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Publisher's Summary

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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By Clinton W.Beck ll on 09-21-16

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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By Kevin Guzewich on 09-08-14

Overall Enoyable Listen

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.

Any additional comments?

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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By Dave on 06-30-16

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'.

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