Blackout Audiobook by Mira Grant (REVIEW)

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Mira Grant

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Blackout Audiobook

By: Mira Grant

Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom

Published by: Hachette Audio 05/03/10

Blackout Audiobook by Mira Grant

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The Newsflesh Trilogy #3

17 hrs and 25 mins

Genre: Zombies

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Blackout Audiobook

5 Hearts

Wow! That is the biggest thing that comes to mind when I read this story. It is the final part of the Newsflesh Trilogy. (Yes, there is another book coming out this year, but this is the end of the line for the crew for After the End Times. The new book starts at the beginning from a different POV). This trilogy has been a wild ride. This is a hard review to write. One, I just want to say “OMG, It’s so good. Go read it now!!” Two, anything I say is pretty much a spoiler for the previous two books in the series.

This series we’ve been following the group of bloggers as they uncover a government conspiracy and corruption at the CDC, which has become an all powerful organization since the Rising. This series takes place 20 years after the Rising. People have learned to live and survive with zombies. We’ve seen bloggers come and go as some have died and others moved on to new things. New ones have joined to keep After the End Times up and running and doing the thing that they feel is the most important thing of, to tell the truth.

In this book, we see everything comes to a head. The conspiracies are larger than we could ever imagine. We have no idea who we can trust and who is evil. And let me tell you, there are some truly evil people in this book. I’m not talking Hannibal Lecter evil, but more Frank Underwood evil. The team, who are loyal to each other first and foremost, have to figure out who to trust to help them as the uncover this conspiracy and find a way to tell the truth to the American people. That is their job after all.

I will say that I’ve come to love all the characters of this series. They are all such well written characters. The world that Mira Grant has built in this futuristic world is quite astonishing. There is a ton of action and suspense between zombie bear and virus carrying mosquitoes, to CDC trying to kill them. Oh, I would also be remised if I didn’t mention patient B7 who plays a pretty large part in this story. This series is way more than a horror story. I think it was more of a political thriller. I think it was One Curvy Blogger who mentioned that to me and she’s right. This is a political thriller with zombies. I highly recommend this book to you if you like thrillers, zombies, or political conspiracies.

Favorite quote from the entire series:

The problem with people who have power is that they start thinking more about what it takes to keep that power than they do about what’s right or wrong or just plain a bad idea. Here’s a tip for you: If you’re ever in a position to be making calls on right and wrong that can impact an entire nation, run your decisions past a six-year-old. If they look at you in horror and tell you you’re getting coal in your stocking for the rest of your life, you should probably reconsider your course of action. Unless you want to be remembered as a monster, in which case, knock yourself out. —From Charming Not Sincere, the blog of Rebecca Atherton, August 7, 2041.

Blackout Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

In this book, we have Paula Christensen back. She voiced the female POVs from the first book. I think she did a great job on this book as well. She does really well with both male and female voices. I really enjoyed her narration. Michael Goldstrom does the narration of the male POVs. I think he did a great job. Once again, he did a great job with male and female voices. I really got immersed in their narration. I do wish they had stuck with the same pairing for the entire trilogy, but hey, each pairing that they got, did a great job. I completely loved this series on audio. I look forward to the new book that comes out later this year, whoever narrates.

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: Paula Christensen
Paula Christensen was born in Buenos Aires, nursed in Chicago, raised in New York, and attended a fancy liberal arts college in Massachusetts before finally settling in Los Angeles. She has appeared onstage throughout Los Angeles, with several television appearances. Look for her in the upcoming feature Open House starring Anna Paquin, and on the improvised web series Caffe Etc.

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Narrator: Michael Goldstrom
Actor and Comedian Michael Goldstrom, “a tour de force that will leave you roaring” (Los Angeles Times), is the only Juilliard trained actor and comedian seen since Robin Williams. He’s been on Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, ABC, A&E, Reelzchannel, in films, on and off Broadway, in clubs from New York to Los Angeles, on Last Comic Standing, and he’s performed for over 15,000 people at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic and at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. A graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division and Columbia University he’s been called “amazing” (Los Angeles Times), “blisteringly funny” (LA Weekly), “impressive” (NY Daily News), “brilliant” (Times Delphic Online), “very funny” ( “masterful”, (Chautauquan Daily), “marvelously colorful” (Backstage West), and “absolutely magnificent” (LAstagescene). No money was exchanged for these comments.

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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.


  1. I was so glad that Paula came back for book 3. I get why she wasn’t around for book 2, but I really missed her narration! I am SO glad you loved this trilogy. I am still in love with this series. Can’t until the new book comes out. 😀

    • I’m really excited for the next book too. Part of me wondered whether I would like it as much, since it would be a new cast of characters, but I’m sure she will create new characters that I will love just as much.

  2. I had zero clue that Mira was Seanan!! *mind blown* No wonder these books are so awesome 🙂 Great review!!!

    • I know, all these authors with different pen names, It’s hard to keep up. They’re great books. I haven’t tried her other pen name yet, but I plan to very soon.

  3. I still don’t know why I havent’ read this series. I have had it in my TBR since 2011. Ridiculous! I have been told time and time again that this is outstanding. I need to listen to it soon!

    • I was the same way. It is so good Heidi. I can’t recommend it enough. Such great characters.

  4. Oh I love it when a dual narration rocks. I also need to get into the first book. I have that on my wishlist and I need to move it up that list.

    • I haven’t listened to many dual narrations. This one is done really well. I can’t recommend this series enough Melissa. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. The characters are just so lovable.

  5. Sounds like a great end to the trilogy! I am not a fan of zombie novels, but I do like the sound of how in this one it’s years after the outbreak and live goes on. The conspiracies and not knowing who to trust sounds well done! The dual narration sounds pretty interesting! Great review!

    • Thanks Lola. I really enjoyed this one. I haven’t read a ton of zombie books, but I love zombie movies and TV shows. I think I liked the politics and characters in this more than the zombies.

  6. Ohhh Frank Underwood type of evil, count me in!!!

    • I hope you get a chance to try this trilogy. It was a lot of fun.

      • One day I will!! 😀 It sounds like I’d enjoy them!

  7. I don’t read zombies, but a zombie bear sounds cool! I often wonder why the animals in TWD are immune. They have the cure!

    • There are viruses are only attack certain species of animals or animals that are immune. Things like Parvo for dogs or Feline Lukemia to cats are specific to those species. Then there are things like Rabies that are open to any mammal. Depends on how you write the virus. I’m really surprise that this is the first time I’ve heard about mosquitoes spreading it.

  8. YES! I love this trilogy and Blackout was epic. I am very excited for the newest book. I will say that all of the novellas surrounding this trilogy are worth a read 🙂

    • I’ve listened to two of the novellas that were available on audio. The prequel and Countdown #2.5. I guess I’ll have to see about reading the others. Thanks for the recommendation.

  9. Maybe this will be the zombie series I’ll pick up and really love, Melanie 🙂 I enjoy the idea of zombies, but I’ve had difficulties actually getting into any stories involving them.
    Have a fantastic week and happy listening.

    • This series is so good Lexxie. I think you would like it. I picked it up because of reviews from Felicia and Kimberly. I love the zombies, humor, suspense and most of all, the great characters. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  10. Now. Zombies aren’t usually my bag but that sounds pretty good. Yay for bloggers too 😀

    • I highly recommend this series even if you’re not a huge fan of zombies. The characters are so good and the plot is so well written, I think you will love it. She is also Seanan McGuire. I haven’t tried that pen name yet, but I’ve heard it is great too.

  11. I didn’t read a lot of the review, because I have the whole set sitting at home waiting to be read still. But I did kind of glance at how much you liked it, so now I know I really have to get around to it! Great review, what I read anyway. 🙂

    • This series is on the top of my favorites list right so far from what I’ve read this year. There is a new book that is coming out following a different group of bloggers following the other side of the campaign.

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