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Alter

Written by: Jeremy Robinson
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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 Discover Alter, the number one Audible best seller and be prepared to ask yourself, "To survive being lost in the Amazon, what would I...become?"  

Stranded in the Amazon rainforest, a lost man fights for survival and discovers that the root of evil doesn’t just reside in the world’s darkest corners, but inside the hearts of all mankind. Dr. Gregory Zekser is on a mission to visit the furthest reaches of the Amazon, providing medical aid to recently contacted tribes. 

As a general practitioner and food pantry director, his life in Massachusetts can be chaotic, but serving people is what he does best, and he doesn’t mind sacrificing his personal life to help others, at home or halfway around the world. But any hope of returning home to his wife, daughter, and comfortable life are eradicated when the small plane carrying him back to civilization plummets into the unknown depths of the jungle.   

Swallowed by endless green, with both pilots dead, Greg struggles to stay alive in a world that wants to infect his body, suck him dry, and eat him whole. Ravaged by illness and dehydration, and stalked by a ruthless predator, Greg’s life teeters on the edge of oblivion until a scream lets him know that he is not alone.  

His first encounter with an uncontacted tribe ends in death - the first of many. Driven to the brink of madness, and then beyond, Greg finds himself caught up in a feud that existed before his arrival, but will only end with his death - or his enemies’.  

International best-selling author, Jeremy Robinson, the master of taking creative and original concepts and fusing them with realistic and emotive characters, explores the depths to which a man can descend, and what it takes to climb back out.

©2018 Jeremy Robinson (P)2019 Jeremy Robinson

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speaks to the inner demon

was a wild ride, yet grounded and relatable. not what I was expecting in a good way. listen to Chasing Cars after you finish it, hits different.

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Excellent and Unexpected

I am at the stage, where I buy a Robinson book, without even reading the premise.
I literally had no idea what to expect.
Wow! Different and highly entertaining. Bizarre and wonderful in the only way a Jeremy Robinson book can be.
Give this one a listen.
Luke Daniels does a great job.

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awsome

give it a couple chapterd, and it wont let you go!!
great book!
loved it

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another awesome story from a master story teller

I don't even know how jeremy can come with these stories even less how he can make them come to life and keep my attention riveted for the whole listening.

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  • Alex
  • 2019-02-12

An amazing glimpse into the dark heart of humanity

Was absolutely unsure what to expect from Alter. Was it like Tarzan, Lost, Avatar? I could not have been more wrong. I have never read anything like this before.

You follow Dr Greg Zekser through his struggle to survive in one of the harshest and most dangerous environments on Earth. The ancient and mostly unexplored jungles of the Amazon. After surviving a horrific plane crash he is forced to face and overcome the worst that the Amazon can throw at him. During the course of his journey and to survive he begins to change, alter, devolve...

I refuse to say more to avoid spoilers, but I'm a 49 year old bloke and I was wrecked by the end of this. I was in tears during the final chapter.

Luke Daniels is one of the best narrators out there and was perfect for this simply amazing glimpse in the dark heart of humanity by Jeremy Robinson. If this doesn't win awards there is something seriously wrong.

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  • Jason Begly
  • 2019-05-04

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Well, let me start by saying that Jeremy Robinson has become one of my favorite authors. If the opportunity to review one of his books comes up then I drop everything else to do it. I listened to this book and Luke Daniels gave perhaps the best performance I have ever heard a narrator give. Every character was done with such care and attention that I was emotionally pulled into the book. I felt an investment in the outcome of each and every one of them. Even the ill-fated pilot's remains. This is a violent tale (it starts immediately with the aforementioned pilot's remains). It is also beautiful, funny, and moving in a way that surprised me. The story doesn't just end, it completes. It is now one of my favorite books.

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-14

Incredible story!

I can't recommend this highly enough. The story was so well written and engrossing. That combined with the incredible performance of the narrator Luke Daniels, I was blown away. I was so drawn into this story that it felt like it was over before I knew it.

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  • Christine Maentz
  • 2019-06-20

Could almost be a real life story but...

Only half way through & I'm thoroughly enjoying this story. The narrator is great - I feel like I'm having coffee with Glen and he's telling me what he lived through... except for this one thing that really, really irks me. After about 6 months living with this amazonian woman who's never seen a civilized human being, he's taught her a vocabulary that exceeds many civilized people. The writer should have been more realistic here... she uses words (correctly too), like "vengeance", "explain to me", "don't you understand", "didn't, shouldn't, wouldn't, couldn't" etc. This makes the story almost a comedy.... especially how the narrator uses a strange accent - all the while using correct tense & pronunciation. My 2 cents...

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  • MelHay
  • 2019-06-12

Lost in the jungle can give a new perspective

*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Luke Daniels is a new narrator for me. I wasn't sure how I'd like his narration. When the story started he felt vocally stiff for me. I know Greg is a stiff character with his speaking and word choices, but I still wasn't sure. As the story went, Luke grew on me and Greg seemed to relax into the jungle he's lost in which was reflected in Luke's voice. When it came to voicing other characters, I didn't have the strained feel that comes with Greg, so I know Luke is in character for Greg.

The word choices and thinking process of Greg fits his profession and character. These are specific in the beginning as Greg is a product of society. Greg still has mannerisms of modern society but he is more and becomes more as his story goes on in the jungle with what he lives through. It's interesting how Greg's thinking changes as he faces a new world where current beliefs and modern items don't exist. Greg, who's a doctor who saves people and never harmed anyone is faced with things that happen in nature and has to make a choice in what he will do to survive.

There are a few gross moments. I would not want to see those! We start the book with a moment I really would not want to see or live through, when the plane crashes. Jeremy's writing brings a dreadful image to mind as I listened to the story.

The story... It's a calmer story for me. And that's not saying that it's a slow story. Jeremy has many things happening to Greg as the story goes, there's so much in a jungle that can be dangerous along with simply trying to figure out how to survive. The story is focused on the events Greg comes across and how he reacts to survive in the Amazon jungle. There are dangers, but the story isn't what I usually listen/read. That doesn't change that the story is well written.

Then there was a twist added to the characters. This picked up the plot for me, drawing me in to see what happens. The hunted become the hunters, determined to survive at all costs. I found I was gripped by the book at this point and wanted to know what happened. I was pulling for the characters to do what they must.

I have faith in Jeremy to give me something different in his books, and he did. Jeremy always adds something in that's a twist, either to the characters or the world that the characters have to react to. I love getting this in his books as it adds a new level to the story.

By the end of the book, I was beyond invested into the story and characters. The end even brought tears to my eyes as things settle into place.

This was one heck of a journey for the characters. Greg is a product of his surroundings, and he adapts to those surroundings to survive. But aren't we all?

The story really hit the heart for me. It felt to bring to heart that there is more to life than work and money. There is love and others around you. There is the planet that needs to survive as well.

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  • Customer
  • 2019-04-24

I can only suspend so much disbelief.

I picked out Alter after finishing Robinson's Infinity, having enjoyed that title a great deal. I liked Alter in the beginning. It immediately starts with Greg's crash into the Amazon rain forest, immerses you in the danger-around-every-tree setting. But I had to suspend disbelief too many times to enjoy what I thought was going to be an action/adventure story. The first was with how quickly Greg and his jungle compatriot learn each other's language. The next was in his 'training' or 'getting the trust' of a jaguar. Yeah. He trains a jaguar. There are plenty of stories of animals raised in captivity attacking handlers, but a guy in the middle of the rain forest befriends and trains a wild jaguar in a matter of days. The hardest suspension of disbelief is in the combat skills Greg, a mild mannered, general practice doctor, develops in a short span which are apparently overwhelming to the natives who have lived in the jungle for generations, have fought in many inter-tribal conflicts, and fight off wild animals all the time. In this Tarzan-esque story Greg (as well as another foreigner to the jungle) surpass natives at their own game to reach the top of the food chain. Yes, I get that the author's point was to take someone exactly like Greg and through strife and terror transform him into a savage killing machine, and that would have been interesting. But not only was the transformation ridiculously unlikely the way it was handled but the action/adventure story switches to the supernatural genre towards the end.

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  • Daniel Delgado
  • 2019-05-02

Outstanding Story

This is a slight stray from the norm for Jeremy Robinson, as it technically isn’t science fiction though there is a supernatural element.
Greg Zekser is a doctor who crash lands in the Amazon jungle during a humanitarian mission to help the primitive tribesmen of the jungle. Forced to adapt to his new situation or die, Greg meets Ashan, a native woman who teaches him the ways of the jungle. In this kill or be killed world, Greg and Ashan are being chased by the jungle’s ultimate killer, the legendary beast called Mapinguari.
Though typically a stoic person, there are three points in this story when I was brought to the edge of tears. This story does have some of Robinson’s typical action, but the driving force is emotion.
Luke Daniels is in the Audible hall of fame, and his work on this story is a terrific example of why. His character work with the Amazonian people is outstanding, delivering dialogue in a way that transports the reader into the jungle to observe Greg and Ashan through their journey.

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  • timj26
  • 2019-04-28

ExcellenT

Excellent Take on the survival Story
We follow Greg as he loses his humanity to cope with his situation
High on action with a few laughs and heartwarming moments I loved every minute
Luke’s narration was on point as always highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-07-16

Audible: ALTER is NOT a medical thriller!

Classifying the genre of ALTER is impossible for me. There is a strong supernatural element. It has more in common with a 15th century morality play than any book I have read. Whatever else ALTER is it is fascinating. Do not take that as a recommendation by me; it is not.

The greatest strength of ALTER is the narration of Luke Daniels which is as perfect as any narration can be.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 2019-04-26

Wholly original

Against all odds this book breaks free of its original premise which is the condescending trope of -- not only does the white guy learn about the savages, he quickly becomes enlightened and better then them at their own lifestyle. If Alter had succumbed to this formula, one could hardly blame them. It's not like it hasn't proven popular or profitable (Avatar, Dances with Wolves, and The Last Samurai). Alter is different though. The book's beginning is the same as these and the hero's journey but that's not in fact where it goes. It's a journey I don't want to spoil and do recommend.

It's also unexpectedly funny. Although the humor is rare, when it's present, I had a great time. This is equal parts clever writing and second to none narration. I could listen to this narrator all day and I can’t wait to hear more from him.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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