• Street Freaks

  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (707 ratings)
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Street Freaks

By: Terry Brooks
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's summary

"Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks," his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of mega-city Los Angeles; it is a world Ash is forbidden from and one he knows little about. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits - human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover his role in this new world.

©2016 Terry Brooks (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"[Narrator Simon] Vance sinks his teeth into this futuristic, action-punk, dystopian story. His reading is perfectly timed, shifting seamlessly between emotion and narrative, street racing and corporate espionage. Vance's flawless performance keeps listeners riveted by the bulls-eye painted on Ash." (AudioFile)

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Trope after trope

Ash is a boy who goes slumming when daddy dies. He meets a woman created for the pleasure of men and pursues her no matter how many times she says no. She finally gives in to shut him up and he falls in love. Then he does one nice thing for her and she gives him what he wanted all along. It’s gross. It’s the story that kids read that makes boys believe they are entitled to a woman just because they didn’t give up when she told them she wasn’t interested. Also, there are some other kids who are misfits and form a gang. Don’t waste your time.

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It's okay

Maybe I'm to the point where teenage protagonists don't interest me much. Also, the story had a plot that is well-used - psychological population control through pharmacology. It was an okay listen, but I was anticipating something better. As to the narration, I could listen with rapt attention to Simon Vance reading a school lunch menu.

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Confusing and hard to get through

I love Terry Brooks but this was too convoluted. The story tried but felt anticlimactic, and the parts that kept me hanging on were revealed in ways that felt like he was originally working in a different direction all together but had to stop and find a quicker finish than the one he intended originally.

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Terry Brooks does it again!

Once again this great story teller takes us to a world that’s totally believable , yet completely different from our own. The characters are cast offs from that society, but so well written, that they become our temporary family. My only regret is that this appears to be a stand alone book, and not part of a series. Thank you, Terry, for taking me away from the troubles of my everyday world.

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Terry Brooks translates as Incredible

The Landover series was my first Terry Brooks experience, so I knew his writting was excellent. Street Freaks was a whole new facet to Brooks' incredible genius. The story is futuristic sci-fi, but Brooks does it better. Gripping and intellegent, I could not stop listening.

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Interesting retailing

I enjoyed the book and was laughing as I could tell what was going to happen in this retelling of the premise of the I Inside by Alan Dean Foster. The story is distinct and stands on its own following a different conclusion which is a bit more plausible, yet details on drag based street racing are lacking or in my mind missing the boat. Of the two stories I preferred Fosters treatment, but that may be nostalgia speaking as i read it about 40 years ago. Of Brooks’ books that I have read, this is also my least favorite.

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Science-fiction soap opera

Instead of writing a science fiction caper, Terry Brooks has written a soap opera where the characters spend the majority of their time one locale, talking out the plot, rather than living it.

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Another Brooks Masterpiece

Taking a break from the genre he has dominated for 40 years...Terry has spun a fascinating tale of intrigue set in a dystopian future. From the very first minutes, the story grabs you and drags you into a high speed chase that never ends as his protagonist struggles to untangle the mystery of his fathers desperate last message.

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Street Freaks

Good book by an amazing author. It was fun to go in a different direction with Mr. Brooks.

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Refreshing Terry Brooks Style!

If you are in need of a Terry Brooks book, this one will not disappoint!
The characters, the style, are in a future time, which worried me. However, fear not - it is as excellent as ever. Read it, listen to it, it is solid TB material!

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