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review 2019-05-18 19:15
Trench by Steve Alten
The Trench - Steve Alten,Bruce Reizen

 

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

 

This is book 2 in the Meg series. It was very similar to the first book. Not a bad killer shark story but I still had issues with the way the author characterized the women in the book.

 

I won't be continuing the series. 

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review 2019-05-09 03:56
The Meg
Meg (MEG #1) - Keith Szarabajka,Steve Alten

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

 

From the moment the early morning fog had begun to lift, they sensed they were being watched.

- first sentence

 

Not a bad killer beastie story. The Megalodon is scary and the way she escapes from the deep ocean is close enough to believable that we can suspend our disbelief. Mayhem ensues as humans attempt to capture/kill the shark. Oh, and the shark is pregnant, so a built-in sequel, no matter what happens to the main shark.

 

My main problems with this story are with the main character and with the author's apparent attitude towards women. Jonas is not likable at all. And the way the author describes and talks about women made me think the book was written in the 70's. It's absolutely cringe-worthy. The sexist language and attitude of the male characters are unbelievable. It was hard to listen to at times. Also, the repeated use of the words, "Ampullae of Lorenzini" was irritating as hell. Okay already, we know what they are and how the shark uses them. You don't have to refer to them by name in every other sentence.

 

Overall, the book wasn't bad, but I recommend seeing the movie instead. They eliminated the character of Jonas' wife completely and the cringe-worthy sexist bullshit was gone. And the women characters were more than just sex objects.

 

I'm using this book towards by HA A to Z challenge over on Goodreads.

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review 2019-03-30 01:35
Fathomless - audiobook
Fathomless - Greig Beck,Sean Mangan

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

CARCHARODON MEGALODON
The largest and most fearsome predator to have ever existed on our planet. Rumors of its existence in our modern oceans have persisted for centuries. Now, in a new adventure, the rumors explode into brutal and terrifying reality.

 

I enjoyed this one. Cate and her fellow scientists, along with a Russian billionaire, and two crew explore an undiscovered cave, hoping to find a new species. They are underground in a small submarine and are attacked by a giant shark - Carcharodon megalodon. Believe it or not, after that, things get worse. Will they manage to escape the underground nightmare, and is the Carcharodon megalodon truly contained in that cave?

 

It took nearly 50% of the book for the action to get started, but once it did, I couldn't stop listening. The claustrophobic feeling of the sub is magnified by the atmosphere of the underground cave and the fact that we know there is a traitor on board. And what's not to love about a giant killer shark. :)

 

A couple of things bothered me about this book. First, the author used the word "leant" and people seemed to be leaning a lot. Second, we saw through the shark's pov, but only for a short time in the middle of the book, and then never again. Lastly, I was bothered that this giant shark that could easily eat half a whale with one bite would ever bother eating humans. It seems as if a person would be like a crumb compared with the whale. Why would a shark that size chase and eat a bunch of people, when it could easily kill something larger and be satisfied for a week or more?

 

Anyway, a fun giant killer shark story. Now I have to get around to reading Meg.

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text 2019-03-14 03:33
Reading progress update: I've listened 660 out of 901 minutes.
Fathomless - Greig Beck,Sean Mangan

 

I'm really enjoying this book, but there is one thing that is driving me crazy:

 

Every time I hear the narrator say the word "leant" instead of "leaned." I get that this is the word the author used, but I just don't understand why. I'm not sure if the word is used more often than usual in this book or if I'm just attuned to it. But every time I hear it, I just cringe (and think "leaned" in my head). It was driving me so nuts that I looked online to see if there is a reason to use "leant" instead of "leaned." There isn't. "Leant" is an older form of the word "leaned" and isn't used much in modern language. Modern grammar rules say either word works, but "leaned" is the more appropriate choice unless the book is a period piece and the author is trying to match the language with the time period.

 

So, I ask you Mr. Beck, "WHY???" 

 

The book takes place in modern times - there is no reason to use the word "leant." At least if I was reading instead of listening, I could change the word in my head.

 

Oh, and just now, he used the word leaned - why the change?? I was hoping it would continue for the rest of the book, but it seems like it was a one-time thing. :(

 

Btw, even spell check hates that word, it keeps asking me to correct it to leaned. *rolls eyes*

 

Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant. 

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review 2019-03-09 03:39
The Running Man - audiobook
The Running Man - Stephen King,Richard Bachman,Kevin Kenerly

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

She was squinting at the thermometer in the white light coming through the window.

- first sentence

 

I am a huge Stephen King fan since I was a teenager but it has been a while since I read some of his books. Lately, I started listening to the audio versions of his older books and it is quite fun to revisit them in a different format.

 

First, I have to say that if you are listening to the audio, and haven't read the book before, skip the author's note. It's not part of the story, and you can listen to it at the end. Otherwise, you will hear a spoiler that reveals the end of the story. :(

 

I enjoyed listening to this and am going to watch the movie this weekend just for fun and to see the differences. I do know that Ben Richards (in the book) is not built like Schwarzenegger. Most times, it's listening to his gut, his brains, or just plain luck that keeps him alive.

 

 

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