Lock In Series

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 438 ratings

Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) Publisher's Summary

AudioFile Best Voices - Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Audio Theater, 2014

A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome", rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But "complicated" doesn't begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery - and the real crime - is bigger than anyone could have imagined.

BONUS AUDIO: Audible's audio edition of Lock In contains the bonus novella, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome, written by John Scalzi and narrated by a full cast.

©2014 John Scalzi (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • Written by: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Witty and fun

    • By Marine on 2019-04-13

    Price: CDN$ 26.81

    • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • Written by: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Amber Benson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well Imagined

    • By Ilzamar on 2019-02-23

    Price: CDN$ 26.81

  • Book 2

    • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • Written by: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225

    Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good followup, not as great as the original

    • By Aidan on 2018-09-19

    Price: CDN$ 53.70

    • Head On (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • Written by: John Scalzi
    • Narrated by: Amber Benson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No Will Weaton

    • By Keith Wiebe on 2018-04-19

    Price: CDN$ 53.70