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The Sopaths Audiobook

The Sopaths

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Publisher's Summary

The most controversial work by New York Times best-selling author Piers Anthony.

Killing children is an ugly business, but the alternative is so much uglier. Abner Slate just watched his five-year-old daughter Olive kill his wife and son. Olive is a sopath. Born without souls, sopaths are children who will lie, cheat, rape, and murder to get what they want. There's one in every family these days, destroying America's heartland from within. After murdering his daughter in self-defense, Abner is taken in by a secret network of sopath victims called Pariah. Through Pariah, he meets other sopath victims who band together to form a temporary nuclear family. But the sopath threat is getting worse, and soon their quaint little neighborhood is overrun by murderous, drug-running children. Now, on a mission for Pariah, Abner and his makeshift family must travel across the country to a mysterious town that contains a secret powerful enough to stop the sopath crisis. Instead, they find the most seductive and ruthless sopath of all. Her name is Autopsy, and she would like to add Abner to her slave collection. The old morality is dead. Now the sopaths will stalk the Earth.

©2011 Piers Anthony, This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Connie 12-19-14
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    "Can't even find the right title for this review"

    I believe myself to be a person with an open mind and when I read sci-fi, particularly stories of futuristic, or alternative worlds, I'm willing to take risks. An example of this is the novel "A girl with all the gifts." Yes, children are monsters in that story and it's a kill-or-be-killed world that made no exception for age or gender, yet somehow I felt there was a logical explanation to this type of behaviour. The Sopaths doesn't even compare, it's one of the worst novels I have ever read in my life. Please be warned that this is bordering on kiddie porn with no subtleties about it. I found the story more and more offensive as I tried to get through it and I couldn't find a single saving grace, not even the writing, which is as bad as the story. I've tried to return this audiobook, but they're making me call a number to do so. If they'll make it hard for me to return it, I'll make sure then to leave this review as a strong warning to anyone thinking of reading this novel, because if you have an ounce of decency you'll find yourself feeling sick to your stomach as I did.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-04-16
    John 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "not his best"

    way way to much child porn in this story. not his usual quality work.

    reader did assn awesome job.

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    Brandi Gibbs 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awful. Just awful."

    There's is nothing I looked about this. Upset I wasted a credit on it, truly.

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    Duane A. Serge vegas 04-13-16
    Duane A. Serge vegas 04-13-16
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    "So much promise"

    I tried to like this, the premise was great and I love the author.
    however, the dialog is awful, the characters are not well developed except the main sopath in the story and the narrator just didn't do it for me.
    Everything felt rushed and nothing felt believable.
    overall I am happy I finished it but this could have been so much better.

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    Jessica 04-08-16
    Jessica 04-08-16
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    "Sucks"

    Couldn't finish. terrible writing and unbelievably flat, dumb characters. Boring as hell. I don't think this author has ever met a woman, so should not attempt to write them.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LuCindy 10-12-16
    LuCindy 10-12-16
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    "Not Recommended"

    This was a hard book too stomach. although the premise was a good idea of soulless children comma the book was atrocious. The the story itself was flat the characters are not believable. the idea that police would let people kill people there were children and not do anything and that the rest of the world didn't know anything about these murders children was very unbelievable. the worst thing though was all of the five six and seven year olds wanting to have sex with grown men the author sounds like a pedophile the book was like a train wreck so I did finish it hoping it would get better. It did not and I feel dirty having read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kynsie 04-19-16
    Kynsie 04-19-16
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    "Dissapointed"

    The idea for the story line is good , could be really interesting but this was poorly written. Also, it seemed to be a thinly veiled attempt to write about young girls obsessively attempting to seduce grown men. This portion of the book seemed less important to the story but was given a great deal of attention...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deidre Gutierrez 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Different"

    Not sure what to say. Definitely a different type of read. Has a few things that I found hard to listen to. The young age of the Sopaths made me want to stop a few times. I did finish it though. Quite disturbing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian McCurdy 05-01-17
    Ian McCurdy 05-01-17
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    "Unacceptable"
    Would you try another book from Piers Anthony and/or A.T. Chandler?

    If this is what he is writing today, my wallet and I won't be returning.


    What was most disappointing about Piers Anthony’s story?

    I can't say how offensive the content of the book is beyond the first 20 to 30 minutes because I couldn't stomach the writing. The dialogue is beyond atrocious, the characters are transparently thin stereotypes, and the plot (the portion that I listened to) was less engaging than watching paint dry. At least after paint dries you have a nice wall, but after listening to any portion of this book you just want your time back.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of A.T. Chandler?

    Chandler was passable, but Samuel L. Jackson couldn't save this book, and I loved his reading of 'Go the F**k to Sleep'


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

    Severely disappointed in Piers Anthony after growing up on his clever and fun Xanth novels.


    Any additional comments?

    My guess is Piers was badly in need of money, because I just can believe that this was the book he'd dreamed of writing his whole career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Jesionowski Buffalo, NY 03-30-17
    Amy Jesionowski Buffalo, NY 03-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "GAH!!! WHAT A PIECE OF GARBAGE!!!!"

    I tried, I really did. Within the first few pages after the foreword, I knew it was going to be bad. But I (really, very wrongly) thought it was an interesting premise so I kept going. I forgave the reason for the evolution of the sopaths, reminding myself about suspension of disbelief and magical thinking and all that good stuff one keeps in the the back of one's mind when reading certain kinds of fiction. The pacing is an unrealistic mess; everything that happened in the span of the first day should have happened over months, if not years in the course of the story. I almost couldn't, but I put that aside and kept going.

    This brings me to the end of chapter one and characterization. I should have stopped at Chapter 2. I truly don't know what I was thinking, because GAH!!! WHAT A PIECE OF GARBAGE!!!! Has the author actually met and spoken with a real woman? Or just a real person... of any age? With actual emotions and a working brain? I don't care if it's fiction. It's beyond insulting and the rationale behind the actions and reactions of the characters that the author interjects is potentially dangerous for developing young minds (this is NOT a kids' book, but I was reading Stephen King at 8, and now I'm 43, so...).

    Yeah. I feel like I just read a book published by a men's rights association. (By the way, that was not a compliment.)

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