Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's best work ever.TotalFor 36 years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. ZOO is the thriller he was born to write.WorldAll over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.DestructionWith the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson's ZOO is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride from "One of the best of the best." (TIME)
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
ISBN: 9781619695122
Characteristics: audio file, rda

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Feb 10, 2016

My first James Patterson book was disappointing. The chapters were choppy, the characters under-developed, the plot was farfetched, and the voice on this audio cd for the character Chloe really got on my nerves.

There were many 2 page chapters, which made the book feel like it was jumping everywhere without much substance.

I found the main character arrogant and too much of an alpha male. His personality didn't go with the intelligent scientist type. His wife Chloe was this highly educated, intellectual woman, yet she played the stay at home wife with nothing to offer when it came time for her "man" to save the world. Her character was supposed to be french but she was narrated with a German accent (What is zis over zere), it drove me crazy.

This was supposed to be science fiction yet the issue and resolution were so farfetched and wacky that it was roll your eyes unbelievable.

Every second or third chapter there was a character created solely to be mauled and eaten by an animal. It was gory and descriptive but lacked on suspense since the pattern was predictable (Jackson being arrogant smart scientist, unknown character gets eaten, Jackson being an arrogant smart scientist and so on).

Dec 01, 2015

while fiction we really have no idea what effects we are having on the environment.

Mar 28, 2013

This book listens like a B-movie. Think - SNAKES ON A PLANE. The main character is hyped-up on Red Bull, which makes me suspect that he's not thinking very clearly, just very crazily. However, I knew that the premiss was out there when I began the book. I don't mind that usually, but this one doesn't pull off "believable" very well. People die left and right. Still, you could probably put it in the "entertaining" catagory. Just be prepared to jump from one improbability to another and take everything with a grain of salt. I have never been a Patterson fan - probably because I made the mistake of starting with "When the Wind Blows" however, I got this book on recommendation of the other comment... and it is better than "Wind Blows", but hasn't improved my image of the Patterson or his "name-recognition" books. Still - "Hoot" is a good description and once you keep that in mind, the story is fun. And the reader does a GREAT job - always the best feature of an audiobook. **SPOILER** There is a strange part in the last third of the story that jumps 5 years into the future - there is no smooth transition at all. And after that transition there are weird sections where the main story stops and little views of what other people are experiencing during this "clash with animals" apocalypse... well, "experiencing" is a strong word, as they mostly seem to die.

Oct 26, 2012

This story cries for a better ending. In fact, the whole second half could be better. Matter of fact, the whole story could be better by this better than average author. 5 of 10 stars

Oct 12, 2012

Gosh, what a hoot. A very enjoyable story, beautifully read by Jay Snyder. I completed the audiobook in a day; could not leave it alone. Of all Patterson's associate writers, Michael Ledwidge is by far the best.


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