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They are not human.

At a research station in Antarctica, five of the world's top scientists have been brought together to solve one of the greatest mysteries in human history. Their subject, however, is anything but human....

They are not natural.

Deep beneath the ice, the submerged ruins of a lost civilization hold the key to the strange mutations that each scientist has encountered across the globe: A misshapen skull in Russia. The grotesque carvings of a lost race in Peru. The mummified remains of a humanoid monstrosity in Egypt....

They are not friendly.

When a series of sound waves trigger the ancient organisms, a new kind of evolution begins. Latching onto a human host - crossbreeding with human DNA - a long-extinct life form is reborn. Its kind has not walked the earth for thousands of years. Its instincts are fiercer, more savage, than any predator alive. And its prey are the scientists who unleashed it, the humans who spawned it, and the tender living flesh on which it feeds....

©2017 Michael McBride (P)2017 Tantor

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Science, Sound and Secrets

Mr. McBride just keeps getting better...and he was pretty good from the start. His latest work, Subhuman, takes place in an Antarctic research station. The story relies on science more than characters but the atmosphere of wonder and terror develop grow steadily. There are several nods to sci-fi classics which made the listen even more enjoyable. I took off points on the performance because there are several audio glitches, several audi, several audio glit (sigh) throughout the narration. There aren't enough to completely spoil the experience and I would certainly listen to Neil Hellegers again without hesitation. I just wish someone had given the final recording a listen to edit out the boo-boos.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • love2read
  • Baltimore, MD United States
  • 01-12-18

Intense and fast paced!

This was so well paced I could not believe I had finished this book already.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Alien vs. The Thing

A good story. Elements of “Alien”with “Who goes There” set as in “The Mountains of Madness”. Plot ran decently, characters were not the classical caricatures of the usual sort of brilliant misfits. You know, the people you usual say “Fine. He’s the best, but people don’t hire him cause he’s a dick.”

With out giving away too much of the plot, the overall premise was pretty good. I agree, that could be the way a bunch of ET’s could view us.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I usually like books like this.

Would you try another book from Michael McBride and/or Neil Hellegers?

Unfortunately this book needs to go back for two main reasons: the story is loaded with pseudoscience nonsense and the narration makes the story difficult to follow. I don't mind ignoring some silliness in favor of a good adventure. This story make that too hard to do; lots of smart people being dumb and too much "science" nonsense. The cadence of the narration made it very hard to follow.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • LuAnn
  • Clinton, Iowa, United States
  • 01-04-18

Dragging on forever

Would you try another book from Michael McBride and/or Neil Hellegers?

Yes, I like McBride and really disappointed in this book.

Has Subhuman turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I like books that put people in survival situations.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator sounded like he had a cold, I kept wishing he'd blow his nose.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Subhuman?

The first half, that's as far as I could bring myself to listen. Good thing Audible has a return policy. I can see no reason for this book to be eleven hours long.

Any additional comments?

Again, I like McBride but this book is not what I expected. Like I said, I like books that put people in survival situations and maybe this will get better but I'm done at hour six.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sound is the same as light?

I don’t expect super science knowledge from every author ... but this was embarrassing.

Sound is a lower frequency compatriot to light??

FFS

I won’t be reading / listening to anything more from Mr McBride.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Not impressed

The story was fairly weak with several inconsistencies and way too many cliches. It was fairly hard to follow though. The narrator read the entire story in an overly dramatic voice. Seriously, every single word was dramatized.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narration, scrambled storyline

What disappointed you about Subhuman?

I couldn't even finish this book. The narration is painfully bad. He pauses after EVERY line, I'm not exaggerating, a long pause after every line. It's terrible. The storyline is so scrambled. It jumped all over the place. I had to return it.

Has Subhuman turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Neil Hellegers’s performance?

A very long pause after every line? Why? This alone made the book unbearable.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not at all.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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utter garbage story and the narrator is god awful

literally had no idea what the fuck was happening half the time. not a good read at all

0 of 5 people found this review helpful