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Summary

Deep in the jungle of Peru, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist party whole. FBI agent Mike Rich investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in an Indian earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there.

The Chinese government 'accidentally' drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. And all of these events are connected. As panic begins to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at Melanie Guyer's Washington laboratory. The unusual egg inside begins to crack. Something is spreading....

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. A virulent ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake. But this is only the beginning of our end....

©2016 Ezekiel Boone Inc (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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I need more cats

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending.How can it end like this!? Does the author know how much electric costs?If i don't sleep soon i'm going to start hallucinating and see spiders climbing the walls, scuttling across the floor, behind the curtains......(i just frightened myself again)

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How the spiders traveled

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Voices are ok, The women don't sound like squeaky toys

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

You crazy! Of course i wouldn't sit in a dark cinema with rows and rows of seats in the pitch dark with exits all the way in the back. I would Watch it at home with a cushion, rolled up news paper, lights on and a back up torch....and a flame thrower

Any additional comments?

I need to know more.

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OH MY GOD GET TO THE STORY!!

Well if you want to waste 8 hours of your life you should go watch paint dry as it would be more interesting than this book! For a book that goes in to incredible detail about every character you would think they would be of some importance to the storyline...wrong. Half of them are not needed, will not be reading the following book.

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Surprisingly entertaining

Enjoyed this so much I bought the sequel immediately which isn't like me.

Once I had got past the kids saying the narrator sounded like Kermit the Frog (check sample) this was a good adventure with premise to grow in the sequels.

Good character development and pace, the story, while not 'horror' is a good action/adventure.

If you're after a horrific, tense thriller I don't think this is 100% for you, but it's a good yarn nonetheless.

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In essence a zombie story

This is an ok yarn, basically a zombie story but replacing re-animated dead with spiders. Bit disappointed that it just stops, rather than concluding. It is obviously setting up a series. Reasonable listen nonetheless.

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Kingesque

Reminiscent of Stephen King, Boone has a way of putting you right there in the midst of the action. This is a story that will remain with me but I fear that it is only the beginning of a much longer story. In which case, I look forward to the next instalment.
The performance was excellent (except for the pronunciation of a few Scottish/Gaelic names). Newbern has a voice well suited to narration and I hope that he performs the next episode.

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  • Freda
  • Warrington, United Kingdom
  • 08-08-16

Creepy Crawly

Quite scary, makes you itch and look round for spider webs. Well read and a good horror story especially if you don't like spiders.

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Be Prepared to Invest in a Trilogy!

This is Alexi Zentner's first book under his new name Ezekiel Boone. The first thing to note is that this is the opening book of what the author says will become a trilogy - at the time of writing this is not clear on the Audible website. The book makes much more sense in that context than it would as a stand alone novel. It would also make more sense in the right category which should be sci-fi or horror rather than Crime and Thrillers where it resides at the time of writing!

Much of the first part of this one Boone spends introducing us to the wide cast of global characters that will cover this story. it's very much in the style of his self-confessed influence Stephen King as he gives the characters depth and persona. The horror once it starts and we head towards a new kind of apocalypse is strong and actually exciting. Apparently these spiders come in waves, each more scary than the last.

The ending of this book comes at a sensible point, given that it is just the starting point of a trilogy. As a stand-alone the whole thing must have seemed poorly balanced.

So, I'm in for the ride and look forwards to where Mr Boone plans to take us in "Skitter"!

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Waste of time

For a book about a spider invasion it's awfully boring. The characters act like morons despite their supposed rank and intellect and the whole plot feels like its slowly leading you towards the 2nd book in the series forgetting its supposed to entertain you in the here and now. Throw in the sexual 'tension' between certain characters and I couldn't help feel frustrated about my purchase.

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As corny as a chicken farmers sock, but brilliant!

What made the experience of listening to The Hatching the most enjoyable?

Totally riveting and utterly enjoyable; a little corny at times but what isn't these days; nonetheless disgustingly entertaining. Using the classic introduction of events which is then left unexplained until later on in the story, a tactic reminiscent of masters such as Steve King et al.
This reminds me of those scary but captivating horror films I watched as a kid; a real menacing yet entertaining adventure.
I listened to the whole series whilst driving to and from appointments and found myself taking longer routes just for 5 minutes more story.
Only criticism is series could be longer; Mr Boone if you read these keep going, I will definitely purchase more.
Got to go, as I can hear skittering noises outside the door?

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Good read but left you wanting more

I enjoyed this but it's really part 1 of 3 so get ready to invest in all of the books as this one is introducing the characters for later and setting the scene but still worth it none the less.
Get ready to feel itchy!