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3.19771428571429 out of 53.19771428571429 out of 53.19771428571429 out of 53.19771428571429 out of 53.19771428571429 out of 5 3.20 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge Narrator: Jay Snyder Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781619691421
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If you are a fan of knuckle-biting sci-fi drama, you will love Zoo by James Patterson. This thrilling book centers on a biologist named Jackson Oz and his crazy theory called Human-Animal Conflict, also known as HAC. His theory comes after much research into the seemingly increasing incidents of aggressive behavior by animals toward humans. His findings show that not only are those animals that live in the wild attacking but, even your mom's housecat has been acting strangely. Unfortunately for him, and for all of us, no one will really listen to his theory.

Things take turn toward the bizarre as large numbers of crazed animals take to the street to hunt their prey, and that prey is us. The authorities become desperate and then remember the crazy biologist, but it may be too late. His race to come up with a plan that will need to be quickly implemented worldwide results in a very exciting edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Michael Ledwidge joined artistic forces with Patterson to write Zoo and many readers feel that they have really hit a home run with this book. Fans of Patterson, the well-known author of Confessions of a Murder Suspect, will appreciate the book though they will detect a shift in style from his previous works.

Born in Newburgh, NY in 1947, James Patterson is a favorite author at AudiobookStore.com with over 115 titles available for download. He has written for television and movies and has won numerous awards for his work. He was recently dubbed "The Man Who Can't Miss" by Time magazine after selling more books than any other author. You will find many great choices by James Patterson in our Mysteries & Thrillers audiobooks store and you can learn more about him at his audiobook author's page.

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson’s best book ever.

Animals are rising up against humans—and may want to destroy us forever.

For more than thirty years, James Patterson has written compulsively readable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. Zoo is the thriller he was born to write.

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 ahead becomes terrifyingly clear.

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).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh my! In this thriller from Patterson and Ledwidge, all members of the animal kingdom, from true predators to man’s former best friends, decide that humans are what’s for dinner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JAMES PATTERSON:
  • The Man Who Can't Miss. Lev Grossman, Time
  • When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right. New York Daily News
  • Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast. Publishers Weekly
  • The Man Who Can't Miss. Lev Grossman, Time
  • When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right. New York Daily News
  • Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast. Publishers Weekly
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn North | 2/17/2014

    " Wasn't sure if I'd like this at first, but it ended up being very intriguing and kept me reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Hermann | 2/17/2014

    " It was ok, started out strong but got kind of off the wall towards the end. Definitely not his best work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Katz | 2/16/2014

    " Awful. Do not waste your money. A lazily written book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wren | 2/13/2014

    " Good idea in theory, poor plot development. Overall: meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob Boffard | 2/6/2014

    " A very lazy, poorly-edited book. Reads like something knocked together after a long lunch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Ulery | 1/30/2014

    " Wow what a book! Did u ever wonder if animals ever suffered bc of mans technology? Well this book makes u think 10x about it and involves science, politics, romance, and animals I don't want to say to much to spoil anything but it is worth the read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 1/28/2014

    " Meh. The idea seemed interesting, and could have been quite good. But truly, most of the characters are stupid (despite PhDs, or nearly), the writing isn't that great, and the ending of (view spoiler)[ "Well, maybe someday things will get better, but for now, we have given up and will just live here on our frozen island" (hide spoiler)] leaves much to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Wagner | 1/27/2014

    " My least favorite James Patterson book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marynelson321 | 1/21/2014

    " It's not that I didn't like this book, but by far is was my least favorite James Patterson's books. The what ifs, the scientific studies, basically the end of what we know of this world was just to out there for me. Couldn't wait to finish it to start another book, but it took me a while because l just kept putting it down. Love you JP....but stick with Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and the characters that we know and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/20/2014

    " This book scared me but I liked it. I pray this never happens. We need to respect the world we live in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Young | 1/15/2014

    " Best Patterson Ive read in a very Long time such an exciting storyline ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Hunter | 12/26/2013

    " This book was kind of disturbing and not at all like other JP books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/13/2013

    " I wish I could give ten stars. This book deserves it. Patterson does it for me again. If you want one of the best theories of the end of the world read ZOO. It will have you making sure you kiss your kids and tell everyone you love them before going outside! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Hargrove | 12/12/2013

    " Great read! Makes you think about the environment. A little gory, but I liked that! Just didn't like the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Gunn | 11/30/2013

    " Wow this book was different but I still liked it. I bought my husband the audiobook and he asked me everyday if I was finished so he could talk about it with me. Lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicolo romano | 11/27/2013

    " average all around....ok nothing special "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 11/17/2013

    " Always like James Patterson for getting interested in the story right away and keeping there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Field | 7/14/2013

    " Much better than the first 20 or so pages indicated, really enjoyed it as a nice easy read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzon | 7/8/2013

    " I kept reading only because my friend asked me to read it. She owes me one, now. Really, really, bad writing; predictable story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindy | 6/28/2013

    " With an interesting main character, this book reels you in and keeps you reading till the end. However, I did feel the last few chapters didn't do justice to the excellent start of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/26/2013

    " A thought provoking story. A little different from Patterson's usual fare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Taylor | 5/17/2013

    " not badly written, just not my type story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Chaney | 5/2/2013

    " Not bad. Easy read and interesting concept. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc-Antoine | 4/25/2013

    " Started off poorly, as is written for kids, and then picked up some steam, as all of Patterson's books, a very quick read. Still an entertaining story though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pasta | 3/14/2013

    " I was disappointed. It wasn't what I expected. It was slow...it took place over 15 years. The beginning in Africa was the most exciting part. It wasn't a thriller to me, it was rather boring actually. It felt more like I was reading an historical novel. I could have lived without reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 2/19/2013

    " i thought that this one was so so not very good it was kind of weired with all the animals going crazy not worth reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 9/25/2012

    " I don't want to read about animals suffering or being run over, no matter how crazed. Ick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg E, | 9/15/2012

    " Somewhat reminiscent of Michael Crichton's work, Zoo is a bit of a departure for James Patterson. I like it quite bit and thought it was a very good story overall with no shortage of excitement and interesting plot elements. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike French | 9/4/2012

    " This is the 2nd James Patterson I didn't finish! Along with Toys it was terrible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.H.L. | 9/3/2012

    " Pretty good thriller with a satisfying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily G. | 8/25/2012

    " This book is really unique for James Patterson. It's completely different than any of his other books but in a good way. Once I started it I couldn't stop - it's that compelling! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 BenH. | 8/21/2012

    " I found Zoo to be vacuous and over-simplistic. It's an ok idea that falls prey to silly dialogue, poor writing and ridiculous situations. Avoid this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petra | 8/21/2012

    " Not the usual James Patterson and not my favorite but a good page turner and fast airplane read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AA | 8/15/2012

    " I enjoyed this very original environmental thriller rather thoroughly. Great plot, excellent writing and plenty of twists. What more can you ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve G. | 8/9/2012

    " Intriguing premise and great execution. Another winner from a brilliant author who seems to have no shortage of great story ideas. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Jay Snyder is a voice actor, voice director, and script adapter who studied acting at the Julliard School in New York City. He is best known as the voice of Yugi Muto from the Japanese manga television series, Yu-Gi-Oh! His audiobook narrations have earned three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was a finalist for the Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration in 2015.