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Outback Bites

By: Kent Hill
Narrated by: Tom Edwards
Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Things that bite are pretty common in the land down under. A predator could be lurking behind every tree, inside every shadow. It is, however, a horrible new menace that threatens the serenity of the vast, sunburnt country: washed inland on a wave of toxic waste, mixed with great white sharks and sleazy topless waitresses. The outback is dry and boring at the best of times...but now, it really bites! 

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Not for me.

I had no clue what to expect when I went into this but what I got was something...... odd. I just couldn't get into this at all and wanted to put it aside, but I kept going, and while I did finish it, it was a slog to get through.

I don'y know if the narrator, Tom Edwards, is Australian or not, but he sounded like he wasn't and was putting on the accent. It was tough to listen to and I didn't enjoy it.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear

And it shows them pearly whites, Ya know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe, Scarlet billows start to spread . . . .Traveling in a fried-out combie On a hippie trail, head full of zombieI met a strange lady, she made me nervous She took me in and ate me for breakfast!

Bloody Sheila's running around biting . . . .Sorry, spoilers. Can't tell you too much or I'd ruin all the fun. Wouldn't want that would you. This is where I unveil my love of B-movies to you, because I love cheesy over the top craziness filling my screen on a Saturday afternoon, so I am in heaven when I get it in the form of an audiobook, too. There have been some great B-movie styled books that I would put this beside Zombie Bigfoot and Sharkrantula to name a couple, but Hill just nails that genre so well (See Hercules with a Shotgun for an example). Plus he seems to love sharks, since his other book, the Aforementioned Hercules with a Shotgun also fights Shark monsters.

The take here is kind of like Jaws meets Humanoids from the Deep, and let's face it, Jaws only escaped being a B-monie by the luck of the box office gods. Hill takes us down under, or down undah as they pronounce it, and serves up a bloody and chummy vegemite sandwich. Toxic sludge, nekkid ladies, and great whites combine *ahem* to make for a brutally funny and amazing story. Hill never lets me down as a listener of Audio, his visual depictions are spot on!

Edward's narration wasn't bad, and the accent was decent. I honestly don't know if he was doing an accent or if he is Austrailian, but that is because I don't have an ear for that style except from shows like that Good Place and movies like Crocodile Dundee. The accent isn't the issue, his voice is a little weaker than I'd have liked for the story. Other than that he does a fine job reading and portraying the events in the tale, so I only bumped him one star for his part. Just not manly enough for a bloke fighting fanged terrors.

SO, Hill has struck again, this time with a bloody maw and megaladon sized story set in the deadliest land in the world. The toughest survivalist, i.e. people who make Bear Gryllis look like a three day contestant on the show Survivor, take on the deadliest predators on land or sea. Sheila's with no tops. Like I said, he pulls out all the stops. Get it now. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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Awesome!

I loved the concept of the Shark Sheila’s! The actual build up of the story took a bit longer than I prefer in a story but once the climax of the story hit, the book was freakin amazing! Everything I could ever want in a shark story. Tom Edwards did a great job keeping me engrossed in the story. Overall a shark lovers dream story!

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Sharks down under

I loved the accent of the narrator. He did a great job with sounding Australian! Jaws meets Crocodile Dundee? Very good story!!

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NOT what I had expected...

You gotta love the accent! True, at first, if unaccustomed to Aussie-talk, you’ll need to get used to it. But it sounds great and the accent accentuates the humor. Having said that, the story itself is not what I expected. To be honest, I don’t know what I expected, a traditional shark thrill perhaps...? However, this story is far more surreal – so be prepared for Outback Aussie guys at large, sharknado blowing around you and Shark Sheilas (but I’ll say no more – no spoilers!).
All in all – a surprise.

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  • Jeff
  • 10-09-18

sharks, strippers and beer

Take sharks, strippers and beer and you have great movie night with the lads add a smattering of Kent Hill and then you get absolute what just happened this is a must read. but those who have loved and lost or kicked to the kerb maybe better avoid.