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.
Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...
Peter Clines definitely has a knack for suspenseful story telling. Enjoyed the interweaving of the different characters and story lines in this one. Plausible details plus well-constructed writing make this a really good listen.
This is a set of four interlinked short stories in post-zombie apocalypse Los Angeles.
The first story is about one woman, traveling alone, who is supposedly immune to the virus that creates "Junkies" (so-named because they eat literally anything they can stuff into their mouths). She acquires a traveling companion, another woman. Trouble ensues.
The second story is about a biological researcher who is brought to a research facility that is trying to develop a cure. He uncovers the Horrible Truth.
The third story is about a band of professional scavengers in the post-apocalyptic city who run into something more dangerous than Junkies.
The fourth story is about a mercenary/assassin who's still doing his thing after the apocalypse.
There is some cleverness in the way each story feeds into the next, but there is nothing really new here for zombie fans. Peter Clines's Ex-Heroes series is more interesting, as he mixes superheroes with his zombies. This is a fun, short read, but it's nothing you haven't seen before.
"It's been agony, but I couldn't have done it any other way." - Quentin Crisp
I bought this sort of spontaneously as a deal of the day or something like that. I assumed it would be sort of rubbish, but ultimately it was a pleasant enough way to spend a few hours. This isn't the type of book I typically read, but I have to say I wouldn't mind reading similar books more often...
Four groups interrelate towards the end. But that end was more like the start of a novel. Nothing really mind shattering or rememberable happened. It was a short, short story. Not bad enough for a refund, but very close.
I bought this book because I'm a fan of Clines other stories and this one didn't let me down. That being said, I didn't pay attention to the length of the story when I purchased the book and was extremely disappointed with the price that Audible is charging for such a short story. I understand that people like his work but charging that much for such a short story is just a slap in the face to the customer.
The Junkie Quatrain is 4 short stories from the perspective of 4 different groups of survivors in LA and the fall of civilization due to a virus that turns people into crazed "junkies".
The stories themselves are ok, but seen as a whole and how the overlap and compliment each other you get a much better appreciation for the whole book.
Well worth the price
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
Someone who likes end-of-world/zombie stories
No, I just wasn't very impressed. I felt the characters were not well fleshed out and the story left out too much. I don't like the author to tell me everything about a character but I do want to feel that I get enough information about the characters and the story to become emotionally involved with them which I did not do with any of these characters.
I did not have a problem with the narration that I remember but overall the entire thing was quite forgettable for me.
I really don't remember any of them well enough to say.
Good idea for a story just needed a lot of expansion on the characters and story itself.
They did not get in the way of the story and likely made it better than just reading it.
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.
If you like Quentin Tarantino movies, then you'll appreciate this book. I really enjoyed the fresh premise for the zombie apocalypse! I recommend turning your read speed to 1.25 to make the story more conversational in tone.
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