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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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    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 01-29-13
    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    Timothy Killeen, TX, United States 08-14-12
    Timothy Killeen, TX, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley M 06-04-12
    Kelley M 06-04-12

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April 04-25-12
    April 04-25-12 Listener Since 2010
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-24-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    "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
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    jaxielynn USA 04-11-12
    jaxielynn USA 04-11-12 Listener Since 2010

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    "Interesting story"
    Where does Infected rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's ok, maybe even good. Really distracted by the narration.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was good. Action kept moving.


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

    I think I would rather have had a different narrator. I saw the earlier reviews that had issue with his style. I don't consider myself very picky in this category. I usually get used to the each narrator's style within a few minutes.The problem I had was with this was his overall tone. It's hard to explain, but each sentence ends with a little rise in his voice. Almost overly enunciated, and over the top like a children's book reading. There were several times I got wrapped up in the story and then would just all of a sudden hear that tone or whatever it is and remind me he was talking. It was annoying and made me not want to listen to more.


    Who was the most memorable character of Infected and why?

    The character's voices were great. There was never any doubt who was talking. Much better than most in this aspect.


    Any additional comments?

    I have about an hour left to finish this book. I want to know the end, but don't really want to listen to it. I will though, eventually. What can I say.... I have to know. Not sure if I will try another in the series. Not right away for sure. Need a break.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stoney 02-11-11
    Stoney 02-11-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Different but good!"

    I went into this book thinking it was a zombie type story. It’s not a zombie story but once I got into it, I liked it. It has some pretty disgusting moments in the book. Overall I would recommend this book. If anything to get to the second book which is just AWESOME!

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    David Peterson Dallas, TX USA 04-23-10
    David Peterson Dallas, TX USA 04-23-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't Finish It"

    I listened to the first 5 hours or so of this book, but had to give up.

    The story had potential, but the author's narration killed it for me. The main CIA agent sounded like a bad "Dirty Harry" impersonation and the two main CDC doctors sounded like Pops and Trixie from the old Speed Racer cartoons.

    I tried to fight through it, but I just couldn't. Maybe somewhere down the line I'll try to revisit it.

    It's a shame. The author should have hired a professional to read the audio version.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 06-04-09
    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 06-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Pulp Fiction"

    As someone who grew up reading Robert E. Howard novels or other graphic yet intelligent novels like Rogue Roman or Aztec this "Infected" by Scott Sigler made me feel like I was listening to classicly written modern pulp fiction.

    The story is fun, and the character development builds up good suspense. I couldn't wait to get the sequel (Contagious) after finishing this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Parusski Jackson TN 08-09-09
    Parusski Jackson TN 08-09-09

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    "Worst narration of 846 audiobooks I have"

    My GOD. In 12 years membership with Audible I have acquired 846 audiobooks. Some have had bad narrators. But never so bad as to make me cringe. Sigler has a great voice, and in the beginning I thought all was well-for a few seconds. His voices are like fingernails on a blackboard. Seriously, I have listened to 846 Audible audiobooks, all unabridged and this is so bad I want to cry. The narration destroys this great story, which I read and loved. The narration may make you as sick as the disease in the book.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful

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