Pandemic Audiobook by Scott Sigler (REVIEW)

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Review of: Pandemic Audiobook
Scott Sigler

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On September 22, 2015
Last modified:June 3, 2016


Pandemic Audiobook

By: Scott Sigler

Narrated by: Phil Gigante

Published by: Empty Set Entertainment 02/04/14


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Infected #3

19 hrs and 55 mins

Genre: Horror

Pandemic Audiobook Sample

Pandemic Audiobook

4 Hearts

I saw this book on an Audible two for one credit and picked it up. The name of the narrator is what really caught my eye. Phil Gigante is well known in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy world for his work narrating Karen Marie Moning’s books. I’ve gotten to where I’m starting to find more and more new-to-me authors based on narrators and that is what happened here.

When I bought this book, I missed that this was the third book in a trilogy, or if I did notice, I had forgotten by the time I got around to listening to it. I didn’t even realize it when I started to listen to the book. The author provided a nice history in a prologue called “How It Began” that covers the history of how this Pandemic has evolved over the years.

The premise of this story is an alien Orbital comes to Earth with the plan of destroying all human life on the planet.There were eighteen probes on this Orbital with “seeds” on them that would infect the human race. The first few probes had no luck at all. Then they got closer and closer and the Orbital learned and got smarter with each attempt. It comes very close in stories that take place in earlier books. This story is the Orbital’s last chance.

The disease that these people get is highly contagious. The infected become homicidal and start killing everyone around, especially their family. The infected are pretty organized and have a plan to take over the world, starting with Chicago, which is ground zero in this story.

This story is told in third person and told from the point of view of several different people, including some of the infected. It gives interesting insight into how everyone each feels they need to handle the situation in order to survive, be it a newly converted or a human surviving the infection.

I really enjoyed watching this all play out and seeing it from the many different points of view. There are several twists and turns on the way which keeps the story very interesting. This story really had me on the edge of my seat and looking to things to do to keep listening. The only thing I can fault this audio for is there are a few sound effects which I didn’t like. I prefer an audio with just a narrator, especially when you have one as skilled as Phil Gigante.

Pandemic Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

I’ve listened to Phil Gigante before. I loved him in Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series. HIs ability to do many different Scottish accents in both men and women’s voices was miraculous. Now listening to this book, there were not as many different accents, but there were some and he handled those wonderfully. He also did a fabulous job with the crazy. You know how you can hear someone talk and tell they are just nuts? Yeah, that. He nails it with one of the characters in this book. Lastly, there are some people who turn into monsters, not just crazy infected humans. He does a great job with the monster. I highly recommend Phil Gigante as a narrator.  

Scott Sigler

Photo credit: © Joan Allen.


New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books.

In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes.
He has been covered in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher’s Weekly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, io9, Wired, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria.

Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League YA series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his wee little dog Reesie. They’re both diehard Detroit Lions fans.

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Phil Gigante

Phil Gigante

2010 Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense: THE TWO-BEAR MAMBO, THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR


Narrator Phil Gigante’s skill and versatility are easily apparent in two very different Earphones Award-winning mysteries: He’s utterly believable as Texas sleuths (SAVAGE SEASON) and international spies (THE DEFECTOR): “Gigante handles a smorgasbord of accents and intricate narrative with the same level of professionalism as the spies who are willing to kill and to die for their countries.” -2009

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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 guess it still worked even if you read the third book… and Phil Gigante is kinda hot too. Combine that with such a gorgeous speaking voice and you can’t help but get absorbed

    • It worked great as a stand alone for me. Yes, Phil Gigante has a great voice. I don’t know if I would’ve picked this up if it wasn’t for his narration.

  2. I haven’t gotten to the point where I’m finding what other books the narrators I like have done. One day I will though 😀 and sound effects?? I haven’t listened to one yet with them, that’s kind of odd to me o_O

    • This is the second time I’ve picked up a completely new-to-me author based on the narrator. So far, I’ve been very happy. Yeah, sounds effects, this one was like the sounds of a piece of machinery or something. I think it was supposed to be the Orbital. Luckily, it wasn’t often. There was also a change when people were talking on the phone, they muffle the voice a bit to distinct it. I’ve had other books that have done gun shots and dogs barking. I don’t like it. Just read the book.

  3. As soon as I finish my KA rabbit hole reading I am so switching to Horror. I need some good horror (though I am almost done with my IT reread)

    • I really enjoyed this one and feel like you could read it as a stand alone. I went back and looked, the reason I didn’t go back and automatically buy the first two books, the author was the narrator for those. I’m thinking about trying IT. I’m not sure if I like the narrator enough for 44 hours though.

  4. Okay I will have to admit that you had me at Phil Gigante! 🙂 This is not my type of horror but I could make an exception just to listen to the narrator…he he he. 🙂

    • Phil listed as the narrator is what caught my eye. Then I read the blurb, and thought it sounded interesting. Read a few reviews on Goodreads and decided to take the chance. I really enjoyed. Even coming in on a book three, this read as a stand alone to me.

  5. LOL, I am glad it worked out coming into book 3. I do like the sound of this..but would want to start at the beginning. It is the perfect time of year for some horror

    • That was my thought too. I hope you enjoy the series. I know that book three was great. I’m sure the other two are as well.

  6. I just added the first book to my wishlist, but damn it’s expensive for an ebook. I reeeeally want to read this series though.

    • I didn’t even look at ebook prices. Like I said, I got this as a deal on audible. Did you check your library? That is where I go for expensive books.

  7. Hey Melanie, isn’t funny how our reading habits have changed with the new formats. How now we look for the narrator and not just the author when listening to a book. I wonder sometimes if we’d enjoy the reading book as well as when its excellently narrated?
    Great review, but horror, yikes I have to be in a certain frame of mind especially one named Pandemic 😐

    • I do agree that great narrator can make a mediocre story great.

      I used to read a lot horror when I was in middle and high school. I was a big fan of Stephen King mostly. I’m hoping to get by into it, especially through Halloween. 🙂

  8. Sounds interesting how you pick up books simply because who narrators them. I still haven’t given audiobooks a try, so I find it interesting to hear about your experience with them and how having a good narrator sounds very important to making the book work.

    It sounds like a fun plot, although maybe a bit too scary for my taste.

    • I would be lost without audiobooks. I just don’t have enough time to read any more. I listen while I work, drive, clean house, ride horses. I wouldn’t get half as many books read if I couldn’t listen to them. I’m now as loyal to narrators as I am to authors. There is a book I want that is narrated by one person in US and a different one in UK. I’m probably going to order CDs from BookDepository instead of Audible so that I can get the narrator I want. A great narrator can make or break the story. They will do different voices and add emotion to fit the scene, if they are good. Some are great at accents, too.

  9. It’s interesting and I confess that this one is new to me but I confess that I’m not that much into sci-fi so not sure that the book would be for me…

    • Yea, this isn’t the book for everyone, between the horror and science fiction, it can turn people off. I’m a fan of both genres, so it was a fun read for me.

  10. It does suck that you didn’t know it was book 3, but happy you still enjoyed it.

    • Yes, it worked out for me in the end. It read like a stand alone. The author gave a nice history at the beginning.

  11. When I saw this I automatically thought of The Strain…LOL This sounds really interesting. I’ve never listened to Phil’s narration of PNR (although I’ve been tempted), but I might just add this to my list for Halloween! Great review Melanie 🙂

    • It is different from The Strain. I actually liked this story a lot more. I hope you enjoy it.


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