For thirty-six years, James Patterson has written un-put-down-able, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. Zoo is the thriller he was born to write. 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.
With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best; James Patterson's Zoo is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride.
©2012 James Patterson (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
It took me a while to get into this story, however long after I finished the book I found myself thinking about the story line, a sign of a great book.
Wasn't too sure about this but wanted a new book for 1st October. This book is one of the best I have downloaded. Fast pace from start to finish, always felt like something was coming. I listened to it almost in one day. The narrator had the right tone and voice, one I will listen too over and over.
"ZOO by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge"
the best yet James, he never lets you down, well done Michael Ledwidge
not heard of this writer before, will certainly look out for him in the library
I have 15 of James's books up to now. keep them coming.
Hmm. With typical short, pacy chapters, this is a typical Patterson in so many ways - cliffhangers, alternate voices, minimal development of female characters, impending sense of doom ... that it is hard to see what Ledwidge has added. Unless it is the topic - ultimately a condemnation of our throw away culture and the effects of our carbon footprint. This is not a murder story so much as an animal revenge story - a primal and instinctive uprising of animals against humans because of the pheremones released by carbon waste. Like I said: hmmm. It is quite enjoyable - and if I was reading it in hard copy it could be described as a page turner. In fact, I did sit in the car a few times to hear about the next species wreaking havoc on human communities. Nevertheless, it was also often silly and a bit gratuitous - and why oh why did the central protagonist own a chimpanzee and not twig that if the pheremones were affecting other wild animals, it would obviously affect the very ape he was about to leave in the care of a little old lady and his ex-girlfriend ... No wonder he didn't get his Phd! Overall? Enjoyable, but silly.
What a great book, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, it was definitlly one of those books you just don't want to put down and can't wait to pick up again once you have. The idea behind the story is really simple but its something fresh and exciting. Don't miss this book.
A novel with James Patterson never usually let's you down and this audiobook doesn't disappoint. In the world we live, the nature of our lifestyles are used to make a book that maybe totally unbelievable relevant and exciting to listen to.
"Good listen but......."
A enjoyable read with a relivant 'cause' for the effect. Most of the story leads to why things are changing. The gap in years between part 1 and 2 was a little bit of a let down as I expected much movement on the cause effect. I cannot disclose the completion of the story only that the cure was already there, so why the lead into an amaggendon surviviour senario.
"A Whole Zoo of Poo!"
Whilst quite well read and exciting in places, the struggle to suspend ones disbelief could cause a hernia! Dogs, rats and cats working together, not like insects but as insects. Mobile phones and petro-chemicals combining to create not one but two pheromones which together will erase man from Earth unless he can switch of both (not either, which would obviously work!) phones and cars. Obviously this doesn't happen as man prefers losing to a hoard of maddened hamsters to walking down the street to post a letter.
Doh! It's the end of life as we know it.
One last comment. The book is called 'ZOO'. We are finally told, three-quarters of the way through, that 'ZOO' is an acronym. An acronym for what the author doesn't say.
"Great plot development."
I enjoy James Patterson's writing style. Zoo ranks in the middle of his books for me - it's pretty good, but not quite brilliant.
The central idea of the story - that accumulated human behaviour suddenly flips a switch in animal behaviour - is an interesting one and one which I find quite plausible. The pace of the story is quite quick, but the pace doesn't leave much time for character development.
Jay Snyder's reading was fine, although I did find myself being distracted by how different were my and his pronounciation of certain words and places.
"Started off ok, but slowed a bit at end"
Conspiracy theories abound, that turn out to be real ... Humm ... Possible I suppose, good listen, fairly light with twisty bits
I love James Patterson books but felt this one wasn't up to standard
Not bad but a bit droll in places ... Could have emphasised the dramatic bits more maybe
I see that others liked this audiobook, each to their own I guess, but I hated it.
Where the famous author is co-credited with somebody else, in my experience it means the famous one can't be bothered to write the thing himself and gets the stooge to do the hard work. This results in a sub-standard piece of work as is the case here.
The story was based on an interesting idea that reminded me of Hitchcock's The Birds, but with animals, and with bits of James Herbert's "Rats" thrown in. however it was laboriously told, and to my mind just didn’t flow.
The hero is somebody it was impossible to like and even more impossible to find credible, a poorly constructed pastiche of genius college dropout, ex US Rangers paramedic, sexual superstar, and Savant. In fact as the book went on I found myself wishing he'd get slaughtered like so many others in the story.
All in all, this audiobook was a big disappointment and is my first one star review in 3 years membership of Audible.
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