The Fall : Strain Trilogy

  • by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by Daniel Oreskes
  • Series: Strain Trilogy
  • 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the authors of the instant New York Times best seller The Strain comes the next volume in one of the most imaginative and frightening thriller series in many, many years.
Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.
Ignited by the Master's horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for control. At the center of the conflict lies a book, an ancient text that contains the vampires' entire history... and their darkest secrets. Whoever finds the book can control the outcome of the war and, ultimately, the fate of us all. And it is between these warring forces that humans - powerless and vulnerable - find themselves no longer the consumers but the consumed.
Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been transformed into a bloodcrazed creature of the night, and now she stalks the city looking for her chance to reclaim her Dear One: Zack, Eph's young son.
With the future of humankind in the balance, Eph and his team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, and joined by a crew of ragtag gangsters, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone has imagined - a fate worse than annihilation.


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Customer Reviews

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Awful Narration - absolutely awful!!!!

Where did they get this guy? I couldn't finish the audio book. Listening to this person read this okay installment in the trilogy was like listening to a 5th grade class read a book out loud. I had bought the book the day it came out, but was pining to hear Perlman continue the tale with his excellent depiction of these characters. The characters felt vivid and alive in Perlman's voice but what made it great was that it felt like not only did Perlman do his homework (like reading, and analyzing, the book prior to the recording) but that he was just as invested in the characters as the reader. The book is good, but not great, for several reasons but I don't need to get into all of them (spoiler free review).

I will say that there seemed to be a lot of lazy, spoon-fed plot devices, not as much multi-layered tension as in The Strain and definitely lacked the sense of urgency - which was so good in the first book that it added to the fear emoted from the moment the plane touched down.

As for the narrator, it was so obvious that he either didn't read the book at all and/or he didn't listen to Perlman's interpretation of the characters. There is such a disconnect that I could never finish the audio version - and had tried 10 times before finally giving up.

I tried a number of times to push through, but the first time I heard him speak as one of my favorite characters from the first book (and whose arc in the second is kick-butt and inspiring), I couldn't get past knowing that, not only did he not sound Latin, he couldn't even pronounce his name right.

I would say, if you haven't listened to the first one, you probably wouldn't know what you are missing. If you have listened to the first one, go buy the book or the electronic version because you will not be able to complete the audio version - which would be a shame because even though the second is a little bit of a let down compared to the first, you can tell that the third book has been set up to be epic.
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- Kevin Kinard


I very much enjoyed the first book in this series. I didn't even mind Ron Perlman's narration, which so many other reviewers disliked.

Those readers will be happy to know that Perelman has been replaced by Daniel Oreskes. Oreskes is a better choice as a reader, but having started with Perlman, it feels strange without him.

The story is entertaining, but lacks the sense of frightening urgency from the initial installment.
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- Flavius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio