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Slimer

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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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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  • Michelle
  • Grapeland, TX, United States
  • 05-03-19

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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Slimer

If you enjoy cheesy B horror movies, you should enjoy this book. Three couples find themselves stranded at sea after the yacht they are using to smuggle drugs sinks. When they come upon an oil rig, they think their troubles are over. Unfortunately, their troubles have just begun.

You have the typical characters in these six: the leader/hero and his girlfriend, the sniveling drug addict and his eco-hippie girlfriend, and the jerk and his girlfriend. This group does all of the things that every horror movie fan knows NOT to do (of course) and the book reads almost like a screenplay. From the beginning, I was reminded of "The Thing" and "Alien", which were both super scary movies in their own right.

The creature that is aboard the rig has been created by an evil corporation and a bunch of scientists that think they can control nature (of course), but nobody expected it to become the ultimate killing machine. Why is this not a surprise? The author does a good job with building up the tension and scares throughout the book and it really held my attention.

My main complaint about this book is the overuse of sexual innuendo and rape; I felt that it was a little overdone and really didn't add anything to the book except to make the reader especially hate one character. It seems like the author decided to add in the sex scenes/violence to give a certain group a thrill.

This book is more than just a horror story, though, with descriptions of heroin addiction and the lengths that a person will go to in order to get their next fix. It almost feels like the book was written to show just how horrific that addiction can be by using the creature and its reign of terror in a metaphor of addiction.

The narrator, Hannibal Hills, does a great job for the most part, but some of his "American" voices were a little grating. Otherwise, his pacing and voices were just right to keep building the tension of the story. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this book by the narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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A Great Horror Book

I loved this it reminds me of Stephen King novels. Old school horror vibes. I adored the narration Hanniball kicked it again

I would recommend this

I received a review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left a honest review.

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 05-28-19

Old School Horror Fun

Really enjoyable old school horror listen about people (a good mix that'd make sense in a movie as well as a book from semi-innocent to psychopathic) who are rescued from the proverbial frying pan by jumping into the fire. Only in this case the frying pan is a lifeboat/dingy and the fire is an abandoned? oil platform in the freezing north sea. There they'll fight for their lives against an unusual and interesting 'antagonist' for a horror novel. It's claustrophobic and the setting is dreary but it's also frenetic and fun with it's share of kills and black humor.

The narrator was a great match for this style of story and brought it to life in a great way.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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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.