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Origin: A Technothriller | [J. A. Konrath]

Origin: A Technothriller

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.
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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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    Coral 01-28-15
    Coral 01-28-15
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    "Worth a listen - wouldn't read it"

    Excellent narrator, & interesting premise, but poor execution on the writer's part. The characters are flat and rife with internal contradictions, the exposition is incredibly heavy handed, and cliche is piled on cliche in both plot and dialogue. The writing is just... bad.

    A representative example, no spoiler: in the beginning, the POTUS himself calls this nobody polyglot translator in the middle of the night and literally says, "your country needs you."

    The narrator though - he nails the bad guy. The voice is described as a whispery, wet, strong baritone, and damned if he doesn't give us exactly that. It actually sent goose bumps up my arm at one point. His performance alone saved this book for me, and for that, it's worth a listen.

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    max 01-20-15
    max 01-20-15
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    "bad bad story"
    Would you try another book from J. A. Konrath and/or Luke Daniels?

    no


    Has Origin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    he was great across all characters


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

    disappointment, since attempting to tackle large issues and historic quests yet falls completely flat on its face with plausible or reasonable answers. Underlying story line of the main characters is very predictable


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your time listening to it

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 01-11-15
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 01-11-15 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "The Narrator is the Star"

    The story is Crichton like without the excellence of Crichton. But the narrator's interpretation of the protagonistic demon's voice is so chilling that I stayed engaged.

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    Gary 01-07-15
    Gary 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Lucifer!"

    Great performance. Reader puts you right in the middle of it. Good book. looking forward to hearing more from this performer.

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    M. Haney 10-08-14
    M. Haney 10-08-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The author kept me in suspense as he took me on a subterranean adventure with a fantastic premise.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable, but kept me guessing anyway.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Voice quality and character portrayal were well rehearsed. The reader made the most of his material.


    Was Origin worth the listening time?

    Good audio entertainment. Kept me interested.


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    MysteryFan77 09-16-14
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    "Bub is in the house!"
    Where does Origin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranked up there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Origin?

    The feeding of Bub


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Andy first met Bub.


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

    Yes. I wanted to learn more about what Bub was and what he was capable of.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the description as this could have been a painfully bad read. From the original discovery of Bub I was intrigued.

    It reminded me of Jurassic Park in that they had kept a potentially dangerous creature behind glass as scientists studied it trying to understand what it was.

    Lots of religious overtones since they suspect that Bub is a demon or the devil himself. Despite this possibility, Bub is likable. The characters are likable too despite their checkered pasts.

    The ending is a little bit of a let down, but does keep the door open for more.

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    Suzanne 08-14-14
    Suzanne 08-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting and different"

    A very unique story. Even at the end, we are never certain exactly what Bub is, but we do know he doesn't bode well for this world. There was real subtly in the plot, and I was kept guessing. I liked the writing, and the way this was approached.

    That said, I almost quit midway and returned this, as the violence ended up being gross and disturbing. The description by the author was almost gleeful as he was clearly trying to upset the reader. Not normally squeamish, this was more than I needed, and certainly was not helpful to the story.

    The plot on it's own was more than enough. The overkill on the violence almost ruined the story.

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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-11-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2011

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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    "Religious bombasity disguised as science fiction"

    I hated this book for so many reasons, not the least of which is that the title is misleading—it's a morality play, not a technothriller.

    I got so tired of all the drivel about who's religion is correct, together with all the characters' guilt, remorse, and desiring repentance. That same theme is played out over and over with every single character—far too improbably to represent any real collection of people.

    Before the end of the first chapter it became obvious—the book is just a blatant excuse for J. A. Konrath to burden us with his narrow-minded views on religion, Jesus, God, the Devil, God—and Jesus. Sound good to you? Okay—lap it up. For my part, I skipped most of the book to find out if any possible ending could justify all the tedious religiosity that drips from every chapter. And the answer is—NO!

    Some folks who reviewed this book seem to be impressed that it was gory, or creepy. For me, it was far less gory or creepy than just about any realistic history of WWI. I can only assume that the people who liked this book are mired in the same kind of religious conundrum that compelled Konrath write the book in the first place.

    Oh—Luke Daniels is a terrific narrator.

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    Delivery 07-08-14
    Delivery 07-08-14
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    "Great fun! Terrifying! "Awesome""
    Where does Origin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 stars!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I had to take a 7 hr drive to California. I was never bored or tired.


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

    Luke Daniels is the " Best Narrator" I have ever heard.He took me for a thrilling ride.


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

    The Priest conversations with the rabbi.


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    S. Brown Australia 06-25-14
    S. Brown Australia 06-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It kept me listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Long after I should have been asleep I was still listening to this audiobook and that doesn't often happen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frank Belgium. His character arc was excellent and he added the all important bit of humour that broke the tension at the right moments.


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

    No, but I would. The only voice that annoyed me was Race. I could have done with out so much gravel. The voice of Bud was brilliant.


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