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The Extinction Files, Book 2
Written by: A. G. Riddle
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling conclusion to The Extinction Files is finally here!

A code hidden in the human genome...will reveal the ultimate secret of human existence.

And could hold humanity's only hope of survival.

In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed.

The truth was discovered 30 years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity's lost tribes - human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn't exist to unravel what it meant. To protect the secret, Kraus hid his work and disappeared. Now the technology exists to finally understand the mysterious code buried in the human genome, but finding the pieces of Kraus' research is more dangerous than anyone imagined.

Dr. Peyton Shaw and her mother have obtained part of Kraus' research - and a cryptic message that could lead to the remaining pieces. They believe his work is the key to stopping a global conspiracy - and an event that will change humanity forever.

The ultimate secret, buried in the human genome, will change our very understanding of what it means to be human. For Peyton, finding it may come at an incredible price. She must weigh the lives of strangers against those she loves: Desmond Hughes and her mother. With time running out, Peyton makes a fateful choice - one that can never be undone.

©2017 A. G. Riddle (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great book!

I loved both books in the series, this one definitely answered all my questions and Hope's!

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exceptional <br />

great story. great performance. fell in love with the characters good or bad. worth the read for sure

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Gripping Read!

Loved this series .. kept me glued to my headphones right up to the last words..

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Excellent conclusion to an engrossing series!

Eduardo Ballerini is an extremely talented narrator. I particularly enjoyed the way that Riddell builds this story layer by layer and memory by memory to its engrossing conclusion and still somehow manages to end with the ultimate mind-bender as his very last word.

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Excellent

Loved the story. Made driving and housework a lot more pleasant. Enjoyed the characters but I found the ending came across as a bit of an afterthought

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Great book, and great series

This was a great book. I enjoyed the story and the performance. There were a few things I missed but the book is so good, I'm going to go back for a second listen.

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As infuriating as it is dull... the worst of Audible

This is part two but I’m really talking about both parts, since they are one story that was likely split in two by the publisher, if we give the benefit of the doubt to the author.

Never before have I been so angry and frustrated with a story I bothered to finish. And Audible Originals has some ghastly quality control. This thing should be exciting. It blends a global conspiracy, a global pandemic, a global scavenger hunt, science fiction and a commentary on humanity’s destiny and the dangers we face as a species.

But the storytelling is truly horrendous. Just awful. A few decent characters and a great idea do not a good story make. You can’t, or shouldn’t promise a big reveal of a single idea that most every character knows already, and stretch that out over two books. It’s one thing if the big reveal is a mystery the listener discovers bit by bit with the character, but towards the mid-way point of the second part, everyone knows the truth except the listener.

The decision to keep the truth from the audience, or at least leave the truth unspoken and unverified, is purely superficial. It’s manipulation and dishonest writing in the worst way. Padding one simple story needlessly to make it two books and sell more copies.

What makes the asides and science and backstories so terrible and the storytelling that much weaker is the fact that it’s all very stupid and patronizing. The characters and author speak about common philosophy and basic scientific principals as if they are insightful or groundbreaking.

It’s Michael Crichton if a high schooler was writing fan fiction. There’s no research into how something like Rendition or Rook could work, or fascinating insight into real science that people working in VR, nano tech or biotech are really doing. It’s lazy, repetitive and it’s boring.

The resolution isn’t quite as bad as I’d feared, but it’s morally dubious at best, and again, overly simple and mindless, while framing itself as enlightened and clever. It’s offensive to the senses.

This might be the worst book on tape I’ve ever finished.

The narration isn’t great either, because 3 of 6 main characters are women, and the voices for these characters are grating.

Seriously, do yourself a massive favour and skip this series completely.

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Great conclusion to book 1

Lots of twists and Misdirection. Keep you guessing on the next move of the main characters.

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Left me wanting more.

I did enjoy this audiobook, and its predecessor. the voice changes were a bit jarring, but enjoyable all the same. The ending on the other hand. It felt rushed, and a bit... pandering.

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Solid but a bit of a stretch

The first book of the series starts off strong - world pandemic, high stakes, far reaching global conspiracy - it hits a lot of our fears. Genome, on the other hand, expands on the weird love triangle and complex lore behind the conwpiracy. This wasn't bad on it's own, but much of the steam from the first book is slowly lost during this one. The ending is slightly anti-climactic as well.

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  • JWagner
  • 2018-03-07

interesting

took me forever to figure out what was going on in book 2. but the finish was well worth it

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  • Bob Murat
  • 2018-02-11

a Masterp8ece

one of the best books I've ever read. the narrator could well be the best to bring emotion and authenticity ever in a book.Get it Now

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-12

Loved it!

Great story, can be a bit hard to follow at times, but stick with it, it proves to fill the gaps nicely. Very well read, Ballerini pulls you into the story and keeps you wanting more.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • W. D
  • 2018-01-29

Did not disappoint!

I enjoyed the series. There could be more, but if he doesn't write another book in the extinction files, that will be ok too, it ended with enough closure.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 2018-01-12

Exciting and interesting, but confusing and weird

Although this is a pretty exciting and interesting story, there are several problems that get in the way of interest. First, there are the myriad chapter jumps from character to character and from time to time with no clues. It is very confusing trying to figure out if a given chapter is happening now or some time in the past. And there is a LOT of past here, more than 50 years of it, and we have to keep those pasts straight for so many people. Stalingrad, Australia, Oklahoma, Germany, Spain, the North Atlantic. Now, last year, 5 years ago, 50 years ago, a billion years ago. I lost my place in the book once when my phone kept playing after I had put it down. It took me over half an hour, and a lot of relistening to figure out where I had been. THAT is a confusing story.

This has sort of mixed up genres. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. This one started out (in book 1) as a biological pandemic which then turned out to be a Lex Luther bioterrorism theme but now there's Virtual Reality and computer-controlled everything. This current volume takes it even further into VR and super computers. It's already confusing trying to figure out how their computer programs can do what they say they can, and then you have to understand how the Neanderthal cave paintings fit in (?), and then it just keeps getting weirder. Something is hidden in the human genome and it is supposed to answer the deepest questions of Man's existence. What's that question again? And where in the story, or Lin Shaw's genetic research, was this answered? Not much is answered because the question isn't clear. Most of the themes have been dealt with anyway in Star Trek in far less time and with less confusion.

It's a bit sci-fi. Our hero has hidden his memory in some computer somewhere? He has to find it to save the world.

It's a bit romance. Two women love him. Unless one just shrugs it off, there are only two ways for that to resolve, either one dies, or one has her heart broken. Take your pick.

The people cleverly change from being good guys to being bad guys or visy-versy. Who's hiding something? Who can you trust? You'll start with the eye rolling.

There are some good action scenes, but even they are confusing chronologically.

The last conversation of the story is the most confusing of all. It's supposed to be all high-brow intellectual philosophical and just ends stultifying: Let's not call the highest peak of our world by the name we use, let's be sly and use the name of the first surveyor-general of India and call it..... wait for it......Mt. Everest. Yeah, that'll obfuscate things.

Even though the story can keep you entertained, it is not satisfying because there's not a real moral, or a real conclusion. It's just kind of woo-woo, aren't we mysteriously esoteric!

Mr. Ballerini does well with all the voices except Lin Shaw's. She has to be 50-60 years old, but sounds like her daughter's sister.




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  • Jacob James
  • 2018-02-06

Good follow up

Went a very different route from when I started at the beginning of the first book. Not at all a bad thing but it was far from what I expected. Overall it was a good follow up to the first book and it wrapped the story up nicely.

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  • Zeph McKinnon
  • 2018-01-24

one of the best

I cant wait for the conclusion of this amazing story. it has been amazing so far. ..I look forward to the film adaptation as well.

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  • Areana S
  • 2018-01-18

Be prepared to fall into the rabbit hole

It amazed me that where this book began is so far from where it ended. It was a good transition but just don’t enter with expectations based on where you thought the series was headed. If this seems confusing just wait until you read the book. For those of us who “see” deeper into the world around us and have an inkling or have peeked behind the curtain, you’ll really appreciate the path taken by this author
Enjoy the ride

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  • Sean W. Kelly
  • 2018-01-30

I Loved it! I Can't wait for the next one!

I Loved it! I Can't wait for the next one! Hopefully we won't have to wait long!

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  • Ralph Edge
  • 2018-10-10

Very Very Confusing

For some reason, the download reversed the logical progression and I was completely lost actually I finished the 2nd part before the first
Loved the story but what a strange download

1 of 1 people found this review helpful