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4.5 out of 5 stars
I’m not used to a book messing with my mind as much as the first book in the Condition series did. I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen in this book even with only a few minutes left in it. Birri was able to write a poignant and real story the scared the heck out of me.
This book is really a couple stories all tied together – but all surrounding the same person. If I go into more detail than that I think it will ruin the story. Actually, a lot of the commentary I wanted to get into would probably contain spoilers (even just talking about the accuracy of the personality swings in a certain condition).
That being said, Birri wrote a book that made me feel. And he wrote a story that will stick with me for a while. A story that I want to keep reading because now I have to know what happens to these patients and anyone else involved.
A mixture of a medical thriller and dystopian – Condition is a crazy story that might actually happen one day. Full of very realistic depictions of a specific condition and really heart wrenching scenes – this one will stay with me for a while.
Jonathan Keeble narrated this story, and I thought did a wonderful job. The voice used was perfect for both the character and for setting the scene.
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Where does Condition Book One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As an audiobook, the experience was stellar. I would consider it to be superior to many audio books I have listened to.
What did you like best about this story?
The story behind the condition is extremely interesting. We begin in 1966 with Squadron Leader Daniel Stewart and his awakening in a hospital after a violent airplane accident which leaves him badly burned and traumatized. However, things are not what they seem and in time, we learn that Dan’s memories are only the tip of the iceberg that drills deep into the well of mind control, medical conspiracies, and government agendas. Dan appears to be a mere pawn in a much greater scheme that unfolds layer by layer as you read further into the book.
Told with a close POV to Dan, we find ourselves experiencing what he experiences and we discover the story becoming stranger and stranger with each chapter. Birri writes the story beautifully with careful repetition of key events and eloquent details that capture you in the moment. At first, I found the beginning to start off slow but I later found all the details to be necessary for the final scenes of the book, as everything tied together. The Condition, book 1 left me hungering for the next installment to see how the story and complex plot will continue to unfold.
What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?
Keeble captured each of the characters with a carefully paced cadence that was entertaining and captivating. In moments of excitement, we rose with Keeble through the scene, and in moments of contemplation we felt the lingering concern of the characters. I feel Keeble portrayed each of Birri’s characters with expert precision, consistency, and a sincerity that comes with a seasoned book narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Overall, I give this experience a 4.5 star rating and I would recommend to anyone seeking a complex, dramatic thriller.
I'm a huge fan of Dystopias, so when I read the synopsis of the Condition series, I asked for a copy to listen to. I wasn't disappointed. The story of book one, along with the author's background, makes you chill to the bone. Are such things even possible?
We've all profited from medical research and progress at some point in our lives, and I, at least, tend to not think about where a certain medication came from overly much.
We're aware that new medicine is tested on animals, and on human volunteers before it is declared 'safe' from whichever board is in charge. There are numerous films about viruses developed (and accidentally set free) by the military -- and if we are to believe the press, there are secret military laboratories researching very dangerous viruses.
It never seemed as close to home as in the UK, though, and after listening to this book, I really don't want to know what the Germans are up to in that regard.
This book is not about viruses, however, but it begs the question:
Are we all doomed, not from Mssrs Trump or Kim Jong Un firing nuclear weapons, but from secret medical experiments?
The book makes you ponder these questions and more. It is a topic I'd rather put firmly in the science fiction corner, but alas, it is only too real.
In this regard, the author managed to make me think, and, let's face it, to frighten me. However, the way the book is written takes some patience to keep listening. For a long while, the reader, as well as the protagonist, doesn't have a clue what the heck is going on. It takes ages before some light is shed on the whole affair and you get an idea what this could be about.
There isn't a lot in way of character development, as all the characters remain quite distant. I couldn't build a relation to the main character, because he was so confused most of the time, and it was all so weird. Even though much of it is revealed later on, there isn't any character who really got me rooting for him or her.
Still, the idea and the topic are well worth being known by a wider public, and there are two more sequels which might well change my mind about some of the characters.
Jonathan Keeble is a very gifted narrator. His character interpretations, his pace and narration were perfect. He is certainly a new voice in my library of audio books. I have to listen to more of his narrations.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alec Birri. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.