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Kevin J. Rukstela

Putnam, CT
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  • Pandemic: Beginnings

  • The Pandemic Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell, Kris Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Terrorists kidnap and blackmail a young French scientist in Western Africa. The outbreak of an ancient disease kills everyone in a village located in a remote jungle of Guatemala. US government operatives uncover a secret biological laboratory in Trinidad. An isolated death at the hands of this killer virus is discovered in Greece. Is there a connection, or are these simply a string of coincidences?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked "Hot Zone" you will love this!

  • By Bryon L on 08-03-17

Great book, extremely annoying multi-person narration

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Book and story great, but the choice for using two narrators was the worst idea. The male narrator is great, I've listened to a lot of books he's done. The female who reads only the female dialog out loud is awful. She uses the same bland voice and emotion for every character regardless of situation. Someone drinking tea? Someone dying? Someone terrified? Someone happy? SAME VOICE. The same terrible, non-differentiated voice. And her voice is so different from the male narrator and higher in pitch it makes the distinction worse.

I feel bad giving the performance a one star given the great job the primary narrator did and how well he's done in the past. None of this bad review is his fault.

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