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The Trench Audiobook

The Trench

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Publisher's Summary

Its appetite is ravenous. Its teeth scalpel-sharp. Its power unstoppable as it smashes the steel doors holding it in a Monterey, California, aquarium. The captive 20-ton Megalodon shark has tasted human blood, and it wants more.

On the other side of the world, in the silent depths of the ocean, lies the Mariana Trench, where the Megalodon has spawned since the dawn of time. Paleo-biologist Jonas Taylor once dared to enter this perilous cavern. He alone faced the monster and cut its heart out, and he wears the painful scars of that deadly encounter.

Now, as the body count rises and the horror of the Meg's attack grips the California coast, Jonas must begin the hunt again. But to do that means returning to the dark terror of the trench...where the Meg is waiting. Using himself as bait, Jonas will enter the ultimate battle - a fight to the death between man and beast in the darkest recesses of the ocean...and a fight for his sanity from the depths of his own tormented soul.

©2008 Steve Alten; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"When Angel rolls back her eyes and opens her jaws for the kill, readers will remember with a thrill why they picked up this novel in the first place." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 04-25-11
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 04-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good!"

    The publishers summery doesn't do this book justice. By reading what the book was about I had my doubts. "Guy has run in with shark and later guy hunts shark" not to exciting. That wasn't the case at all. This book has a lot of extras that I never expected. Wonderful suspense and action. If you are on the fence go ahead and take a chance you won't be disapointed well worth my credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-09-09
    DJM Franklin, TN USA 06-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story, High Body Count"

    A good listen, but not for the squeamish. Alten intercuts two stories, the hunt for the always hungry shark with a credible and interesting international conspiracy. The story jumps into the action from the beginning and never lets up. Alten is pretty good at making the reader care about the characters which heightens the suspense. But if you cringe at reading about what goes through people's minds as they look out at the world from inside a shark's mouth, this book is not for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer texas 07-28-15
    Amazon Customer texas 07-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the story. Narrator could use some work."

    Love the story. At first, I thought the narrator sounded like all he's ever done was safety instruction voice overs. Once he started doing the different voices for different characters it got better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wilfredo United States 12-06-12
    Wilfredo United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Anyone who likes JAWS this is better"
    If you could sum up The Trench in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful ,Detailed ,Action.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Between the subplots and the main plot the constant dipping back and forth keeps you anticipating.


    Have you listened to any of Bruce Reizen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know there are just to many that i would use.


    Any additional comments?

    For Those who don't have have a lot of time to just sit down and read a good book this audiobook is great because you can listen to it at work home or in your car. i have listened to the trench at least five times since getting it and i'll keep on listened until the next two come out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Canada 09-15-16
    Julia Canada 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the story but the narrator wasn't my favorite"

    I'd read this book years ago and loved it! Then recently decided to read it again with the new MEG movie finally in production. I stumbled on the audiobooks and thought I'd give them a try for something different. I still really enjoyed this story! It's exciting throughout! But I did not care for this narrator at all. His tendency to speed read was so irritating! I wondered if someone was standing behind him with a whip urging him to read faster and faster! One other reviewer said he sounded like he should be doing safety videos and I concur! That's exactly what a lot of his reading reminded me of. BUT that being said, later in the novel he did slow down a bit and also got into some fun voices which I enjoyed. So I was glad that I stuck with it in the end despite the fact that the characters did switch voices periodically. Overall it was enjoyable, the story is awesome and I can't wait for the movies to come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hulk, The 07-30-16
    Hulk, The 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "speed reading narrator"

    the story is awesome! but the narrator ruins the flow with his speed reading, it completely ruins the narrative of the book.

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    J. Buke P-town, MA 04-06-16
    J. Buke P-town, MA 04-06-16
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    "Narrator good. Terry's part of the story sucks."

    I read thos back in 1999 when it firat came out. I didn't like the whole Terry part. I hate qoman who play victims and don't ddefend themselves. So Terry really bothered me, I found myself plqing trough those chapters so slolwy because all she did was lock herself in the room and cry or in the bathroom and cry.It was all I could do to get through it. With this narrative I didn't have drag through it. I sat back and enjoyed it.Terry still annoys me...HEY HONEY, GROW A PAIR!! But the rest of the book was great. I hear a lot of people saying the narrator was no go...I disagree he was great...got accents just right...voices creepy. Built the tension till it was released. Better then tbe one who did Hell's Aquarium, noq that guy was boring!!! I give it four stars for the good narrator, taking off stars for Terry story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Harbour 10-28-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A good story with an awful narrator"

    If you like the Meg series and books of that type you will like this I first read the book years ago but since I saw it in audio form I thought I would give it a go. it's the narrator that ruins it, if you can get by his bad accents and overall just bad voice then get it. if not stick to the kindle edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert D. Hively California 09-30-15
    Robert D. Hively California 09-30-15 Member Since 2016

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    "A good fiction story melded with some facts."
    What did you love best about The Trench?

    The descriptions of the seas before mankind. The tension between our main character and his Russian nemesis.


    What other book might you compare The Trench to and why?

    Maybe Jaws? This story and book one the Meg, were fairly unique for me.


    What aspect of Bruce Reizen’s performance would you have changed?

    I think his Russian and British accents were spot on, wouldn't one say? But a lot of the characters had a high pitched, nasal sound that was used too often. In my humble opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but circumstances do prevent that. So I listen as I drive.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this author a bunch. I hope he stays at it because I will look for more of his stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy 07-10-15
    Billy 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!! I loved it!!!"

    steve Alten has done it again!!! He is a great author!!! This story was as good or better than the first book MEG!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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