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Subterrestrial

By: Michael McBride
Narrated by: Joel Richards
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An accident during the construction of a tunnel beneath the Bering Strait leads to the discovery of a network of caverns and evidence that hints at the survival of a primitive human species. Led by DARPA technologist Reinhard Thyssen, a team of experts from around the globe is dispatched into the subterranean maze to discover all they can before the caves completely flood.

Something lurks in the darkness, though...a creature that has evolved into a predator unlike any the world has ever known, and it's up to the scientists to make sure that it never reaches the surface. If they can survive that long.

©2015 Michael McBride (P)2018 Tantor

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Like wading through molasses

Very poor copy of James Rollin's 'Ice Hunt'. Only half way through and struggling to 'manage' this book. Tedious technical detail and non-existent character development.
Lincoln &/or Child, Crichton and Rollins are 100% better authors for this genre.

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interesting premise, but annoying. "screeeeee"

Started string, but got muddy in the second act. It was challenging to recall who was who and where they were. The sound of the creatures was extremely annoying as well.

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Too Bad....

Very good location description. Great research...But goes on and on and timeliness of the story...especially at the end.
Sound effects on creature speak...ugh! jp

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I buy a lot of audio books. this book was boring and the narration and sound effects were terrible. they put me to sleep. they never held my enterests.

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There’s a good story in here...somewhere

This is my second McBride book I’ve listened to (go listen to Snowblind. You’ll thank me later). The story was not totally bereft of merit, but it has several factors that really weigh it down. First of all, it was really too long. It just kept dragging on, and on, and on,...and on. This exacerbated the next problem, which was that most of the environments were very hard to picture. Cave after cave, cavern after cavern, it just become very dull and boring. Some scenes in the middle when the scenery shifts (you’ll know it when you get to it) we’re interesting, then it was back to underwater caves. The narrator was also not top notch, and had the most monotone performance (that and when he did one of the creature vocalizations, nails on a chalkboard). The book also writes a check about the creatures that it doesn’t ever cash (billed as evolutionary something never seen before, and you have most definitely seen it before.) The book would be a decent reimagining of a certain Jules Verne novel if it had a good editor.

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Great Story!

I've struggled to find great creature features that weren't horror. This does it! The narrator is good, but I prefer a little more emotion.

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Super suspish end

I have not had this much edge of my seat, nail biting suspense in a very long time. Got me hooked at the beginning and hauled me all the way to the end wanting more. Most excellent!

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It kind of drug out

The story was good, but the people trying to escape part was WAY too long. I was never able to picture the described surroundings as they were trying to get away, and there were a lot too many “Screee”s and chuffing sounds. The end was good though, when it finally came.

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Gripping story line!

This is very interesting and would make an excellent movie. Similar plot to previous books.

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The Definition of "Unmemorable"

As with all of McBride's work that I have seen thus far, this book was a legitimate struggle to pay any attention to whatsoever. I realized at about the 75% mark that I hadn't taken in any of the story, and had actively been tuning out a narration for which I had actually paid money. This is immensely disappointing, as the concept is interesting enough and holds serious promise as a creature feature sci-fi work, and there's enough realism behind it all to make a halfway decent hard sci-fi work... unfortunately, its author and narrator have not done the premise any justice. A distinct lack of exposition or back story leaves a headlong tumble through a clumsy plot that contains too little human element to garner any attachment to the flat and underdeveloped characters, of whom many are introduced and then killed off so quickly that I find myself wondering why they were named and introduced to begin with, other than to muddle the story and leave me struggling to keep the characters straight in my head.
I will say, however, in all fairness, that when McBride gets things right, he does them very, very well, and that if these were vetted by a more competent editor who could guide him toward pacing and character development worth experiencing more often, then his work would be legitimately excellent. As is, I'm given the impression of an essay that has been turned in by a brilliant student who's poor time management has forced them to phone in most of their assignment, resulting in something that just isn't as good as I know it can be and leaves me feeling disappointed.