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Seed

Narrated by: Rob Zaleski
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)
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Fifty people go to sleep in their own beds and wake up in a compound in the middle of the jungle. Men and women from all walks of life with only one thing in common - none of them know where they are or how they got there. Alex is a paratrooper. Yael is a mathematician. Max is a law professor. They can't leave - a lethal barrier surrounds the facility, but no one knows if it's there to keep them in, or to keep something out.

The compound is comfortable and provides for all of their needs. There's a warehouse with DNA coded locks. Only Barbara, the doctor, can open a fully stocked operating room, and only Alex can get into an arms room with enough weapons to outfit an infantry platoon. There is enough food and other supplies to last for decades, but nothing to tell them who did this to them or why.

For Alex, it's an intriguing mystery - anything is better than digging foxholes in the desert - but he and the others don't realize that time is running out. On the other side of the barrier lies a horror beyond imagination, and the barrier is about to come down.

©2015 Michael Edelson (P)2016 Michael Edelson

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Seed is everythin Wayward pines should have been.

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

Seed so far is my most enjoyable experience with an audiobook I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. If only M. Night Shyamalan chose to produce Seed rather than Wayward pines this could easily be the best show on TV, or an more Epic full length. feature

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex obviously , is the ego of the book, it's clear he the avatar Michael Edelson personally used when creating he envisioned his creation in his minds eye.

What does Rob Zaleski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Although Rob's performance does lack excitement, his voice sounds exactly what I imagined Alex's voice to sound like when I first read Seed on paperback. I think it added a prefect touch and allowed me to be even more engrossed in Michaels Edleson's eerie world.

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Action packed thriller that challenges one’s moral

Michael Edelson gives new meaning to “never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Alex, a soldier, goes to sleep and wakes the next morning to discover himself in a paradise of beaches and no missions. He, along with 49 others wake up stranded on an island with a life-threatening force field and individual assignments – a governor, a soldier, a cook, a doctor, a biochemist and more. Enough folks to start their own little world with little to go on. All their needs are met on the island, there is no reason to venture forth … is there?

Alex is not one to take things at face value so, with a few trusted and trained residents, he sets forth to discover what happened and how widespread it is … he should have stayed on the beach!

Michael Edelson captures the imagination of his listeners by presenting them with a doomsday event that reveals horrors and actions of those in power that will leave your head spinning. This is scarier than most books because it COULD happen; it MIGHT happen, and we as humans are doomed if it does.

Action packed thriller that challenges one’s morals and belief of right vs wrong. This book will make you think, then challenge your beliefs and make you think again. Conspiracy theorists will love it but if you enjoy adventure, action and the unknown … settle back and listen. This is an awesome book!

Michael Edelson does an excellent job of capturing his audience and squeezing every emotion known to humankind. Rob Zaleski, the narrator, became the book and characters. His delivery and talent were phenomenal. I thought Zaleski performed expertly and would love to hear other performances by him.

If you love action, stories that make you think, and emotional roller coasters – this is the book!

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Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Great potential!

The premise was excellent! Maybe a bit of a steal from SK’s “Under The Dome” and even a few other books I’ve read but I’m ok with that. There was enough difference to make it perfectly fine even though there was a lot of similarities. The problem was, #1 the narrator ruined it for me! Sounded like a young, juvenile kid just reading through the story. #2 the writing was pretty juvenile in itself so it kinda matched the narration. But a good narrator could have made the difference I think.
I would hate to discourage the author because there was good potential but the characters and the storyline need to be fleshed out much better. Overall I would say it’s more like a YA novel at best and the only thing that kept me reading was that I did want to find out what had caused the entire... situation that they found themselves in. And if it hadn’t of been for the interesting premise I would have stopped listening just a few very short minutes after starting due to the poor narration. Some of these authors really need to understand that a narrator can make or break their book sometimes.

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Intriguing mystery adventure!

Would you consider the audio edition of Seed to be better than the print version?

Yes, but I prefer audiobooks to print books, *provided* that the narrator is good. This narrator is very good. Like most of them, he has a particular way of talking. The question is, can you get used to it. In Rob Zaleksi's case, the answer is yes! And very quickly.I've read the print version before, and Rob added a dimension to my experience, he brought the book to life. My only criticism is that he's not that great with accents. Some of the characters sound nasally and his British accents need a lot of work. Fortunately there is only one British character and she doesn't say much. Rob was perfect for voicing the book, in my opinion, because Alex is the only POV character and Rob sounds exactly as I pictured Alex when reading the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom. I loved Alex, the protagonist, but when I was listening to the book (and also when reading), I *was* Alex, and saw things through his eyes, and Tom was the best. I love the concept of "ripping," I think the author invented the use of that word in that context and maybe the concept itself because I've never heard it anywhere and google couldn't turn anything up, though he clearly has some knowledge of hacking and the associated complications.

Which scene was your favorite?

I hesitate to admit this out of guilt, and it comes with minor spoilers, but it was when Alex went all terminator. I felt his rage, and I wanted that rage to be expressed with extreme violence, and Edelson didn't disappoint! Later on, when Alex shows mercy in a situation I might not have...well, I loved that part too. But I guess I'm not as nice a person as Alex, because I liked the violent scene more.

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

Sort of. I read the book in one sitting, stayed up all night and took the next day off to sleep. So there was no urgency to listen to the audiobook that way.

Any additional comments?

First, don't judge the book by chapter 1, which makes it sound like a military book...it's not. Chapter 1 just introduces the main character and sets some story point in motion...the rest of the book takes place in an entirely non-military setting.

Second this is a fantastic book. It starts off with compelling characters and a very mysterious setting that makes you need to know what the heck is going on. Usually with stories like this, you are disappointed by some cliche ending, but not here. Just when you think you know what's going on, BAM, you're wrong. This happens several times in the story. Be warned though, you're not going to want to stop listening once you start.

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  • Mike
  • Putnam CT
  • 03-18-19

Another wannabe soldier author

I kept waiting and listening, some parts were pretty good and it kept my attention, until the male main character fell in love with the young beautiful female, after knowing her for about a week. Not to mention every time I turned around, Alex, was crying. "He dampened the shirt of the girl's shoulder he was crying on", give me a break, is he a soldier or a princess? I kept waiting for him to put his dress back on so we can get on with the story but it never happened. I quit listening to it and deleted it do not waste your time.

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Definitely written by a man

Definitely written be a man. Who really needed a women's input on some issues. An example a rough and tumble sexual romp with the woman leading the way , being a virgin with no hesitation, moments of pain/discomfort etc. and some staining is not a virgin

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Seed

The story started slow. But got better as it went on. Over all, really good.

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Don't Waste Your Time!

I usually don't give negative reviews. If I don't care for a book, I won't rate it or I'll give average ratings because maybe the book will appeal to someone else. This story was poorly done. From the extremely rushed love interests, to the "brilliant" people making incredibly stupid decisions, to the multitude of contradictory things taking place often at the same time. I was really disappointed and can't wait to get my credits back!

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Original concept

This story has all the makings of a great suspense novel. There's the hero, of course, who you just know will save the day, right? Or does he? I guess that would depend on what you consider saving the day. Then there's the macho guy you would expect who needs to be knocked down to size, the love interest to whom the hero must prove himself, the bad guys who think they're doing the right thing, and the good guys for whom you want to cheer. And as in any post-apocalyptic story, there is the sadomasochist who leads by torture and instills fear in all the rest of the people who are in shock by their confinement in unknown territory. Pay close attention in the opening scene because it will tie into the story near the end. I went back and listened to chapter one again. **Thank you, Michael for the free review copy. As always, I look forward to your novels.

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wow

Yeah I had to type it in manually but I made it to 15 words

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  • Ephelia
  • 01-27-19

An excellent book!

One of the best apocalyptic novels I’ve read in a while. Thought being given to the why? The how? And the future. Once started I couldn’t stop listening/reading (also had it on kindle).