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  • Mount Misery: A Novel

  • By: Angelo Peluso
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Located on the Long Island Sound, random attacks by unknown creatures are terrorizing local residents. The question: Who is going to do something about it? Marine biologist Katie DiNardo and ichthyologist Nick Tanner have seen the damage caused by their mystery creatures, but are at a complete loss as to the attacking species. All they know is that they need to get to the bottom of this - and fast.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A word of warning to all buyers

  • By Mr K. on 16-11-18

A word of warning to all buyers

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-18

This book meanders terribly and flounders in tepid waters. The characters are the worst sort of Bobby-Sue and Mary-Sue cardboard cut outs and (spoilers) if the characters all stayed in bed then the plot of the book would have played out exactly as if they had not been in it at all.

I feel bad giving this such a bad review as this appears to be the authors' first foray into fiction but hopefully they stick to writing fishing guides.

Some of the scenes sounded as if they should have been in some sort of soft-core erotica and this is not helped by the fact that the narrator has voiced several other bodice-ripper novels, so she is obviously comfortable reading that sort of fiction.

I'm very glad I can return this book and get my credit back because it's a painful listen and I only listened to the whole thing so I could write this review.

Either avoid at all costs or play a drinking game where you take a shot every time a character says the word Fish. Believe me you'll pass out drunk in about ten minutes.

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  • Ruinstorm

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 46
  • By: David Annandale
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Imperium Secundus lies revealed as a heretical folly. Terra has not fallen, though it remains inaccessible. Sanguinius, Guilliman and the Lion El’Johnson, the primarchs of the Triumvirate, must reach Terra at all costs. They seek to defend the Emperor and to atone for their sins. But the Ruinstorm, a galaxy-wide maelstrom of chaos, hides the Throneworld from the primarchs. Now the fleets of three Legions depart Macragge, and the primarchs will stop at nothing to overcome the Ruinstorm.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Honestly found it quite boring and not gripping.

  • By Alan on 07-11-17

An overblown mess

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-18

This novel should have been a novella at best. The author seemed to have an ending but had no solid story to get there. The language is a hyperbolic mess and it is full of set pieces that are so ridiculous in their scale that they lose any meaning as they vie to trump each other again and again.

I’m glad I can return the book and get my credit back because this novel is a chore that adds nothing of real worth to the series.
The voice actor does his best but I’d never listen to this bloated mess ever again.

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  • The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller

  • By: Paul E. Cooley
  • Narrated by: Paul E. Cooley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Under 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia. The oil is so sweet and pure, nations would go to war for the rights to it. As the team starts drilling one exploration well after another in their race to claim the sweet crude, a deep rumbling beneath the ocean floor shakes them all to their core. Something has been living in the oil and it's about to give birth to the greatest threat humanity has ever seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 20-03-18

Good Concept - Poorly Executed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The dialogue between the characters was awful and felt false. The narration was flat. And worse of all - the biology of the creature was left unexplained even though the story was choc full of scientists. All of these elements in the book needed to be re-written and and a voice actor with more inflection in his voice was needed.

Has The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller put you off other books in this genre?

No - I just felt that the world building was poorly done.

What didn’t you like about Paul E. Cooley’s performance?

It just felt flat and had little inflection. The one and only female character had a strange voice as well.

What character would you cut from The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller?

90% of the extras. We'd get introduced to someone seconds before they'd die. They were pointless and a tighter story with a smaller number of characters was needed.

Any additional comments?

Glad I can get my credit back. Nice idea, poor execution.

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