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IQ 83 Audiobook

IQ 83

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Publisher's Summary

You are Dr. James Healey and last week you were a genius that was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could never happen since then you have felt your mind decaying a little more each day. You have watched your wife slip into imbecility. You have seen the crowds growing murderous with animal terror, the president of the United States babbling and drooling on tv only one thing separates you from them. You, at least, know what is happening as you search for the cure for the horror you have unleashed upon the world as each day the dimming of your mind lowers your chance of finding it!

©1978 and 4/27/2003 Arthur Herzog (P)2014 arthur herzog

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    ANGIE 08-11-15
    ANGIE 08-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Written In The 70s. I Would Never Have Guessed!"
    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea this book was from the 70s, until it was over and the copyright year was stated. I had wondered why there was no mention of cell phones or the internet. But there were several references to "war gaming" which I assumed was like Call Of Duty on the Xbox with internet friends. Hmm, now I'm curious what exactly the kids were doing during their gaming. Oh, and I thought it was SUPER weird that the parents were ok with their 16 year old son chugging a beer, openly in front of them, in their kitchen. I guess that was acceptable back then???

    This was a funny and entertaining book. Everyone catches the "stupid sickness" and they become stupid. But where they're stupid, a lot don't realize they're becoming stupid. I had thought too much emphasis was given on the importance of IQs and knowing what your IQ was. Now that I see this was written in the 70s, I guess knowing your IQ back then was some kind of fad.

    I LOVED the narrator! Without him, this book wouldn't have been half as good. He's got the voice of your awkward humorous uncle who knows a little about everything. Great voice!!! His female voices were off a little, but easily overlooked.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Mandel Herzog 11-01-14
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    "The dumbing down of America"
    Would you listen to IQ 83 again? Why?

    Listening to the book makes you feel like your own IQ is lowering, Brilliant book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Characters.


    What about Charles Henderson Norman’s performance did you like?

    Charles Henderson Norman has the very BEST VOICE.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    IQ 83, now has a star attached, and may soon be a movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. M. O'Neal tx 07-28-14
    D. M. O'Neal tx 07-28-14

    writer forensic

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    "We've come a long way in DNA research."
    Where does IQ 83 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although the story is a bit depressing it is an interesting theoretical concept on what could go wrong in scientific research. It's funny to hear such dated material compared to how far we've progressed in social attitudes from racism and sexism to real science since the 1970's.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Arthur Herzog III? Why or why not?

    I did. I bought The Swarm, I hope it's better.


    What about Charles Henderson Norman’s performance did you like?

    I loved Charles Norman's performance. His character voices and tone throughout are why I kept listening.


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

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 06-07-15
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A surprising gem of a classic!"

    Dr. James Healy and his team of scientists are on the verge of a breakthrough in gene therapy. Together, they work tirelessly to complete the tests that would allow for the next step: testing on volunteer humans. However, DNA-altered virus being tested breaks free in a quiet way, allowing it to spread like a common cold. Dr. Healy is the first to figure out what happened and sadly he must watch as his family and friends become stupid even as he himself struggles to remain intelligent long enough to find a cure.

    The book starts off a touch slow, but then starts delving into the science, which hooked me. Dr. Healy is in charge of the treatment of a young girl (Cathy Gobrin) who suffers from a metabolic genetic disease. If she doesn’t live on a special diet, her metabolism goes sideways and her IQ drops to the point where she can barely feed herself. This is probably Dr. Healy’s motivation for having set the research and experiments in place for a new gene therapy treatment.

    There is a lot of character development, which I enjoyed. It gave the story a harder punch when my favorite characters started to decline due to this unleashed disease. While the book is written with an almost 1950s flavor (no cussing, no cell phones, etc.), there are female scientists and cultural and ethnic diversity in the characters. I really appreciated that this scifi story wasn’t dominated by White male characters making all the decisions.

    The stupid sickness, which is a practical thing to call this new man-made disease, made it hard for the affected to concentrate, often dredging up rhymes or bits of song from the person’s childhood and playing them on a loop in the background all the time. It’s like when you have a bit of song stuck in your head that won’t leave. Memory and impulse control also become shoddy. I really enjoyed all the social implications of having a stupid population. How would the government keep other nations from taking over? Would marriages hold up to impatient spouses? Would school systems even be around after a generation? It was a great way to explore all these questions and more.

    The book fell into natural thirds. The first third was a lot of character development and science info dumps (fine with me). The second third is where we the reader know the altered virus has escaped confinement but the characters haven’t figured it out yet (plenty of yummy suspense here). The last third has the most action as many of our characters are short on impulse control and Dr. Healy and his friends race against the virus’s clock to find a remedy (also a very good section). Over all, I found this a very satisfying story that came with plenty of philosophical food for thought.

    Narration: Charles Henderson Norman was a good fit. We see almost the entire book through Dr. Healy’s eyes and Norman made a very good Dr. Healy. He also had distinct voices for both female and male characters. He has a goo voice for little girls too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RobertT364 05-07-15
    RobertT364 05-07-15
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    "I enjoyed this novel"

    The story here really had be captivated. I will definitely look for more from this author!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EP Walnut Creek, CA United States 12-28-15
    EP Walnut Creek, CA United States 12-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "IQ 83 Review"
    What made the experience of listening to IQ 83 the most enjoyable?

    The world created in my imagination by the author and narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of IQ 83?

    How childhood phrases and rhymes flood the minds of those afflicted by the virus. How base instincts began driving people's behavior.


    Have you listened to any of Charles Henderson Norman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he has a great narrating voice. What I liked less about this particular performance, though, was that some character accents sounded silly to me


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

    IQ 83 Virus Unleashed!


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek 12-03-15
    Derek 12-03-15
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    "An intelligent read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on the friend. Some may find the concepts and/or vocabulary intimidating.


    What other book might you compare IQ 83 to and why?

    IQ 83 is really a statement on humanity as a whole. What is important really? Are we defined by our intelligence? I found it somewhat a book on philosophy. As I generally don't read books with philosophical undertones for pleasure, I cannot think of a title that would compare.


    Which character – as performed by Charles Henderson Norman – was your favorite?

    The voices in characters head were delivered hilariously


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

    No, the subject and concepts were rather heavy and became somewhat monotonous over time.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 11-16-15
    Deedra United States 11-16-15 Member Since 2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    "iQ 83"

    I listened to the audible version of this book.I enjoyed it a lot!It had some very slow parts,but they are bearable.Mr Hertzog wrote this in 1978 and YES the science is old.It's science fiction and it took me back to a time before computers when books and ideas ruled.PC or not.
    Scientists are working on a virus,it gets out..as is always the case.People are not really sick,they just get 'dumber'.Narrated by Charles Henderson Norman,who does a wonderful job,we struggle along with the lab and cdc to understand where this will take us.
    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Country Bookworm Dallas 10-27-15
    Country Bookworm Dallas 10-27-15 Member Since 2014

    I love nice Voices!

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    "Free listen"

    Weird book. Might be made into a movie,really? Hopefully it will be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 09-01-15
    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 09-01-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Did not like the narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This book is from the 70's. It's a story based on science and medicine. With all of the advances made in the last 40 years this book just didn't hold my interest.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting......The thought of what the world could be like if everyone was suddenly dumbed down.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Henderson Norman’s performances?

    NO......His voice and style were irritating to me. I see lots of other reviewers thought he was terrific. I don't get it but I'm sure others might dislike narrators I love.


    Could you see IQ 83 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope......Maybe 40 years ago but not now


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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