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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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    Nathan Wakarusa, Kansas, United States 05-29-12
    Nathan Wakarusa, Kansas, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2008

    misterx9104

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    "Awesome!"
    Where does Origin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its up there. The story was creepy and twisted all the way through. Just how I like them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Origin?

    Picturing "Bub" speaking for the first time would give me the chills.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Did a really good job with different characters. I was never confused about who was speaking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hang on to your shorts... and bring an extra pair!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    B. Cable Louisville 05-26-12
    B. Cable Louisville 05-26-12 Member Since 2004

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    "A Pleasant Surprise!"

    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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Allen 13 Aurora, IL 04-05-12
    Ian Allen 13 Aurora, IL 04-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Monster of a tale! Great listen / read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Origin to be better than the print version?

    Not sure - I've only listened to the audio version - but it definitely made some of the sounds and ambiance stand out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Luke Daniels???s performance did you like?

    Bub's voice scared the crap out of me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    80 years ago it was found buried nearly 200 feet below the Mayan soil deeply submersed inset a deep coma...

    ...Until today.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 03-16-12
    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and author of Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices, and The Bombast Transcripts.

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    "what a trip"

    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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri United States 07-28-12
    Jeri United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Exciting...creepy...gory...I loved it!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were equally great...however Bub had some of the best lines.


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

    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.


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

    Yes, but not in a nice way. When the baby attacked I thought the woman got what she deserved. She was totally bonkers.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jason northbridge, ma, United States 07-23-12
    jason northbridge, ma, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011

    for 5 years has driven 180 miles round trip daily. That is a ton of listening time!

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    "a fun ride"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    twists and turns leaves you wanting more information on what is going on right from the start.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When you think you know, but you don't know.. that makes a good book. Konrath continues to deliver for me.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    passion and flair.


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

    This book kept me in my car during breaks and lunches! Could not get enough


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 01-01-14
    Carol Massachusetts 01-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Classical history buff, but find most of history fascinating. Love books, ballet, and basketball.

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    "Making My Beelzebubble Burst"

    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.




    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-14-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    ""Bub" rules!"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting: Bub, the prinicipal character.

    Less interesting: The sometimes gratuitous gore


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

    I have listened to his performances, and am always impressed . His rendering of "Bub" is one of the all time best on Audible, IMHO.


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

    It did grab me, and was definitely a " pause in the day and pay attention" type audio book.


    Any additional comments?

    The final resolution is somewhat of a let down, but it does leave promises of more to come !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Sherman Maine 04-16-12
    John Sherman Maine 04-16-12 Member Since 2010
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Niall
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    "Great stuff."

    Fast paced, well researched and a great ending. I'm getting pretty good at the 'Bub' voice - another plus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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