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Parasite | [Mira Grant]

Parasite

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams
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Publisher's Summary

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.

©2013 Mira Grant (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Kim Venatries 12-04-13 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "You Want To Put A What... Where?"
    Where does Parasite rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a compelling listen. I would hold off ranking it until I've completed the series.


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

    I did even thought the writing seemed to get boggy in the middle part of the story and seemed repetitive. Overall it held my attention from start to finish. The premise is interesting, if extremely creepy. A genetically modified parasite becomes a wildly sought after medical device. It does everything from dispensing vitamins to managing diabetes to curing cancer. All from inside the human body once implanted. But then this microscopic miracle "rebels" and people start to "sleep walk". And worse.


    Any additional comments?

    A word of caution: this is apparently the first in a series. The story by no means ends here.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jesslyn H 01-27-14
    Jesslyn H 01-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I don't even like horror, but...."

    I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) delivered yet again. Whether horror, dystopian or straight fantasy, I'm putting her firmly in my 'buy-everything-this-woman-writes' category

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amoinus 12-11-13
    Amoinus 12-11-13

    amoinus

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    "Twists and thrills keep you wanting more"
    Would you listen to Parasite again? Why?

    Really liked the story and the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Parasite?

    Tanzy (spelling- remmeber I listened - not read) was a crazy character


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Sal goes to D-Symbogen for taking care of business (I don't want to spoil with more info).


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

    The GMO: Parasite


    Any additional comments?

    The story is easy to follow but still makes you think and to figure out some of the connections. As I listened through I kept trying to guess and solve the puzzle. I use the word "puzzle" loosely though. It, by no means, takes it away from the fun of the story. I recently watched Cloud Atlas and I thought the puzzle aspect of it was so much that it took the joy out of watching a movie, and made it into a (almost) 3 hours of work. If you want to enjoy biology, and science fiction you will like this book. I also really enjoyed the narration by Christine Lakin. In fact, I started looking to see what other books she narrated. It was amazing how many different voices she produced to "speak" different characters. It really added to the joy of this audiobook. I will be anxiously waiting for the second book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marni 12-18-13
    Marni 12-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Refreshingly different sci-fi premise"

    Both my teenage son and I enjoyed this book with it's blend of science, suspense and plot twists. The narration was excellent, and I look forward to the continuation of the story, if a book 2 is forthcoming.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Flapjack 01-16-14
    Flapjack 01-16-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Not an adult thriller"

    This is more of a YA book with a good premise and poor execution. The big reveal is obvious very quickly, and not stated until the very end of the book making it very anti-climatic. A very young reader might enjoy it. And a young reader might excuse the unrealistic behavior by all characters throughout the book.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Don 07-15-14
    Don 07-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book, hope to see a continuation soon"
    What made the experience of listening to Parasite the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is exceptional keeping you wanting for more.
    Christine Lakin brings the characters to life quite well and makes it quite entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tansy. She is so delightfully creepy and random. Funny and scary at the same time.


    What about Christine Lakin’s performance did you like?

    Christine Lakin brought each of the characters to life, reflecting their own distinct personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope to see a continuation soon

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 05-16-15
    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Hippie Gal

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    "A Refreshing New Spin on the Zombie Genre"

    I've been stuck in a book rut for a while now. I was hesitant when I read the reviews on this book, and series. It's been in my wish list for a while, but it's a female narrator (I prefer male) and a questionable story line.

    I'm glad I took the leap. Just a few short chapters in, I was full of joy I've found a (new to me) author to follow! The story line is very well done and 'Mira Grant' does a fantastic job of giving enough detail, while at the same time not drolling on. You can't help but become caught up in this book.

    Other positive notes:
    *It's a good long book. I like long books when they're done right. This one is done right.
    *Christine Lakin does a great job with the narration!
    *The book leaves you wanting more

    Only Negative: I've finished book 2 and was not as impressed with it. However, book one could stand on it's own fairly well. Book 1 does not tie up all the lose ends, or bring you to a great conclusion, but I could have walked away after book 1 and been okay with it.
    Book two does leave you hanging. I haven't decided yet if I'll be in for book 3 when it comes out, or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Dossett Maryland 01-23-15
    Jordan Dossett Maryland 01-23-15 Member Since 2014

    Buddhist, philosopher, relatively sane day walker living day2day life w/ MS. Founder @sitandsayover + @antharia. Speaker/Author #nptech.

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    "Amazingly Detailed"

    No spoilers here so I'll just say it's amazing and very detailed. I can't imagine the research that goes into a book but authors like Mira Grant do it with a style and depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 08-12-14
    Simone 08-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Unzombie"

    This is the kind of Zombie-Book I think I can handle... the kind with no outright mention of Zombies!!

    It started out great, a very intriguing futuristic medical mystery; I was sucked in from the beginning! But then about two thirds or three quarts of the way in it took SUCH A TURN that I was derailed. Try as I might, the plot turned into a such preposterous comedy for me (albeit a suspenseful and intriguing one) that I lost interest. I pushed through to get to the end just to wrap it up.

    But still, it wasn’t bad and I’ll read book 2 (Symbiont) if it comes on sale.... maybe.... I dunno, the twist is just too twisted.

    As you can see, I am conflicted with this one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SFC Bob Russo Camp Shelby, MS USA 10-21-14
    SFC Bob Russo Camp Shelby, MS USA 10-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Uninspired, unoriginal and completely boring"
    What would have made Parasite better?

    A plot that wasn't so predictable


    What was most disappointing about Mira Grant’s story?

    So the story about genetically engineered parasites. Guess what happens... Yep. You're exactly right.


    Did Christine Lakin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She's I good narrator. I've nothing bad to say about her.


    What character would you cut from Parasite?

    The protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    Pffft

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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