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 listeners' ears. Ocean exploration will never be the same.
©2015 Paul E Cooley (P)2015 Paul E Cooley
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!
The story was interesting. Narration added nothing. Please hire a reader next time. It will greatly enhance the experience.
I grew up reading Stephen King classics along with Lovecraft & Matheson; I love the dark, almost EVIL unknowable truths in people & places
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.
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.
No. Cooley adds nothing to the narrative except awkwardness.
How about the fellow who did "The Fold". He made a familiar story interesting.
No too much like classics that are already better.
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.
I honestly went from a Stephen king book to this. his writing was not even in the same league.
start another book
needs more every thing. Narrator, substance, scarier monster, ending.... Unfortunately I bought the sequel with out listening first to this one. Really truly, listen to sample before you buy. I just went on the story line hoping for Benchley or Rollins.
I have a long drive to work and audible makes it so much more bearable
I enjoyed the development of the story. I liked the characters and how they were introduced. As a SCUBA diver I enjoyed the technical aspect of the novel.
His delivery was flat and monotone. If I didn't enjoy the story as much as I did the narration would have been tough to take.
I liked the story and would have enjoyed it more if I had read the book and not listened to it. Sadly the audio narration left a lot to be desired.
"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
"Good Overall Story"
very slow for the first 4 chapters and almost gave up, however the next 6 chapters made up for the wait,
"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.
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.
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