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Parasite

By: Mira Grant
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Mira Grant comes a vision of a decade in the future, where humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

More from Mira Grant:

Parasitology

  • Parasite
  • Symbiont
  • Chimera 

Newsflesh

  • Feed
  • Deadline
  • Blackout
  • Feedback
  • Rise
©2013 Mira Grant (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fans of [the Newsflesh] series will definitely want to check this new book out. But fans of Michael Crichton-style technothrillers will be equally enthralled: as wild as Grant's premise is, the novel is firmly anchored in real-world science and technology." (Booklist)

"Grant extends the zombie theme of her Newsflesh trilogy to incorporate thoughtful reflections on biomedical issues that are both ominously challenging and eerily plausible. Sally is a complex, compassionate character, well suited to this exploration of trust, uncertainty, and the price of progress." (Publishers Weekly

"An exceptionally creepy medical-horror thriller that's the perfect spine-tingling read for Halloween...[a] roller coaster ride." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Parasite rejected by host

I can't tell you how excited I was to begin this book, only to realize what a special brand of awful it is. The story prides itself on certain incredible revelations, all of which a third grader could see coming from the first couple of chapters. The main character is that type of clueless, helpless weakling who is always the last one to realize what's going on. She must ask others "Would anyone care to tell me what's going on?" roughly twenty times during the story. She supposedly has the mentality of a child, but has learned enough sassy banter to create one of those inexplicable romantic relationships that authors feel duty bound to include in the middle of earth-shattering events. Readers are supposed to buy the fact that both the military and hospitals are so medically ignorant that only our heroine has the brilliance to bring to light what any fool would already have realized. What's worse, Christine Lakin brings out all that sass, without breathing any sort of intelligence into the rest of the story. Her attempt at an accent for one of the minor characters was excruciating to listen to.
This story is an insult to any intelligent listener. Look elsewhere for your bioterror-themed thriller.

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You Want To Put A What... Where?

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

It was a compelling listen. I would hold off ranking it until I've completed the series.

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

I did even thought the writing seemed to get boggy in the middle part of the story and seemed repetitive. Overall it held my attention from start to finish. The premise is interesting, if extremely creepy. A genetically modified parasite becomes a wildly sought after medical device. It does everything from dispensing vitamins to managing diabetes to curing cancer. All from inside the human body once implanted. But then this microscopic miracle "rebels" and people start to "sleep walk". And worse.

Any additional comments?

A word of caution: this is apparently the first in a series. The story by no means ends here.

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A Refreshing New Spin on the Zombie Genre

I've been stuck in a book rut for a while now. I was hesitant when I read the reviews on this book, and series. It's been in my wish list for a while, but it's a female narrator (I prefer male) and a questionable story line.

I'm glad I took the leap. Just a few short chapters in, I was full of joy I've found a (new to me) author to follow! The story line is very well done and 'Mira Grant' does a fantastic job of giving enough detail, while at the same time not drolling on. You can't help but become caught up in this book.

Other positive notes:
*It's a good long book. I like long books when they're done right. This one is done right.
*Christine Lakin does a great job with the narration!
*The book leaves you wanting more

Only Negative: I've finished book 2 and was not as impressed with it. However, book one could stand on it's own fairly well. Book 1 does not tie up all the lose ends, or bring you to a great conclusion, but I could have walked away after book 1 and been okay with it.
Book two does leave you hanging. I haven't decided yet if I'll be in for book 3 when it comes out, or not.

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I don't even like horror, but....

I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) delivered yet again. Whether horror, dystopian or straight fantasy, I'm putting her firmly in my 'buy-everything-this-woman-writes' category

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Not an adult thriller

This is more of a YA book with a good premise and poor execution. The big reveal is obvious very quickly, and not stated until the very end of the book making it very anti-climatic. A very young reader might enjoy it. And a young reader might excuse the unrealistic behavior by all characters throughout the book.

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Twists and thrills keep you wanting more

Would you listen to Parasite again? Why?

Really liked the story and the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Parasite?

Tanzy (spelling- remmeber I listened - not read) was a crazy character

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sal goes to D-Symbogen for taking care of business (I don't want to spoil with more info).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The GMO: Parasite

Any additional comments?

The story is easy to follow but still makes you think and to figure out some of the connections. As I listened through I kept trying to guess and solve the puzzle. I use the word "puzzle" loosely though. It, by no means, takes it away from the fun of the story. I recently watched Cloud Atlas and I thought the puzzle aspect of it was so much that it took the joy out of watching a movie, and made it into a (almost) 3 hours of work. If you want to enjoy biology, and science fiction you will like this book. I also really enjoyed the narration by Christine Lakin. In fact, I started looking to see what other books she narrated. It was amazing how many different voices she produced to "speak" different characters. It really added to the joy of this audiobook. I will be anxiously waiting for the second book.

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Not as predictable as everyone is saying!

I have read a lot of reviews talking about help the ending of this book is predictable. Yeah, I suppose in a way it is, but the reactions of the characters in the story to this ending was what was truly intriguing. There was a lot of twists and turns in this story and a lot of surprises. So ultimately I didn't find this story predictable at all. So far I think excellently done. I have already downloaded the second book in this Trilogy, and I can't wait to get started

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Refreshingly different sci-fi premise

Both my teenage son and I enjoyed this book with it's blend of science, suspense and plot twists. The narration was excellent, and I look forward to the continuation of the story, if a book 2 is forthcoming.

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pedestrian

didn't enjoy thr pace, main character strange unappealing mix of whiney teenager and clueless rube

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No.

It is not often a book beats me.
I admit defeat.
The twist that is danced around for the majority of the novel is so painfully obvious that I would assume this was written for 6th graders.
The main character was so ridiculously selfish, childish, and dense that I could never muster up any amount of sympathy. She seemed like she was written based off the unbearable bratty preteen cliche you see in mediocre sitcoms. That may be by design, but I found it repugnant.
I could also not overlook her inconsistent traits. A running gag is her lack of knowledge when it comes to interpersonal skills. Slang, niceties, unwritten behavior.
She's still learning.
But during a pivotal scene she shows a mastery of social skills, reading manipulative behavior, and advanced psychology that floored me. I actually checked to see if I was listening to the same book.
What is just unforgivable is how such an interesting, nuanced theme like what we are given, one that touches on humanity, sentience, rights, and ethics, is wasted here.
If you like young adult/coming of age novels you may 'get' this character more than I could.
Good luck.

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