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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.

7 of 7 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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
  • 03-30-17

Abysmally Bad Writing But Great Fun!

Alten's 2nd in his Meg (short for Megalodon) series is peopled by some of the most obviously bad and over the top villains and way too many naive, gullible and down-right stupid good guys. However, it also has a 60 foot long, prehistoric shark that likes to munch on little kids, grannies, housewives and, hopefully, by novel's end, the nefarious baddies.

I have to confess, I'm rooting for the shark in this one

One other thing - there are other prehistoric monsters down at the bottom of "The Trench," called Kronosaurs, that also like to snack on humans - yum!

4 of 4 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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85% Speed

I would suggest that you listen to this book at 85% speed the reader talk's way to fast it kinda takes you out of the moment but if you slow it down it makes it better. But that's just my opinion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story, narrator of first book was better

I preferred the narrator of the first book, the meg, this reader seemed to be talking to fast. after allowing down the speed it sounded better. everything considered it was a great story that left you wondering till the end if it would be a happy ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • ROANOKE, VA, United States
  • 05-30-18

Narration speed fast

For some reason the narration speed was really fast and I had to slow it down but other than that, book was great.

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.

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