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Primordial Audiobook

Primordial

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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes, the legends are true.

When eccentric billionaire Ellis Holloway hires renegade marine biologist Sam Aston to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry.

As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor's descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.

©2017 David Wood and Alan Baxter (P)2017 Adrenaline Press

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    Tony Bough 30/09/2017
    Tony Bough 30/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A brilliant creature-feature thriller - Cool!"

    The book begins at a good pace giving us some information and backstory on the characters. I really like the characters in it. From the TV host that's interesting and not just animal fodder to Sam who is a tad roguish to our rather eccentric billionaire funding it all they are all solid characters.

    It's a thrilling ride! It seems plausible which I like. It's also not just about the monster/animal. We see and hear things from the village to question whether the creature is living there through it's own choice.

    It leaves you wanting more. It's certainly a book I could (and will) listen too again. It ends well but with enough questions that make you want a sequel and gives you scope for one!

    Also really great narration. A voice that you can listen too and that sweeps you along with the pace of the book.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick 22 England 24/09/2017
    Rick 22 England 24/09/2017
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    "Jurassic Park meets Indiana Jones"

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was a fun listen which moved along at a fair pace. There was very little down time or backstory and it moved briskly from action scene to action scene. There are some fun, if predicable, characters and well detailed locations.

    The narration is generally pretty good with only a few dubious accents.

    Some of the writing is fairly cliched and basic, the characters are fairly shallow but the premise was interesting and enough to carry it through to the end.

    For a short, entertaining listen I'd recommend this book.

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  • Jared
    19/10/17
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    "Indiana Jhones mixed with Lake Placid"

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    Lake monsters, rich eccentrics, beautiful women, enjoyably rough around the edges protagonist, spooky ancient legends, what can I say this book has all the right bits for a book you can easily get into. The only reason its not getting 5 stars instead of the 4 that it received is because while all the parts are enjoyable, at no point did I ever really feel surprised by the book. On the other hand the book really shines when it lets our scrappy protagonist have center light. He is just the right amounts of violent and funny to really endear him to you and have you rooting........actually lets go with cheering for him instead....I feel dirty now.

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    Jeffrey Kafer was excellent in his narration. At no point was I ever confused about who was talking and each character given enough time felt distinctive.

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    While nothing super original the book is a fun romp with a lake monster and our scallywag protagonist.

    -Obligatory Disclaimer-
    I received this book in return for a fair and honest review

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  • Ian
    16/10/17
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    "Best book involving a dinosaur since Jurassic Park"

    My review of David Wood's and Alan Baxter's "Primordial" has been long overdue. However, that's what no Wi-Fi and no data usage in Spain will do to you. The beginning of the book had me worried that Ashton was too chauvinistic to like, but his doucheness quickly faded as the story progressed. Speaking of story progression, Wood and Baxter did a wonderful job of setting the pace. An extra kudos to whichever one of them thought of the motion sensor camera and flash. It added an extra bit of tension that kept my wife and I at the edge of our seat as we entered the final stages of the book. So on a scale of "so bad I never want to listen to a book again" to "the greatest story ever," this one ranks as "the greatest story involving a prehistoric creature since Jurassic Park."

    Have you read/listened to this book? If so, then what did you think?

    I received a free copy of this audio book for my honest review.

    For more reviews follow my Instagram (@i.q.malcolm)

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  • Brian
    Niagara Falls, NY
    16/10/17
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    "An Absolute Blast"

    People disappear from this lakeside town in Finland a few times a year, but no one really talks about it. They think that there is something in the water, but to keep it at bay they just accept that people and animals may disappear. In comes an overzealous billionaire who wants to get footage of this beast that no one has ever seen (and lived to tell the tale).

    I love a good “monster” book, and I love it, even more, when it takes place in the water. I think that it makes the books more believable because we’ve explored more in space than we have of our own waterways.

    Primordial was an absolute blast from beginning to end. The main character is one of those ‘down on his luck’ protagonists that you want to root for and believe me, you’re given lots of opportunities to root for him. The TV crew that was brought in could have been hateable or likable and by the end, I’ll let you make up your own opinion.

    The story itself was fun with lots of action intermixed with a little love and other scenes. It really kept me interested throughout and I kept trying to guess what was going to happen next and couldn’t. I love when a book can keep me guessing but also keeps me interested to find out what will actually happen.

    Primordial was written by excellent adventure writers and you can tell, it’s not just about the monster, but also about the stories and history around it. I particularly enjoyed the Nazi history of the area too, that was an unexpected turn and a really interesting part of Primordial.

    As I said in my “title” – an absolute blast from beginning to end.

    Jeffrey Kafer provides the narration for Primordial. If you don’t know who he is yet, then I think that’s on you! Kafer is absolutely one of the best in the business and is one of my favorite narrators to listen to. He is able to add drama to an already dramatic book and makes reading Wood’s novels even easier.

    I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

    If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps. If you'd like to see more books like this please check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AdaChaDad
    12/10/17
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    "Monster, Mayhem and Murder"

    A "fun" monster/mystery book that doesn't let you get bored. The characters are well enough developed to make you care- and the monster is revealed craftily throughout the story. The author does a good job bringing in different cultures and interesting scenes. The narrator is more than adequate at pulling off a not-so-easy cast of characters.
    I received this audiobook at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    09/10/17
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    "Decent creature from the deep story"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    Although this book was a bit formulaic, I still enjoyed it for what it was. It was part Loch Ness story (if Nessy was eating people) and part Lake Placid. The characters themselves, were fairly well developed and the narrator was pretty good. All in all, it was pretty entertaining.

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  • Nomi
    08/10/17
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    "❤️"

    I’m a pretty big fan of David Wood. I really enjoy his books for the most part. This one requires more of an open mind than most. The story was a bit of a stretch. I was unsure how the authors would pull everything together. But it was done well imo. Not a fan of the end.

    Wonderful performance by the narrator. Very well done.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen M.
    06/10/17
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    "Don't Go Near The Water!"

    People have been disappearing from a Finnish lake for years and there are myths of the existence of a giant lake creature. Billionaire Ellis Holloway has assembled a team to find and capture the monster - at any cost. Battling a creature with a taste for human flesh, who will survive and who will become its dinner?

    Holy crap! This story scared the heck out of me! Primordial was an awesome thriller and had me captivated throughout. Not everyone is what they seem, adding to the intrigue behind the mission to find the creature. Ancient rituals, Nazis, a crazy billionaire and a really pissed off monster - what's not to love? Jeffrey Kafer's narration was excellent and kept me completely engaged. My only criticism - those poor sheep. If you're looking for a heart-pounding thriller, I would highly recommend Primordial.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alfred L.
    Bristol, TN United States
    05/10/17
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    "Enjoyed this book."

    Would have enjoyed some closure for the main characters. But still a good story.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Newton
    04/10/17
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    "3.5* - interesting blend of ideas in this story"

    3.5 stars for the story and the narration...

    There was an interesting blend of ideas in this novel - crypto/paleo zoology, occultism, Nazis, hollow earth theory, and so on. I was curious to see how these elements would wind together as the plot unfolded. I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly likeable, so it didn't matter to me if someone survived or died (although I was glad to see that some of the characters received their fatal comeuppance). I thought that the author introduced us to the lake monster quite well. All of the scenes that featured the monster were engaging. I admit that I was a little more skeptical when it came to the relationships and dynamics among the characters and the local community; sometimes I found it difficult to get a sense of how much of a closed-vs-open secret the monster was for the community (especially since the monster took victims pretty regularly).

    The narration was good, but I'm not used to the style of speaking that the narrator used so I found it challenging sometimes to get immersed in the story. The narrator has an interesting, almost laconic inflection at the end of most sentences that sometimes distracted me. Also, I *think* he might have been trying to speak with an Aussie accent. It seemed to be somewhat evident in some dialogue but then it would disappear.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rayc
    01/10/17
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    "A thrilling mix"

    A good tale of a hunt for a lake dwelling legend/myth. Well developed storyline and characters. Some unexpected twists..
    Well written and the narration is first class.
    A good & and entertaining read . Highly recommend.
    I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest reveiw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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