• by Michael Edelson
  • Narrated by Rob Zaleski
  • 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fifty people go to sleep in their own beds and wake up in a compound in the middle of the jungle. Men and women from all walks of life with only one thing in common - none of them know where they are or how they got there. Alex is a paratrooper. Yael is a mathematician. Max is a law professor. They can't leave - a lethal barrier surrounds the facility, but no one knows if it's there to keep them in, or to keep something out.
The compound is comfortable and provides for all of their needs. There's a warehouse with DNA coded locks. Only Barbara, the doctor, can open a fully stocked operating room, and only Alex can get into an arms room with enough weapons to outfit an infantry platoon. There is enough food and other supplies to last for decades, but nothing to tell them who did this to them or why.
For Alex, it's an intriguing mystery - anything is better than digging foxholes in the desert - but he and the others don't realize that time is running out. On the other side of the barrier lies a horror beyond imagination, and the barrier is about to come down.


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Customer Reviews

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Intriguing mystery adventure!

Would you consider the audio edition of Seed to be better than the print version?

Yes, but I prefer audiobooks to print books, *provided* that the narrator is good. This narrator is very good. Like most of them, he has a particular way of talking. The question is, can you get used to it. In Rob Zaleksi's case, the answer is yes! And very quickly.I've read the print version before, and Rob added a dimension to my experience, he brought the book to life. My only criticism is that he's not that great with accents. Some of the characters sound nasally and his British accents need a lot of work. Fortunately there is only one British character and she doesn't say much. Rob was perfect for voicing the book, in my opinion, because Alex is the only POV character and Rob sounds exactly as I pictured Alex when reading the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom. I loved Alex, the protagonist, but when I was listening to the book (and also when reading), I *was* Alex, and saw things through his eyes, and Tom was the best. I love the concept of "ripping," I think the author invented the use of that word in that context and maybe the concept itself because I've never heard it anywhere and google couldn't turn anything up, though he clearly has some knowledge of hacking and the associated complications.

Which scene was your favorite?

I hesitate to admit this out of guilt, and it comes with minor spoilers, but it was when Alex went all terminator. I felt his rage, and I wanted that rage to be expressed with extreme violence, and Edelson didn't disappoint! Later on, when Alex shows mercy in a situation I might not have...well, I loved that part too. But I guess I'm not as nice a person as Alex, because I liked the violent scene more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sort of. I read the book in one sitting, stayed up all night and took the next day off to sleep. So there was no urgency to listen to the audiobook that way.

Any additional comments?

First, don't judge the book by chapter 1, which makes it sound like a military's not. Chapter 1 just introduces the main character and sets some story point in motion...the rest of the book takes place in an entirely non-military setting.

Second this is a fantastic book. It starts off with compelling characters and a very mysterious setting that makes you need to know what the heck is going on. Usually with stories like this, you are disappointed by some cliche ending, but not here. Just when you think you know what's going on, BAM, you're wrong. This happens several times in the story. Be warned though, you're not going to want to stop listening once you start.

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- D. Heywood

Seed is everythin Wayward pines should have been.

Where does Seed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Seed so far is my most enjoyable experience with an audiobook I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. If only M. Night Shyamalan chose to produce Seed rather than Wayward pines this could easily be the best show on TV, or an more Epic full length. feature

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex obviously , is the ego of the book, it's clear he the avatar Michael Edelson personally used when creating he envisioned his creation in his minds eye.

What does Rob Zaleski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Although Rob's performance does lack excitement, his voice sounds exactly what I imagined Alex's voice to sound like when I first read Seed on paperback. I think it added a prefect touch and allowed me to be even more engrossed in Michaels Edleson's eerie world.

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- Thomas Owen OL'eary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Michael Edelson