Listeners who are unfamiliar with Scott Sigler might be wondering about all the strange reviews of this novel:
A few years ago, when Mr. ..Show More »Sigler was an aspiring author, he began publishing his novels online in podcast form. Every week, he read a chapter aloud and made it available to his podcast subscribers for free. The stories were pretty damn entertaining, and his podcast became one of the most popular feeds on the internet. His fans call themselves "junkies" because of their addiction to Scott's weekly fiction "fix". He produced several free online audiobooks in this fashion, and all were eventually printed by small publishing houses.
"Infected" was his first novel to be picked up by a major publisher. Marketing an audiobook was problematic because Scott had already read the book on his podcast for free. Hence, this Director's Cut. (If you look in the pupil on the cover, it says "Director's Cut" in blue letters.) This version contains several scenes that are missing from the free podcast version and the print novel. They're not crucial to the story, but they are entertaining.
As other reviewers have stated, this is a horror novel for listeners with a strong stomach. Don't expect a Robin Cook style medical thriller. What porn is to sex, this book is to violence and vulgarity. Having stated those disclaimers, let me say it's a damn good page-turner. Imagine a good Michael Crichton book crossed with Stephen King, as told by Quentin Tarantino. In my opinion it's worth the credit. (Actually, I spent cash for this, and I don't regret it.)
The book contains graphic violence, constant swearing, non-sexual violence against women, male genital mutilation, and a racial slur. It does NOT contain: sex, drugs, rape, animal cruelty, gang violence, or hate crimes.
If you've made it this far, thanks for looking at my wordy review of "Infected." Who says audiobook lovers can't read?
Both Infected and Contagious were great books (make sure you get Infected first.) While many complain about the author reading his own work, one needs..Show More » to understand Sigler offers all his novels as free podcasts on his website. Sure, at first I wasn't thrilled with his reading style, but it grew on me as the story progressed.
The storyline is solid, and I had a hard time stopping it when my commute ended. If you're concerned about the author's reading technique then get the print edition, but don't miss this pair of books, because they're great!
Sigler has added another fan to his cult-following.
During the time the audiobook was being complied all I could think of is, "How can Scott Sigler make the evolution of this alien species even creepier..Show More » than triangles and sub-human kissy-face monsters?" Well he took it up a slight notch and I was not disappointed.
Audiobook-wise, Scott's stories always take you into a place your mind that makes most people uncomfortable. Sit in a car and listen and you will be asking yourself, "Could I take on the seemly nice lady in the car next to me if she got out of her car brandishing an axe?" "Would I be able to escape a horde of blood-thirsty teens waiting for me when I stop next to the bus stop?"