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By the laws of nature, it shouldn't be alive.

For the sake of mankind, it shouldn't be resurrected from the ocean floor.

For the love of God, it shouldn't be worshipped.

Unless you want to survive....wurm.

The infection is spreading. The cult is reborn. The horror is alive and well and ready to transform humanity forever.

Wurm is here....

©1991 Matthew J. Costello (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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Fun but rather long-winded

[Disclaimer: I'm starting to get genuinely concerned by how many books I have now read concerning worms] This was a decent entry to the many wormy books I have read. The narration was done well, a few falters here and there that had not been edited out but generally good. The story itself is quite a slow burner, which leads me to think that Costello has deliberately made it long-winded in the hope that SyFy will pick it up and adapt it (and let's face it, I would definitely watch it if they did). There were a lot of characters and varying POVs which got confusing with the audio. The action took ages to happen as well. I spent far too long hoping for some gore and nastiness. When it did happen though, I was not left disappointed, but honestly it took far too long to reach that point. Overall, a fun read but could have done with editing out all the boring bits and backstories and just concentrated on the fun and the gore, cause that iss all anyone really wants when they read a title like this (if they say otherwise, they're lying). <i>I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request via Audioboom and have voluntarily left this review. </i>

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A disturbing tale of wriggling terror

A good story, with some minor problems, sometimes the switch between plots is a bit jarring. A decent tale of a deep sea horror rising with a slight Lovecraftian feel. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Jay
  • 13-07-18

LOVED it, great writing for any genre. Disturbing

This author is new to me, but I'm hungry for more. I feel like I was there with Jo on the streets of NYC. I was taken thousands of meters under the sea. Great story, and the narration was excellent. What else can I say? Get it!

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 10-11-19

Awesome tale of terror from the deep

Mankind has always been a foolish lot. As we explore space we take great care and quarantine all items found until they can be properly examined so as to insure our safety....yet right here on earth we have an alien world, a world so deep that no life should exist yet it does. It exists feeding of off black smokers and has an eco shatter totally alien from us yet in our explorations we blindly and in a blissfully ignorant fashion bring these creatures up into our world with nary a care for what dangers there can be to ya...after all they are from our own planet....now on one of the deepest research dives ever, a crevice is found and inside this crevice there is a wurm unlucky any seen before. In taking a specimen a living piece of it is brought to the surface...and so it begins, the colonization of earth by a creature that is truly evil and should have remained confined to its deep watery prison. Can mankind survive? Find out here. Damn this was a good listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Bill
  • 04-11-19

An entertaining b-movie matinee

I enjoyed this one. It reminded me of a cheesy creature feature matinee that I would fake sick to stay home and watch while eating copious amounts of potato chips, chugging 2-liters of Dr. Pepper and getting wired out of my mind on packages of fun dip. Yeah, sounds like I was talking about when I was a kid, but that was last Tuesday :)

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  • Chuck H.
  • 02-11-19

Good story, poorly structured

Really wanted to like this one more. Very good story concept. And it is well written. The writing itself isn't the issue. It's how the story is structured. Once you get into the meat of the story the chapters get short, and jump from character to character, sometimes to a character who only shows up once or twice, and nearly each chapter ends with a little mini cliff hanger. At some point it gets both annoying and a little bit confusing. And finally, this great big plot point happens, and that's it, the story comes to an end, and wraps up with a way too neat epilogue. Maybe I'm being too harsh. But if so, it's because there is a ton of potential here. Structured better this could have been a great horror story. As is, it's just okay. Finally, "just okay" also is a fit description of the narration. I've certainly heard a lot worse. But I've also heard much much better. This is very middle of the road. Easily listenable, but nothing that brings anything special to the story.

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  • RJ
  • 24-10-19

A rather long wurm!

The oceanic research ship Achilles is exploring volcanic vents and the creatures that live there, deep on the ocean floor. What they discover is much more exciting than they ever imagined. It’s also something that’s been buried deep on the ocean floor for millennia and is very dangerous. The Achilles brought it up from the depths. The effects of this discovery range from mass hypnosis, to mass hysteria, to violence and death. The tale becomes quite complex, so many characters, so many POVs, and I wonder if it is all necessary. Eventually, we get to the good parts, but it took so long to get there. Three.point.five. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • PattyH
  • 21-10-19

Amazingly disturbing

The story, though good, could have been great. For the length of his audible there should have been more closure in areas lacking in explanation. Even with the downfalls I really enjoyed listening to this. The narrator did a decent job with his narration. I was provided a free copy of this audible at my request, this is my hones review.

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  • Tara Kussler
  • 19-10-19

Good story, Good narration.

I won't go into story detail, I will say that the story is good and well written. My favorite character or the one that stuck out to me the most was The Daughter she was annoying through the whole book doing one dumb thing after another which is exactly how I was as a teenager so i could totally relate to her in that aspect. the other characters we passable with little to some development (not much was need they were all pretty well fleshed out). the only issue I had with the book was that there was no break in switching between characters that one thing makes it hard to follow in the beginning but you get used to it and eventually forget it as the characters begin coming together. over all the story and narration were was good and makes for a fun listen I recomend this book if you like zombies, or monsters or worms lol.

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  • Blackeagle
  • 17-10-19

Creative but was missing something.

I was given this free review audio book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review. Wurm is creative and innovative but that is all the plot doesn't come to a definite conclusion. There are things that are just really not explain to my satisfaction. I love the narration he helped me to keep.listening til the end. I was just not real thrilled with this book.

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 16-10-19

Lots of plot threads but minimal explanation

Here we have an ambitious tale with decent characters that opens several great plot lines. Unfortunately, none of them are sufficiently explained. Matthew DeWolf gives us a solid audio performance that falls several steps short of stellar. His voices are distinct, though some of his accents are a little off and his female voices leave quite a bit to be desired. His vocal inflections are mostly on point, and though they are subtle his tempo shifts are effective. The story opens with a prologue that does a great job of setting up ONE of the plot lines in the book. After this we are introduced to a number of characters very quickly. Some are intriguing, others less so. Over the course of the book, lots of different storylines are explored in varying levels of depths. In the end they do all tie together, though even having finished it there is little to no explanation as to just how they interrelate. As other reviewers have noted, there is a lot of influence from various films from the 80s here, some are obvious while others are a little more subtle. Now, I didn't get the "Alien" vibe that some reviews did, but I expect that is largely a matter of personal taste. Based on the vague hints dropped throughout, I feel like there should have been a book before this one. There is one character in particular who has a largely undeveloped background but there are enough hints to suggest that he has a very complex history that directly relates to this story. The prose itself is rather old fashioned, but no more than a reader should expect from a book originally published in 1991. With that in mind, the writing is skillful and error-free. My major issues with the book are with the lack of explanations. There are at least two different creatures involved here and it's not really clear how they relate, even considering one helps and enables the other. There's also a strong Cthulhu-eske suggestion here, but that is not really explored either. In addition to that frustration, we have rapidly shifting POVs without any real indication that the POV is shifting. All that aside, when we finally get to the end things are reasonably wrapped up and satisfying, though there is still a wide open storyline available for exploration in the second book.

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  • David
  • 14-10-19

Disturbing and Fun

I received this audiobook free at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily. Great narration by Matthew DeWolf brings the twisted novelization of Matthew Costello to life in a way that will disturb and terrify listeners, and if you love that kind of stuff as much as I do, then you're in for a helluva ride with Wurm. Graphic, gritty, and a lot of fun!

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