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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

Critic Reviews

"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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan
  • Wakarusa, KS, United States
  • 04-25-11

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • DJM
  • Franklin, TN USA
  • 06-09-09

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Expected more but sequel to Meg falters

Too many side stories and bond like villains make this a mess. Expectations were high based on original. Beloved characters from Meg were barely recognizable in the followup. Overuse of sexual abuse to create tension and flesh out female characters seemed out of place. Might have liked it more if not for the awful narration. Narrator kept trying to do cartoonish voices, accents, and sound effects for each and every character to enhance the experience which just distracted me from the story and was more annoying than suspenseful. Would rather be in the trench with meg and angel wearing a meat sweater than listen to this yahoo narrate another book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story! Poor listen.....

I was absolutely enthralled by Meg and decided to give the next book a listen. As a fisherman and very interested in gaining a divers license and I absolutely adore marine horror especially sharks. I love the story and the science and the tension. However I don't care for Bruce's narrative. He speaks clearly and does a great job voicing the different characters but reads very fast, taking from the intensity of the action. Sean Runnette's narration of Meg was inspirational to say the least, speaking slowly and with drama and intensity during the hight of every sequence of action. Bruce's narration is fast uninspired and rips away much of the heart pounding feeling that Sean Runnette so greatly brought to the first book.

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Damn

This one was even better than the first book. Jonas Taylor is one bad ass guy

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Better than the first!

Meg was very good. I'm not knocking that book. But the trench was even better. I plan on moving on in the series but I think I need a break from the deep water gore. Lol. But this book was So entertaining. Seamlessly interwoven plots. Excellent narration. Def worth a credit!

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Great story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Story is great, however the performance is somewhat lacking. The performer sounds rushed, not sure if its because of how it was recorded, but it almost sounds like the performer is rushing through the story. I had to slow the speed down to be able to listen. But the story itself is fantastic!!! I didn't want to stop listening to it!!!!

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

Jaws meets Jurassic Park

What three words best describe Bruce Reizen’s voice?

good, clear, fast