Feedback Audiobook by Mira Grant (REVIEW)

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Review of: FEEDBACK Audiobook
Audiobook:
Mira Grant

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On October 6, 2016
Last modified:October 6, 2016

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Feedback Audiobook

By: Mira Grant

Narrated by: Georgia Dolenz

Published by: Hachette Audio 10/04/16

Feedback Audiobook (Newsflesh #4) by Mira Grant

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The Newsflesh Trilogy #4

16 hrs 34 mins

Genre: Zombies

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Feedback Audiobook

5 Hearts

I started listening to Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy last year, so I was very late to the party. That’s really good news for me, I didn’t have to wait for her to decide to tackle the other side of the campaign.

The first three books in this series follow Sean and Georgia Mason as they follow Senator Ryman’s presidential campaign. There are three books and an anthology devoted to the characters. In the continuation of the series (this could’ve also been marketed as a spinoff series), we follow Aislinn (“Ash”), Ben, Mat, and Audrey as they follow Governor Susan Kilburn’s bid for the same presidential campaign. This book’s timeline is the same as book one, Feed.

So, this world is set about 20 years after “The Rising” when the dead decided to get up and keep walking. While things with zombies are bad, there is government, technology and systems in place to help keep the outbreaks down. Zombies still exist, but they aren’t the problems you’re used to seeing in most zombie books/movies/TV shows. People have learned how to live with them. The other interesting thing about this world, animals turn into zombies. People had to give up their dogs or risk them “amplifying” and attacking you. The same is true of livestock. Very little meat is eaten anymore, aside from eggs, chicken and fish, as larger animals can amplify and contaminate the meat.

So, this story is narrated by Ash. She is an Irish woman who fled Ireland, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. To do so, she married Ben, who is nothing more than a friend and now a co-worker as they work on the same blogging team. Ash is the Irwin (Irwins are named for Steve Irwin because they never saw a zombie they didn’t want to poke with a stick). Ben is a Newsie. Newies tell the factual truth and basically replaced journalists of our day because they lied to the public about the zombies during The Rising. Then there is Audrey. She is the team’s Fictional, which is exactly as it sounds. She is also Ash’s girlfriend, remember how I said Ash just married Ben for the greencard. She is a lesbian. Ben is okay with this infidelity because they were married in the legal sense only. There is a love between Ben and Ash, but it is the love of two really close friends. Last, but certainly not least, is Mat. Mat is genderfluid and the team’s techie. Mat also has a great following as a makeup artist. Mat prefers pronouns of “them” and “they”.

This team of bloggers isn’t in the big leagues of the Mason’s, whose parents started the whole blogger as journalist thing. They just want to be able to make their way in the world. Ben really wants to fix up the house that was left to him and protect his sister. When they get asked to go on the campaign trail following Governor Kilburn, they had no idea what was in store for them. This story is filled with as much plotting and political intrigue as Feed, as we watch our bloggers try to stay alive while also reporting on the news of the political campaign.

This story has diversity in spades. I applaud Grant for creating a diverse book. Ben is black, married to a lesbian Irish white girl, who’s dating an Asian woman. Add in Mat, and that is an extremely diverse group of bloggers all working together on this campaign. There is also meetup with another candidate on the trail who worked as a stripper at one point and used her beauty to win over the people of Nevada. She worked hard to destigmatize the sex worker trade and to get them better working conditions.

I loved this story. I was so glad to get back into the Newsflesh world. The characters that Grant has created as just wonderful. Those characters, paired with a very unique zombie world, that has made this series so great in my mind. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or zombies in general, I can’t recommend this series enough. You can start with this book if you want, but you must know, that because this book takes place during the same time as Feed, you will learn some spoilers about Feed if you choose to go back and read it later.

Feedback Audiobook Narration

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If there is anything I could fault in this series, it is the fact that each book has different narrators. The original trilogy has both male and female narrators for each book, which is not the case here. We have only one narrator for this story, Georgia Dolenz. I started this book not having any idea who the narrator would be. I will say that they picked a great choice for this book. Since Ash is our main storyteller and is from Ireland, this narrator must be really good as Irish accents. I can say that she nailed it. She did a great job with not only Ash’s voice, but with all the voices of this story. There are a lot of voices, both male and female, and she did a great job with all of them. I will be on the lookout for more books by Dolenz.

Author: Mira Grant

Mira Grant was born and raised in Northern California, where she has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the “Swamp Cannibals” scenario remains unchallenged.

Currently, Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

In her guise as mild-mannered urban fantasy author Seanan McGuire, Mira was the recipient of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. You can find her works as both Mira and Seanan at her main bibliography page. Seanan’s website is the best place to find information on where both she and Mira will be appearing.

Both Feed and Deadline have been nominated for Hugo Awards, as has “Countdown,” the first novella in the Newsflesh universe.

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Narrator: Georgia DolenzNarrator: Georgia Dolenz

Georgia lived and studied in England for most of her life, where she gained a Theatre Degree, and an accent. After working on the London stage, she moved to Los Angeles where she continues to write and perform in Theatre, TV and Film.

Georgia has begun to carve a career in Voice-Over (CESD), winning Best Actress at the 2012 Avery Awards and working on children shows, national commercials, video games and feature films.

She is thrilled to be a new member of the Sunday Company at The Groundlings!

She also performs with her own sketch team – “We’re Having A Panic Attack” More info about up-coming shows and videos can be found on their website: www.havingapanicattack.com

In 2013, Georgia wrote a satirical newspaper article which was published in the Downsized Living magazine. Ever since then, she have been writing through The Groundlings and on personal projects, including pilots, animated shorts, satire, blogs, sketch and classic journalism.

Georgia’s blogs includes a travel blog (Flap During Take Off) and a woodworking blog (Keep Calm & Make Sawdust). An odd combination, but they both have their reasons.

In early 2013, Georgia launched a Handmade Furniture Company with her father, where they make handcrafted pieces in their home workshop. For more information please visitwww.dolenzanddaughters.com

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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  1. I’ve been thinking about trying this series. Maybe after I finish the Walking Dead audios I have I’ll give this one a go.

  2. Holy cow 16 hrs. Great review I’m almost convinced to read this book, almost! 🙂

  3. This is my all-time favorite zombie series. I can’t wait to read this one. I was so excited when it was released because I thought the series was done. I wasn’t expecting it!

  4. You say you were late to the NewsFlesh party but I haven’t read it yet so I’m even later! 😉 I don’t typically read zombies though, Melanie. However, I’m thinking of making an exception for this series. Feedback sounds fantastic!

  5. I really must read this series. I have had it on my list for so long. I need it now. So glad that this was a winner for you.

  6. I love that this series sounds unique 🙂 Can’t say I’ve seen another that had animals turn into zombies instead of just humans turning. Great review <33
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    • This series is like nothing that I’ve seen or watched. I love that it takes place a long time after “the Rising”, and that society is back in place. It isn’t the Apocalypse. The zombie animals are really fun. They talk about zombie raccoons, bears, deer and the anthology, they take a trip to Australia and zombie kangaroos. LOL
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  7. It’s funny because I love the tv show The Walking Dead but I have a really hard time reading about zombies but I might just have to give this a try, it sounds so good and I’ve wanted to try this author so who knows, maybe I will like it this time.

  8. Oh I didn’t know that she had another one out! I really need to try her books as Mira Grant, I did try all the others

  9. I love the uniqueness of the zombie world, paired with interesting storyline and characters. Ugh I wish I wasn’t so chicken, but I need to read this.

    • I didn’t think this story was that scary, but then I haven’t read many stories that are. IMO, this is no scarier than the suspenseful scenes in many of the UF series that I read. Instead of battling monsters, they’re battling zombies.
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  10. I NEED to get to that first book. I think I’ve had it on my wishlist forever. 🙂 Even though you say I could read out of order, I’m not going to! 🙂 Shocker, I know. LOL I’m glad the narrator worked wonderfully here. I’m curious about the whole series on audio.
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    • I’ve listened to the entire series. The first set of books have male and female narrtors, as the POV changes sometimes. While the POV changed here too, they stuck with a single female narrator. I liked the whole series on audio. If I were to start over, I would still pick audio (no surprise really. LOL).
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    • The author really went with the diversity angle in this book. I don’t remember how diverse the first group was. I know there was one character who was an Indian (as in from India, living in Britain, since India was completely lost to zombies). If you’re a fan of zombies, this series is a must read.
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  11. In related news, you’ll be so proud of me! I listened to audio books for the past two weeks or so! Well it’s non-fiction but I’m making progress! lol

    • Woohoo! Nothing wrong with listening to non-fiction. I’ve listened to some great memoirs. They’re great because they are usually read by that person, which makes you feel like they are just telling you their story, instead of reading a book.
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  12. I’ve read great things about this book and its series! I do have my eye on this series to try as soon as I get an opening in my reading schedule

    • Yay! I haven’t read a ton of zombies. I love zombie movies and TV shows. This series is great because it is all about the characters, who just happen to live in a world with zombies. The characters are wonderful. I just love Mira Grant’s writing.
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