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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.

Total

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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    tiffany Elizabeth City, NC, United States 10-02-12
    tiffany Elizabeth City, NC, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved the premise but........"

    I so wanted to love this story. The idea is great but it falls short. It almost seems like the authors wanted to do much more but got lazy. The narrator did a heck of a job keeping me listening though.

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    James C Manley Jr Steilacoom, WA, US 10-01-12
    James C Manley Jr Steilacoom, WA, US 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "far fetched and melodramatic"
    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge ’s story?

    The author's corny lines seemed flip and didn't work.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Descriptions of Africa and the predatory actions of the animals.


    Could you see Zoo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    probably


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    10-01-12
    10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Far-fetched"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.....Story was too far fetched.


    Was Zoo worth the listening time?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    After struggling through the book, the ending was absolutely horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Concord, NH, United States 10-01-12
    Charles Concord, NH, United States 10-01-12
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    "Filled the time while driving"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nothing to change just not an engaging or believable story


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    Yes


    Was Zoo worth the listening time?

    Took up the time during long drive, yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    noel Little Compton, RI, United States 10-01-12
    noel Little Compton, RI, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not up to Patterson's usual standardsProbablynot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. We get the same picture of animals going wild chapter after chapter.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The concept and plot are great, but the hearing the animal attacks over and over again gets a bit boring.


    Was Zoo worth the listening time?

    barely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 09-27-12
    chaz Moultonborough, NH, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Vague science equals a slow read"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and/or Jay Snyder?

    No Book was boring


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

    Use a believable premise for the plot. The attack of the 50 ft woman had more credibility


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

    The French accent was amateurish and painful


    What character would you cut from Zoo?

    All the humans


    Any additional comments?

    One should listen to this piece wearing Birkenstocks and wool socks while munching granola.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 09-26-12
    Sandra 09-26-12
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    "Did not meet my expectatons of a Patterson book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am not sure anything could have improved ths for me. It was like "Planet of the Apes" and I did not like that either.


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

    Yes. Not my cup of tea


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was not the perforamance it was the story.


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

    I suppose I was disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    Some readers might enjoy this story-line, but it is not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 09-26-12
    Janie O'brien US 09-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "an interesting idea wasted"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and/or Jay Snyder?

    I would think twice and wait for other reviews to come out first.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It needed more development in all aspects: characters, plot, etc etc


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    the chimp, of course. He was the only one with a bit of character. The humans were wooden and, I too, would have emulated the chimp's actions without the pheromone triggers purely because of boredom.


    Was Zoo worth the listening time?

    undecided


    Any additional comments?

    if Stephen King had been given this plot to develop, it could have been a masterpiece. I was really disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 09-24-12
    James United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Preachy and Predictable"
    What did you like best about Zoo? What did you like least?

    I liked the story early on.....but about a third of the way through the story became predictable. The story became a pompous, preachy attack on technology and gas engines. I wonder if Patterson is really writing any books any more or just selling his name.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge again?

    Yes. I didn't like this one but I generally like their books.


    Did Zoo inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to never read another thinly veiled piece of propaganda again. It also inspired me to buy the iPhone 5 out of spite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Payson Dean Payson, Arizona 11-06-14
    Payson Dean Payson, Arizona 11-06-14 Member Since 2002

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    "Poorly written, poorly researched"

    Let me, first, say that I love James Patterson's Alex Cross novels. This collaborative effort is obviously not one of his best works, if it is his work at all. While the premise is a good one, the author takes too many liberties for even a semi-serious novel. Cause and effect are thrown to the wind and all the players are caricatures. From the stodgy, self-possessed antagonist "professor" to the pat and predictable military and even to the gay gorilla researcher, this book seems more interested in pushing a liberal agenda and popular tripe than being a story. I was very disappointed in the transitions, as well as the simplistic explanations of the story line. The ending, especially, was disappointing. To think that those in the know would have allowed such things to re-occur, given the known solution, strains credulity. A very unsatisfying read. I will not purchase any more James Patterson novels where he gives another author credit. If you really want a story with the same theme that is infinitely better done, try the "6th Extinction" by James Rollins.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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