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The Junkie Quatrain Audiobook

The Junkie Quatrain

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Original Work, 2013

Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

The Junkie Quatrain is four tales of survival, and four types of post-apocalypse story, because the end of the world means different things for different people. Loss. Opportunity. Hope. Or maybe just another day on the job.

©2012 Peter Clines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    The Ron 09-24-14
    The Ron 09-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting zombie story with multiple angles"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you really enjoy the zombie genre or stories where multiples characters paths cross.


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

    I had some 'o, wow, cool' moments when I realized some of the plot points.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best story, but still interesting, was left wanting more at some parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 08-31-14
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 08-31-14 Member Since 2016

    Wandah Panda

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    "This guy sure can write!"

    The Junkie Quatrain. By Peter Clines narrated by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer.

    This is a short audible book narrated by Christian Rummel and Theresa Plummer depending on whether the main protagonist is male or female. The only thing negative I can say about Christian is that his range for female voices are all nasal and that confuses the listener. On the other hand he really shines when he does male voices ranging in tone, speed and accent for the various characters. Theresa does a brilliant job in making her characters pop.
    4* for the narrators.

    Now the book. It is not 14. The book that got me hooked on the author. It is far more like his ex-hero series which is not bad but it is not 14.
    However, the twists, the irony and the basic probability of the happenings in these 4 loosely connected zombie stories sure is worth the read /listen.

    I would recommend this book to all lovers of the genre

    WaAr

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aunt Ruthie Burnsville, MN, United States 08-02-14
    Aunt Ruthie Burnsville, MN, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Satisfying & Clever"
    What about Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer ’s performance did you like?

    They did not get in the way of the story and likely made it better than just reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, finally, had some almost believable science behind the zombies. With a medical background, beings that just go and go and go bother me. This short series answers those questions and cleverly spins an engaging story with good character development. The whole reason behind the outbreak is also explained in a satisfying and chillingly real way. It has something for both men and women and it not just a slasher story or chick lit. I am not a zombie connoisseur, but this is my favorite. I don't often write reviews or recommend something. Now I have done both for this little book. Definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 06-27-14
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 06-27-14 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Yay! Not really short stories after all..."

    This was (sort of ) a collection of 4 inter-related short stories. I am not sure if I knew that fact when I started the book and, if I had, I might have skipped it because I don't normally like short stories. However, this book reads more like a single story, told from 4 different view points. Sure, each of the sections has different characters as the centrepiece, but they are all connected, and the world and happenings in it are all the same.

    So, essentially, it is a novel with 4 different main characters rather than a collection of short stories. And I actually quite enjoyed it. It is a zombie tale, so of course there is the usual death and gore, but it is not a hack-n-slash type, and the characters do behave in normal ways (i.e. the author doesn't make them do stupid things like walk down a dark alley by themselves in order to create an opportunity for "bad things" to happen).

    There is a logical explanation for the zombie breakout because they are not actually the living dead (which would take a greater leap of faith to accept as possible) - they are infected with a virus, which does make the possibility of their existence quite believable. (Don't misunderstand me though, this is a zombie novel, so, of course, there is a whole level of gross behaviour that will require you suspend your disbelief).

    The narration is good, there is no sex, minimal swearing and not much gore, considering it is a zombie book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "SOMETIMES YOU GET A BOUNCE"

    Four stories that are very interconnect and considered stand alone. All four stories are very good in this book. Two of the stories, if I had read as stand alone only, would not have been rated as high.

    I like Zombie stories and this a twist on that theme, they are not Zombies. What I liked most about this group of stories was how the whole thing started and continued. This is my third Clines book and all three were very entertaining.

    I loved Christian Rummel from the first hello and I am liking him even more with each listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-02-14
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Post-Apocalyptic Fiction With Character"

    "The Junkie Quatrain" took me by surprise. The reveiws I read were rather lukewarm, and while I've enjoyed some of Clines' other stuff, he's never wowed me, so I was essentially looking for something which wasn't awful.

    Not only is TJQ not awful, it's pretty damn good. It's composed of four shortish stories, all of which function well enough on their own, but when taken as a whole provide a much richer experience.

    This book features a diverse variety of characters, but they're believable and human, and are the real stars of the story. The infected are merely a facet of the environment and setting (although they're a big facet; never fear). The story remains rooted in people with whom we can, if only in some small way, identify.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-30-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A glimps into the "Ex-Hero" World"

    A series of four short stories “The Junkie Quatrain” which takes place in Clines’ “Ex-Hero” world. Although it is not tied into those stories it helps with building a more accurate picture of the world and is a good jumping off point if you’re not sure you want to start that series. The stories have a good amount of zombies and are well written, fun and interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo 04-29-14
    Tilo 04-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Wow, like everyone said its good"

    Got it for $1.95 during a deal, if its still on, get it. At its regular price I'd still get it, now that I know how good it is.

    As others have said, the stories cross paths, and because of that, it felt line a real book. So you feel like its a real book until the end when it, well, just ends when you thought it should go back to one of the other stories. Except they played music so you knew it wasn't coming.

    I wish all books had both male and female narrators!

    The zombies are more of the infected kind, not completely dumb and at least try to run.

    Perked my interest in Peters other books, Ex-Heroes series which I have previously thought completely "no".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-06-13
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Super great!!!"
    Where does The Junkie Quatrain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good..too short, but awesome!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Junkie Quatrain?

    I liked how all the stories tied into each other...and how it explains more about the Ex series, which kicks butt!!!


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    I like Holly....but its such a quick listen I really liked them all!!!


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

    its quick enough too...and really great!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Peter Clines, and can not wait too read more of his stuff....I hope he gives us more soon...this was a quick little listen and I highly recommend it, especially if you love the EX series!!!!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina D. Mukherjee San Antonio, Texas USA 04-02-13
    Katrina D. Mukherjee San Antonio, Texas USA 04-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really love the way Peter Clines weaves the seemingly unrelated stories together. The 1st time it happened I was surprised and then I started looking forward to it.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    The doctor who is hired by Bradburry.


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

    Each time the stories were woven together created a 'what if' moment for me. The story is told (and not told) in such a way as to leave some of it up to your own imagination and conclusions.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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