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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.