The Rains

Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (372 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave, the first YA novel from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz. In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.

Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen - and Patrick's birthday is only a few days away.

Determined to save Patrick's life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites - and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity's only hope for salvation.

©2016 Gregg Hurwitz. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

Thriller Award Winner, Best Young Adult Novel, 2018

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Not my favorite Hurwitz work but a captivating end

Any additional comments?

This book felt like a set up, and it was. It made it a bit slow, though the ending was great and has me eager for the next installment

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Doesn't End!

The story has exciting moments, but bottom line...it ends as if in the middle of a chapter. The story is left hanging without any version of resolution. It is clear the story was designed to run on and on filling enough pages so that they could drag out the plot into at least one other book to sell. Not worth it at all.

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A nice surprise

After I finished the audio book I thought I would read some of the other reviews before I got started on my own. In doing so I was a little disappointed to read some reviewers refer to this one as a zombie story. It is not a zombie story but there are some similar characters from popular zombie titles. For example, the main character 'Chance Rain' reminds me a lot of Zach Gunderson from 'Zombie Rules'. Both characters are young, smart and struggling with a hard luck story and both are looked as gifted leaders despite being so young. As the story unfolds I can't help but be reminded of 'Falling Skies' and 'The 5th Wave'.

The narration is clear and at a fair speed. I only turned this one up to 1.25x speed, meaning the original listening time of nearly 10 hours listening time was not decreased too much. This might be important for people whose purchasing decisions include a $/per hour factor.

I can't help but think that the story is aimed at a younger audience (not kids). The lack of swearing, and the lack of sex scenes is unusual in this type of thing.

This one was a step away from my usual zombie genre and truthfully I wasn't expecting much. However, I was kept interested the entire time. It had just enough twist and turns to keep me coming back to it. The narration suited the main character. There was just enough tension (I did not get worked up over it and upsetting my already upsetting work day!). I did get the sense that this one is going to be a long series and I will at least be willing to give the next one a go!

This 'fatman' is willing to give this title two fat thumbs up with a small 'heeeeey' being thrown into the mix... not a full on... loud and smiley 'HEEEEEEY!' That might be reserved for the next one, if and when it should appear in the series.

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worst narrator I have every listened to.

I had to stop after the first paragraph . The Story and the narrator , not my cup of tea. I usually love his books, but this one was not his usual. Save your credits

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Stupid book

A completely stupid book. Thankfully I used a credit and spent no money on it.

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Couldn't get past the first gory scenes

Gregg Hurwitz is my number one auto-buy author.
And I'm a fan of many young adult series like Hunger Games, Maze Runner.
So this was horribly disappointing.
His thriller books often reach a line of horror/disturbing images when dealing with evil bad guys.
This book crosses the line into gratuitous gore.
And even cheesy/ridiculous gore.
The one zombie from the first scene had holes bored where the eye sockets should be. All the way through the skull - so the zombie's shadow on the wall showed points of light through the eye holes in the head. Really?
It was too much gore for me in the first few minutes - turned my stomach, and combined with poor writing, I got a refund from audible and deleted the book.
The character and place names were so cheesy -- so it's an odd mix of "playing down" to a younger audience and heightened gore.
Maybe for teenage/YA boys it's a fit, but I would discourage my teens from listening to this.
Sorry Gregg!

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Good for YA genre

Love Gregg Hurwitz, all of his books are excellent. This is a good book, worth reading if you like the Zombie genre and I'll get the sequel to see what happens. But it is a young adult book and plenty of cheesy parts for teens which make this book not up to par with his normal thrillers.

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Gregg Hurwitz-lite!!

I anxiously await anything written by Gregg Hurwitz. They are based (or were based) on the same formula--but I find them suspenseful and addicting. This is not the same. Granted, it is advertised as a YA novel--so the intended audience of this work is not the same.

That said--I liked the book. I wasn't hanging on every word like in his other books--but it provided an enjoyable distraction. I will purchase the next one to see what happens--but I won't be counting the minutes until publication. I hope he continues to write his other books-one of those I would gladly give up a final credit!

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interesting and worth reading

kept me wondering throughout. Just finished...still wondering. Have found with this author thst I'm always hoping the book is a series.

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Starts slow, then picks up!

Really got into this book the last 4 chalters or so, can't wait for the sequel.

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