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The Strain

By: Guillermo del Toro,Chuck Hogan
Narrated by: Ron Perlman
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Publisher's Summary

A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised.

When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it quickly becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads.

The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that's the only good news. And when all 200 corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great vampire story

I liked this one, no pretty vampires suffering from existential crisis, just disgusting evil things. It has a lot of atmosphere and I will get the sequel when it comes. It owes a lot to Dracula of course but so do most stories in that genre. Ron Pearlman does a good job. Feels like watching a scary vampire movie.

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excellent, scary and enjoyable

i really enjoyed this. the story was novel and gripping. the narrator was excellent, conveyed the different voices very well. i look forward to the rest of the series. one of my best downloads ever!

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Uninspired

As much as I love Perlman, not even he could keep me focused. The most exciting (and annoying) thing was the constant dun dun duuuun sound. The story was a mashup of other stories - so much so that I kept wondering if I had heard/read it before. But no, just a very uninspired book

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A gripping, heartwrenching thriller

The most horrifying outbreak-story I've ever come across. The gripping, suspensefilled, science-y beginning and middle gets changed for more of a common action-y tone by the end though. I'm hoping it'll find back for the next sequels but I'm not counting on it frankly.

The narration is quite good. Ron Perlman doesn't have a big range of voices but the one he has is very pleasant to listen to.

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mediocre

With the names involved, I thought this would be much better than it was. It was a let down, especially Pearlman's narration (which I had expected to enjoy). The musical interludes were also very irritating.

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Good, but stretched

Interesting characters and plot, however the story became quite repetitive in parts and plodded along a little too slowly for my liking. There is definite potential.

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  • Matt
  • 07-17-09

Great Read

This is one of the best books I have listened to in a long time, kept me hooked from start to finish, can't wait to get next installment

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  • Darren
  • 07-27-09

Brilliant

I have not had a horror story like this in ages, I love it! Good old fashioned horror, well written with a good plot. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Olivier Fuchs
  • 07-28-09

Infected from the start

The story is a mix of classic vampire/zombie mythology in a very modern and recognisable setting. Skillful suspense of disbelief all along. With colorful characters that quickly come to life and a very visual, often cinematic style, you're lost once bitten. Most of all, it's bloody scary. A genuine adrenaline boost that leaves you sweating and looking over your shoulder for many days to come. Excellent and truly engaging performance by Ron Perlman.

I'm looking forward to the other installments of this trilogy. Keep it coming!

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  • Tom
  • 08-04-10

A cracking thriller

The authors will not win any prizes for their prose style, originality or depth of characterisation - and at places this reads more like a movie screenplay than a book. But they certainly know how to tell a story. A multi-threaded plot is drawn together very cleverly and there is plenty of genuinely creepy horror and some terrific action - the narrative just hurtles along. Clearly part of a longer work as lots of threads are left dangling; I shall certainly get future instalments.

Like other reviewers, I didn't give the narrator top marks. Very monotone with little variation in pace. But persevere as it gets better as it goes along.

Recommended to all who like a good post-apocalypse horror story.

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  • AJ
  • 10-26-12

Really wanted to like it...

The premise is good, the characters are good, the problem is it’s driven by what is called “The Idiot Plot”.



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“The Idiot Plot, of course, is any plot that would be resolved in five minutes if everyone in the story were not an idiot.”



So much of the story only moves forward because the characters do the book equivalent of the ole “teen walking backwards through a darkened house” thing seen in bad slasher films.



The quality of the writers & the over-whelming wish that this would turn out to be great kept he reading, but in the end I’ll skip the next 2. I just can’t take a book seriously is it only actually works if everyone (and I mean everyone) in the book does the exact opposite of what any average person would do.



Narration is OK, but good narrators add character to the various voices, Ron is just Ron.

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  • Kirstine
  • 08-23-09

Grippingly preposterous!

I think that Hammer Horror films, with their hammy treatment of vampires, have made it well-nigh impossible for an novelist to create a serious story about an incursion by vampires into the world of the living. I enjoyed this book, but couldn't take it seriously. It should have been frightening, but I found it almost funny it seemed so preposterous.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-17-20

Great book .

With Ron Perlman reading, you can't go wrong . kept me awake all night long , so wanted to know the end .But there's a twist!

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  • Samantha
  • 12-17-09

better narration would get it 5 stars

This is a great horror story, truly creepy, with a different twist on the usual vampire story. I am 3 hours from the end, and find myself wishing the next book was available, but I hope it will be read by someone else. Maybe Sean barret, or Jeff Harding. Sorry Ron Perlman, but with hardly any inflection, characterisation or connection to the story you are actually telling, you sound bored and uninterested. I find myself having to rewind as I have missed an exciting piece of action, because its being read as if its the football scores.

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  • Saz D.
  • 10-12-21

Good listen

Narration slightly robotic but once you get used to it it was engrossing, makes me want to watch the TV series again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-21

amazing

fantastic book loved it narrator was top l just love thus story so much better

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  • Mr. Paul J. Woods
  • 02-10-22

Great twist on the vampire tale

great book. Ron Perlman is a fantastic narrator. Looking forward to reading book 2.

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  • Strider
  • 10-28-20

Monstrous

Loved it. Modern take on the Vampire myth with some extra on top. About to begin the second volume. Well worth it if you are the least bit interested in Vampires.

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  • Jordan
  • 10-04-20

Compelling and terrifying

I love Ron Perlman, I love Guillermo Del Toro, so I'm obviously biased. However, this iteration of a horror icon (vampires) is both chilling and gripping, reinventing the classic trope into something far different and still, I couldn't stop listening. Perlman's reading of the series is absolutely perfect, his tone and vocal performance elevating an already interesting premise. Can't wait to hear more.

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  • David
  • 09-04-14

RON PERLMAN!

What does Ron Perlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ron Perlman brings masterful narration to this book. His use of accents is outstanding and really helps bring the ethnicity of the characters to life in a way I just wouldn't be able to voice in my mind if reading the book. If Hellboy is reading it, I'm listening to it!

Any additional comments?

This story can really slow down and get repetitive in places, to the point where I found myself losing my concentration through certain chunks of the story. It is however a great one to listen to at night time for the creepiness of it all, and it can be quite grotesque when it conjures up the images of these infected blood suckers. Overall the story is great, and definitely worth continuing with the next two books in the series, whose pacing is much improved. It's just nice to have vampires back where they belong....burning up (not twinkling) in sunlight and scary as hell!