Feed Audiobook by Mira Grant (REVIEW)

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Review of: FEED Audiobook
Mira Grant

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On November 3, 2015
Last modified:May 31, 2016


Feed Audiobook

By: Mira Grant

Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein

Published by: Hachette Audio 05/03/10

Feed Audiobook by Mira Grant

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The Newsflesh Trilogy #1

15 hrs and 10 mins

Genre: Horror

Feed Audiobook Sample

Feed Audiobook

4 Hearts

Feed is another story that I picked up to stay with my horror theme for Halloween in October. It is also another great recommendation from TheGeekyBlogger. After I started listening to the first little bit, I started to wonder if it was really a horror story. Yes, it has zombies, but it didn’t have that normal “horror” feel to it. I don’t know quite how to describe it. It was too “fun”, but yet not. The horror aspects to come into play eventually, but I’ll just leave it as it is not like any other book I’ve ever read.

This isn’t like any other zombie world I’ve visited. I say visited because I haven’t read a lot of zombie books, but I have watched a lot of zombie movies. Most zombie stories have many zombies shambling around, no government, no technology, everything is pretty much post apocalyptic. This is nothing like that. First, this takes place about 20 years since the breakout started. They do a lot of blood test to get in buildings to ensure you’re not infected. You even have to have blood tests to get out of your car for the same reason. Some areas, like national parks, are restricted because of zombies. Oh, and most animals can contract the disease if they weigh over 40 pounds.

George and Shaun, they are where the story is the real winner. They are both great characters. They are brother and sister. They were orphaned and adopted by parents who lost their child during the original outbreak, aka The Raising. They have grown up and are now bloggers who go out and are telling the news. The general news media isn’t trusted because they tried to cover up the original outbreak. So people have turned to bloggers to get their information. George, Shaun and their techy friend Buffy go on a political campaign for Senator Ryman, who is running for president.

Feed is a story that grabs you like a zombie and doesn’t let go. The wonderful characters combined with humor and the way the story is told just keeps you up to know what is going to happen next. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It kept me on my toes. I never knew what was going to happen next. I was completely surprised by some of the events that happened in the story. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.

Feed Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I haven’t listened to many books with multiple narrators and both of these narrators were new-to-me. This one did a great job with it, probably the best I’ve heard to date. Paula Christensen handles all the narration that is told from the female POVs. She also reads any blog posts that posted at the beginning of each chapter that are written by one of the girls. Jesse Bernstein handles all the chapters that are told from a male POV and any blog posts from one of the guys. Both narrators did a great job with male and female voices. Both had great pace and tone. They both really pulled me into the story and got me lost in what was going on and forgetting about the world around me.

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: Jesse Bernstein
Jesse Bernstein was born on October 24, 1974 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Grand Theft Auto V (2013), Yeardley (2010) and Dog Lover’s Symphony (2006). He is the voice of Percy Jackson and the Olympians audiobook series.

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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. Both of these narrators made my list this year because of this performance. It was just that good. 15 hours is a long narration and they pulled it off 🙂

    • They were wonderful. Thanks for the great recommendation. I’m really glad to be getting back into horror. I’ve missed it, I just didn’t realize it. 🙂

  2. This one has been on my TBR pile for a few years. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I don’t tend to read a lot of zombie stories either.

    • I hope you get a chance to try it soon. It was a lot of fun. I listed it as horror, but it was hard to put it in a genre.

  3. Sounds like it’s not the typical zombie book! Most of the zombie books creep me out though haha 🙂

    • It is not a typical zombie book at all. I saw it listed mostly as horror, but it really doesn’t fit there. I can’t tell you what genre it fits in. It is too “fun” for a horror story. It still had some “hold your breath” moments, but not what you would think for a typical horror story. It is one I would highly recommend.

  4. Great review! I heard good things about thsi series. I especialy like the fact how it sounds different from other zombie books and it isn’t completely post-apocalyptic, but there is still a society. And it sounds pretty cool with how the characters are bloggers.

    • It was a lot of fun. It wasn’t like anything I’ve ever read before. It was great to see bloggers in the story. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about bloggers before.

  5. I have a serious fear of zombies… but I might be able to do this book. I loved your review and I am not a big audio person but I am adding this to my TBR to read.

    Awesome Review, Melanie!

    • I haven’t read many zombie books, but I’ve watched a lot of zombies on TV/movies. I wouldn’t want to run into them in real life. This story is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve already got book two on my iPod. I will get to it as soon as I get through some of my review books.

  6. I’m not big on the typical zombie books you mentioned (and completely nailed on the definition of) but this sounds so different I’d probably really enjoy it! I’m going to add it to my wishlist/watchlist on Amazon!! I’ve been wanting to read Grant for some time now. Great review!!!!

    • Thanks Kristin. It was a fun book. I hope you enjoy it. I’m excited to get to book two, which I’ve already downloaded. I want to try Grant’s other series, Parasitology. I saw someone who is reading it soon.

  7. YASSS!!!! I love this series. It’s really more science fiction thriller than horror, but once you get more into the series it gets more zombies 😀

    • YES!!! I saw it listed as horror and I didn’t like that genre, but I couldn’t think of what genre to put it in, but you are absolutely right. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to get further into the series.

  8. I have yet to read a zombie book. For now, I can only watch it, the zombie novels I’ve managed to read weren’t as awesome as this

    • I haven’t read many (outside of White Trash Zombie series), but this story is so much fun. I highly recommend it. If you ever think about giving reading zombies a try, I would start with this one.

  9. Feed sounds good, Melanie, even if I’m not a zombie fan, really. It’s the way you described George and Shaun that made me want to give it a try, as I love character-driven stories, with characters that make sense and I can relate to 🙂
    Great review!

    • Thanks. It is a fun series so far. I hope you get a chance to try it. The characters are wonderful.

  10. The cover really gives it a creepy, horror feel. I saw Felicia’s review on it too and it definitely sounds like a good one to try when I get in a zombie mood!

    • It is a fun series so far. It doesn’t fit into a normal horror genre. Sarah from One Curvy Blogger nailed the genre with science fiction thriller. That fits it best.

  11. I love how wonderfully creepy this book sounds o.o i bet it made an interesting audio

    • I loved the audio. The two narrators really added to the story. I’ve not be a fan of two narrators for one audiobook but this one changed my mind and pulled it off great.

  12. I’ve wanted to read this for so long, but now I’m thinking …. audio! 🙂

  13. It does sound like a different kind of zombie red. Why 40 pounds? lol I always wanted to read this one though.

    • I don’t understand the 40 pounds thing a 100%. They covered it, but I don’t remember the details. It was something to do with body mass, I think.

  14. I’ve been meaning to try this series. Maybe once I’m caught up on The Walking Dead audios I’ll try these next.

    • I think you would like this Jennifer and the audio is great. I got this from my library, which I’m sure you’ll be proud of 🙂 )

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