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Publisher's Summary

Six months ago, the world watched in horror as we lost an American city.

The Grinder. That's what the survivors of Tucson called the monster. Just one touch, and they became a part of it. It used their bodies as limbs and as weapons. In just a matter of hours, it became huge, a towering monstrosity made entirely out of tens of thousands of people and animals.

This isn't behind-the-scenes bullshit from the point of view of the military. This isn't yet another conspiracy theory about what really happened to Air Force One that night, or about the decision to nuke Tucson.

This is a rare, eyewitness account from someone who was there, in the midst of the destruction. But most importantly, this is the terrifying truth.

©2013 Matt Dinniman (P)2014 Matt Dinniman

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I will say this. Matt Dinniman you are a bastar...

Again another disturbing trek to the twisting conundrum that is the mind of Matt Dinniman. I hate the fact that I loves these worlds you create Matt. I really do hate them. They are creative and expansive so much so that you can see every aspect of them vividly. Too bad many if the are torturous hellscapes bent on corrupting all that pass through them. Most of all I hate the aspect of myself that knows this author should be seeking therapy for the ideas that are swimming and roosting in his brain, yet I desire that he never do because what comes from that wicked mind is absolutely wonderful.

Read this book but don't get mad at me at the end. I recommend it for the journey not the destination.

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Refreshing! This is a new story! Nothing rehashed.

There was a very meaty back story and the characters where realistic.it had me from the first sentence!

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Narration spoiled an okay story

I'm coming to this book directly from having listened to the author's Dungeon Crawler Carl series and that was the wrong direction to go. Firstly the narration was not good, anyone having to follow in Jeff Hayes footsteps would not match up, but leaving that aside, the slow downward inflection made the main character seem fairly whiney throughout the entire story. I didn't identify with the protagonist and my attention kept wandering and I would have to rewind and force myself to pay attention. As for the story, I was expecting something unusual and it certainly was, but did not all hang together. The entire story was running from one encounter to the next because... I'm not really sure why. Any character development didn't happen because of the story, instead the ongoing flashbacks provided depth to the characters, but I wouldn't say it lead to any growth. Luckily it's a standalone book so it's one and done. However this is not enough to discourage me from checking out anything else by Matt Dinniman (as long as it's not this narrator again). Save your pennies and go find something else by Matt (or read by Jeff).

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Absolute page grinder pun intended

Amazing story, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Characters are believable, realistic, and very relatable. I found myself being amazed how the author made me say "Holy shit that person is a monster!" in a horror story about probably the most terrible monster I've ever imagined. The gruesome and graphic descriptions paint a shockingly clear image in your mind that can sometimes be hard to shake. The ending was phenomenal, a great twist that makes you question religion, morality, your convictions, and even why you picked up the book but in a really great and creative way. I applaud you Matt Dinniman.

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under the radar

Ths book was a fantastic example of supernatural horror. Fans out Dinniman's Kaiju Battlefield Surgeon would connect with this story.

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Pretty good book, if you like it horrible

The book is pretty good, with characters and pacing of the plot. Don't know why it's not more popular. It is horrible though.

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Vomit

I hated the characters. I hate their wasted lives. Add more drugs and self-destruction and I will want to kill you myself. Augh! 😠 cowards, crackwhores, and disability leeches. There are no heroes in this book.

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Would you listen to The Grinding again? Why?

No, but I very rarely repeat books, so that doesn't say much

What other book might you compare The Grinding to and why?

It's definitely strongly sci-fi, a little graphic and it has some supernatural elements, with a (slightly unbelievable, but nevertheless fun) twist. So I would compare this story to Chuck Palahniuck, or Richard Matheson stories, but aimed at a younger, less sophisticated audience than Matheson.

Have you listened to any of Chris Sorensen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to this narrator before. I found that his characters' voices were very slightly different from his own. So slight that, were the book to have more dialogue and less written explanations of who was talking, I may have had trouble following. That being said, I don't believe I had trouble discerning them on too many occasions.

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Overall enjoyable, not too heavy or much thought required. Good for a beach listen, or for a young (fifteen and up) audience.

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Great Horror book

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Hard to stop listening because I wanted to know what would happen next in the plot. It has lots of up and downs, twists and turns, and it made my heart jump. It was everything that you look for in a book that would make such an epic scary movie. I loved the ending .

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grinding with a Twist?

I couldn't wait for the end and then when I got to the end I want to go back to the beginning and re-read.

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A fully-rounded, full-blooded horror fable

What did you like most about The Grinding?

Highly original, built around a terrific central concept and builds to a startling climax. More significantly, the characters are drawn with depth, intelligence and compassion, giving the reader genuine engagement.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grinding?

Hard to narrow it down - there's a number of great set-pieces to enjoy. The sequence where the hero actually enters The Grinder is a standout.

Have you listened to any of Chris Sorensen’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Nope but he does a great job here.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Based on the stunning novel by Matt Dinniman"

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A physical and fleshy horror in the tradition of early Clive Barker and with the subversive wit of Chuck Palahniuk. It also moves into the metaphysical, as much an existential horror story as one of extraordinary monsters. Despite the name of the creature, it is highly significant that this novel is called 'The Grinding' and not 'The Grinder'.

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