A is for Audiobook Review- Bzrk by Michael Grant

Boy, I haven’t done an audiobook review in a while, but I thought it would be the perfect start for the A to Z Challenge!

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Grant
Narrator: Nico Evers-Swindell
Genres: Science Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Date: February 2012
Length: 10 hours, 21 minutes

From Goodreads: Time is running out for the good guys. But what happens when you don’t know who the good guys really are?
Noah and Sadie: newly initiated into an underground cell so covert they don’t even know each other’s real names. Trained for combat on the nano level, they are thrust into a war they can barely grasp. 
-Vincent: feels nothing and cares for no one. Fighting a personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive.
-The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, fanatical. Are they the saviors of humanity or authors of the darkest conspiracy in history?
-On one side: Charles and Benjamin Armstrong’s Nexus Humanus. On the other: a group of teen hackers who call themselves BZRK.
-Twenty-first-century warfare that takes place on the macro and nano level for the highest stakes: humanity’s free will.
It’s time to choose sides.

Nano technology? Really? Yeah and it is totally awesome. It’s gruesome, gory and so vivid that it made my hands clench around my steering wheel on my drive to work. The stakes are high and keep climbing straight up to the end. Lately, I’ve been craving a book well written in third person- Bzrk hit the spot. Each pov is intricate and each character is perfectly rounded. I especially enjoyed that instead of going big, Grant went small, right down to the micro. Bzrk was just the right length (lasting one weeks worth of driving) and I definitely suggest it to anyone wanting to venture into the Sci Fi realm.

Nico has quite the voice. The most impressive part of his reading was the amount of accents he used. My only qualm was that I couldn’t decide if he meant to give Vincent a slight, occasional Southern accent. If he did, it didn’t work all that well. The others sounded spot on to me though.

All in all, I definitely suggest this. It will be interesting to give it a read and see if I enjoy it just as much as the audio format.


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10 thoughts about "A is for Audiobook Review- Bzrk by Michael Grant"

  • Arlee Bird says:

    Sounds like a good story. I like audiobooks when I’m driving long distance, but otherwise never listen to them. It is nice to have someone read to you though.

    Good start for the A to Z.

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  • Damyanti says:

    Audiobooks are very helpful when learning a new language—I use them all the time for my Italian!

    —Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  • Sally says:

    I love audio books. I also love listening to plays and serials on the radio.

  • Lori says:

    I love audio books. I got into them when you used to have to drive an hr and a half one way to work. Now that I work only 15 mins away, I miss them. I still belong to audible though, and get them from time to time. It takes me much longer to finish now though!

  • Jay Noel says:

    That sounds fascinating! Nano wars. I haven’t done an audio book in a long time, but with my new job, I’ll be in the car for hours. Going to have to pick it back up.

  • TL Conway says:

    Ohh… I like the idea of nano-sized conflict. It sets my imagination on fire thinking of nanotechnology and all the ways this evolving arm of science can be used in stories!

  • I haven’t listened to an audio-book for years and years and years. I think the last one was Jeremy Irons reading Lolita…. You’ve made me want to rush out and find one!

  • Jack says:

    Like Kate, I haven’t listened to an audio-book in years. But, I must say, I might just get this one. You’ve truly made it appealing enough for me to look into it. This is a rare occurrence, for sure!

  • Great audiobook review. I’m intrigued.

    I really like the picture at the top of your blog! Good luck in the challenge.

  • Super review, thanks! Nano tech, hmm…sounds fascinating and way over my head. BUT, if it’s written for younger audiences, I might have a chance. 🙂

    Btw, I adore audio books and listen to them while driving all the time!

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