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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
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Terry Gross and Kai Ryssdal as themselves
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Max Brooks as the researcher

©2020 Max Brooks (P)2020 Random House Audio

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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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hopeless

Just awful. the narrators voice is like nails on a chalk board and the story takes forever to get going. and when it does, it doesn't. I want my credit back!

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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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Couldn’t get into it

World War Z was the first audiobook I ever purchased and now 100’s later it remains my favourite. Maybe I had too high of hopes for Devolution, but I just couldn’t get into it. I was about 8 hours in and was not engaged. I left completed another book and came back. I decided to start from the beginning, because it was Max Brooks I figures I just missed something first time. I made it to the end, but overall it was disappointing and did not hold my attention, hoping next book will be better, but please no sequel to this.

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Don't waste a credit.

in short a terrible story, man eating Bigfoot family? I had high hope for Max Brooks after the WWZ but this was awful.

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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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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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Wow!

Never thought story about big foot would be so exciting and a little creepy. Love his writing style, perfect for audiobook form. In the fashion of World War Z. Great to listen to.

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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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  • Scott Archambault
  • 2020-06-17

Well Done Performances on a Solid Horror Story

This is a (primarily) first person perspective horror story with a female narrator, so naturally, a majority of reviews I see are chauvinistic takes of the the performance. Don't let them deter you from what is a genuinely interesting trip into the forests of the pacific northwest! Whether you are a Bigfoot nut, or a skeptic like myself, it is a fun and scary adventure about humanity versus nature, and what a population of people must do to survive. If you like King or Peter Clines, or books about jungle/ forest adventures, you should dig this. The only thing that took me out of it is that the account is apparently a journal- so we are meant to believe that during all these traumatic events, breaks are taken to write down all the drama in intricate detail. That is a pretty minor quibble though- after listening to audiodramas like Tanis and The Black Tapes, my leash for suspension of disbelief is long. Many of the reviews complaining about "whiny voices" are reductive at best and sexist at worst. If you're up for a fun ride into Sasquatch country, you could do a lot worse than Devolution!!

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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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  • Abby
  • 2020-06-17

Judy Greer Ruins this book

I'm 2 hours into this book and ready to return it. Please make the sappy sweet air-head voice stop! And there doesn't appear to a story. I love World War Z and was so excited this was coming out. So disappointed.

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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 .

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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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  • 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.