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Infected Audiobook

Infected: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

Working under the government's shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim.

With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common - they've been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science.

Meanwhile, Perry Dawsey - a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey - awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices....He is infected. The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.

Infected was the first major print release from Internet phenom Scott Sigler, whose podcast-only audiobooks have drawn an immense cult following, with more than three million individual episodes downloaded. Now Sigler thrills listeners with this cinematic, relentlessly paced novel that mixes and matches genres, combining horror, techno thriller, and suspense in a heady mix that is equal parts Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King.

©2008 Scott Sigler; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sigler is masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go. Just when I thought I knew what abyss he was leading me across, he knocked the bridge out from under... I think I screamed the whole way down." (Lincoln Child)
"Infected blends science fiction and horror into a pulpy masterpiece of action, terror, and suspense....Three recommendations: don't read it at night, or just after you've eaten a full meal, or if you're weak of heart....You've been warned!" (James Rollins)

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    Chazz 12-16-14
    Chazz 12-16-14

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    "Great Story - AWFUL production."
    What would have made Infected better?

    Get rid of the idiotic sound effects, amateur female character vocalizations, is there anyone reading a book with such a small imagination they don't know what a door knock sounds like. There was a knock on the door (SFX door knocking sound) We don't need this distraction. These are audio books not radio versions of movies. People who listen to audio books are still readers at heart, trust your audience.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I know this author pod casts his books and I can forgive the weird female voices but I bet he didn't add sound effects and heavy metal music to his pod casts. If he did at least you're getting them for free.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a very good story with a credible SF foundation and the author structured his story very well. Read the printed version or Kindle version.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the printed version or Kindle version.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 06-12-14
    Karen United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2017

    BigZ's Mom

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Scott Sigler and/or Scott Sigler?

    I very much enjoyed Noctural by him. The reader was very competent and I cared about the characters. Not so much in this one.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Sigler’s story?

    The fact that I enjoyed a different book by him. There was no character in the book I cared about. Much was made about the female doctor being not good enough for the big time BUT she was hot and frequently imagined having sex with her bodyguard. Seriously?


    What three words best describe Scott Sigler’s voice?

    Stereotypical. Annoying. Rough.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Infected?

    A bunch of the repetitive science. Tell me once and I get it, you don't have to keep telling me the same thing. Use that space to make me care about at least one character.


    Any additional comments?

    I do recommend Noctural by this author. It was great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda H. 12-20-09
    Amanda H. 12-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Creepy"

    Love these books! I am a big fan of plague and Zombie books and thought this was well written. Alot of you are commenting that you did not like his vocal version of the book, but I thought he did well. Some parts were even funny to me and some parts made me flinch! Thanks Scott for these really entertaining books. I was absolutely addicted.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-23-11
    Judith Scottsdale, AZ, United States 10-23-11
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    "my all time favorite book - Go Scott!"

    This book was totally enjoyable and creepy but just loved it - became a huge Scott Sigler fan and have read everything but love this one the most. I keep hearing the "feed me..." in my head all the time. I tell everyone about this book! Just loved it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gopack7 04-22-17
    Gopack7 04-22-17 Member Since 2010
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    "why can't I give zero stars?"
    What didn’t you like about Scott Sigler’s performance?

    Stick with writing please. Your reading is off pace. Sound effects like modulized voices and music between every chapter are so very distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Who let you read this?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Foy 04-15-16
    Foy 04-15-16

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    "Weird and interesting!"

    Read for review and found myself laughing out loud listening to Perry and his bff, I really enjoyed learning about them and their friendship. Storyline is original but became pretty strange and far fetched after the first half. The narration did not help matters. I don't usually read fiction read by the author because they're never as good as they think they are. Weird enough for me to stick with it to the end and look at other books by Mr Sigler!

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 08-14-15
    Garry Cannington, Australia 08-14-15 Member Since 2014

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Great story, imaginative, fun"

    Scott Sigler writes and narrates this great story. Character development is excellent. Narration is excellent.

    The story is way out there, great imagination and has me finishing this review quickly so I can listen to book 2. Which is what speaks volumes of a great book.

    One fun piece, Mr Sigler is right about the girl voices... To understand that you have to hear his comments at the end of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abbie brisbane, Australia 06-23-14
    Abbie brisbane, Australia 06-23-14

    Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.

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    "Grossly Great"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    i would recommend this to friend if they had a strong gag reflex. I did really enjoying this book tho there is a cast of great charecters that draw you in and wanting more and hoping for the best in a bad situation. i am def going to have to give the rest of this series a read. And please be careful if you are going to eat and listening to this at the same time, no seriously it has it's moments few and far between when it's got some grisly descriptors. Give it a go.


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    Books only Sylmar, CA, United States 05-14-14
    Books only Sylmar, CA, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good listen"

    I am not sure what I thought I was going to be listening to but it was pretty good. I read the reviews and was expecting a little more creepy but in all it was interesting. The characters were good and the author did a great job narrating. This book will give you a huge dose of sci fi if that's what you're looking for.

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    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-02-13
    michael WOODVILLE, OHIO, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2017

    I don't give spoilers

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    "dig the sig"
    Any additional comments?

    I have to give Scott Sigler high marks I would of never considered audio books without him and a Zune hd. Not being a reader type, I got a Zune to watch movies at work and it's podcast folder made me curious and I found his podcast novels and fell in love with audio books. Anyways great books Infected, Contagious and soon to be released Pandemic are about aliens trying to take over, I don't do spoilers so I'll leave it at that. The Sig all so narrates all his work and does a great job at it.

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  • P. Mckenny
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    7/4/14
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    "Started well but became... tiresome."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

    Always, Audio is always better imo


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was ok, the author narrates and he openly admits that some of his narration is wanting, the voice acting is bloody awful. I know it adds to the story to be able to differentiete between characters but i think it could be toned down a bit. Sound effects sometimes make it hard to actually hear the words (when driving at 70mph anyway). His women's voice.. my god, just stop doing it. I was close to skipping sections.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes makes your cringe when describing various self 'harm' shall we say.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the last 30 minutes of the book a struggle and the ending felt rushed. I am not sure if i will bother with book 2 in the series.. I'm looking for a new stephen pacey narrated book :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JayCee
    4/28/14
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    "Some good ideas, but felt a little disappointed."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, because I only recommend books I love.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointed. I know it is the first in a series but I felt I wanted to know more at this point.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine, but one or two voices a bit annoying.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is plenty more to tell, I would imagine.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad book but not a great one. The following one may be worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Lanark, United Kingdom
    3/12/13
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    "Well paced, gripping and VERY gory."

    When I first started Scott Sigler’s Infected, I must admit to being a little disappointed in the narration. Scott narrates the books himself, but I’d just finished a series of great books with truly amazing character actors narrating, so with hindsight it was a little unfair.



    Scott uses some light voice effects to differentiate between some of his characters voices, and also uses sound and music to really bring the story and some of the characters alive. Whether it’s to counter limitations in his own vocal ability or not, it’s a good technique and I grew to love it.



    Let me say upfront, Infected’s story line is in a genre I love, but it’s right up there with the best of them. Believable characters which are well developed, a story which is well paced and (sounds) well researched, nice twists, and is a real (metaphorical) page turner that keeps you gripped right up to the very end. Oh yes, and really really gory, with his descriptions painting such an immersive picture, I squirmed several times.....and I'm not in the least bit squeamish. (Chicken scissors anyone?!)



    If you like this genre, I say go for it. If you don’t then I’m sure Mills and Boon books are also available.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MsRanPan
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    12/29/12
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    "BUY THIS BOOK"

    This was my first SS book, I love how he narrates, he can not sing, it almost put me off but otherwise it's great. I love the triangles voices, nice little touch. This is a great book, you get completely invested and care what happens and it's so so involving . Buy this, it's so so so good, you won't regret it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grant
    5/17/17
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    "Making me itch"

    Amazingly great book. Had me hooked from the beginning.. fast paced with loads of real science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee T.
    8/2/16
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    "Good story, we'll paced."

    There's something new on the alien abduction idea here, the page is good and the performance although not perfect, becomes better as he gets into it. Well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms S Boothe
    2/22/16
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    "Now I'm terrified of triangles!"

    This book was simply amazing. Best audio book I've listened to. loved the narration and now hooked on Scott Sigler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn
    Dorking, United Kingdom
    11/8/15
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    "thoroughly entertaining and intense"

    A lovely book - this is meant in the nicest and best way, it felt like a book written by an incredibly enthusiastic learner author - which made it all the better.

    Once you accept the concept of the story, it bowls along, really exciting and I really wanted to know what happened to the protagonist.

    I will be buying the sequel for sure

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    8/9/14
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    "Starts off great, but goes downhill - it's ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you'd asked me that half way through I'd have said yes. After reading the whole book, no I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Rubbish, but in my opinion the second half pretty much was.


    What aspect of Scott Sigler’s performance might you have changed?

    I really didn't rate the narration, very monotone. There are worse out there but it did take me a while to get into it.


    Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Although I am aware there are some out there already.


    Any additional comments?

    It starts off really well and follows a couple of characters all experiencing something bad. It's well written, graphic and very immersive. It then gets silly and very average.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jemma
    8/15/17
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    "great story"

    not what i expected! pleasantly surprised! Poor author cant sing in tune which is just hilarious! He is a great author and narator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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