Deadline Audiobook by Mira Grant (REVIEW)

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Review of: Deadline Audiobook
Mira Grant

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On February 25, 2016
Last modified:May 22, 2016


Deadline Audiobook

By: Mira Grant

Narrated by: Chris Patton, Nell Geisslinger

Published by: Hachette Audio 06/03/11

Deadline Audiobook by Mira Grant

4.5 stars rating

The Newsflesh Trilogy #2

15 hrs and 10 mins

Genre: Horror

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Deadline Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

I’ve not read a lot of zombie books. I have watched a ton of zombie movies and TV shows. This series is nothing like anything that I’ve read or watched. I will say that I think this is a series that I think would make a great zombie movie series or TV show. It is just so different from the other things we’ve seen.

First and foremost, this series takes place 20 years after “The Rising” when zombies first appeared. So, society has moved on and we can see how the world is once the world gets over dealing with zombies. Zombies are still a problem, but civilization knows how to deal with them. This series follows bloggers who tell the news. Journalist in the traditional sense are trusted because they didn’t come right out and share everything they knew about zombies during The Rising, which could’ve saved some lives. Bloggers did, hence now bloggers are a more trusted news source. This series follows a group of bloggers who follow a conspiracy and want to get the truth out to the world.

**WARNING — There are spoilers for book one of the Newsflesh series beyond this point**

There will be no spoilers for this book, Deadline, only for Feed, Newsflesh book 1.

It has been two years since Georgia Mason’s death. Shaun Mason is lost without his sister. But he really isn’t without her completely. She still lives inside him. He talks to her all day long. They have conversations. The people around Shaun have gotten used to him talking to George. There are even times in this book where they even ask for George’s opinion on certain matters.

Shaun is still running the blog, but he is surviving. You can tell he really isn’t living or thriving at all. He has a new crew that is helping him. They’re a good crew. There’s Rebecca, or Becks as she’s called, who is now running the Irwins. Irwins are named after Steve Irwin. They like to put themselves in danger and like to poke zombies with sticks. Shaun was an Irwin before George’s death. Alaric is a newbie who is still working on his license. He is a newsie. He will focus on the news just like George used to do. Dave is another blogger who also had a tech background. Mahir who took over running the newies when George died. We met him in Feed. He runs them from England. Lastly, there’s Maggie who runs the fictionals. She writes mostly poetry and about old horror movies from before The Rising.

There are other characters that we meet like Dr. Kelly and Dr. Abby. Both of these doctors have been studying the Kellis-Amberlee virus. Dr. Kelly worked for the CDC and Dr. Abby worked for her own underground lab. They both give Shaun and the team some hard truths about the virus. We learn a lot about Kellis-Amberlee in this story and even more about the conspiracy surrounding it.

This story is one that is slow to build as the author introduces us to all the new characters. She also wanted to take some time to set the tone of Shaun’s mental state. That doesn’t mean that the story was boring by any means. It was still a very interesting story, just not as fast paced as it gets as the story moves past the halfway point. It was glued to my earbuds throughout the entire story, but I wanted them implanted by the time I got to the last third of the book. And the last 5 minutes there is quite the bomb dropped. You better believe that I will picking up Blackout soon.

Deadline Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I don’t know the reason behind changing the narrators between the two books, but these two narrators did a good job with the narration of this book. It was still done in the same style as the previous book. Chris Patton did the majority of the narration, since the book is told mostly from Shaun’s POV. Patton also narrated any blog posts written by any of the male bloggers. Nell Geislinger narrated any blog posts or emails written by any females characters. Both of these narrators are new-to-me, but I would be willing to listen to them again. I didn’t get to listen to Geislinger do any voices or anything, since she really just read post and emails. Patton did a great job with voices of both males and females.

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: Chris Patton

Narrator: Chris Patton

Chris reads a lot.
Chris writes a lot.
He’s also a voiceover artist, a stage actor, and a singer.
He’s ridden lots of roller coasters, fronted an electropop band, and is a non-fascistic vegan.

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Narrator: Nell Geisslinger

Narrator: Nell Geisslinger

Nell was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Ashland, Oregon, where her father Bill Geisslinger is still an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. While she was growing up, her mother Annette O’Toole worked frequently, taking her children with her on location. In 1998, Annette, Nell and Annette’s other daughter Anna moved to Brentwood, California. Annette married Michael McKean in 1999. Both Nell and Anna attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. Nell graduated from the school in 2001. Then she attended Bennington College in Vermont, but only stayed for one term. In 2002, Nell joined the acting company at the Oregon Shaekspeare Festival as an intern. She occasionally does musical and variety type shows with her mother and stepfather, in which she accompanies them on piano, guitar and provides backup vocals.

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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. This is one of my favorite trilogies ever. I love Grant. Did you know there is a fourth book coming!!

    • I did see that!! I already have the third book downloaded. I plan to listen to it very soon. I also want to listen to her newer trilogy, Parasitology. Ahhh! Too many books!!

  2. I need to get back to this series as I really loved book 1 🙂 I am glad to hear that this held up and there was a bit of a time jump.

    • This one is so good too Felicia. I highly recommend it. I will say that you will want to get into the third book pretty quickly after finishing this one.

  3. I haven’t read many zombie books, I think this series would hook me though 😀 Thanks for the lovely review Melanie!

    • Thanks, Melissa. I’ve only read this and White Trash Zombie series. They are completely different, but I love them both.

  4. I heard many great things about this series but I confess that I haven’t tried the books though I love her UF series under the name of Seanan Mcguire. It’s on my wishlist!

    • I haven’t tried her other pen name and I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone that has (at least that I can remember). I’m glad to hear that you liked them. I’ll have to check them out.

  5. I think I need to read this series! I’m glad it was a worthy followup, Melanie! 🙂

  6. I haven’t read many zombie books either but I love The Walking Dead so I think I would like this. I like that it is something different and shows the world years after the zombies came about. It sounds interesting and fun!

    • The love of The Walking Dead is one of reasons why I took on this series. That and some of the great reviews I’ve seen of this series. I highly recommend this series. It is completely different from TWD, but if you like it, I think you will like this.

  7. I still need to start the series so I skimmed the second half of your review. I am so glad you enjoyed it and enjoyed it on audio. I do like Patton so that is a plus. Good to know that there is a change in narrators since sometimes that just throws you.

    • The change in narrators didn’t throw me a whole lot. The first book is mostly told by George, so it is mostly told in a female POV with a female narrator. This one is told mostly told from the male POV, so the change wasn’t as bad as many books that change narrators.

  8. I’ve been hearing so many positive reviews about this series, especially on audio! Great review!

    • Thanks Grace. If you are even a little bit interested in zombies, I highly recommend this series. I’ve loved it so far. It originally started out as a trilogy, but there is a fourth book coming out this year, which I’m really excited about.

      • Nice! I did recently listen to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which sparked an interest in zombie reads.

  9. I heard a lot of good things about this series. My boyfriend read it and enjoyed it, but I am not sure if this is a book for me as I am not a fan of zombie books usually. But I do like the sound of how this series is different and takes place a while after the apocalypse. I hope you’ll enjoy the third book as much as this one!

    • This series is way different from any zombie series that I’ve ever been exposed to. I haven’t read a lot of zombie books, but the idea that it is so long after the fall of civilization and that life is going on is what I think makes this so much different from other series.

    • It is a very fun series. I hope you give it a shot Jennifer.

  10. I’ve heard so much about these books and they just sound so good! I will get there, I will *determined fist shake*

    • I so know that feeling. My TBR list is growing faster than I’m removing them, that is for sure.

    • Horror might be too strong of a word for this book, because it has some humor in it too. It’s a zombie series. I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It keeps me on the edge of my seat. I just started the third book yesterday.

  11. Ooo! I like zombie audiobooks. My favorite series being White Trash Zombie.

    I like the idea of the two narrators. This one sounds good. Great review.

    • I really loved the White Trash Zombie series. This series is a lot of fun too, but a lot different from WTZ. I think this one is bit more towards horror, where I considered WTZ to be more Urban Fantasy. I would start with the first book in this series, Feed.

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