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.
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.
Never live your life by committee...
I loved how Clines took a different spin on the old played out zombie thing. His version of the walking half dead's the most creative I've ever heard. And, the way he blended each story was masterful, you could actually listen to any of the 4 stories/chapters in any order and the story would be equally stimulating...
I can't really compare it to anything that I've read yet. This book stands in the spotlight with no other.
They brought the perfect feel to the story with voices that seem to fit the different situations perfectly.
Yes, and probably would have, if not for all those disrupting my peace...
Good story, I just wanted more...
This enjoyable collection of 4 intertwined stories stand alone brilliantly, yet flow into each other just enough to immediately draw you into the next. The characters are realistically rendered and led me to want more - this is a great series to whet the appetite of zombie fans! I also found the short-story very convenient for busy lives! (just had to throw that in there!)
I had never read anything by Peter Clines until I read 14. I was so impressed with that book that when I saw this one, I had to snap it up. This was comprised of four short stories, all of which told a story of a very specific point in time from four different viewpoints. Each story is related through at least one character in a different story. This was a unique concept and the narrators were also good. I could definitely see this one being a full-length novel, told from the various points of view; the stories were already written to be intertwined, so the characters could easily mesh into one larger story.
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