In this suspenseful thriller, two lovers are in a race against all odds in the jungles of the Philippines to save their kidnapped friend. Somewhere in the Shallow Sea will test the main characters' determination to outwit the man who is after the scientific compound they brought as ransom.
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A great listen and well written story that kept me hooked. The narrator was excellent and really brought the story to life. I don’t usually listen to books in this category, but will be looking for more from this author in the future.
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I thought that this audio book was an okay story. It had some exciting scenes and I liked the cube and its creators intention. The narrator was good at narration, but his attempt to do different character voices were lacking. I reviewed this audio book after receiving an advanced copy that I requested.
The story is pretty good and moves along, but the narration is a bit distracting. The accents are a bit clunky and I had trouble staying focused.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This story was pretty good, with likeable characters in a somewhat farfetched plot surrounding the possession of a scientific invention and the extremes people will go to obtain and protect all that it involves. Friends, professors, lovers, terrorists, and Filipinos interact on a crazy adventure. Not really thriller in the true sense of the word, but the tale does manage to keep one's attention peaked.
The descriptions of the landscapes, climates, and culture work well, along with some history of the Philippines intermingled made the listen even more enjoyable. The main drawback that I experienced was with the narration. Although Bill Johnston made a great effort to to give the characters their individual voices, often times it came across as being too strained. His naturally deep voice worked well until he tried to portray a high-pitched female voice, or an excited Filipino accent. The changes were just too abrupt and extreme for my liking. This was a decent story that has a lot of potential; I will be giving a listen to the second installment of this series (with a different narrator, too) in hopes of some nice development in both story-line and performance.
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This is the first thriller that I have listened to that showcased the Philippines. I learned a lot of history listening to this book. I thought the story was well written and the narrator impressed me with all of his various characters and their distinguishable voices. One could hear so many different accents and voices in his performance. The story was fast paced and kept me interested throughout. I enjoyed the history, the romance and the kidnapping. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will look for more books by this author and narrator in the future. The author did great with his imagery in this book. This review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it.
Somewhere In The Shallow Sea was interesting for the customs and history of the Philippines but the plot points are too similar to Somewhere In San Diego. Kidnapping victim? Check. Danny running for his life? Check. Ex-lover in tow? Check. I would have enjoyed it more if the two books hadn't had such similar plots. I realize that this book was written first but I just happened to listen to them in reverse order. By itself, this was an enjoyable listen but I find the series somewhat repetitious. The narration was well done and kept my interest throughout. I would recommend Somewhere In Shallow Sea.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This was an interesting story with well paced action and a likable main character. The narrator's resonant voice is interesting to listen to. At just under 6 hours, I'm not sure this is worth a credit, but if it is on sale, or you have plenty of credits, you should definitely pick this one up.
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I enjoyed this one from beginning to end. The narrator really draws you in. I loved the adventure. I felt as if I was in the story searching with them sometimes. I absolutely will be looking for my titles by this author.
This book was provided to me at no cost, for an honest review.
"Somewhere in the Shallow Sea" by Dennis Macaraeg is a solid novel set in the Philippines. Danny, the best friend of a kidnapped scientist and Helen, the scientist’s cousin, attempt to pay a ransom and bring him home. Their efforts are complicated by the fact that Danny and Helen were once lovers; also, they are being pursued by a nefarious villain who will stop at nothing to steal a scientific invention from Danny. The descriptions of the Philippine locations are interesting, but I did find the narrator’s voice a bit too deep to flush out the emotions in the story. Still, recommended. Book given free in exchange for honest review.