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Pandemic Audiobook

Pandemic: The Extinction Files, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

A deadly outbreak in Kenya. A conspiracy beyond imagination. And a race to save humanity in its darkest hour.

From A. G. Riddle, the worldwide best-selling author of The Atlantis Gene and Departure, comes a novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics.

A hundred miles north of Alaska, an American Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification and doesn't match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will alter our very understanding of the human race.

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO. What they find in the remote village is beyond their worst fears. As she traces the origin of the pathogen, Peyton begins to believe that there is more to this outbreak - that it may be merely the opening act in a conspiracy with far-reaching consequences.

In Berlin, Desmond Hughes awakens in a hotel room with no memory of how he got there or who he is. On the floor he finds a dead security guard from an international pharmaceutical company. His only clue leads him to Peyton Shaw - a woman who seems to know him but refuses to tell him how. With the police searching the city for him, Desmond desperately tries to piece together what happened to him. To his shock and horror, he learns that he may be involved in causing the outbreak - and could hold the only key to stopping it.

As the pathogen spreads around the world, Peyton and Desmond race to unravel the conspiracy behind the pandemic - and uncover secrets some want to keep buried.

©2017 A. G. Riddle (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Bradley 06-23-17
    Bradley 06-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Read this before buying, too much hype"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was great. I have no complaints about him at all. The problem with this book is that there is literally an hour of plot and 17 hours of "character development". The premise is extremely interesting, but this isn't a case of bad execution, its a case of NO execution. This is a book where millions of people die of a virus, the world is attempted to be taken over by a secret organization, but the ONLY mention of the public and how they react is the hospital being messy. Seriously? I get that you need to leave some things for the next two books, but that doesn't mean you ONLY do character development in book one.


    What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?

    That its missing a story, I get that its the first book in a trilogy, but we don't need to be beaten over the head with why the characters are the way they are. Character development is great, but in this case its taken way too far. For example one character had a troubled youth, and it effected his relationships etc... Well that is explained to us about 20 times and takes up probably 6-7 hours of the book. Its interesting the first time, but to make the same point over and over just distracts from the plot, we get hes messed up we get why, now PLEASE get back to the plot. On top of that there are important characters who are messed up primarily the main bad guy! (granted we are introduced to them towards the end of the book, but whose fault is that?)

    All of the people raving about this book either haven't read it or are just fanboys because of his previous series, which I enjoyed but did suffer from some of the same issues. No where near as bad though.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extremely disappointed, although I do believe this series will get better.


    106 of 114 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Culbertson, MT, United States 07-01-17
    Tara Culbertson, MT, United States 07-01-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring and not plausible."

    struggled to finish. it was just kinda boring. Too much back - from- the - dead silly coincidences.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 07-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Too hard to swallow"

    This is not the first A G Riddle book I have read - that was The Atlantis Gene - but it is likely to be the last. While I found The Atlantis Gene long, tedious and a bit boring, Pandemic is a mixture of interesting character development and an incredibly complicated plot. We are asked to believe that one of the characters set up such a complex set of hoops for himself to jump through that it was hard for me as a reader to follow them, but that the character was then able to get through those hoops successfully. I am willing to suspend belief up to a point, but this book passed that point as soon as the entire plot came into clarity as one of the main characters began to remember what was going on. I am sorry, but it would be just too much for me to swallow even if I believed that science could identify individual memories in a person’s brain and sequester them without doing the same to the neighboring memory. I would be more specific but I try to never include spoilers in my reviews.

    Some of the book is quite interesting as we find out about the history of the individuals involved, but that takes up a small part of an incredibly long story which I would have found far more interesting if it had been subject to some decent editing. This might well have been a good 11 or 12 hour book, but 19 hours is just too long for this story and I lost interest about half way through. I almost gave up on it and moved to the next book in my wish list, but thought that if I waited long enough perhaps something worthwhile might show up. I was wrong and, as an added bonus, this is the first book in a series.

    On the positive side, the narration was quite good with distinct voices, regional accents and an involved narrator. A pity the book was not up to the quality of the narrator.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 06-30-17
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a technology twist to a familiar plot"

    It was interesting most of the way through, then when the technology entered in, it got a bit unbelievable. The wrap up at the end is simplistic and pat. Even then, not everything is resolved so a sequel is required and guaranteed. And it's hard to decide how to feel about some of the people. It was hard to keep some of the characters clear; their names are even too similar--Elliott, Elim, Milam. Elliott started out in an important position and then lost it, so it was not clear why he was important to the story.

    Mr. Ballerini does well of course, but the women's voices weren't always clear.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tatiana Miami, FL, United States 06-25-17
    Tatiana Miami, FL, United States 06-25-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Very engaging book."

    I wish it were a bit shorter and had less plot lines. Edoardo Ballerini is,as always,at his best with a great performance.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Filler 06-24-17
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    "Creighton it is NOT"

    Someone said in a review "equal to Creighton" NOT EVEN CLOSE. The mistakes regarding routine medical treatment, science/biology in general are so annoying as to disrupt thee story entirely. For example the incorrect sequence using an AED, lack of understanding of consequences of smoke inhalation the list is endless. The action scenes were ok but really the whole storyline was poorly executed.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 07-01-17
    07-01-17 Member Since 2007
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    "This book is an infomercial for Audible"
    What disappointed you about Pandemic?

    The multiple references to Audible (and the Audible app) were just repulsive to me. I did not pay for an advertisement for Audible. This is just repulsive.


    What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?

    The idea that an author would feel compelled to include multiple product placements in an audiobook is just deeply saddening.


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

    The characters are great.... when they aren't talking about Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    It is obscene that Audbile is charging credits/money for this book. As a free book for potential subscribers, sure, why not, but I felt dirty and cheated listening to this corporate product. Shame.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Conly 06-25-17
    Sarah Conly 06-25-17
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    "Extremely silly-as if written as a parody"

    No character development, incoherent plot, ridiculous coincidences--like a chain novel in which the authors of each successive chapter try to outdo the others in terms of trite dialogue and meaningless action ( "We had guns and missiles in the last chapter--now let's have guns, missiles, bombs, and a plane running out of gas!")

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Wagner 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Jason Bourne/Contagion Hybrid"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a well written novel. Combined elements from the Bourne series and Contagion. The performance was good with very distinct voices. The only jarring note was the audible commercials written in to the story. There are several instances of: "the (insert character) opened her audible app." I would have loved to be in the marketing meeting that lead to that. Other than this it is a book that I would emphatically recommend to a friend.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Louise H. Harvey Brisbane, Australia 06-26-17
    Ms. Louise H. Harvey Brisbane, Australia 06-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring and dragged out"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. G. Riddle again?

    Nope


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was the only redeeming part


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - there was so much hype about the book


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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  • Redref
    9/1/17
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    "Really worth a listen"

    It is really worth getting this book so good and no gaps in the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • justin ford
    8/6/17
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    "Long winded and disjointed"

    Just could not get into this.
    Was a total bore fest. One for the return bin unfortunately.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RoseyToesRose
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    7/29/17
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    "Loved it!"

    This was my first audio book experience, and I loved it! The storyline was great, with some really strong character. The narration was really impressive too, and I soon learnt to distinguish which character was which, by the tone of voice and accent use. I'm really looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Krzysztof
    7/27/17
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    "What to do with you?"

    This book is similar to previous Atlantis trilogy - in both the plot and characters creation. With is both good and bad - to mine personal opinion I enjoy the story - not so much characters - creation is better than previous A.G R books but still need some improvement :). Some said in review that it not feel plausible - and sadly I have to agree with that - to minie opinion that does not mean that you can't have fun reading it - I sure did. If you liked previous A.G. R. book (as I did) you should liked this one - but is in the same level (overall) as Atlantis trilogy - you will not get disappointment but I would keep expectation as I said on the same level as Atlantis books. IMHO i would expect more form this author -since i liked his previous creations - and this is why i gave 4 stars instead of 5.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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