When I have the chance to legally download free audiobooks, I don’t turn it down. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch read by Dan Bittner was among the first pairing offered up by SYNC this summer. The Eleventh Plague is the story of a boy, Stephen Quinn trying to survive against the odds in a world on the cusp of apocalypse.
After P-11, which is a harsh virus, spreads and kills a large percentage of people, America’s societal structures break down. The vast majority of the remaining population survives by roving in nomadic scavenging bands. There is also an unsavory group of people called the slavers who obviously go around enslaving people. So, the nomadic lifestyle is pretty harsh, but this is the world that Stephen Quinn grows up in.
Stephen is wandering around with his dad when suddenly an incident occurs and his dad ends up in a coma. Stephen finds his way to a place called Settler’s Landing. Settler’s Landing is like blast from the past and is comprised of a group of people living together in a community taking care of each other.
Of course, there is a threat to the safety of Settler’s Landing as this happens in most YA dystopias. However, what makes a book stand out is the characters’ reactions to the threat. Unfortunately, I was not entirely riveted by Stephen. I found him fascinating in the beginning and at the end, but had a lot of trouble paying attention during the middle. I just kept zoning out, honestly thinking about things like what I am having for dinner and whether I will have to commandeer hangers for my clothes. I know, I know. Awful. Take that as you will.
The audiobook of The Eleventh Plague is narrated by Dan Bittner and is produced by Scholastic Audio. It is 7 hours and 3 minutes long. Dan Bittner’s voicing is quite earnest and matches the tone of The Eleventh Plague. I think it works very well for the book and is pleasing to my ears. Honestly, this is not my favorite audiobook by far, but also it is not the worst.
Disclosure: Downloaded for free as part of SYNC YA.
Other reviews of The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch:
Mundie Moms – “In the end this was a good read for me”
The Book Smugglers – “a terse, bleak environment that is believable because it is so understated”
Smash Attack Reads – “All in all, it didn’t deliver the total package”