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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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    Manoli 02-28-15
    Manoli 02-28-15
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    "Captivating"

    Great story all around. Well written with terrific characters and they are well fleshed out. I kept coming up with things to do so I could have an excuse to listen.

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    Charles 02-03-15
    Charles 02-03-15
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    "Shallow"

    The performance was good but the story was lacking, not much substance and was predictable. Some high level definitions of things for the technical aspect.

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    The Shoe 01-29-15
    The Shoe 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nailbiter!"

    A very unique story, with a tinge of scientific notes , leaves you wanting more. Could have been better with more character development.

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    Antonette 01-28-15
    Antonette 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gut-wrenching!"

    It was a roller coaster ride of unexpected events, enjoyable listening to this story indeed. Bub never lost his gory, nightmarish self even in the end.

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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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