Zoo

Zoo

‘ZOO’


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OPENING LINE:

I had to make sure this book didn’t give my dog any bright ideas.


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson’s best work ever.
Total
For 36 years, James Patterson has written unstopable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written an audiobook that surpasses all of them. Zoo is the thriller he was born to write.
World
All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.
Destruction
With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it’s too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson’s Zoo is an epic, nonstop thrill ride from “One of the best of the best” (Time).
©2012 James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (P)2012 Hachette Audio


THE PLOT:

Animals are going crazy all around the world, attacking humans. For most people, the rising amount of animal attacks is a coincidence at best, but Jackson Oz is not most people. The young biologist believes that there is a pattern to these animal attacks, that they are just getting started, and if not dealt with could lead to something much bigger.
A few years later, Jackson Oz is proven correct. The animal attacks are becoming more regular, and animals are exhibiting a more herd-like mentality. The question is why is this happening and what can be done about it?
I really wanted to like ‘Zoo’ more than I did. The premise about something weird happening to animals all over the world and them killing humans en masse is an interesting place to start. Unfortunately, where the story goes is a little too predictable.
In fact, the discovered reason for these animal attacks is so apparent that I don’t think putting it in this review spoils very much. Humans are to blame because of what we are putting into the environment. While who’s responsible isn’t that big a surprise, the actual problem is at least an interesting idea.
The real suspense comes from what will be done to fix the problem. Will the animals be able to be put back to normal, and are humans willing to do what is necessary to put things back in order? If you are disenchanted with United States politicians, you will probably appreciate ‘Zoo’ for its depiction of United States leadership.
The most exciting parts of the book are when the narrator is describing the actions and attitudes of the animals. Humanity has pissed them off, even if unintentionally so, and it is time for payback.


THE AUTHOR:

This is quite a departure from the other Patterson/Ledwidge book I have reviewed.

Step on a Crack

‘Step on a Crack’ is a book that I felt had a lot of heart and emotional depth. There really isn’t much of that here.
There’s just not a lot of emotional depth to either of Jackson Oz’s relationships that we see in ‘Zoo’. It is more about the rampaging animals. As someone who can take or leave romance and sex scenes, I didn’t mind it all that much.


THE NARRATION:

Jay Snyder is one of the regular narrators of James Patterson books. It is not hard to understand why. He has such a smooth delivery and a fantastic voice that he can make almost anything sound good. On this track, he also gets to work in a few of his accents, and they’re not bad. His voice for Chloe is pretty good, and that’s quite an accomplishment for someone with that deep of a voice.


THE PRODUCTION:

There is some music to open and close the book, but otherwise no sound effects are used. The track sounds clear and is free of defect. The chapter stops match up with the book chapters perfectly, and that’s not always the case.


CONCLUSION:

‘Zoo’ is your ultimate mixed bag. You have an intriguing idea for a story and can combine that with some fun action sequences. At the same time, you have some predictable plot turns and characters that lack a lot of depth. Toss in some keen political observation for good measure and you get a story that is a little uneven.
While it is true that the low points aren’t that low, that also means that the high points aren’t very high. When you come off of a high point, you don’t have to worry about a long fall before hitting the ground.


QUICK FACTS:

Zoo
Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Stars
Zoo James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge Jay Snyder Hachette Audio Mystery and Thriller 09/03/2015 8 hours, 6 minutes 3/5

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘ZOO’ was purchased from Audible for review.

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