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Slimer

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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When a yacht being used to smuggle drugs sinks, the six smugglers must seek refuge the only place they can - an abandoned oil rig in the middle of the sea.

But there's something strange about this oil rig. For one thing, it looks more like a scientific research facility. And for another, there are no people - only piles of clothes with no bodies in them.

It soon becomes clear that something is loose on the rig. Something deadly. It's stalking them, one by one, but it's not just a horrible death they have to fear - it's what comes after....

The basis for the cult film Proteus, Harry Adam Knight's first novel, Slimer (1983), is a wild thrill ride that mixes creature feature horror, fast-paced action, and a dose of black humor.

©1983 Harry Adam Knight (P)2019 Valancourt Books LLC

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the thing

this book reminded me of john carpenters 'the thing'. the setting is on an abandoned oil rig in the north sea

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Classic 80's Horror

This story has all the hallmarks of 80’s horror. Gratuitous violence, sex, drugs, and gory monsters created by science. Definitely has a The Thing From Another World and somewhat of a Invasion of The Body Snatchers feel. For fans of this genre, this is a perfect B grade 80’s horror story that will keep you listening with a huge grin the entire time.

The plot isn’t anything too unique and does seem to borrow quite heavily from The Thing From Another World, AKA The Thing. Even has flame throwers and character impersonation. This doesn’t have the dogs though, since it is on an oil rig it is a shark. Comparisons aside, It is a lot of fun and is intense all the way to the end. It is a fairly short listen, so we are dropped into the life raft and it is all oars in the water at ramming speed.This is a graphic story, so you will need to put your big boy pants on as there are scenes that are a bit disturbing, but it wouldn’t be 80’s horror without them.

The six main characters are totally forgettable, save one. You have the typical 80’s crew complete with a junkie and a sex crazed psychopath. I enjoyed each of them, although I really didn’t like any of them as a person. Alex was a great character in that he was the perfect bad guy in a group of fairly innocuous people. He is an awful person, but I loved hearing how crazy he could get and wondering what nefarious act he would do next.

As always, Hannibal Hills does an impeccable job of narrating the story. You can hear the energy he puts into each character’s voice and his performance is first class. His voice definitely lends to the feeling of being alone and scared on an empty oil rig in the middle of nowhere. Now I’m off to go watch Proteus.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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The Thing...

On an oil rig! Seriously, it's pretty much the same concept. Like... exactly. But that didn't stop me from loving every single second of 'Slimer!' If you enjoy an action/adventure/body horror then this is right up your ally. I would listen to Hannibal Hills narrate the encyclopedia so... yeah this is pretty much a winner of a book. I'd recommend it to anyone at all who enjoys horror content!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TU
  • 06-11-19

LOVED IT!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was just plain fantastic 80's horror goodness. It is wonderfully narrated and lots of creepy imagery. I highly recommend to any horror fan!

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great story

I really enjoyed the time the author took introducing the characters. I had tons of fun listening to this story. The narration as well as the writing was top notch. I'll definitely be looking for more from both the author and narrator. Beware abandoned* oil rigs. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Old School Horror

This put me in mind of the horror I grew up with, The Thing, The Fog, The Shining, etc. It was slow at first, but when the action picked up, there were enough creepy twists to keep any classic horror fan riveted. Even the ending was both satisfying and as leading as I hoped.

The narration was excellent, clear and easy to understand at all times.

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80's Horror

I love 80’s horror and as listening realized I had read the book long time ago. Did enjoy the characters of Mark, Alex, Paul, Chris, Linda, Rochelle, and Shelley. It is about friend on a drug run on yacht when they get ship wrecked and try to get to land in a dingy when they come across an oil rig and meet up with Charlie a mutated shark with slimy tentacles that the scientists created. Amazing heroin may save the world as it kills people you have to listen to see who survives and if creature continues, the narration was good female voices a little funny. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Like Poorly-written Fanfiction

I was referred to the book from a reddit horror novel thread and would strongly recommend you stay away from this novel:

1. The settings is fantastic. A group of friends stranded on a derelict oil platform with a shapeshifting creature. Great setup but the characters are essentially 2D cutouts from a standard horror movie. There's no character development and you know from the get-go who's going to get their comeuppance and who's going to die.

2. There are multiple moments where the story reads like a poorly written RPG. In one instance, they come across a confused scientist in a lab. Instead of interrogating him, our protagonists lets the scientist lock himself in a small room and refuse to answer any questions. They let him stay there and go back to sleep- on an abandoned oil platform where there's been signs of brutal deaths. How does this make any sense?

3. The narration is absolutely horrendous. The narrator's voice becomes high and screechy whenever he is speaking from a female perspective.

Overall, I strongly encourage you to avoid this book.

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Loved it

Another 80s classic brought to life
Isolating creature feature that holds up very well
Excellent narration from Hannibal once again
Highly recommended especially if you enjoy B style horror
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Fast, Fun, and Shameless

I wish there were more books like this. It's a rollercoaster without the long slow trip up to the top at the beginning. You're plopped directly into a creature feature with a little sex, a lot of mystery and a ton of action. Think: Michael Crichton without the boring pseudoscience. Just good unapologetic 1980's horror fun.

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  • Deedra
  • 07-07-19

Slimer

Stranded in the high seas,a group of young people take refuge on an oil rig.NOT a great decision! This was good,like a B movie.You know what is coming,but still cringe. Excellent narration by Hannibal Hills brings it up a notch. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Taylor
  • 05-08-19

Modern Horror with a classic feel

This was a nice short horror in the style of John Carpenter's The Thing but set in a more modern time. It also reminded me of Helix TV show first season. I had the classic horror elements of feeling trapped in a closed environment with not knowing what is happening. The characters felt quite real as there was one that the author made quite a awful person. There were quite bit of sci-fi aspect but without being bogged down by science jargon.

The narrator gave was good giving all characters distinct voices so it was easy to recognise who was talking. The pacing was good for both the book and the reading speed and appropriate emotion was given in the performance.

The book was a little short but if that's because I was wanting more.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Raven
  • 05-05-19

Horror on an oil rig

When some friend find themselves cast adrift after their yacht sinks, they think they are saved when an oil rig comes into view. As you can guess, things don't go according to plan. There is quite a bit of violence and sexual content in this horror story and for me most of the characters were unlikeable. I still enjoyed the plot though with its twists and turns. It did remind me of "The Thing", so if you like that kind of story then this one might be for you. I thought the narrator did a good job of both the reading and the production.