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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Kosmatka Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780307987518
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Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.
 
Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten.
 
The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of creation to a computer’s cold logic. 
 
Now Silas races to understand what the computer has wrought, aided by a beautiful xenobiologist, Vidonia João. Yet as the fast-growing gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most disquietingly—intelligence, Silas and Vidonia find their scientific curiosity giving way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2013 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/17/2014

    " Almost got a 4 star until the ending which I felt was weak "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Fife | 2/16/2014

    " Definitely interesting start to finish (and with an unexpected but fitting ending), this book filled the space of two NFL playoff games perfectly. The writing style was academic, including many plausible and interesting discussions of genetics. Left open for a sequel, it is a story to which I will likely return, although I don't feel immersed enough to be compelled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/16/2014

    " In the not to distant future, the Olympics has expanded to include an event that showcases the genetic engineering prowess of the major global powers. Each country spends an exorbitant amount of money to genetically engineer a gladiator that cannot be comprised of any human DNA. The United States, in order to maintain home field advantage, will go to any lengths to win this event. A super computer with an embedded Virtual Intelligence is created to generate the ultimate fighting machine. The parameters are fed to the machine and the Olympic committee, eager to win, blindly follows the blueprint with no understanding of the end result. The VI may have an agenda beyond creating a winning gladiator.[return][return]The Games is an enjoyable thriller reminiscent of Michael Crichton. The book was a bit bleak and depressing at times, but overall an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more books by Ted Kosmatka. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan Emery | 2/11/2014

    " Fun book, would make a really cool movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/9/2014

    " It's pretty believable to see how our near future could end up here - crossing humanity's zeal for increased brutality that is "controlled". Think UFC meets Olympics - Combat-laden and highly introspective about the society we live in, its less science "fiction" than you think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lillian Butler | 2/1/2014

    " This book would have benefitted from two things: about 200 more pages of depth, and another writer. Seriously, it reads like a movie treatment, not a novel. Cookie-cutter characters, bad science, and a totally unbelievable "monster", plus a Deus ex Machina ending conspired to make me want to throw this across the room. If there is any justice, this will get made into a movie...on the SyFy channel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/24/2014

    " The book started out a little slow but as I got further into the book the pace kept going up and became more gripping over the last half of the book. Over all the book was good and could have a bit more explanation in some areas and a little less in others. Basically the author needed to better pick where he wanted to expand on things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan T | 1/17/2014

    " The book had a lot of potential, the baseline story was really interesting. It just wasn't executed very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Ursenbach | 1/3/2014

    " Jurassic Park meets Godzilla! This was a great quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SinisterAgentMulder | 12/28/2013

    " (Audiobook) I liked this story. I can see it turned into a sci-fi B movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Read Ng | 12/8/2013

    " A modern Frankenstien story. Oh what evil you can make as you create new life. Could have used more character development. Could have expanded on the creatures. But once you start the last half, you won't want to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 11/17/2013

    " Straight up brain candy. Quick, good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki | 10/29/2013

    " I could not get into this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Clem | 7/7/2013

    " Over all it was exciting and well written. The characters were believable and the storyline was probable. For the the great writing the way the story followed seem predictable there wasn't a "a ha" moment or "dam, I didn't see that coming". However, a good read I will recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deliriate | 5/29/2013

    " Typical scifi setup. There was virtually no character development. It was predictable. The ending was exactly what you expected it to be. However, it still kept my attention. Although, it took me a while to finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathie | 1/19/2013

    " Meh. Not too bad, but I was expecting better. I still think older classics like The Running Man are better examples of the genre. Open ending - maybe a series? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Honeybee | 12/30/2012

    " Not especially deep but an entertaining read nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/7/2012

    " I'll bet they make a movie out of this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Popham | 11/4/2012

    " Less a debate of the ethics and dangers of tampering with god and nature, more a consideration of whether humanity of the future is maybe too stupid to deserve to live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonali | 8/14/2012

    " So far the character development is good and there is a clear plot with suspense building. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 6/23/2012

    " Not much in the way of character development. But an engaging plot that keeps moving forward. And the protagonists are a bio-engineer and a xenobiologist. Can't argue with having nerds save the world! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 5/5/2012

    " not usually my type of book, sci fi, genetics, computer created creature, but i finished it "

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About the Author

Ted Kosmatka was born and raised in Chesterton, Indiana. He is the author of Prophet of Bones and The Games, a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2012. His short fiction has been nominated for both the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and has appeared in numerous Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest and works as a writer in the video game industry.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.