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In Milwaukee, a regular at Vic’s Tavern suddenly smashes a beer bottle and carves up the other customers.
 

In Manhattan, an easygoing cabdriver goes berserk and hurls his cab into a crowd of pedestrians.
 

In Seattle, a young bride slashes her husband in a busy restaurant, then flings herself through a plate-glass window.
 

At first, these shocking incidents appear unrelated. Then a disturbing pattern emerges - the agonizing headaches, the violent tantrums, the faces erupting with sickening lesions, then the final, fatal outburst.
 

The epidemic spreads. The nation panics. The Brain Eaters devour America.
 

Their hunger can never be satisfied.

©1985 Gary Brandner (P)2020 Mark Alan Miller

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A big surprise.

This was a strange book for me because of 2 reasons. First, a probably foremost, is that I am listening to a story about what appears to be a killer flu and I'm sure the power of this fact isn't lost on anyone. The second point is that I rarely read all the blurb on books, as often they give more away than I'd like, and so I came into this story expecting something totally different than what I got and for that I am thankful (as I had expected a hokey zombie novel). As for the story itself, I really enjoyed it! I felt at times that this story would work excellently as a 50s sci-fi novel such as The Magnetic Monster as it carried a charmingly innocent feel of that era coupled with some truly horrific and tragic acts of violence.This isn't to say the book is some gore-fest, far from it. I found the whole story very clinical and straight which added to that timeless feel and yet it wasn't until the 'credits' at the end that I realised the book was written 35 years ago! The narration meanwhile was exactly what I would expect from Sean Duregger as the man has the excellent ability to give a real sense of identity to each character and make them recognisable from scene to scene. Equally, while in some other narrations he has felt very relaxed and flippant, here there was a real sense of drama and gravitas that really worked to drive home the tragedy that was unfolding. All in all we have a great story that, while quite limited in scope, has a real sense of threat but I would recommend against listing to it during our current Corvid-19 pandemic as it doesn't help to alleviate any worries.

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  • Linda
  • 12-01-20

very enjoyable

This book is copyrighted 1985, this makes little difference except that the Cold War and Dallas on the TV are mentioned. It is a timeless horror story which kept my interest from start to finish.

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  • Bryan Spencer
  • 29-01-20

Brain Eating fun

What an amazing book. Amazing narration. I could not stop. It was like I was having my brain eaten. This book was provided free for review, however, my thoughts and options are my own.

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  • willee
  • 12-01-20

Old Time Horror

I did not realize I read this book years ago until I started listening to it, it was much better b being read to you. This is an old time horror about parasites getting into you, at first you experience flu like symptoms and severe headache then you become extremely violent and kill other or destroy yourself. My favorite characters were Corey and the doc. Recommend if you enjoy older horror with good narration. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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  • DB
  • 26-06-20

The title pretty much says it all.

This is a pretty good little horror book and the reader has a pleasant voice. A little mystery, a lot of violence and some romance. What more could you ask for?

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  • Cameron Chaney
  • 17-06-20

A pulp classic with a top-notch audio performance!

Thank you to Sean Duregger, the narrator of the audiobook, for sending me a download in exchange for an honest review! It's late at night (or early in the morning depending on how you look at it) and you can't sleep, so you're scrolling through Amazon Video for a scary movie to sink your teeth into. That's when you see it: some '80s horror film you've never heard of. It's 2 AM and the movie is free. Why not? So you press play. Eighty minutes later, the credits are rolling and you’re asking yourself the same question you asked yourself the last time you chose a random '80s horror film on Amazon Video: "What did I just watch?" You're sleep-deprived so you're having trouble remembering. That, and the movie has literally caused your brain to melt and dribble out your ears and into your midnight snack, so that might have something to do with your memory loss as well. There was something about a scientist with a Russian accent. . .and then there was some generic reporter hunting down a big story that will finally launch his career. . . Also, a female scientist who was actually really pretty for being so smart and all, and. . . ah yes! Zombie-like people with melting faces! There was probably more to the movie, but in the morning it'll all seem like some bizarre dream which is probably the desired effect anyhow. If you have ever found yourself in that situation, congratulations! You are a horror fan that will watch literally anything. I know I have been in that exact situation dozens of times and I have zero regrets about it. I also have zero regrets about listening to the audiobook of The Brain Eaters by Gary Brandner, whose formula is exactly what you would find in one of those Amazon bargain bin B-movies, from the Russian scientists to the melting people. Like those cheesy 80s horror flicks, there is a lot in The Brain Eaters to keep you entertained; hammy dialogue, over-the-top characters, graphic gore and violence, a highly contagious parasitic virus that turns people into angry monsters with bad acne, and the mass hysteria that stems from said virus. . . which is all too timely. On the other hand, there are a couple other pulpy tropes that plague The Brain Eaters for the worst, such as dry monologues and long explanations of the “science” behind the virus. These scenes do lend some charm to the book, however, as it is hard for a story like this to exist without them. The only thing more enjoyable than reading The Brain Eaters is listening to the audiobook, narrated by Sean Duregger. Sean is just such a nice guy, and you can hear that in his voice. This can sometimes hurt a horror audiobook, but The Brain Eaters isn’t all that scary or meant to be taken seriously. Therefore, Sean’s gleeful energy only serves to enhance the craziness of the story. He is also a pro at acting out the characters and can do a mean Russian accent. Just such a fun time! Overall, I recommend The Brain Eaters if you are a fan of vintage horror books or if you read Brandner’s classic The Howling and want to read more of his work. This is a bonkers one, and the audiobook is also top-notch! A solid 3.5 stars.

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  • Hannibal Hills
  • 30-04-20

A fun story, brilliantly told!

This is truly enjoyable piece of 1980s horror from the author of The Howling, involving science gone wrong and a man-made plague that turns the victim psychotic before they perish. It has a nice range of characters, some wonderfully brutal set pieces, and enjoyable dialogue that brings it to life. For me, the most enjoyable element was Sean Dureggar's narration. This is a narrator who obviously knows and loves this genre, and has the performance skills to bring it to life. He has a wonderful range of lighter and darker shades, bringing visceral horror or interpersonal comedy right when it's needed. His characters are distinct, and his female voices work well. His cynical journalist and German scientist were masterful. Sean Dureggar is a joy to listen to. He's one of those voices you don't want to switch off when the car pulls into the driveway. Highly recommended if you like good, character-driven horror performed with style.

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  • Rayc
  • 19-04-20

Good fun read

The Brain Eaters. I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. . A good fun read. entertaining and light. Good storyline that flows nicely and keeps the pages turning. 1st class narration.

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  • Christine Newton
  • 03-03-20

3.5* - good gore, less focus on societal impact

My thoughts align with some of the other reviews here. I thought it wasn't a bad story at all, definitely didn't feel like I was wasting my time. It definitely has the texture of a story set in the 80s, with technology and pop culture references of that time. Interesting twist, the role of the Russians, but consistent with socio-political changes occurring in the 80s. I wasn't particularly impressed with the story's protagonist (perhaps because he was young and somewhat immature), but his character was well written and developed. A bit convenient, how he was able to connect the dots and understand what was happening before anyone else, and how it took a little while for medical examiners to realize that something unusual was happening. The strongest parts of the story for me were the transitions in the characters as they were infected - there was good gore there. It's disturbing to think about how easily and quickly infection can spread. And that's where I wish the story had gone into a bit more detail. It wasn't the goal of the story, to trace out the spread and impact on society. Instead, the lens was focused on specific characters. But I have an interest and a curiosity about the broader context, especially when the topic of the story is a contagious infection - how that contagion expands through the population, and what does the government and authorities do about it. I wish there was more of that broader picture in the story. This wasn't totally absent from the story, but my personal preference is to have more of it. I think it's because the killer was a type of contagion and the mind automatically starts to think about where and how fast it will spread. The narration was good for this story. I imagined the protagonist to be a somewhat self-centered young adult man and that's how the narrator painted the image in my mind. The other characters were voices well, no complaints there. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-20

Slow start

It took me a long time to get into this book as the beginning is long and drawn out. The mystery behind the unexplained violent deaths kept me intrigued. Overall it’s a pretty good listen and the narrator was pleasant to listen to. It’s definitely a different take on brain eaters!

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  • PattyH
  • 18-02-20

Eh.

If I'd know this was a zombie story I doubt I would listened to it. The narration was pretty good. I received a copy of this audible free at my request. All comments in my review are strictly my own thoughts and opinions

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