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  • Seed

  • By: Michael Edelson
  • Narrated by: Rob Zaleski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Fifty people go to sleep in their own beds and wake up in a compound in the middle of the jungle. Men and women from all walks of life with only one thing in common - none of them know where they are or how they got there. Alex is a paratrooper. Yael is a mathematician. Max is a law professor. They can't leave - a lethal barrier surrounds the facility, but no one knows if it's there to keep them in, or to keep something out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seed is everythin Wayward pines should have been.

  • By Brian Hook on 10-12-16

Interesting Concept, Strong Themes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Full disclosure: I received a free copy to review the audiobook.

With that out of the way, I'd like to focus my review on three points: the overall story, the concept/themes, and my experience as a listener.

Story:
The story focuses on an US Army soldier, Alex, who wakes up in an island resort after an extremely tragic event befalls the Earth. He quickly discovers that he has been labelled as the security officer for the colony. Alex then tries to figure out what has happened with the rest of the world, in turn dealing with a governor-turned-despot and love.

While it keeps at a steady pace, there were times I thought the story would go in a certain direction, but the author deftly twisted the route through another way. This was enjoyable, and made it easier for me to keep listening.

Concept and Themes:
The themes that consistently stood out to me was corporate greed and human failure. On a grand scale, it seemed like human failure was the cause of Alex's situations and challenges. Beyond that, it made for some okay foils to oppose Alex as he moved forward with the life he now has. There are other themes involved, such as the human response to killing, genetically modified organisms, and so on, but they didn't have as much of an impact.

As for the concept of the colonies, I really thought it started out as a big giant Fallout/Vaul-Tec ripoff. Gradually, however, the author was able to distinguish his colonies as a different concept. I really enjoyed how the colonies were, with more advanced technology (but not futuristic) against a backdrop of collapsed human society.

Listener Experience:
I have never listened to a fiction audiobook. So it took me a little getting used to the narrator doing all the voices. Once I got past that, the narrator (and story) kept me engaged enough to want to keep listening. I was able to listen in while working, driving, running, and keep up with the story. I normally tune out talking after a certain point, but I kept with this until I was done.

Overall, I'd give this a 3.5/5 stars, but I'm limited to a whole number on a five-point scale. It was an enjoyable read, kept me engaged, and wasn't something I would normally consume. I still enjoyed it, and has made me interested in 'The Talhoffer Society', though I might go with a regular book for that one.