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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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My heart is pounding!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

To the right person, yes. It is very violent and very awesome!

Any additional comments?

Beware earbud and headphone users! This book startled the hell outta me! Sounds and voices come outta nowhere and mug your brain.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I LOVE this author/narrator!!

What made the experience of listening to Infected the most enjoyable?

This guy has got to be one of my favorite writers of all time. I remember getting the "podiobook" version of this years ago and falling in love with the story and the voice! If you don't mind the graphic violence, and love good science fiction, you'll love this book as well as most of his others!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hackneyed concept drowning in gratuitous violence

Aliens using human hosts is not a new idea. The visible, unmitigated violence seems to somehow be ignored by all but the lone, mousey female scientist that suddenly becomes an unstoppable force in the nick of time to save the planet.
There, now that just saved you all 11 hours of time better spent on new ideas, cleverly portrayed. This book is fine if you're a freshly pubescent male, not so sure about the rest of us.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Se
  • San Diego
  • 04-03-14

pretty good, like the fact the author narrates

Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

yes,

What did you like best about this story?

I thought it was it nice to hear the author narrate the whole book with characters.

Any additional comments?

one problem I had was the sound in-between chapters. After a while it just became annoying...every chapter, or every change of scenes...Boinnggggg

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Pretty disappointed

I don't know if it was the story or the writing style, but I just didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped. It may boil down to the fact that I didn't really make a connection to any of the characters, who were mostly not very likable.

Performance was ok. It was more then a standard reading with sound F/X. I hated the music transitions, which really took away from the story.

I won't be reading the next book in the series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dattokar
  • Elyria,Oh United States
  • 10-31-12

A Simply Fantastic horror core book

Would you consider the audio edition of Infected to be better than the print version?

I would consider the Audio better because Scott imparts an amazing feeling to his characters.

What other book might you compare Infected to and why?

NONE. Scott has a true original here the premise and the attention to detail are great.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can not say because it would be a spoiler and I can not ruin it for listeners.

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

YOU GOT TO HAVE DISCIPLINE.

Any additional comments?

I have read and listened to allot of books and This was not one on my radar at first. I was able to get the podiobook version of this and had listened o it because it was free. I have listened to the podio version roughly 15 times and was compelled to buy the book to give this author his due. This is a great story it start a bit slow but about and hour in I was dying to hear what was next listen in the car, on breaks, in stead of watching television, hell I blocked out my wife to listen to every moment of the book.The voice work the imagery everything works so well listen to this then great Book II Contagious. Best purchase you can make. If you into hardcore horror, mystery and a bit of the old ultra-violence get this book now.

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  • Timothy
  • Killeen, TX, United States
  • 08-14-12

Impressive

Great book great narrater great everything. Very graphic. I enjoy the no holds bar this book details. this is what i would expect a psychotic, paranoid, delusional monster of man would do if an alien perisite took over his body. But it is not all blood and violence this book has great humor in it. There is a second book named contagious and a third on the way. I do hope audible picks this book up as well casue i can't wait to listen to it.

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Good book, decent narration

The story is really well done. The only thing about it that I did not enjoy was some of the graphic violence, but the nice thing about the audio is that it takes seconds to skip it.

Some folks have complained about the narration. The author is no Jim Dale (Harry Potter) narrator, but he is pretty good, and believe me I have heard way worse. It only took me a chapter to get drawn into the story and then I did not notice his narrator voice anymore. The sample listen give a good sample of the authors voice and style, so unless you are super picky and just can't stand anything but perfection from your narrator, it is a good pick.

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Strange but Good!!!

Sigler is odd to say the least, but I find his books very entertaining. They are a bit gory, but very entertaining.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 04-24-12

Comic-book fun

The author warns you that there will be "violence, lots and lots of violence" -- and there is. Just when you think nothing more horrific can happen to the characters, it does. That said, the horror is riveting! I could not stop listening! Not even the author's voice (his female characters are particularly cartoon-like) will stop you. Actually, after a while, his voice becomes part of the 'mood' of the book.

If blood and gore don't turn you off, you won't be able to turn off your iPod. (I already downloaded the sequel but am saving it for a long drive I have to do next weekend.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful