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Summary

The Cult Classic Returns!

One day, it starts raining-and never stops. Global super-storms decimate the planet, eradicating most of mankind. Pockets of survivors gather on mountaintops, watching as the waters climb higher and higher. But as the tides rise, something else is rising, too. 

Now, in the midst of an ecological nightmare, the remnants of humanity face a new menace, in a battle that stretches from the rooftops of submerged cities to the mountaintop islands jutting from the sea. What hope does an already-devastated mankind have against this new supernatural adversary. 

The old gods are dead. Now is the time of the Earthworm Gods....

Deadite Press is proud to present this Author's Preferred Edition of Earthworm Gods, including an all-new, lengthy afterword by the author recounting the novel's inspiration, creation, and history. 

©2005 Brian Keene (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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A 5 star novel devastated by poor narration

Nobody can write an apocalyptic novel quite like Keene and Earthworm Gods is amongst his best works. It is saddening to not be able to leave a 5 star review for the audiobook edition. Scott Weinberg's narration is abysmal and features multiple repetitions from poor editing (he also literally blows a raspberry at one point after making a mistake). His attempts at characterisation are rudimentary at best and actively destroy any emotional connection you should have with the various individuals. This is a great book and deserves a professional narrator and I hope a new version will be released one day.

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Interesting Horror with Great Characters

Brian Keene is one of the top horror writers working today. While I enjoyed Earthworm Gods, I don't think it's one of his best books. It's well paced and has great characters, but for some reason I didn't find it as engaging as The Rising or Ghoul.
Scott Weinberg's narration was okay, but I think it would've worked better if they got someone older to do it. The main character is supposed to be in his 80s, and Weinberg certainly doesn't sound that old.
Definitely worth checking out if you like Keene, but it's not one of his best.

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Eldritch Horror Vibes

Very good story. Very relatable characters with good back stories. The monsters are great and some even unexpected. If you like cults, apocalypses and have a fear of the ocean this novel is for you.

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  • Old ManParker
  • 10-04-20

Highly recommended!

Earthworm Gods
by Brian Keene

This is a scary Lovecraftian premise told from a unique POV (point of view). A deceptively brilliant ‘average-man’ narration done with refreshing literary skill.

Finally, we get a hero who is not a teenager just starting to understand what the peach fuzz on his testies means, or a 25 to 30 year old ex-navy-seal who’s a secret black-op super-solider gone rogue from the government, or a spiritual martial artist traveling through the nine spirit realms, or a science professor who’s hobby is reading all the forbidden texts ever written.
He’s none of those.
He’s just an old guy… who could really do with a smoke about now.

Someone I can relate to.

Remember the first time you saw the movie “Tremors”? The original one with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward? You were surprised by how it was done? Just average people with no explanations why things were happening, or what the monsters were, where they were coming from or why. This has that kind of insane / fun feel.

I highly recommend this book!

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  • wes
  • 10-06-20

Editing?

Whoever Keene's editor was did him a grave disservice. The Narrator has an audible lisp. The recording is also unedited. Feels like the whole thing, writing, narration, and recording, all in one night.

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  • Davy
  • 24-10-21

Worst Narration I've Heard In A Loooooooooong Time

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR CREDIT. Whoever gave this book a 5 out of 5 for narration obviously lied and never listened to it. I've been waiting for this book to come to Audible for years and I was so excited to finally have it on Audible until I heard the first 5 minutes of this book. The annoying lisp ruined the book right off the bat and the atrocious editing definitely wasn't helping. Not to mention the royal screw up on pronouncing pretty common words. For example; Mariana Trench. He pronounced it as Marinara Trench. Apparently there's another deep trench in the ocean off the coast of Pizza The Hut. This audiobook was probably the biggest punch in the nads I've ever received. Who gave the green light on publishing this? I couldn't even make it a hour into this book because of the terrible narration by Mike Tython's brother with the reading skill of a 8 year old. If audible reads this review, I think I speak for all fans of Brian Keene please for the love of all that is holy and the heavenly Buddha, re-narrate this book with someone better.

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  • KWM
  • 13-08-21

Enjoyable book, but...

Whistling tooth. And I don't mean a soft whistle either. I listened to this in bed and the whistling actually startled my wife out of sleep.

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  • riever
  • 13-05-20

not original

The last scene in this story is very similar to the story called The worm that was written back in the twenties.

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  • Anders Auce
  • 16-07-22

Terrible narration and oddly racist story

I have listened to hundreds of audio books and this has to be up there with worst narration. Also, every character has the personality of a boomer which is always the hallmark of an egocentric author. I enjoyed another book by this author, even tho that book also seemed to have some pretty narrow and old fashioned themes. For this reason, I won’t be returning to this author.

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  • Joseph P.
  • 07-06-22

My favorite Keene novel.

This is a great story but needs an editor to cut narrator mistakes out earthworm gods is a great end of the world tale

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  • JayEvan Montgomery
  • 23-05-22

Bad Edit

The story was good. The narrator was tolerable. The editing was terrible. Several parts repeat and other should've been left on the editing room floor. Or the blooper reel.

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  • will cherry
  • 20-04-22

the Earthworm God's is a great read.

I really like the works of Brian Keene. He is a master of his craft and it all starts in the book. Get a copy and enjoy.

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  • Ciara Jean Hatch
  • 22-02-22

Amazing

This story is phenomenal and the narrator is exactly what this book needed. 6 stars out of 5.