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Six months ago, the world watched in horror as we lost an American city.

The Grinder. That's what the survivors of Tucson called the monster. Just one touch, and they became a part of it. It used their bodies as limbs and as weapons. In just a matter of hours, it became huge, a towering monstrosity made entirely out of tens of thousands of people and animals.

This isn't behind-the-scenes bullshit from the point of view of the military. This isn't yet another conspiracy theory about what really happened to Air Force One that night, or about the decision to nuke Tucson.

This is a rare, eyewitness account from someone who was there, in the midst of the destruction. But most importantly, this is the terrifying truth.

©2013 Matt Dinniman (P)2014 Matt Dinniman

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Refreshing! This is a new story! Nothing rehashed.

There was a very meaty back story and the characters where realistic.it had me from the first sentence!

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Would you listen to The Grinding again? Why?

No, but I very rarely repeat books, so that doesn't say much

What other book might you compare The Grinding to and why?

It's definitely strongly sci-fi, a little graphic and it has some supernatural elements, with a (slightly unbelievable, but nevertheless fun) twist. So I would compare this story to Chuck Palahniuck, or Richard Matheson stories, but aimed at a younger, less sophisticated audience than Matheson.

Have you listened to any of Chris Sorensen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to this narrator before. I found that his characters' voices were very slightly different from his own. So slight that, were the book to have more dialogue and less written explanations of who was talking, I may have had trouble following. That being said, I don't believe I had trouble discerning them on too many occasions.

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Overall enjoyable, not too heavy or much thought required. Good for a beach listen, or for a young (fifteen and up) audience.

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Great Horror book

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Hard to stop listening because I wanted to know what would happen next in the plot. It has lots of up and downs, twists and turns, and it made my heart jump. It was everything that you look for in a book that would make such an epic scary movie. I loved the ending .

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I will say this. Matt Dinniman you are a bastar...

Again another disturbing trek to the twisting conundrum that is the mind of Matt Dinniman. I hate the fact that I loves these worlds you create Matt. I really do hate them. They are creative and expansive so much so that you can see every aspect of them vividly. Too bad many if the are torturous hellscapes bent on corrupting all that pass through them. Most of all I hate the aspect of myself that knows this author should be seeking therapy for the ideas that are swimming and roosting in his brain, yet I desire that he never do because what comes from that wicked mind is absolutely wonderful.

Read this book but don't get mad at me at the end. I recommend it for the journey not the destination.

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action packed, fast moving adventure

The Grinding by Matt Dinniman is action packed, fast moving adventure that screams sci-fi and aliens. However, that would be a false assumption. Dinniman sets the story up for the reader to reach that conclusion early on so that when one reaches the truth behind The Grinder, one cannot help but sit there gape-mouthed and stunned. I was truly not expecting this huge, really huge twist!

The main characters are Adam, Niff and The Grinder. This is not a tale about the military although they do play a small role. This is a tale about Adam and his relationship with his wife Niff and his blossoming relationship with The Grinder. It is a first-hand accounting of the experiences of one man against The Grinder. Dinniman does an excellent job of keeping the information flowing but keeping the stunning revelation for the right moment. Personally, I’m not so sure I would take on such a huge monster to save my spouse … Adam’s undying love and dedication to his wife is amazing. His struggles and growth builds a strong connection to the reader. I was really hoping he would make it and rescue his wife and the world. Little did I know the role he would ultimately play.

Dinniman provides rich descriptions of The Grinder and the havoc it wreaks. My favorite characters, however, were short lived twins (conjoined twins with one body and two heads). Adam’s journey to rescue his wife introduces the reader to several unique and interesting side characters that impact the growth of Adam from nerd to hero.

There are some creepy elements – hearing the walking dead inform Adam repeatedly that “Niff was waiting for him” was somewhat unsettling. Interesting takes on issues that face society and humankind … a definite Must Read!!!!

Chris Sorenson, narrator, did a very nice job. I did find that Adam was a whiny guy – but that stands to reason as he was the stereo-typical 96 pound weakling facing off against a goliath. Sorenson did an excellent job projecting the stunned feeling of Adam and others as they came into contact with The Grinder.

There were no issues with the production, it was solid.

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A fully-rounded, full-blooded horror fable

What did you like most about The Grinding?

Highly original, built around a terrific central concept and builds to a startling climax. More significantly, the characters are drawn with depth, intelligence and compassion, giving the reader genuine engagement.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grinding?

Hard to narrow it down - there's a number of great set-pieces to enjoy. The sequence where the hero actually enters The Grinder is a standout.

Have you listened to any of Chris Sorensen’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Nope but he does a great job here.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Based on the stunning novel by Matt Dinniman"

Any additional comments?

A physical and fleshy horror in the tradition of early Clive Barker and with the subversive wit of Chuck Palahniuk. It also moves into the metaphysical, as much an existential horror story as one of extraordinary monsters. Despite the name of the creature, it is highly significant that this novel is called 'The Grinding' and not 'The Grinder'.