Friday, November 9, 2012

Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge audio book review

Zoo | [James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge]
Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
narrated by Jay Snyder


Publisher's Summary

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's best work ever.
For 36 years, James Patterson has written unstopable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written an audiobook that surpasses all of them. Zoo is the thriller he was born to write.
All 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.
With 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, nonstop thrill ride from "One of the best of the best" (Time).
©2012 James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (P)2012 Hachette Audio

My Take:  James Patterson's best work yet?  I don't think so.  This book was good but I wouldn't say great.  All the animals in the world are suddenly attacking humans and they are doing so in packs which have several different species together.  Oz has seen this coming for awhile but could get no one to listen to him until the problem was to big to ignore.  I just thought that is was dumb that Oz saw this happening but was surprised when his chimp attacked his girlfriend.  Then all of sudden it is five years later.  No mention of what happened to the chimp (we do learn later what happened to him which was a bit unbelievable ).  Although the story was not very believable if you are able to suspend the believability  it is an enjoyable story and keeps you guessing. 

The narrator did a good job.  He did some little bit of an accent for some of the characters.  There were random snippets of music that really didn't add anything to the story.

All in all I did enjoy this audio book but there was alot to overlook.  I feel that with the last couple of books James Patterson has just been phoning it in.  I am currently listening to another of his books and this one is much better. 

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  1. Glad your other James Patterson is turning out better than this one!

  2. I have to admit, I'm not a huge James Patterson fan but this one sort of sounded interesting. Part of what has kept me from listening so far is the claim this this is Patterson's greatest work (especially since it was written with a cowriter.) It's weird, Patterson's TV commercials have the opposite affect on me that they should, they make me not want to read the book. That being said, the concept here seems like something that would be up my alley. Still wavering.

  3. Like I said in the review I don't think it is his greatest work ever. His Women's Murder club is very good. I did enjoy this book and I am a James Patterson fan but definitely not his greatest work.


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