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A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.

©2013 Mira Grant (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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You Want To Put A What... Where?

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

It was a compelling listen. I would hold off ranking it until I've completed the series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did even thought the writing seemed to get boggy in the middle part of the story and seemed repetitive. Overall it held my attention from start to finish. The premise is interesting, if extremely creepy. A genetically modified parasite becomes a wildly sought after medical device. It does everything from dispensing vitamins to managing diabetes to curing cancer. All from inside the human body once implanted. But then this microscopic miracle "rebels" and people start to "sleep walk". And worse.

Any additional comments?

A word of caution: this is apparently the first in a series. The story by no means ends here.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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I don't even like horror, but....

I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) delivered yet again. Whether horror, dystopian or straight fantasy, I'm putting her firmly in my 'buy-everything-this-woman-writes' category

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Parasite rejected by host

I can't tell you how excited I was to begin this book, only to realize what a special brand of awful it is. The story prides itself on certain incredible revelations, all of which a third grader could see coming from the first couple of chapters. The main character is that type of clueless, helpless weakling who is always the last one to realize what's going on. She must ask others "Would anyone care to tell me what's going on?" roughly twenty times during the story. She supposedly has the mentality of a child, but has learned enough sassy banter to create one of those inexplicable romantic relationships that authors feel duty bound to include in the middle of earth-shattering events. Readers are supposed to buy the fact that both the military and hospitals are so medically ignorant that only our heroine has the brilliance to bring to light what any fool would already have realized. What's worse, Christine Lakin brings out all that sass, without breathing any sort of intelligence into the rest of the story. Her attempt at an accent for one of the minor characters was excruciating to listen to.
This story is an insult to any intelligent listener. Look elsewhere for your bioterror-themed thriller.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • KP
  • Buffalo Gap, TX United States
  • 05-16-15

A Refreshing New Spin on the Zombie Genre

I've been stuck in a book rut for a while now. I was hesitant when I read the reviews on this book, and series. It's been in my wish list for a while, but it's a female narrator (I prefer male) and a questionable story line.

I'm glad I took the leap. Just a few short chapters in, I was full of joy I've found a (new to me) author to follow! The story line is very well done and 'Mira Grant' does a fantastic job of giving enough detail, while at the same time not drolling on. You can't help but become caught up in this book.

Other positive notes:
*It's a good long book. I like long books when they're done right. This one is done right.
*Christine Lakin does a great job with the narration!
*The book leaves you wanting more

Only Negative: I've finished book 2 and was not as impressed with it. However, book one could stand on it's own fairly well. Book 1 does not tie up all the lose ends, or bring you to a great conclusion, but I could have walked away after book 1 and been okay with it.
Book two does leave you hanging. I haven't decided yet if I'll be in for book 3 when it comes out, or not.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Twists and thrills keep you wanting more

Would you listen to Parasite again? Why?

Really liked the story and the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Parasite?

Tanzy (spelling- remmeber I listened - not read) was a crazy character

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sal goes to D-Symbogen for taking care of business (I don't want to spoil with more info).

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

The GMO: Parasite

Any additional comments?

The story is easy to follow but still makes you think and to figure out some of the connections. As I listened through I kept trying to guess and solve the puzzle. I use the word "puzzle" loosely though. It, by no means, takes it away from the fun of the story. I recently watched Cloud Atlas and I thought the puzzle aspect of it was so much that it took the joy out of watching a movie, and made it into a (almost) 3 hours of work. If you want to enjoy biology, and science fiction you will like this book. I also really enjoyed the narration by Christine Lakin. In fact, I started looking to see what other books she narrated. It was amazing how many different voices she produced to "speak" different characters. It really added to the joy of this audiobook. I will be anxiously waiting for the second book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not as predictable as everyone is saying!

I have read a lot of reviews talking about help the ending of this book is predictable. Yeah, I suppose in a way it is, but the reactions of the characters in the story to this ending was what was truly intriguing. There was a lot of twists and turns in this story and a lot of surprises. So ultimately I didn't find this story predictable at all. So far I think excellently done. I have already downloaded the second book in this Trilogy, and I can't wait to get started

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Refreshingly different sci-fi premise

Both my teenage son and I enjoyed this book with it's blend of science, suspense and plot twists. The narration was excellent, and I look forward to the continuation of the story, if a book 2 is forthcoming.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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mixed feelings

I really enjoyed the Newsflesh series, so I was really looking forward to this. I'm honestly a bit disappointed. I understand what the author was trying to accomplish in delaying various revelations, but they were painfully obvious to me from the start, and that made it hard for the story to hold my interest. Add to that characters who are apparently being willfully stupid and making bad choices, and well, it stretched my suspension of disbelief a bit too far. I love the concept, there are several fun moments, and some characters that could be interesting if they didn't act like such idiots. I can't decide if I'm going to continue the series or not. It really feels like this novel should have been a short story. if the events in the book just happened on a shorter timescale it would have worked fine.

The reader's performance was great. I honestly don't think I could have finished this if I were reading it on paper.

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Solid first entry, some predictability

3.5 stars. Mira Grant certainly has a knack for exciting stories, deep conspiracies, and gross outs. Sal Mitchell (formerly Sally) has a second lease on life. Six years earlier she was in a car accident that, by all accounts, should have proved fatal. But as the daughter of an army colonel who also happens to be the head of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), she has been among the first people to get an intestinal bodyguard (the euphemism for the tape worm in her body, engineered to act as an implant for medical purposes). When she should have died she finds herself waking up, with no memory, and a long road to recovery.

In present day, Sal has spent six years relearning everything from language to coordination to social niceties. She has carved out a new life, though still under the guardianship of her parents (despite her calendar age of 27). She has a satisfying job at an animal shelter, a loving boyfriend who is a parisitologist, a chance to have better relationships with her family than her predecessor enjoyed, oh -- and standing appointments at SymboGen.

SymboGen is the massive and profitable company that has the patent on the intestinal bodyguard, and though they have done all the work to get the PR of being a benevolent do-gooder, Sal is suspicious of them and their intentions to her. In the aftermath of her accident, she has had a host of health issues and has needed extensive therapy (both psychological and behavioral). SymboGen covers the costs and keeps her close, seeming to observe nearly every aspect of her life.

The book moves well and has perfectly serviceable characters. It isn't particularly surprising as it becomes increasingly clear that the intestinal bodyguards aren't as harmless as they are billed, or when SymboGen's intentions are revealed to be firmly focused on the bottom line and not necessarily the public good. A massive company with impure motives? Not particularly groundbreaking. The idea that the majority of earth's inhabitants have swallowed (pun intended) what SymboGen was selling strains credulity a bit (humans have a fairly pronounced ick factor and willingly becoming the symbiote of a parasitic tape worm would have definitely triggered it). But there is an interesting blend of science into this fiction, and as major players are revealed in the book we meet far more interesting characters (though one definitely qualifies as a partial stereotype), and some nicely conflicting aims. The war is coming, and it seems everyone will have to pick sides. First in a trilogy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unzombie

This is the kind of Zombie-Book I think I can handle... the kind with no outright mention of Zombies!!

It started out great, a very intriguing futuristic medical mystery; I was sucked in from the beginning! But then about two thirds or three quarts of the way in it took SUCH A TURN that I was derailed. Try as I might, the plot turned into a such preposterous comedy for me (albeit a suspenseful and intriguing one) that I lost interest. I pushed through to get to the end just to wrap it up.

But still, it wasn’t bad and I’ll read book 2 (Symbiont) if it comes on sale.... maybe.... I dunno, the twist is just too twisted.

As you can see, I am conflicted with this one!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful