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.
Yes, short enough that even if you don't like it (not likely if I thought you'd enjoy this type of story) that you wouldn't be upset about investing the time.
The angle the author took on the "junkies" zombies. Frankly it made it more believable, the most of any other zombie scenario story I've read or seen.
It definetly left me wanting for more. I'd forgotten is was a shorty and was upset when it ended ubruptly.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
I loved the short stories which all tied together. It was well written, creative, and even if you rename then "junkies" it was still a zombie story, which I sort of liked.
If you're reading this, I'm assuming you already like the zombie genre. If zombies aren't your cup of tea, this book likely isn't for you.
That being said, the zombies are really just a prop for 4 individual stories that are all connected. In a way, a bit like World War Z, but in a much smaller setting than the globe, and with a better explanation of how the zombie virus came to be. The interplay of the stories was very well done, and the characters nicely selected.
As for the performance, it was very good. In Therese Plummer I have finally found another female narrator I like. This was also my first exposure to Christian Rummel, and he also did a quite well.
Pick this one up if you are in the mood for some great zombie fare and 4 great short stories. It's one of the better zombie books I have read.
I thought these were four solid stories, but it felt like just the beginning to something. An introduction. I did like how the stories all intertwined. The narration was decent. That said, I wouldn't spend a credit on this. It was short and felt incomplete, but I got it for like three bucks so I wasn't disappointed. Overall, I enjoyed the tales but it really did feel like there was more to come. If that was the author's intent, then job well done.
I'll definitely be listening to The Junkie Quatrain again. The stories are well-paced, interesting, and have an interconnected structure that will play well with additional listens.
I really enjoy Peter Clines originality and plausible take on an old genre.
Both Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer brought a depth of inflection and nuance to their performances that really allows you to hear the individual character's voices, thoughts, and feelings.
No, the same story line was told four times through the viewpoints of four interconnected groups. Awesome start to a story... But then... It just ends. The reader is great and it has great potential but its honestly just the beginning fourth of a book. Not even half.
Terrible. The plot comes together and then it's over.
Desperately. Where is the rest of the story? This is just the very beginning.
Where's the rest of it??!
"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.
Leave out the random unnecessary interjections of political cheap shots.
No, I love the genre.
Therese Plummer was okay but Christian Rummel was really really good. I'm glad I listened to this on audio.
Sadly it just sparked meh. It sounded like an interesting premise but quickly devolved into the same old evil rich guy/ government cabal blah blah blah. One section in I could see where we were going and it was to retread town.
The writing wasn't bad, just unoriginal and as a huge fan of this genre I'm sick of the same old bad guy story. The one thing I really did like was the new take on the infected. This is not zombies - but more like 28 Days Later rage infected but with some very interesting nuances.
Four short, very well written stories that will let you wanting for more...please, more!
The audiobook version is very well done. Both Christian Rummel and Thérèse Plummer
(as narrators), did an excellent job.
"Not a bad zombie story."
A great set of stories that build up and link together. I would have like the stories to have a little more depth, there is definitely scope for longer stories or a second book.
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