonist to be a skilled linguist. He could have been a cook or an architect and the story would have been pretty much the same.

    The way the characters are developed is pretty good, and the prose is also pretty good, but the whole book has the feeling of being hugely abridged; we spend the first half of the book learning who these people are and why they do what they do, and then they start dying gruesome, quick deaths. This only works if you are George RR Martin, and even then, it feels like a waste of my time.

    Pretty much every single character there does something incredibly, irretrievably idiotic, tantamount to hearing a scream from the basement and going downstairs armed with a hairbrush.


    Any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels is a really great narrator; I look forward to picking up other books read by him!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-11-13
    Crystal Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2008

    Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.

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    "Nothing Techno, All Dean R. Koontz Style"

    I thought that the idea of "Is it a Devil?" would be exciting. Nope. Just a theme to write up a lot of violence and not a lot of plot.

    It was mostly about the characters and the horrors that brought them to this point. The temptations that make people choose evil.

    In short, it was a morality play with lots of guts and blood.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Belfield, ND, United States 01-11-13
    Stacey Belfield, ND, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting Story... excellent narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of this book was like watching a horror movie that you find yourself peeking out between your fingers, you are terrified but can't stand not seeing. There were several times that I found myself shutting off the book but then having to turn it on to continue. The story is an interesting concept... falls off a tiny bit here and there, but overall a very good listen. The narrator, Luke Daniels, is one of the best if not THE BEST narrator I have ever listened to. His ability to characterize his voice is beyond amazing. Bub... just gave me the creeps!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Sherman Maine 04-16-12
    John Sherman Maine 04-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Novella"
    What did you love best about Origin?

    This was a great study into the hidden motives behind each characters choices


    Would you recommend Origin to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes, this was a great story with some good character development and an interesting take on mankind's history


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'll be vague so not to spoil any of the story but the part where the priest has many questions answered.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really but it did have some gripping parts


    Any additional comments?

    It is nice to have a story told in a short concise manner every once in a while.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Absolutely Horrifying"
    If you could sum up Origin in three words, what would they be?

    Bone chilling horror story that could give nightmares to the squeamish. I dare you to put yourself in the shoes of those that are trapped in this situation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy, Sun and Frank are the heroes. But I think Bud was the most interesting.Bud was able to make my goose bumps run and hide .


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time hearing a performance by Luke but he did an exceptional job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Although I did not cry for any of the characters, I could sure feel their fear.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is what a " true horror" story should be. Edge of your seat mind numbing terror.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    W. K 09-17-16
    W. K 09-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Ending didn't work"

    Narrator was awesome! Had to change my rating because something kept bothering me. I figured it out day after finished book. Ending contradicts previous part of book making it questionable. (I think impossible, based on the previous part.) It was good up til that last bit. This kind of ruined it for me because I keep thinking of different ways it could have ended that would have worked out without contradiction.

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    Melissa Piper 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enthralling"

    The story kept me on the edge of my seat. For the first few hours I actually gasped and laughed out loud numerous times. The narrator did a wonderful job with the different voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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