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The Darwin Variant

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Summary

Kenneth Johnson plunges listeners into a day-after-tomorrow thriller about an imminent global catastrophe and explores how ordinary people respond to extraordinary circumstances.

When the icy shards of a rogue comet fall to Earth, they bring an unknown virus that accelerates evolution to extremes. Suddenly, infected plants grow stronger, choking out those uninfected. Animals turn aggressive and deadly. The eyes of loved ones go cold, and infected neighbors begin exhibiting signs of brutal domination.

In a small Georgia town, 14-year-old Katie McLane sees her neighbors changing, one by one.

Dr. Susan Perry, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uncovers the frightening scope of the menace. The infected aren’t just evolving. They’re conspiring to alter the very nature of what it means to be human.

Katie and Susan become fugitives because of what they know, encountering bitter betrayals and lethal dangers, but also loves ignited and inspiring camaraderie, as they fight to prevent a viral conspiracy from creating a terrifying brave new world. 

Narrated by Emily Adams, Eric Pierpoint, Erin Chambers, Francesca Ling, Gary Graham, Jeff Marcus, Jenny Gago, Susan Appling, Katharine Jay, Terri Treas, David Henne, Mat Hayes, Stephen Mendel, John Duffy, and Kenneth Johnson

©2018 Kenneth Johnson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower” by Dylan Thomas ©1939 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. and by: David Higham Associates, Ltd., London. Excerpts from Animal Farm by George Orwell ©1946, 1974 by Sonia Brownell Orwell. By permission of A M Heath & Co Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. All rights reserved. "Imagine" by John Lennon ©1971 (Renewed) LENONO MUSIC. All Rights Admin. by DOWNTOWN DMP SONGS/DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC. All Rights Reserved Used by Permission. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard, LLC.

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A good listen

Thought I would give this book a listen, very pleased I did

A tad slow starting, it jumped about a bit, but carried on, then suddenly your hooked. Plenty of twists and turns. I really enjoyed the narration, the mix worked extremely well together.

Well worth a credit. This is a book I will listen to again. Recommend.

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really enjoyed this book

really enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I was expecting but it was a great story and very well written and narrated. Having different voices for each actor is a brilliant idea.

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Exceptional

Amazing story, got better and better.
Brilliant narration. So please to of found a new author.

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  • Drea H.
  • 26-06-18

Interesting story but the science is AWFUL!!!!

The narration of this book is FANTASTIC!!! The story itself started amazingly. Then it kind of slowed down and was pretty boring. It picked up again, but as a microbiologist, it was next to impossible to read this without noting how incredibly wrong all of the science was. If you take the story at face value (it's science fiction), then it's fine but if you'd like a plausible story then look elsewhere.

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  • Tom Roseland
  • 02-07-18

This is a Must Read

This is a thoughtful and well constructed dialogue about our human condition and need for many changes to avoid catastrophe. The audio version is a work of art as well

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  • Benjamin
  • 18-06-18

Very good book.

This was a very interesting take on a common theme. Very much worth a listen!

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  • Bergerhoo
  • 15-06-18

Extraordinary!

I’ve never cried after reading a book, but I sobbed like a baby when finishing this. This is the second book I’ve read from this author and both of them are at the top of my favorites list.
It’s an intelligent book, very well written, with many fleshed out, realistic characters. The reading by all of the narrators is simply marvelous, they are all superb actors.
The message of the story stands out however, it does make one Imagine.

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  • Eric Stanski
  • 27-02-20

Rehashed story and terrible performance

I like the premise but the delivery is just awful. I think the author uses every cliche that has ever been uttered in developing this story. That being said..the unoriginal story, characters and delivery pale in comparison to the disaster that is the performance. They are unlistenable. Sounding bored, drunk or prepared to deliver the story. It just felt completely awkward and poorly delivered.

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  • katie lancaster
  • 06-02-20

fantastic story

it was good to hear again the voices I adored in the man of legends. Kenneth Johnson is becoming my new fav author. i hope he releases another book soon. i highly recommend!!!!

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  • ROBB HOEHLEIN
  • 30-08-19

save your money

I kept wondering if it was the story, but I think it was the narration

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  • Bob Murat
  • 26-08-19

brilliant

a brilliant book with a fresh narrative that keeps you gripped in the story which is itself amazingly interesting and full of scientific based facts

It's been awhile since I read such a good book highly recommend

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  • Cassandra
  • 09-06-19

Not exactly what I was expecting.

It stared out really good. Then it got weird. Then it got good again. It wasn’t exactly what I was hoping but worth waiting out til then end.

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  • ValleyDesi
  • 05-06-19

A really enjoyable story

I really loved this book. This is second book by Kenneth Johnson and it was an as enjoyable as the first one. The most fun part of it was that its very much possible, the science is almost there so its not very far fetched. I am looking forward to his next novel for sure.