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Summary

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams.

Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives... and will do anything to get them.

©2013 Seanan McGuire (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A creepy spine-tingler of a medical thriller" (Charles Stross)

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More Mira Grant!

What made the experience of listening to Parasite the most enjoyable?

The Narator. She was great and managed to make every voice separate. She really braught the atmosphere of the story to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the author mixed Monster story with conspiricy thriller. She's also put a lot of research into the story which makes it feel more realistic.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I liked Sal's sence of humour. She made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next one to come on Audible!

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  • GhostMuppet
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • 04-06-14

A Promising start to an Infection

Tapeworms taking over human bodies - good job I enjoy a good story and can suspend disbelief. The science is obviously a little far fetched, but the fact we have can support parasites and gene/dna manipulation/splicing this can turn into a fairly horrific scenario.
Which this book fails at (but i would assume will come to the fore front in book 2).

This is basically a single POV story. The 'sleepwalkers' are mentioned throughout the book, and i enjoyed the fact that they were in the background and we concentrated on a single character through this book. This book focuses on providing a foundation for the series, which means it is a little slow in some areas and there are a lot of 'science explaining'.
Apart from tapeworms taking over the body - there is little new. This is not a major issue however, as the author presents us with a good POV character. The bad 'guys' are a little too thin, but hopefully that will be explained in the next book.

Overall i enjoyed the book, but it fell a little flat in a couple of areas. Hopefully the second book will pick up the pace as all the ground work has now been placed.

The audio version was well performed. A high quality production.

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Amazing narration that brings the story to life

Where does Parasite rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Having read the Newsflesh series, I wanted more and expected to be a little disappointed; how could anything else have the same pace and intensity? However, the audiobook was excellent and the narration is simply a wonderful performance. Each character has a clearly distinguishable voice, accent and timbre.

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me guessing till the end.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where we are introduced to Tansy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is so hard to switch off, even when exhausted I wanted to know / listen to more.

Any additional comments?

Where are the others in the series?!

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Edge of the seat listen

Would you listen to Parasite again? Why?

Yes. This story gripped me from the start. The characters are brought to life by the narrator and there is a nice mix of science and drama.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Parasite?

When they are in the mall cafe and first see the sleepers.

Which character – as performed by Christine Lakin – was your favourite?

I enjoyed all the characters voices but especially Sal's.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think.

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An interesting take on zombies

Would you consider the audio edition of Parasite to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like best about this story?

I like the escapism of zombie books, but I like them to not be too impossible.... this hits the sweet spot!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The best bit was the attack on the highway, trapped in the car with a relentless attacker outside.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

They wanted cheap and perfect health... it cost them their minds

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Parasites Rule!

After to reading the Feed series I had no choice but to go for this one. I've had personal correspondence with 'Mira' and she is an awesome person. I'm actually starting to like cats. Can't wait to see some more drama and hopefully a bit more Sleepwalker action. Well worth a listen.

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  • Andy
  • 11-04-14

Tedious story

What would have made Parasite better?

Less complaining from the main character and more sci fi. Its not until midway till something starts to happen, but by then I'd burnt all my goodwill for this book.
Endless introspective complaining and chatting about her situation after some car crash. Tedious interactions with her new boyfriend. More complaining and whining about having to see her psychiatrists - who are all characterised as one dimensional and predictable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mira Grant again?

No. She writes well, if you like slow plodding human relationship stories.

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