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Publisher's Summary

The number one New York Times best-selling author of World War Z is back with “the Bigfoot thriller you didn’t know you needed in your life, and one of the greatest horror novels I’ve ever read” (Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and Recursion). 

As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined...until now. The journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing - and too earth-shattering in its implications - to be forgotten. In this audiobook, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it. Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and, inevitably, of savagery and death.

Yet it is also far more than that.

Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us - and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.

Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it - and like none you’ve ever heard before.

Praise for Devolution

“Delightful...[A] tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

“The story is told in such a compelling manner that horror fans will want to believe and, perhaps, take the warning to heart.” (Booklist, starred review)
 

The Cast:
Judy Greer as Kate Holland
Nathan Fillion as Frank McCray
Kimberly Guerrero as Josephine Schell 

With
Jeff Daniels as Steve Morgan
Mira Furlan as Mostar
Kate Mulgrew as Hannah Reinhardt-Roth
Steven Weber as Tony Durant
and
Terry Gross and Kai Ryssdal as themselves
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Max Brooks as the researcher

©2020 Max Brooks (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"There’s a bowstring undercurrent running through the whole of Max Brooks’s newest that’s liable to snap a reader in half. Characters so real you could name them from your own life, even as you call for them to run for cover. Max Brooks has written the next great epistolary novel. Devolution is phenomenal.” (Josh Malerman, New York Times best-selling author of Bird Box and Malorie)

“A masterful blend of laugh-out-loud social satire and stuff-your-fist-in-your-mouth horror. One elevates the other, making the book, and its message, all the more relevant.” (David Sedaris, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Calypso)

"I wish we could elevate the national dialogue on public safety to a level of tone and focus that Max Brooks has demonstrated for all of us.” (Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and first secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security)

What listeners say about Devolution

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Brutal

I actually paid money for this book, I can’t believe it. I loved World War z but this book is terrible. It is almost laughable at how this book is set up. Who would write this way in a journal? Does the main character hear the voices of the characters she is writing about in her own head? The characters were so unrealistic and not likeable at all - I was actually cheering for the Sasquatch. It would be interesting to hear the perspective from the Sasquatch point of view. It seems typical to assume that the Sasquatch are evil and humans are good. The ridiculous inferences the main character makes about the Sasquatch is so stupid. It is just a bunch of “filler” so the author can paint a “realistic” picture of how they got into their predicament. The voice acting is not good and the main character is so flawed. The end was silly knowing the possible “scenarios” that were presented. Simply not believable based on the way the main character is portrayed. Don’t buy this book.

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Just awful

This could have been okay....if everything was different. I'm a bit dumber for having listened to it.

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Very disappointing

I preordered this book and was quite eager to dive into it. A couple of wasted hours into it, it became obvious that I'm probably to old to listen to this book. The female narrator sounds like a whining excited 6 year old over and over and over. Not for me.

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could've been a lot more fun

This story had a lot of potential to be fun and spooky, and I was really excited to get into it. Unfortunately, I was left bored and unsatisfied. The main character maintains her affinity for shitty jokes throughout the entire book despite all the shit going on. It's just really hard to feel any kind of fear/anxiety when the characrer is making siri jokes in the same entry she is describing seeing her mutilated friend.
I wish the sasquatchs had won

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not great

I had big expectations, because I loved world WarZ, but the story is weak. disappointed.

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another epic hit

another stunning piece of writing from Max Brooks
well developed characters and themes.
great voice acting.

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Amazing

This book was SOOO good! It really kept you in the story. I really enjoyed it! Want to start it over and listen to it again.

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Decent read, but probably not for audiobook

First, positives: the guest cast acting is very good. Mira Furlan was phenomenal in that one short monologue she had read here. The character of Mostar was seemingly written for her to act. The actress herself has personal experience close to Mostar, and it made it even more convincing. If there ever is a movie I hope she plays there as well. Unfortunately, these characters had only been given a voice in flashback style fragments. The main narrator was less convincing.

I feel like this story would be a better read as regular book. I felt like the main actress didn't sell the devolution part, her comments felt pretty normal until the end. The intonation made it feel like she was watching a movie. If I had read it as a normal book, I would have been able to project myself better into the story, but audio format made the main character less likable.

It was also difficult to follow other characters, because of narration coming from one character and she spoke others dialogue. I think she only did great Mostar, but others felt like her own clones.

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Best audible experience

I think that if you are new to audiobooks this is one of the best books you could start with. The narrator is amazing and you really feel like she’s writing to you and living the experience at the same time, you really like her and feel her fear. I really loved it.

The story itself is unlike anything I’ve read. A book about Big Foot? I’ll admit I was very skeptical but oh man did he do an amazing job with it! This is now one of my all time favourite books and I can’t wait to reread it.

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Truly gripping

Absolutely cannot stress how great this story is. Judy Greer is phenomenal as the main character, Brooks as always is spectacular at weaving human stories and characters into a supernatural world. Fair warning, there are some very gruesome body horror scenes.

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  • Mr Dangerous
  • 2020-06-16

Disappointing. Not good.

I was excited for this one as I like Brooks but ---- The format that worked with World War Z did not work in this book. The journal thing felt forced. The story was pretty lack luster. And the leading character was annoying and unlikeable. I expected and hoped for a solid read. I was bored and uninterested and the whole thing felt like a grind. There were a couple good moments, but it couldn't save this.

The smaller rolls were read great. The leading narrator - Judy Greer - was truly awful. She was whiney and felt like someone in a YA or bad romance novel as opposed to the other readers who were quite serious and good.

Bummer this one turned out so bad.

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  • michael
  • 2020-06-16

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So much whining. 3 hours in so far and my skin is crawling listen to all the whining.

ok so I finished.........I shouldn't have.

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  • Frank Murrendo
  • 2020-06-17

That Bad.

People whining about wine and status.

I had to check the description and see that I had the right book.

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  • Russ
  • 2020-06-17

Awful

Nothing happens in the first half of the book aside from an incredibly annoying woman ranting in her journal like a teenage girl about absolutely nothing.

This book was so disappointing. As great as WWZ was, this book was the complete opposite. Save your credit.

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  • IsacatSF
  • 2020-06-16

Off to buy an ice pick on Amazon

My review is for Judy Greer who is narrating the part of Kate Holland. Her voice is so annoying I don’t know if I can make it through this book. She really makes me want to jam an ice pick into my ear drums. Up talking, millennial valley girl spazz.

I love Max Brooks books so I am very disappointed I won’t be able to listen to this if Kate Holland plays too much of a part.

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  • Commander Shepard
  • 2020-06-17

Extremely disappointing

Probably the worst of Brooks. Nothing to hold my interest. Annoying voices. Dull plot. Only people who might like this are tree huggers. I had pre-ordered it and was more than glad to have it exchanged. But it will have some value- as a good example to future writers on how NOT to write a compelling novel.

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-06-19

Bad Bigfoot bad

This was not enjoyable or even entertaining. The stuff you wait all book for happens too quickly and the narrative style makes it anticlimactic. Don’t waste a credit.

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  • Courtney Silk
  • 2020-06-16

dumb city people

sorry if I'm rooting for all these people that died that live in this place but I don't think they deserve to live if they can't fend off Bigfoot plus they don't belong in the woods their belongings in California Los Angeles to be particular

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-23

And say goodbye... to your credit.

The only thing that surprised me was how annoying the narrator and protagonist were. Imagine listening to a horror story read by kitty from Arrested Development. Hard to imagine? It was harder to listen to.

Filled with jarring and unearned character development and unbelievably naive characters to the point you'll be wondering if it's a parody or not. You'll likely find yourself pulling for the characters to die before the monsters even show up.

The only positive is the monsters themselves, sasquatch made for a surprisingly intimidating and nemesis. It's a shame it's waisted by poor writing and a cast of narrators that honestly sound bored.

Spend a credit here and you'll have made a huge mistake.

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  • Ryan
  • 2020-06-22

Awful

I loved World War Z. This one missed the mark. Narration is just bad and story is blah.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-21

Incredible, as always!

This man never ceases to impress, from a breathtaking story that drives you to the edge of your seat, to an ever so important message that our generations seem to have forgotten over the years (preparedness), this book is a must in every bookcase, library or mandatory school reading list. I sincerely hope the movie about this story does get picked up.