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  • Creatures of the Pool

  • By: Ramsey Campbell
  • Narrated by: Andy Rowe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 25

A brilliant mixture of paranoia and Lovecraftian horror from one of today's most decorated and well-respected authors of horror/dark fantasy. When his father disappears, Gavin Meadows’ search uncovers a race of semi-human beings that have existed in—and under—the city for centuries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Slow Going

  • By Madeleine on 11-08-11

Monotone delivery makes for confusing dialog..

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-12

Would you try another book from Ramsey Campbell and/or Andy Rowe?

I have read some Ramsey Campbell before and I find the story ideas interesting, but his characters do tend to very "unlikely" in both behavior and conversation. Making it worse in this case, the story was very conversation heavy, often with three or more people sharing a conversation, and this proved far beyond the narrative abilities of Mr. Rowe who's indication of character change in speech consisted mainly of changing the pace of his speech, never the intonation.

Would you recommend Creatures of the Pool to your friends? Why or why not?

No, the audio version is just too hard to follow, and the book itself features character whose decision making skills are so obviously impaired it's hard to identify with them in any real way.

What didn’t you like about Andy Rowe’s performance?

His tone never changed from narration, to dialog - let alone among characters in a dialog.

What character would you cut from Creatures of the Pool?

The main character, his family, friends, and everyone else who were supposed to be "ordinary people", all of whom made some of the most bizarrely stupid choices that could be conceived of.

Any additional comments?

In a story about magical creatures that have haunted the underground areas of London since time immemorial, I shouldn't be using up my "suspension of disbelief" on the day to day choices of the main characters.

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