Audio Book Review: Countdown by Mira Grant

March 11, 2015 Audiobooks, Blog, Book Reviews 1

Audio Book Review: Countdown by Mira GrantCountdown by Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh #0.5
Published by Orbit on 2011-08-01
Narrator: Brian Bascle
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Dystopian, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
Pages: 84
Source: AudioBook Reviewer

The year is 2014, the year everything changed.

We cured cancer.

We cured the common cold.

We died.

This is the story of how we rose. When will you rise?

Countdown is a novella set in the world of Feed. Word count: ~19,500

My Thoughts

When I read the Newsflesh Trilogy I was enraptured. I mean being a zombie fan why wouldn’t I be? Mira Grant is a virologist and it shows. In every bit of her writing and they way she writes. This book introduces exactly how the virus, or in this case viruses, came to ruin the earth. And that’s what I love the most. In many zombie books or movies there is just not enough information saying how it all happened and it can take away from the story. OR you get the authors that try to explain how it all started but the story winds up being completely unbelievable and taking away from the plot, or riddling it with holes!

Not Mira Grant’s books! This showed everything from the beginning and how it spread. And being the virologist that she is, it made sense. Scary sense.

The narration and production both were fabulous. The audio was perfect and I really enjoyed listening to Brian Bascle. He has a way of adding keeping a very serene voice completely stoic and then adds in so much feeling when things go to hell. I loved his take and where he placed the emphasis and even the lack of.

The 2 and a half hour audio was just simply not long enough. I’m sad to say that only books 1, 2, 3, and this novella are on audio right now but I plan to buy the others as soon as they hit audio shelves!

The great thing about this one is, if you have yet to read the Newsflesh Trilogy you can start with this and see how you feel about Mira’s writing. I warn you though, if you become a fan you will have to hit the shelves and buy her other books. She’s scary good! And the fourth in this series is due out in 2016 so you have a bit of time to catch up!

Received from audiobookreviewer for an honest review.




The Author

About Mira Grant

Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.

Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.

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