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Hunger Audiobook

Hunger: The Hunger Series Book 1

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Desperate to solve a global food shortage, ExoGen scientist Dr. Ella Masse oversees the creation and release of RC-714, a gene that unlocks millions of years of adaptation and evolution, allowing crops to use long dormant junk DNA to rapidly adapt to any environment. The world's food supply grows aggressively, occupying every inch of earth, no matter how inhospitable. World hunger is averted. Humanity flourishes. RC-714 is digested, absorbed and passed on.

The Change affects small, fast breeding mammals first. They multiply with the same aggressive speed as the ExoGen plants, but a new, insatiable hunger drives them to violence. War between species breaks out. And then RC-714 reaches humanity, along with every other large creature on the planet. Civilization implodes, as every living thing that consumed the ExoGen crops begins to adapt to a world full of predators, accessing genes dating back to the beginning of life itself.

Peter Crane and his son Jakob survive the Change, living in their family farmhouse and eating non-ExoGen food from a biodome, one of many provided by Ella Masse, who discovered the ramifications of her breakthrough too late. The pair ekes out a living in a world full of monsters, surviving until Ella shows up on their doorstep with her daughter, pursued by desperate predators and men alike.

As the farmhouse falls under attack, Crane learns that the end of humanity, of life on Earth, can still be averted: if Ella Crane and her daughter survive, and if they make it to the other side of the country without being captured...or consumed.

©2015 Jeremy Robinson (P)2015 Jeremy Robinson

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  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    25/10/15
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    "Deadly rabbits!!!!"

    This was freaking ah-maz-ing!!!! I absolutely adored everything about this, I mean it has deadly rabbits in it!!! How can something like that not be all types of awesomeness. ;)

    Well the summary pretty much says it all so I'm just going to get to my gushing about this wonderfully unique and scary book.

    Right, character wise each of them were well written and developed. First we have Peter and his son Jakob, who are (as the summary says) "living in their family farmhouse and eating non-ExoGen food from a biodome, one of many provided by Ella Masse, who discovered the ramifications of her breakthrough too late. The pair ekes out a living in a world full of monsters, surviving until Ella shows up on their doorstep with her daughter, pursued by desperate predators and men alike." Both of these were strong capable characters. I liked Jakobs spirit and I liked how he knew his weaknesses too. He wasn't afraid to say that he knew he was slowing them down! It's a nice change from the gung ho type of character, that thinks he is invincible! Jakob knew his limits yet did everything he could to help.

    Peter mean while, was more than capable. He was such a take charge, tough, smart and brave character, that it was hard not to like him. He had a relationship with Ella Masse but married someone else. He still mourns his wife but when Ella turns up, he can feel some of the old feelings still there. Being Ex-Military, he is definitely someone you want on your side, which is why Ella Masse turns up!

    Speaking of Ella. Her team was the one that started all this. They created the GMO and pushed it into development without knowing the full scale of the side affects. She turns up at Peters door with her daughter and some unwelcome, deadly creatures chasing her. She is intent on undoing the wrong but can she make it to the lab in time??

    Plot wise, it's extremely fast paced and intense! It's also quite scary and makes you think! The fact that so many artificial things are put into food, you could totally relate to what happened here. The GMOs caused animals and people to mutate!! It cause prey to become predator!!! It's scary to even think about still!!! Yet totally engrossing. I started listening to this and honestly couldn't stop. I needed to see what happened. It's definitely a book you don't want to start late at night though, because it will keep you up, both with the scary factor and the way it will grab you and not let go.

    In all, this was an amazingly addictive read. It's one I can't recommend enough and one I hope to see everyone try! It's movie material!!!! In case you can't tell with all the exclamation points in my review, I loved this!!! It's a unique and brilliant post apocalyptic read, and one with man eating bunnies!!! ;) Bring on book 2!!

    The audio was fantastic also. Jeffrey Kafer never fails to deliver with his performance! This isn't my first book read by him, and definitely won't be my last. He always knows how to tell the story, be it calmly, happily or in this case, tensely.

    *I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rodney W.
    Louisiana
    17/10/15
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    "Very scary plot. Original and believable."

    This kind of reminded me of some of Michael Creighton's work. It is the first in a series and started out pretty strong. Seems like it was pretty well researched. Hope the next in the series is as good as this one. I will be picking it up when it comes out. Jeffrey Kafer did an awesome job with the narration. He helped make the story come alive with just the right amount of emotional inflection. He also does male, female, and children's voices equally well. Hope to hear more from him.

    Note that I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    14/10/15
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    "An excellent sci-fi/horror thriller. Fantastic Fun"

    Hunger is an excellent sci-fi/horror thriller read superbly by Jeffry Kafer. The book details a road trip taken across America in a post-Apocalyptic world dominated by monsters of every shape and form, all eager to consume what few humans remain.

    World hunger and the desire to design GM crops to combat it is what leads to the world's demise in this novel. Plants are designed that can grow everywhere, and this is what they do. Hunger does not exist anymore, but the plants change one's genetic makeup, turning them into predators hungry for meat, and changes their appearance beyond recognition. Humans and animals turn into monsters and hunt each other.

    Only a handful of humans remain, those that hadn't eaten any of the GM foods. Now it is up to a group of them, to get to a special lab near Boston where the scientist who first developed these crops wishes to undo the damage and save the world.

    The book is fast, exciting, and very well-written. The narration was spot on. I will look forward to book 2.

    Note: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S Atherton
    Portland, OR USA
    13/10/15
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    "Zombie Free Apocalypse"
    Where does Hunger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 90%. Well done with fairly believable science.


    What other book might you compare Hunger to and why?

    Most of the zombie genre, but without zombies.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Solid performance without the narrator being a distraction.


    Any additional comments?

    It took me a bit to get into the story line, but once engaged, it held my attention. The basic premise is a cautionary tale of GMO and genetic engineering as it gets away from researchers and impacts all life from plant to human. The story picks up the pace rapidly after some groundwork is laid. The main characters are fleeing from both mutated humans and the evil corporate minions responsible for the disaster. Lots of blood, bullets and monsters that build to a climax and a coming sequel.
    If you like dystopia, apocalypse scenarios and monsters (but no zombies), this is your book series. Looking forward to the sequel.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Specialist
    Secret Fortress
    18/05/17
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    "Just take my money now!"

    I had been having a very bad week. The usual work sucks, no prospect of change sort of deal. The only thing I had been enjoying during the week was the travel time to and from work listening to audio books. But this week things did not start off well. The first one I listened to (not this one) I spat the dummy out! Chucked a wobbly! Had a cow! Went nuts! ‘Got mad’ at for you non Australians. ‘G’day mate’ to my fellow aussies. I was so mad with purchase of another title this week that I did something I have only done once before. I returned it without listening to more that 30 minutes of it. The result I was without a story to listen to. My only glimmer of hope for fun/excitment/relaxation was gone. I took the plunge and I brought this title without any reading any reviews or hype. I just wanted something to listen to quickly.

    Immediately my drive to work changed. This story took me by complete surprise. I liked it so much that I sped the narration up to 1.5x speed and listened to the complete thing in one day. I listened in the car, at work, in the toilet, while making dinner (after I watched my hands if you are wondering) and then within 10 minutes of completing it I had purchased the second in the series! I had never listened to either the narrator or heard of the author before. I suspect this will change.

    It would be unfair of me to review the narration too much because like I said I increased the speed so much. It wasn’t a problem at that speed, so once again I suspect the narrator’s voice is a little slow. However, at that speed the voice reminded me very much of Martin Sheen. I liked it… a lot.

    After I listened to the story I read the blurb and I can report it is spot on, it isn’t misleading in any way. So if you want to know about the story read the blurb, it doesn’t lie. But…. the blurb doesn’t do the story justice.

    I’m not sure if I am just over reacting to how my week started. However, I can say without any shadow of doubt ‘I loved this one’, and the fact that I purchased the second one in the series within minutes of completely this one testifies to the fact of how good I thought it was.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
    12/07/16
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    "Are We Looking At Our Future"

    Peter and Jakob are barely getting by then here comes Ella and her daughter running from the insanity that she helped to create. Ella thought what she was doing was for the good of mankind but as with so many scientist she could not see the forest for the trees. Now Peter steps up to the plate and does what any hero does. He saves them all or does he? The ending left a lot to be filled by the next book. The author is up to the task if this book is any indication of the style of writing that will follow. The narrator was the perfect choice and made the story come alive. This was an intense story that is so close to what is actually happening now. Watch out for the next book. This one is worth the credit.

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via audiobook boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa Davidson
    Hawaii
    20/06/16
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    "Frightening Parable Illustrates GMO Nightmares"
    Any additional comments?

    Part One of Knight's "Hunger" series dramatizes the potential nightmare of ignorant tinkering with the code of life. Of course this is a logical extreme for plot purposes, but I hope it will nudge the less imaginative into taking a personal stand on the GMO debate. Every time we try broadscale alterations of nature we make horrendous mistakes we can't eradicate: consider the importation of various insects and animals to "solve" pest problems, experimentation with powerful drugs without informed consent, even South Africa's admission that scientists were attempting to create a virus to curtail the black population during the apartheid era.

    Jeremiah Knight highlights the GMO crop controversy in glowing, gruesome detail. While he attempts to individuate his characters, they are brought to life more effectively by Jeffrey Kater's memsmerizing narration than by literary detail. At times I had the sense they were interesting but non-essential vehicles to carry the plot. Where the narrative truly stands out is in the creation of exogenic monsters: the creatures who develop from the super-fast mutations ("unlocked" by the super gene theoretically designed to end hunger) are amazing feats of imagination. Birds reverting to predatory versions of their dinosaur ancestors, human beings fast-forwarding to herd-hunting ever-hungry cannibal creatures (I liked the "rattle-tail" nomenclature developed by the grunts), a bat larger than a man existing as an apex predator, and a gigantic pig not even recognizable as such due to its super-sizing and adaptive deformations--allowing all to prey effectively on other predators--are just a few of the nightmarish creatures encountered by one small family in its attempt to escape following the destruction of the comparative safety of their biodome. Each plot point pivots on another act of destruction by the same woman who was ultimately responsible for the release of the devastating gene change that is now destroying humanity.

    The "love story" between this geneticist, Ella, and Peter the super soldier/father/farmer/lover is unfortunately not terribly convincing, especially when you consider that Ella was responsible for Peter's wife turning into a monster who tried to eat her own son (among other genetic abuses I won't reveal). But the adventure story does move along at a frenetic pace with plenty of military spin for readers who enjoy gun/bomb/knife battles and hand-to-hand combat. And I will keep an eye out for Part Two ... as long as it is narrated by Jeffrey Kater.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Audio Audits
    CHATSWORTH, CA, US
    15/06/16
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    "Best Apocalypse Book Ever!!!"

    Wow what can I say? Other than this audiobook is awesome. The writing is extremely well done, the story starts off fast and never slows down. It's suspenseful, scary and action packed. The way the author described the mutants, you could totally visualize them. The narrator was the perfect pick for this story, buy or credit you won't be disappointed! I looked for other audiobooks by this author but nothing so far, but I did the research he has other books and I'm sure they're coming soon. Hurry up!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Delgado
    Long Island, NY
    10/06/16
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    "Clever and Unique"

    There are plenty of post-apocalyptic novels but this one stands unique among them. There are no zombies, no viral pandemic, no overwhelming force of nature. Rather, genetic engineering is the cause, and humanity is to blame.

    Jeremiah Knight has concocted a tale of humanity's struggle to survive, much like other stories of this sub-genre, and the human element is the essence of the plot. While this leads to some inevitably predictable directions, there are enough unexpected twists to set it apart from its contemporaries. This book is a thrilling take that simply must be experienced. Think Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and C.H.U.D. and you'll be in the right range.

    Jeffrey Kafer's early works are not particularly good. He was a bit too gruff and hadn't yet developed enough "voice" for the characters. Consequently I have been avoiding many of his readings. However, he has demonstrated distinct improvement. I found his narration pleasing to listen to for this book. He still does not rank among my top five narrators (Marsters, Brick, Porter, Wheaton, Auberjonois) but I will not hesitate to listen to his upcoming works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Corona, CALIFORNIA, United States
    05/04/16
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    "Amazing Story and Narration"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. It started out strong and fast and stayed that way through the entire book. The characters were likable and I was totally invested in their futures. The only downside, for me, is that it's only 8 hours. Hopefully, it's the beginning of a new series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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