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The Eleventh Plague | [Jeff Hirsch]

The Eleventh Plague

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. There he meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny. When they play a prank on the town bully’s family that goes wrong, they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing forever.
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Publisher's Summary

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. There he meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny. When they play a prank on the town bully’s family that goes horribly wrong, they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing forever.

©2011 Jeff Hirsch (P)2011 Scholastic Audio

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    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 02-15-12
    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent post-apocalypse character study."

    This story takes place in a post-apocalypse America. The main character is a young man, (probably in his middle teens), who has lived a hard life, with a hard and mistrustful grandpa. When the Grandpa dies, he and his injured father take shelter with a community of settlers who are trying to re-build their lives. We watch Steve grow from a selfish, hard-hearted, thieving boy into a social, responsible young man, who learns to fin in with, and help his community. It is a good example of how the human spirit can rise triumphant, even from the worst disaster. There are some sleezeballs in the book, but good is victorious. Dan Bittner has a voice, and narrative style that depicts the teenager very well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry ROY, UT, USA 11-18-12
    Terry ROY, UT, USA 11-18-12 Member Since 2001
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    "GREAT"
    Where does The Eleventh Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to a great many audiobooks. This one is a great listen for young adults and teenagers. The story is in the same vein as Earth Abides, told in a different viewpoint that is quite interesting. The twists are thought provoking. LOVED IT..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main charector Stephen with the way he was raised and when he was raised, created a way of thinking that made me question some of my own thoughts.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Bittner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This s th frst time that I have listened to 1 of his readings that i am aware of. He did a real good job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Word Nerd United States 08-01-12
    Word Nerd United States 08-01-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Good story"

    I thought The Eleventh Plague was a great book. The main character, Stephen, lived all his life as a scavenger, picking up and selling salvage left over after a horrific war that left the world pretty desolate. He's surprised when he stumbles across a functioning, intact community, with people eating regularly, kids going to school, and generally rebuilding life. It was more of a subdivision, but considering the rest of the world was in disarray, this little gated neighborhood was practically a borough. Stephen is welcomed by most of the community, but the most powerful family doesn't want strangers and makes things hard for Stephen. Not wanting to stir up trouble, Stephen decides to leave, but not before pulling a (really stupid) prank on the powerful family -- he actually did it because a girl told him to, not because he wanted to, the dummy. Bad things follow and Stephen runs around trying to fix his mistake.

    It was actually pretty good. Jeff Hirsch did a nice job of narrating. No weird voice changes or strange gulping habits.

    If you're a fan of dystopian fiction, you should definitely put The Eleventh Plague on your list of good reads.

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    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 04-22-12
    Syd Rineyville, KY, United States 04-22-12
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    "I Wish Dan Bittner Could Narrate all My Books!"

    The Eleventh Plague was, to me, as much about trust and loyalty as the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. The audiobook drew me in immediately...thanks to both Hirsch's writing and Bittner's narration, which was fabulous!

    The book raising some great questions: How do you reestablish society after it has fallen? What things do you change? And when rebuilding society is such a precious and delicate process, what mistakes will you tolerate from others?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher United States 04-02-12
    Christopher United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I liked this book"
    Would you listen to The Eleventh Plague again? Why?

    I like a book that has a good story line and good characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were great in the story


    Which character – as performed by Dan Bittner – was your favorite?

    The doctor was my favorite character


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Lai South San Francisco, CA USA 01-30-12
    A. Lai South San Francisco, CA USA 01-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting and thought-provoking"
    If you could sum up The Eleventh Plague in three words, what would they be?

    interesting and thought-provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eleventh Plague?

    hard to say...


    What does Dan Bittner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    the youthful voice of the narrator as the main character brought life to the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What our future might be...


    Any additional comments?

    Although there were a few hokey dialogs, the story was intriguing. I thought the title was misleading because the plague itself is not a main element of the story; it is the aftermath that froms the basis of the story. I would have liked the story to be a bit longer; therre were many areas I would have loved to have seen developed a bit more. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the book.

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    Sharon United States 07-30-12
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    "Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eleventh Plague to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I liked the audio version of this book. It was very easy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doras WADDELL, AZ, United States 10-20-11
    Doras WADDELL, AZ, United States 10-20-11
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    "Good survival story"

    Post apoctolyptic story, young boy is the hero, finds a "modern" town to stay, unwittingly starts a battle between to surviving colonies.

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