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Zoo | [James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge]

Zoo

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.
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Publisher's Summary

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's best work ever.

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For 36 years, James Patterson has written unstopable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written an audiobook that surpasses all of them. Zoo is the thriller he was born to write.

World

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.

Destruction

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson's Zoo is an epic, nonstop thrill ride from "One of the best of the best" (Time).

©2012 James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    James Parkville, MO, United States 10-08-12
    James Parkville, MO, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing Story line"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different story direction. It started out good, but got a little ridiculous the further into the book we went.


    What could James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it more believable - It was far more science fiction than I like.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mindy LOS ANGELES, US, Canada 03-26-15
    mindy LOS ANGELES, US, Canada 03-26-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Shockingly Awful"

    This book is full of flat, stereotypical characters; rampant sexism; bad science; and predictable plot moves. I only finished it because it's like one of those movies that you enjoy watching only because it's entertaining to make fun of how terrible it is. I also read it in anticipation of the TV series based on the book. This is one time where I will be relieved if the adaptation takes liberties to drastically change the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Jaramillo 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great start, weak ending"

    Very disappointed in the end. Seems like he just ran of time, ran out of ideas. I am still glad I listen to it just disappointed in the lack of an ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 02-06-15
    Todd 02-06-15
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    "Good Quick Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Zoo the most enjoyable?

    The story was an interesting idea and exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main female character, her name escapes me at the moment


    What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance would you have changed?

    He did a good job


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

    yes and it was short enough that you could. left off with a cliffhanger for a sequel maybe?


    Any additional comments?

    will there be a sequel? because there were a few unanswered questions at the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alonzo 02-06-14
    Alonzo 02-06-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid listener, who started listen to books instead of reading because I could not bring enough books with me on a six month submarine deployment.

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    "Under Developed Story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character could have had more support. As it was written, the main character was smart than any other character in the book. I have know it all.


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

    No


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder’s performance?

    He was good


    What character would you cut from Zoo?

    The kid.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is very under developed, but the character are very real and you will want to know how there story plays out. I cannot recommend this book unless you really have nothing else to read and are about to loose credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 09-29-13
    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Good book, but..."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a good voice and read the story well, but his voice when reading the part of children detracted from the story. It would have been better if he had continued with his regular voice and not tried to impersonate a child. His tone, and inflection for children's voices grated on my nerves and made it hard for me to appreciate those characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharyl Denver, CO, United States 08-30-13
    Sharyl Denver, CO, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is the first book by James Patterson that I have listened to via audio book. I was really looking forward to this book because two of my coworkers recommended it. Sadly, the narration is so poorly done I dont think Im going to be able to listen to more than a few chapters. I guess I will have to get a hard copy and read it. What a shame.


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter United States 08-23-13
    Peter United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I liked it"

    I really enjoyed this story as well as the narrator. The story jumped from beginning to five years later which was great for me as I went into this story knowing it would be a short read, just for enjoyment of the characters, with that in mind it did exactly that. Not too much fluff, story moved quickly and the end honestly was perfect in my opinion. Without spoiling too much I have a great fear of chimpanzee's (spell ck ?) with that in mind the descriptions and that animals character in this story scared me to death. I actually got goose bumps for a large part of the reading, and isn't that what an author and narrator strive for in a thriller/horror/creepy read? I will listen again once the chills go away, lol.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshyne Ewing, NJ, United States 07-08-13
    Sunshyne Ewing, NJ, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2008

    An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.

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    "An Unexpected Yet Fascinating Departure for JP"

    I it were possible to listen blindly to this book without knowledge of the author, I would have never guessed this was a James Patterson novel. Yet, this is not necessarily a bad thing. This reads like a sci-fi thriller medical thriller. It is well researched (for those who are knowledgeable of neuro-anatomy. Patterson and Ledwidge deliver with an intriguing story of a hero hoping to stop one of the most self-fish and vicious killers- ourselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    martha United States 05-09-13
    martha United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Constantly Surprising!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    kept me on adge all the way thru.


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

    never listened to him before.


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

    i wanted to hear how it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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