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Audie Award Nominee, Original Work, 2013

Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

The Junkie Quatrain is four tales of survival, and four types of post-apocalypse story, because the end of the world means different things for different people. Loss. Opportunity. Hope. Or maybe just another day on the job.

©2012 Peter Clines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Erik
  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-09-14

An interesting interplay of stories

If you're reading this, I'm assuming you already like the zombie genre. If zombies aren't your cup of tea, this book likely isn't for you.

That being said, the zombies are really just a prop for 4 individual stories that are all connected. In a way, a bit like World War Z, but in a much smaller setting than the globe, and with a better explanation of how the zombie virus came to be. The interplay of the stories was very well done, and the characters nicely selected.

As for the performance, it was very good. In Therese Plummer I have finally found another female narrator I like. This was also my first exposure to Christian Rummel, and he also did a quite well.

Pick this one up if you are in the mood for some great zombie fare and 4 great short stories. It's one of the better zombie books I have read.

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  • Dana
  • Brookhaven, MS, United States
  • 05-08-14

Is this just the beginning?

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I thought these were four solid stories, but it felt like just the beginning to something. An introduction. I did like how the stories all intertwined. The narration was decent. That said, I wouldn't spend a credit on this. It was short and felt incomplete, but I got it for like three bucks so I wasn't disappointed. Overall, I enjoyed the tales but it really did feel like there was more to come. If that was the author's intent, then job well done.

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Another great delivery by Peter Clines

Would you listen to The Junkie Quatrain again? Why?

I'll definitely be listening to The Junkie Quatrain again. The stories are well-paced, interesting, and have an interconnected structure that will play well with additional listens.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoy Peter Clines originality and plausible take on an old genre.

What about Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer ’s performance did you like?

Both Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer brought a depth of inflection and nuance to their performances that really allows you to hear the individual character's voices, thoughts, and feelings.

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Buy this.. If you like reading only 1/4 of a book!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, the same story line was told four times through the viewpoints of four interconnected groups. Awesome start to a story... But then... It just ends. The reader is great and it has great potential but its honestly just the beginning fourth of a book. Not even half.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Terrible. The plot comes together and then it's over.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

Holly

Do you think The Junkie Quatrain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Desperately. Where is the rest of the story? This is just the very beginning.

Any additional comments?

Where's the rest of it??!

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Meh...

What would have made The Junkie Quatrain better?

Leave out the random unnecessary interjections of political cheap shots.

Has The Junkie Quatrain turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love the genre.

What does Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Therese Plummer was okay but Christian Rummel was really really good. I'm glad I listened to this on audio.

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

Sadly it just sparked meh. It sounded like an interesting premise but quickly devolved into the same old evil rich guy/ government cabal blah blah blah. One section in I could see where we were going and it was to retread town.

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The writing wasn't bad, just unoriginal and as a huge fan of this genre I'm sick of the same old bad guy story. The one thing I really did like was the new take on the infected. This is not zombies - but more like 28 Days Later rage infected but with some very interesting nuances.

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Pretty enjoyable. I liked that you could listen to any chapter out of order and look for all the hints connecting each story to the other.


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More....please?

Four short, very well written stories that will let you wanting for more...please, more!
The audiobook version is very well done. Both Christian Rummel and Thérèse Plummer
(as narrators), did an excellent job.

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Quite a disappointment after listening to "14"

I never would have considered buying this audiobook if I hadn't heard its promo at the end of listening to "14." I found "14" so intriguing that it was hard for me to stop listening at times when I had to interrupt the story for one reason or another. Thus, the promise that '[I]f you liked "14" you will also enjoy "The Junkie Quatrain",' was enough for me to break my general rule about not using credits to purchase short audiobooks.

I also overcame my disdain for modern fiction concerning zombies (along with that of vampire, werewolf and other "sophisticated" takes on erstwhile monsters). I felt that anyone who could create a credible and entertaining story with a bit of H.P. Lovecraft as part of the plot would be able to bring a new spin to the flesh-eating, contagious-zombie syndrome.

Alas! Alas!

He got very close to achieving this. Very, very close. Clines provided interesting characters within a realistic framework. The action scenes were very well-written. Dividing the story into four different narrative voices was interesting and skilled.

Unfortunately, the audiobook seems to be more of a writing exercise than a short-story or novella. Even labeling "TJQ" (easier than writing out the entire title) a "quatrain" doesn't, in my opinion, justify the fact that it doesn't have a real plot. I could even forgive that if it provided some sense of "closure."

I am not going to ask for my credit back, because I did find it entertaining. ( I also like it when bicycles are portrayed as useful and thrifty forms of travel, something "TJQ" shares with "14".) But I hope that one day Clines goes back and re-works this piece in a way that does it justice.

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  • Brian
  • Lewisville, TX, United States
  • 08-27-13

Great Reimagining of "Zombie"

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Peter Clines does an excellent job in reimagining the zombie sub-genre. I enjoyed the twists in the 4-in-1 story's perspective. I really wish there was more to it. I feel a reader would enjoy more stories from any of the protagonists, and one antagonist, that are followed in the tale. Excellent work!

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  • george
  • United States
  • 05-13-13

Another Zombie like story

This is nothing special. At it heart it's just another Zombie story. Nothing like 14, which I loved. I'd skip it.

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