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The Host

by Stephanie Mayer
Read by Kate Reading

      The Host is a chilling story of a race of alien parasites who decide to conquer Earth. Their goal is to inhabit every human and stop all the wars on Earth. Their method - kill the human without damaging the body beyond their ability to repair it. Then they would heal the body and implant one of their species in the host’s brain. Once in a while, a host's spirit would remain for a time, but would soon fade.

Melanie Stryder was no such shrinking violet. She died running away from her captors, or so they thought. When the parasite, Wanderer, was implanted she quickly learned better. Several times Melanie very nearly overpowered this veteran occupier, but earth was her ninth planet and Melanie was her ninth host. She should have been better prepared, but Melanie's assault had been swift, sudden and more violent than any Wanderer had heard of anywhere.  As she later learned, Melanie was a strong woman and she was determined not to go down without a fight.

No one left the Seekers, those who sought out normal humans to bring them in to have parasites implanted, but Melanie talked Wanderer into leaving the Seekers behind and going into the Arizona desert to find Melanie's boyfriend.  They almost died in the attempt.

They were rescued at the last moment by an uncle as Melanie and Wanderer were taken to the cave system that now served as home for several still free humans.

Can Melanie survive the hatred of the free ones? Can she win over Wanderer? This twenty CD thriller will keep you wide awake, not wanting to stop listening, even though it's a long book.  It is well written and well read by Kate Reading. You feel and see and hear what each one of the characters feels, sees and hears. Experience The Host for yourself and don't be daunted by its length; it's worth every second. Enjoy!

The Book

Hachett Audio
May 6, 2008
Unabridged audiobook / 20 CDs / 23.5 hours
0316068047 / 978-0316068048
Science Fiction
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The Reviewer

Jo Rogers
Reviewed 2008
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