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Meg: Primal Waters

The Meg Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Series: Meg, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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It was the greatest predator of all time, the most fearsome creature that ever lived - a 70-foot, 70,000-pound great white shark. Its jaws, filled with hundreds of seven-inch serrated teeth, could swallow an elephant whole. It could sense its prey from miles away, and if you ever came close enough to see the monster, it was already too late.

Eighteen years have passed since Jonas Taylor last crossed paths with Carcharodon megalodon. Now a middle-aged father of two, he is overwhelmed by mountains of bills and the daily strife of raising a family. But life is about to change. A Hollywood television producer wants Jonas to join his new survival series: Daredevils. For the next six weeks, two teams of crazy daredevils on a South Pacific Ocean voyage will try to outperform one another in front of the cameras. Jonas needs the money, and working on the color commentary seems easy enough. But behind the scenes, someone else is pulling the strings. And before it's over, Jonas will again come face-to-face with the most dangerous creatures ever to stalk the oceans.

©2016 Steve Allen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ok, but not the best of this series

I have previously read and am a huge fan of, all of the MEG books by Steve Alten and thought this time around I would try the audio versions. I'm a big fan of the series but sadly this book is my least favorite of them all. I can't stand reality TV so all the parts taking place with that group of people I did not enjoy. Actually found myself cheering for the shark because I didn't like any of those characters. In all honesty I didn't like any of the secondary characters they meet in this book. I still enjoy Jonas and Mac and their families but there was nothing likable about any of the people they met along the way. I was glad when people got eaten by the Meg! The end of the book does get much better though so that's what always keeps me going through this novel. All the rest of the series are amazing! I highly recommend reading them all, this one just happens to be my least favorite of the lot.

As for the audio vs the actual book... I didn't overly care for this particular narrator. His voice is very gravelly and throaty which made Jonas sound sort of ailing and decrepit all the time. I get that he is older now, but he still manages to kick some ass in this book, so having him sound like an old man didn't seem to match up. Also when he did voices for women or the kids it just never felt right. I think this narrator would be better for a detective novel maybe. Just my opinion.

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Wow exhausting. ...but I couldn't stop listening.

I didnt care for the narrator for this book. The voice too gravely, he may be better suited for detective or mob stories.

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excellent 3rd edition

I really enjoyed the first book so much I immediately got the second. once I finished the second I just had to read the 3rd I can see why there is a major motion picture coming out this summer called the meg. I haven't enjoyed anything shark related since jaws and to be honest this series is just as good if not better

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Obsessed with the Meg Series!!!

I love this book series so much! I love them all. But I have to say out of the three I've got through so far, this was probably my least favorite. I've already bought AND downloaded the fourth book and going to start diving into it! Can't wait for the Meg movie!!

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Awesome <br />

great book love the series. He is a great writer for the suspense and detail

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Hated the writers writer's style change

The writer switched from "Jonas waited" to Jonas waits" tense. I hate it! it is disconcerting and my mind is constantly trying to adapt to "he runs" instead of he RAN. the first two books were enjoyable and addictive and then he switched style. I barely hung in there and only because I love the general plot. if I had listened to this book first I never would have finished it and certainly would not have continued the series.

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Only my love of books 1 and 2 made this bearable.

Kinda lame. Jonas is a grumpy old fart with a moody 17yr old. Spare me.

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awesome book

the series is great full of suspense and action. I recommend the whole series to be added to your collection.

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Enjoyable story

Another fantastic novel. Story was solid and interesting to see continuation of Angel's story and the Taylor family as well. Only complaint is Keith's stereotypical interpretation of giving Terri Tanaka-Taylor an 'Asian accent' when in prior stories established that she was born and raised in North America and had no accent and yet here has developed one. It made my wife and I think of a South Park episode that involved Asian cultures. Minor complaint but otherwise we loved listening to this story and are going to start the next one.

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Not as good as the first two but still amazing

Meg: primal waters does not reach the same heights that a novel of deep terror and the trench do, but this time, Steve Alten seems to be going for something different. It seems he’s trying to make a book with much more action, where as the first two where a little more suspenseful and dramatic. When I say this book isn’t as good as the first two, that does not mean it’s bad at all. The first two where just perfect masterpieces. It’s still a very good book that keeps you engaged all the way through and it’s a good read for any Meg head who wants to see a lot of great shark action. I’m going to give Meg: primal waters a B+.

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  • Gary
  • 09-04-18

over the top sillyness, but a good fun read

put logic aside and just enjoy the pace... characters that you dont mind getting chomped, downbeat underdog pulling off the impossible, whats not to like

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  • jeffrey o.
  • 04-04-18

another great , gripping story...

Meg like the original bog , it's hard to stop reading or listening to a gripping story... awesome!!

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  • Lara and dave
  • 02-25-17

meg

real good series good them all makes you think and not want swim in middle of the open sea lol

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  • Neil
  • 05-24-19

More Mayhem...

More mega shark mayhem (and bunkum) thats always fun.
Recommended as a beach (holiday) read.

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  • Anthony Hall
  • 03-12-18

Not as good as the first 2

The story is a lot weaker than the first 2 books. Soap opera at sea.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-17

love the slightly racist accents

if you like giant sharks and racist accents then you'll love this book. go mega sharks

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  • mr
  • 12-30-18

Bargain basement

Anyone listening to the Meg series is massaging their inner man-baby (myself included). I wasn’t expecting much in terms of plot and character but the stereotypical characters are bland enough to choke on and the narration is really confusing. The accents are totally bizarre

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-18

was a very well read book. Enjoyed it a lot

Enjoyed this entry more then the last. the reader does a great job of bringing different characters to life. looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 04-12-18

Megs, Megs everywhere...

I read this after reading the sequel Hell’s Aquarium, and I loved it. Better than the sequel. More Megs, more action, lots of silly situations resulting in awesome deaths. Pretty good head count in this one.
Minus a star in the performance for the terrible Aussie accents.