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The Infection | [Craig DiLouie]

The Infection

Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.
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Publisher's Summary

Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

In one American city, a small group struggles to survive. Sarge, a tank commander hardened by years of fighting in Afghanistan. Wendy, a cop still fighting for law and order in a lawless land. Ethan, a teacher searching for his lost family. Todd, a high-school student who sees second chances in the end of the world. Paul, a minister who wonders why God has forsaken his children. And Anne, their mysterious leader, who holds an almost fanatical hatred for the Infected.

Together, they fight their way to a massive refugee camp where thousands have made a stand. There, what's left of the government will ask them to accept a mission that will determine the survival of them all - a dangerous journey back onto the open road and into the very heart of The Infection.

©2010 Craig DiLouie (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Gripping... DiLouie carefully recreates our society and our military, populates it with people we want to know, then proceeds to bring the horror, devastation, and heroes we require." (Fangoria)

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    wayne 05-18-12
    wayne 05-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "worst narrator, I've heard so far"

    I am going to buy the book, because I think the author has some good concepts, and I want to read this story. I just couldn't finish listening to this audio book.

    The reason I listen to audio books is because I can work with my hands and let the narrator read to me, while I'm doing things around the house and in the yard.. this narrator was so bad, that I literally had to give up trying to listen to it. I just don't have the patience to try to interpret every single sentence for correct inflection and tense. It's as if the narrator didn't even bother to learn what punctuation in a sentence does. I really hate writing negative reviews, but these books are to expensive not to warn the next person.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jupiter, FL, United States 06-07-12
    Michael Jupiter, FL, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst Book Yet"

    The author manages to spends HOURS developing almost nothing resembling plot development, character development, tension, timeline or anticipation. The story is so very dry and poorly constructed, I found myself rewinding to ensure i had not entirely missed something important, which would not have surprised me considering I found myself thinking "why am I still listening to this...I should download something new".

    Issue 1: The author loves to over explain the simple. Example: I do not need an explanation as to how a generator works. I know that diesel fuel is converted to energy, which is used in combustion to create compression, which turns a crankshaft...you get the idea. This is not a joke, he explains how a generator works. How is this relevant, at all, to plot building? There are a few of these. I even started my own monologue once where i was sure he was going to explain the workings and construction of the gun turret. Thankfully he did not.

    Issue 2: Some mechanical research would have been appreciated. Example: no one with any, and i mean ANY, mechanical knowledge would write that deisel fuel would start to spoil after 10 days. What? Are you an....whatever.

    issue 3: Who's on first? Whats on second? Very hard to follow who is where. There is no development in who is doing what, where and why. It is like reading a poorly abridged book. People seem to suddenly, without explanation, be alone and then confronted with problems. These problems are supposed to be...scary? Nerve racking? And there are attacks that happen without any explanation. A fellow gets a finger bit off, but there is NO build up to it. They are talking about a "thing" in one of the infected and the next thing you know a guy is running off, and the other character follows him to find out his finger is bitten off. It is so NON-climatic that you do not care.

    Issue 4: The characters themselves are husks of people. They are seemingly hollow of any depth. Not a one of these characters draws you in, and there is no one main character developed to give reference point. It is like a Stephen King book if Stephen King did not do his excessive character building. That is the only way a King book works. Note: Maybe the book should have been 3 times as long, it could have been good, really good probably.
    ......except for my next issue...

    Issue 5: This might be the main issue. The narrator. WOW. Wow. It is painful. I am not kidding. It is so, so bad. How in the monkeys-ass did this guy get the job,. I swear he narrated some of the training videos I had to watch as a teenager going to work at Jiffy-Jube. He seems to love his deep vibrating sentence endings, which have no place. It makes the characters all seem like being inside one persons head, without the benefit of the knowledge that would offer. I don't think I can listen to him again, and that is a shame, because there are some books he narrator that I want/wanted to hear. I feel like i listened to him before, but can not place it.

    So, no, do not waste your money, serious.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 05-12-12
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 05-12-12
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    "Good enough!!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Just now finished the book for a second time since the sequel came out last week; had to go back over the story once more to comprehend the second. I enjoy when the author provides back stories for the characters in order of the reader to understand his or her motivations, behavioral patterns, and emotional conflicts. The details that went into DiLouie's characters are graphic and sad. My heart broke for each character as I felt like a voyeur having unwanted access into each of their lives. Their venerability and loss can be felt through DiLouie's descriptive and creative perceptions.

    The story is about zombies but also MONSTERS. MONSTERS who will have you cringing with fear and heart stopping terror. As the survivors try to make sense of what is going on and trying to stay safe they also have to survive each other as well as themselves. The gang of survivors include a teacher, soldier, police officer, and a mother; among a few others who join them over time. Each bring their own skills and talents to the group that helps them stay a head of the violence and gore. BUT can they survive each other, the horrific monsters, AND the zombies? This is a must read for all zombie fans who do not get tired of the creative and talented way these brilliant horror novelist create their own apocalypse.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Craig DiLouie? Why or why not?

    Yes I read them all


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Ganim’s performances?

    Only the sequel...not the best reader....somewhat monotone.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    YES


    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    A.C. LORTON, VA, United States 03-30-12
    A.C. LORTON, VA, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good for Practice"
    What would have made The Infection better?

    Dialogue, scarier, story line.


    What could Craig DiLouie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Reflected on his writing and how to appeal to his audience. Maybe refer to some zombie movies or other zombie books for guidance; try to identify what the audience really needs.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    For the most part he was good, though in the beginning I was concerned. Gets better in part II. But, by then you continue listening because you've paid for the book.


    What character would you cut from The Infection?

    Surprisingly, the characters were okay.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the character development, it gives context to the actions of the characters. I see why Ann is driven, what happened to her family was her fault. She's so gun-ho she sent her family to their deaths and she blames the zombie for her ignorance.

    This book was okay, very SCI-FI. This wasn't as scary as I was hoping. But, good for someone breaking into the genre. If you're someone breaking into the zombie genre this is a good book to start with. This is not as developed as some others like the Morning Star Strain or Day by Day Armageddon. This is why it's good for beginning listeners of the zombie genre. Build yourself up to books that will keep you awake, and make you wish you'd only listen when there was light out.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 06-20-12
    Ron 06-20-12

    Just a fun loving family guy! Obviously I am a zombie genre fan as well as post apocolyptic genre.

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    "Just couldn't get into it."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For me it was not time well spent. I just couldn't get into the flow of the book. I was never drawn into the story.


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

    Being written in the present tense just did nothing for me. It also seemed to jump around and I had a hard time staying interested because of that. I guess I am a good old fashioned past tense kind of story guy. lol


    Did Peter Ganim do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For me he did not. It just seemed to meld from one to the other and I had trouble recalling who was who and what their back story was.


    Was The Infection worth the listening time?

    For me it was not. Again, I am no judge of what makes up a good story. I can only go by what I can or can not get into. As I stated above, I could never get drawn into this book. I don't know if it was the narrator, who has an amazing voice but it just didn't seem to work well for me in this instance for some reason, or if it was the present tense writing or what it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I will give this book another shot down the rode and see if I can get into it then.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 08-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Todd W. Brown

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    "Great story told badly."
    What made the experience of listening to The Infection the most enjoyable?

    This is a fantastic story that grips you from the very start.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Ganim’s performances?

    As for the narrator, I just did not like him. I felt he sounded like he was made from cardboard. He would break into a character voice (which is good, makes it entertaining) but then revert to his "Spock tells bedtime stories" voice. It was especially bad when he had to read lists.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, DiLouie is a fantastic creator. Reading his books are a must for zombie fans. This title really hooked me with the addition of creatures that were very reminiscent of Stephen King's "The Mist" which I found to be especially thrilling. Read the book. As for the audio version, it is very subjective, but I did not care for the voice talent on this title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 08-06-13
    Karen United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow slow,slow!"
    What would have made The Infection better?

    If it held together a little more, sometimes you didn't realize when he changed characters.


    What could Craig DiLouie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Present the character better, get into them better.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Ganim’s performance?

    His droning voice, no enthusiasm


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

    DISAPPOINTMENT !!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, pass on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Seth 05-21-11
    Seth 05-21-11
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    "Give it a shot and keep your eyes on this author.."

    Really enjoyed the added twist to the Infection story. Craig is a friendly and accessible author that is truly starting to mature. The stories of the Survivors are touching, horrifying, and realistic. No amount of constructive criticism should keep you from buying this book, so I will keep it to myself. Buy it, enjoy it, and wait for the next one.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-03-11
    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-03-11
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    "Great book"

    Was a bit slow at the beginning, however; unfolded nicely, well written, nicely narrated. I really enjoyed the plot, for an instant I though the ending was going to be predictable to the letter, needless to say I was in for a big surprise. My only negative feedback, if you can call it negative, is that the existence of those "creatures",was poorly explained, kind of a mystery to me.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Lincoln, NE, United States 06-22-14
    Joseph Lincoln, NE, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Joe Kontor"
    Would you try another book from Craig DiLouie and/or Peter Ganim?

    Absolutely not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to Game of Thrones I guess.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Ganim?

    Just about anyone else.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Infection?

    When the nerd boy was talking about his Warhammer 40K game.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm the guy who won't turn off a crapy movie. I stick with a television series even after it jumps the shark. But after six hours of this audio book I just couldn't take anymore. Forgettable characters, bland narration, just unscary at every turn. I honestly don't know how I hung in for so long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ashley
    Hastings, United Kingdom
    5/24/11
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    "Brilliant"

    This book is really well read, the story line is gripping and keeps the listener hooked from the first 5 mins, I couldn't put it down!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Stirling, United Kingdom
    5/25/12
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    "A good one"

    I was hesitant about this book after reading a previous review "Not for me", but I am very glad I was not put off. I think this is a well written story with an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. I found getting to know the characters through flash back very comfortable, after all that is how we get to know people. We meet strangers then find out more about them as we spend time with them. The style of Peter Ganim did seem a bit odd at first but I soon got used to it and eventually came to like it - so much so I went straight on to listen to the second book in this series with the same narrator. I disagree with the previous reviewer but then, different people, different tastes. Thank you to the author and narrator - I am glad I used my credit on this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Holywell, United Kingdom
    9/17/11
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    "Not for me"

    I hated this book; well, I hated the first eight chapters which is as far as I could go. I found the narration really annoying (Mr Ganim shouted and seemed to put emphasis on all the wrong words, like Miranda' mother!) I found the story lacked character development, I couldn't engage with any of them; there was no gripping plot development, the story dives into the main action so you don't get a sense of looming dread, the author seems to have wanted to grab us from the start in guts and action, only dealing with the lead up to this in flashback, and to my mind that doesn't work as I want to go on the full journey with these people, not join them half way through. The characters were stereotypes and the language too full-on American gung-ho, and absolutely littered with cliches - this story has been told before only better (I Am Legend can't be bettered). It will suit some people but I regret using my credit on this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MR S.
    7/7/14
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    "If you love Zombies"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Infection to be better than the print version?

    Yes of course. I personally don't have time for reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The individual characters.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not heard this reader before but enjoyed his rendition of this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of Zombie books but this was one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    7/6/14
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    "Not my genre, but it grabbed me!"
    Where does The Infection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high. Not my general reading area, but I've listened to both books in the series and am awaiting the conclusion.


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

    Yes. Completely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Paignton, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "disappointing and poorly narrated."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not many people


    What was most disappointing about Craig DiLouie’s story?

    Story and narration


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Ganim?

    Not heard him in anything else but would have to say it was terrible and very hard to engage with or listen to


    What character would you cut from The Infection?

    Didn't really care about any of the characters


    Any additional comments?

    Big fan of zombie audio books such as zombie fall out series but didn't enjoy this at all, first audiobook I didn't even bother to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • colin5985
    chiswick, United Kingdom
    8/2/12
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    "Content is average and the voice over is terrible."

    If you like the guys from the "Twilight Zone' then you may be able to listen to this... the content is average (distinctly) and the narrators voice is so monotone it kills the emotion, drive, anticipation and fear from the story... sorry guys, I may have enjoyed this more if it were a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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