Seed

Narrated by: Rob Zaleski
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (140 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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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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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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Good work

Very enjoyable. I presented a surprisingly clear view of the psychological and moral struggles of a military man. None of the violence came without some cost.

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wow

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

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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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Seed

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

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listened to it in one go.

I was originally turned off by the intro and admittedly didn't give it the chance it deserved. I am not a fan of military esk stories (which is what the begining seemed) but gave it a shot once the audio book came out. It would seem that the story got better and better throughout and I marathon'd the entire book in one go. I am glad I gave it a second chance. I think Edelson's stories really shine in the audio book format. I am reminded of an Olde time-y radio program mixed with an action film.

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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!

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Unique Plot, Compelling Characters

SEED won't become a classic, but it was an engaging story, unique, and interesting. I enjoyed listening, although his female voices did annoy me a bit.

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Worked late so I could make it to chapter end...

Would you listen to Seed again? Why?

Yes, though it'll be a while. Simply because I don't enjoy experiencing books again for at least a few years. I'll definitely be coming back at some point though.

What other book might you compare Seed to and why?

Seed is out of my normal genre, so I'm not sure I can think of any direct comparisons. It has Clancy's use of proper military jargon (but more concise and contextual). It has a bit of dystopian futurism. A hint of zombie apocalypse.

Which character – as performed by Rob Zaleski – was your favorite?

Alex didn't click with me as 'generic military everyman'. I understood the decisions he made through most of the book, but he had just enough brashness and hotheaded tendencies to jar me out of that standard cliche. I appreciated that.Tom actually turned into my favorite of the book, showing how incredibly useful a jack of all trades can be in a world that doesn't require absolute specialists to complete a task.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction would be more of...awe. Disappointment in us as a species. I'll not delve further into the ending, but it really had me thinking on the incredible things we can accomplish during a life or death situation. And how poor oversight and simple bad luck can ruin anything even the best laid plans.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was pretty solid throughout. Women aren't his strong suit, but there was nothing cringeworthy (and I've heard plenty of bad jobs). My only complaint with the story itself would be the main relationship. Rather than emotional and gripping, it came across as a bit forced in. Just a bit of boom, boom, committed for life relationship.

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  • 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).