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The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller Audiobook

The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller

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Publisher's Summary

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.

"The Black" is a techno/horror-thriller that puts the horror and action of movies such as Leviathan and The Thing right into readers' hands. Ocean exploration will never be the same."

©2015 Paul E Cooley (P)2015 Paul E Cooley

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    Anonymous 05/05/2016
    05/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story bad narration by author"

    I enjoyed the story overall, but the narration wasn't good different characters had the same voice and even those changed throughout the story. good yarn though

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    . u.k 07/06/2016
    . u.k 07/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story despite the perfomance"

    A bit of a classic creature feature, that is well written, with an interesting premise. The author seemed inspired by 80's sci-fi such as The Thing, Alien and even a bit of Jaws. The whole piece was a flood of nostalgia for a child of the 80's. The negatives were the voice acting from the author. I had difficulty keeping track of characters as there was little effort to distinguish one from another in the reading. The whole thing sounded a bit flat and monotone, which is a real shame. The book seemed too short as well. I wanted more after it was done. Will be listening to the sequel despite these issues as the story was riviting and I have to know what happened next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr K. 18/07/2017
    Mr K. 18/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Concept - Poorly Executed"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kieran J Kelly 04/07/2017
    kieran J Kelly 04/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining Pulp Horror"

    A well researched and atmospheric Horror Sci-Fi with obvious elements of The Thing and Alien. Hi Brow stuff it isn't, but Paul E Cooley is a solid writer and narrator and the tension grows steadily. All three in the series are worth a listen, though this contains the most mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Byrne 14/03/2017
    Richard Byrne 14/03/2017
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    "Simply superb"

    Looking forward to other titles; wonderful narrative as well as a heart beating wonderful story.

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    Tegan's mum 10/03/2017
    Tegan's mum 10/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story"

    Narration was good. The storyline was a bit confusing in the beginning when there were lots of characters being introduced. Phrases were also repeated. Having said that I've downloaded The Black Arrival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss L ttophi 26/02/2017
    Miss L ttophi 26/02/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "good book"

    for me this book started well went bit off it couldnt finsh it couldnt get into it but not bad book

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    Reviewaid 12/10/2016
    Reviewaid 12/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A much better narration and story. Im sure the guy tried his best or did it because it was cheaper to publish but he just isn't very good at all.


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

    Not at all, I still love it.


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

    Nothing, really....nothing.


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

    Vrable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was really poorly narrated, I tried to stick with it but it singularly failed to immerse me in the story. I think it may have been better with a more solid performer but having been a long standing fan of creature feature books I just dont think its good enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rogeraee 27/08/2016
    Rogeraee 27/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Overall Story"

    very slow for the first 4 chapters and almost gave up, however the next 6 chapters made up for the wait,

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    Alexander Sutherland UK 01/06/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining!"
    What did you like most about The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller?

    I enjoyed this for the most part. Not the best horror I've listened to by any stretch, but fun. Interesting concept and exposition. Once things start going bad- unfortunately it's entirely derivative without any originality.
    One minor criticism; the use of effects (sorry - just 1; an echoey on/off switch the narrator uses in the most unoriginal way for "Surely they were all safe now....OR WAS IT..."/ "OR DID SHE..." / " dum dum dum - what I imagine is supposed to be biting irony comes across quite simply as cringing. It's unnecessary - what was the writer thinking, and to make it even worse with the echoey effect... I've leave it there.
    The other criticism is the plot - when you find some movie-Alien inspired creature - the default Sigourney Weaver plot to "blow up the whole god-damn ship" is a little old.
    Finally - the narrator using his "high-feminine" voice for the heroine is... a bit old school. Also - if we're ripping off from the Alien movie franchise, we might as well include a strong female role model - not a damp rag.
    Otherwise- this book passes the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sue B.
    Harrisburg, PA United States
    15/07/15
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    "Benchley meets Lovecraft and Chrichton"

    Classic horror at its best. A long slow burn and rollercoaster finish. I can't wait till the other books in this series come out. Loved it!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Jr
    18/12/15
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    "Stick to writing, you suck at narration."

    The book was interesting despite the shallow stereotypical characters and a story that has been done many times before, but sometimes that's exactly what ur in the mood for.

    The narration was terrible and constantly jarring from bad audio editing where one sentence runs into the next into the next into-the-next without a moment pause for a period or paragraph break.

    And all the characters sound the same until there is another mention of how a character should sound, then he attempts (badly) at an accent or tone of the mentioned sound of the character then immediately abandoned until noted again.

    Good predictable book of a monster chasing a group of stranded survivors. BAD narration.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kay
    FRANKLINTON, LA, United States
    29/07/15
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    "Writers Are Not Readers"

    The story was interesting. Narration added nothing. Please hire a reader next time. It will greatly enhance the experience.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Levit
    New York, New York
    10/08/15
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    "Did you like "The Thing" or "Alien"?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Black is a story you have read, watched or heard before. Strange creature in an underwater oil reservoir is piped on to a drilling platform isolated by a storm and fight begins. Nothing new about the plot and it is not as well done as others in the genre. What really makes it poor is the narration by the author. When will they learn to let a professional due the narration.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul E. Cooley again?

    No. Cooley adds nothing to the narrative except awkwardness.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul E. Cooley?

    How about the fellow who did "The Fold". He made a familiar story interesting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No too much like classics that are already better.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    11/12/15
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    "great story"

    The story is great but the speaker is quite monotone. Definitely one of my favorite books. I will be getting the second one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • K. V.
    Amherst, NY
    01/02/16
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    "Ok story"

    Story was entertaining enough, but I think I would have enjoyed reading it on paper than listening to it read by this terrible narrator. Just awful...so blah. Almost gave up on it a couple of times...this guy just should not narrate ANYTHING! But the story was creepy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The boy wonder
    03/11/15
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    "This book was "So-So" at best"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I always finish a book when I start it. The black was no exception. However, this book was narrated by someone who have no business narrating. He would attempt to change tone with his characters and it at times was more annoying that assisting.

    I almost considered turning it off and starting something new. It was that bothersome.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul E. Cooley again?

    I honestly went from a Stephen king book to this. his writing was not even in the same league.

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul E. Cooley’s performances?

    nope


    Did The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller inspire you to do anything?

    start another book


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    26/07/15
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    "Once again"

    May have been a good book, but the narrator was beyond bad. Characters were good, story ok.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Dale
    18/01/16
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    ":-)"

    I have what I consider to be high standards.
    I finished this book. That is saying something these days when 8 out of 10 books bore me to an uncomfortable disgusted numbness.
    I finished this book and I wasn't bored!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terrie Lynn Keenan
    09/11/15
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    "I want to watch monster movies with Paul E Cooley."
    What made the experience of listening to The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the twists and turns the plot took, without adding "rules" to the monster. You didn't give a last minute "ability" to either the characters or the monster. The rules are standard and don't change, which makes me not want to roll my eyes (a la M. Night Shyamalan).


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I mean, I was buckled in with the seatbelt tight and low across the hips...but as much as possible, yes!


    What does Paul E. Cooley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the voices he does - he makes it so you are definitely sure who is speaking. Plus, I loved the audio effects he includes (like when on the phone or the PA).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Darn safety announcement on my flight interrupted it.


    Any additional comments?

    Without being spoiler-rific...the smell or sound of bacon will never be the same....

    Also I seriously want to watch LEVIATHAN with the author!I

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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