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I like this genre, but after reading so many they get sort of repetitious. This one had a different slant and I found it interesting. THe basic theme is that there is a plague that is slowly wiping out the world's population. However, this one is different in that it is not actually transmitted from person to person but is triggered by a different method, resulting in what are called dead zones. People within a certain radius of just a few hundred yards almost instantly drop dead. Obviously this can cause mayhem if people are operating cars or other heavy machinery. So we have a thriller that involves the typical chaos when lots of people start to die, the world taken over by gangs bent on murder and mayhem, and a science thriller of tracking down the cause of the deaths.
It's a long book (26 hours) and the author has a tendency to add too many unneeded details, but it holds your interest. The narration is fairly good with the single narrator able to have a rather large range of voices. So if you like books like Stephen King's The Stand, or "plague" books you will like this. No zombies however, (Not sure I can take another Zombie Book) The length of the book makes it a good "bang for your audible buck." . You need a little patience in the beginning as the author introduces the major characters, a CDC doctor and a Nobel Prize winning Scientist.
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This writer has some great ideas that develop okay over the course of the book but I really wish it had been done without all the sophomoric interpersonal "relationship" drama that not only were superfluous but were poorly done and reflected badly on the author. Eg. all the young "girls" in their 20's were hot for the old guys in their 40's, 50's etc. Really Kevin? And one main character, a female cop, had an inordinate amount of blatant sexual harassment perpetrated upon her person which for the most part she handled like a scared 12 year old girl.
Another issue I had was the constant reference of the bacteria as an animal. If you are going to write a book with as much "scientific" content as this book attempts ( I didn't find it overly scientific but a good attempt was made) please use appropriate nomenclature. Bacteria should be referred to as bacteria, bacterium (plural) or as an organism. It does not in life, or even in this book, represent what is commonly referred to as an animal. Although secondary definitions of the word animal could include bacteria, in the scientific community no one would use that terminology. (Nit picking I know but it was so OFTEN it irritated me--kinda like those people that say "HIV virus" Duh.)
And what was probably worst of all was the READER. Dear GOD. Kevin T. Collins OVER annunciates EVERYTHING. His diction is ridiculous, tedious and annoying. Worse yet, he is overly melodramatic and worst of all? At least once in every single paragraph (I'm being generous here) he raises his voice in an interrogative (higher as in a question) in the middle of a statement sentence or at the end of a statement sentence like an annoying teenage "dumb girl" as though he is questioning the veracity of what he is saying. Stab me in the ear please. It would be less annoying. I mean does this guy even go back and LISTEN to himself? Seriously I would think he would be embarrassed. I can almost guarantee a better reader would have made the book less tedious, and maybe smoothed over some of the bad relationship drama but since he reads it like an annoying teenage girl it sounds like annoying teenage girl stuff. Yuck.
That being said I didn't hate the book, and I didn't hate the reader but I did spend way more time thinking about the problems than I did about the story which sort of takes all the fun away. I would have enjoyed it more if I read it to myself but I still would have had issues with character and nomenclature.
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Would you listen to Immortality again? Why?
No. But that's because I have never yet listened to something twice.
What other book might you compare Immortality to, and why?
The series by Truant and Platt with annihilation and colonisation in it. The storyline is similar (but different enough to be entertaining) and the story is led by a number of main characters.
What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?
At some points I felt like he sounded a bit over excited. But then, no one is as good as Ray Chase.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The end of the world..... or is it?
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