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Dark Island

Narrated by: Michael Lesley
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Summary

Like the "Dark Continent" of Africa, the dark island of Madagascar holds many chilling secrets. One of them is a long-thought extinct species of dinosaurs living at the country's core.  

A massive earthquake rocks the mountain range within the Andringitra National Park. The splitting Earth reveals a network of tunnels, hidden away for millennia. Responding to the series of violent upheavals, a pack of hypersensitive predators flee their subterranean home; frenzied and hungry, they head for the surface.   

Former Navy SEAL Ian Hunt begrudgingly accepts an offer to lead an exploratory team. What they uncover is the find of a lifetime... if they survive long enough to tell anyone.   

Dinosaurs are alive and well at the heart of the dark island.

©2018 Matt James; Copyright 2018 by Severed Press (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Chris
  • 19-05-19

Good For Teenagers

I feel this story has been told so many times, this is a good book for teenagers who are new to the storyline. The narration was very slow, lots of pauses and I think one was supposed to be an Australian.

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  • adele64
  • 16-11-19

Exciting listen!

I liked the story a lot. I have always been a Jurassic fan. i was on the edge of my seat several times. I loved the characters especially Max. I found the narration a little distracting though

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  • Shane Dodd
  • 14-03-20

Great story. Good story telling.

I really enjoyed this book. I would listen to a follow up book if it came out

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  • Aaron
  • 08-07-19

Poorly written and poorly preformed

I would not recommend using a credit for this book. I have listened to over 150 books and have never wanted it to end as I did with this title.

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  • Rick Charles
  • 02-07-19

Wasted Potential

A trend I've noticed with these "lost world" stories is that there is little substance beyond a team of scientists/explorers trekking into unknown territory and getting attacked by virtually everything. There's no sense of adventure or discovery to me, just characters getting eaten before they're developed enough for me to care about them. What'd I'd like to see from a story like this is some time spent on the researchers actually studying the environment. There's a lot of worldbuilding potential with this kind of thing that I think is wasted on overemphasizing action.

I also did not like the audiobook narrator. He tended to read with a lot of awkward mid-sentence pauses and his attempts at the various accents featured in the story were pretty cringy.

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  • Janet
  • 30-06-19

excellent adventure

loved this book. you can really live yourself into it while listening imagining the moments bit by bit

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  • Ellis Cantrell Gill
  • 01-06-19

the reader was horrible.

I could barely listen to the book because the reader was so bad. weird pauses and annoying voice

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-19

Please, make this a movie or television series

Loved it. Great book, I hope you have a sequel coming soon. I will purchase the digital/audio as soon as it comes out! I got to find out what happens when Ian and his group go back in.

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  • Malissa Williams
  • 03-09-20

WOW!

I began this book highly skeptical. However, I am pleasantly surprised!!! Matt James did a fantastic job. In my opinion, he did not have to overreach for the plot of this book. I absolutely loved the plausible reality of this book.

As for Michael Lesley... all I have to say is wow! Michael Lesley is wonderfully gifted with his numerous and unique impressions of each character! The different moods that each character goes through Michael interprets perfectly. I even found myself chuckling at the sarcasm throughout this book.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy realistic fiction!!

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  • Suzanne
  • 30-07-20

It's been done . . . a lot

Not a bad book. But not a great one either. It's just too much like all the others of the genre. If you've read Greig Beck's 'Primordia', then you've essentially read this one. This is the Cliff Notes version. The characters were good, the action was good, the science got a little long, and the whole story got a little long. There just wasn't anything really original here. I'll eventually read something else by this author, but I won't rush out to get it.