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Publisher's Summary

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.

He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.

But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

©2012 J.A. Konrath (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic idea for a book! Technically lacking.

What did you like best about Origin? What did you like least?

The concept was great and the tie in with historic events entertaining.

Would you recommend Origin to your friends? Why or why not?

Sure. Just don't go into it thinking it's a blockbuster.

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

I don't think a follow up would be quite as interesting as the novel first idea.

Any additional comments?

People this intelligent would have done things somewhat differently in my opinion. If they're the best in their fields, more experimentation would have been conducted to ascertain the demon's weaknesses. It's not like they had decades to figure it out. Wait, they did.

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Great book

This is the second book I read from this author and I love his writing style. It keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat. This book does not disappoint.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was on point and the story is quite enjoyable. #audible20

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Boring gore fest

I was intrigued initially in the book, expecting it to be about some mysterious supernatural stuff, but then it just became a splatter. The entire narrative of the book takes place in a dull underground bunker. The book had some good ideas but completely wasted the opportunity to explore them by setting the setting in an underground bunker. I wasn't able to finish the final chapter nor did I really care what happened to the characters who I barely could empathize with.

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thrilling masterpiece.

Held my attention from beginning to end. the narrator was great and a master of voices.

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SciFy channel material

So if you're looking for a technothriller, keep looking. Try Dan Brown or Michael Crichton. This is more like a SciFy movie of the weak. Not bad but definitely not good either. Luke Daniels saves the book with his great narration. Don't get me wrong it was worth it as a buy one get one free on Audible but I wouldn't spend a credit on it. Without getting into any major spoilers, I took me a month on my commute to work to get through the story. There were times that my suspension of disbelief just had to pause for a few days. Looking for an easy listen that you don't have to wrap your brain around? This is it but by no means is it a "Technothriller"

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So this is a Technothriller?

THE BAD

Well I guess you could say I was kind of expecting the suspense to hang on longer than it actually did. It is absolutely gripping all the way to about 75% of the book. For the good and for the bad, it then takes a turn to action instead of actually developing on the initial premise. It doesn't necessarily mean it is poorly written or in any way doesn't suit the book. it is indeed pretty good and develops rather well. However I feel that the mystery and suspense that built in the beginning was so much more intriguing. The theme and tension built suddenly just went away and got replaced by a completely different tone, which despite swiftly weaved onto the story, made it just like a thousand others out there...


THE GOOD

Holy cow, the narration! Overall masterfully done by the always efficient Luke Daniels, but Bub's voice... jeez. He hit the jackpot there! The first time it came up it was really unexpected and made me chill all around. Simply amazing. Most definitely improved improved the book a few notches for me. Reading it would never do justice to Daniel's work here. This alone I'd say is worth your credit picking this one up. Aside from it, characters work and are interesting, maybe in-spite of some minor stereotyping here and there, which doesn't necessarily affect the overall book. Plot is obviously key to this title, and as mentioned before, the backdrop is utterly gripping if you're into the sort of story.


THE VERDICT

Well worth your time and credit. Where it doesn't work as well as it could, it is actually simply median and won't stand out from other titles. Where it does work, it does it masterfully. Although the conclusion was not one of the high notes for me, it is done well and plot can be said to conclude with enough information to justify the developments. It might feel rushed for some, depending on how you look at it. Narration is in a class of its own basically due to Bub's voice alone, which made the listening truly terrifying even on chapters that weren't explicitly so. Definitely recommended! If this is a technothriller, I'm all for it.

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Not so much a "techno thriller"

but more a run-of-the-mill horror novel. Not as good as I thought ot might turn out to be, but it could've been much better.

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Almost Perfect, But Not Quite

This is an interesting story to review, because for me to explain why it missed the mark would also give away a big reveal. I absolutely loved the tone, characters, and mystery of the first 90% of the book. The characters and their motivations unfold slowly and so their actions make sense throughout the book. Characters are introduced, but then backstories are revealed to provide context to their actions. I really enjoy this type of story telling because it brings tremendous depth to the people we're following. Likewise, the primary mystery is laid out to the listener early on but you'll find yourself flipping between one theory to the next as more context is added. For me this was the best aspect of the book; and to some extent the book is a victim of its own success in that the reveal didn't live up to the hype. When a mystery is masterfully presented to the listener it can be very difficult to live up to the many theories a listener comes up with (think the TV show Lost.)

That being said, I really enjoyed the book and even with the reveal I still highly recommend it. Of course having Luke Daniels narrate the book puts you right in the middle of the story. He doesn't just narrate stories but acts them out and becomes the characters. Every one has their own voice and personality; but most impressive is his take on the antagonist. Luke Daniels does a wonderful job and takes this story above and beyond its capability.

So to close, I highly recommend the book but some may be let down slightly by the resolved mystery. Luke Daniels narrates masterfully and creates an effortless listening experience.

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A lot for a disappointing ending

Where does Origin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it's more or less , entertaining

Would you ever listen to anything by J. A. Konrath again?

NO!

Any additional comments?

I believe , that the ending was rushed ....not a bad book bot not good ether , good action sequences , but it leaves you waiting fir the second part....mixed emotions