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Into the Drowning Deep
- By: Mira Grant
- Narrated by: Christine Lakin
- Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Great b shock horror fun. But that ending....
- By Anonymous User on 16-02-2021
Dread-filled ocean romp
Great narrator and decent overall story/characters. Lots of tense moments and build-up before the violence begins, but I was disappointed that all of the main characters had indestructible plot armour. There were multiple times where at least one of them should have died, but instead the dying is left mostly to faceless unimportant people that we have never met before in the story or spent any time with.
Aside from that, there were a few moments throughout the book that probably could have had a second look by an editor. There was one time where a character was talking about wanting to ask out another character, which is fine, but it was straight after someone was literally eaten alive in front of them. Like, I don't know, I feel like they probably should have been more concerned about that rather than immediately relaxing after seeing it and going to gossip with a friend. If the gossip scene had been moved to just before the aforementioned brutal death, it would have worked totally fine.
There was also a weird mistake where a character realises that the sounds she's hearing are whale calls, and this is very important for the plot. Then, in the very next chapter the exact same sounds are called engine noises instead and whale calls are never once mentioned.
Other than some mild issues, this book was an enjoyable listen from beginning to end.
Ruin and Rising
- By: Leigh Bardugo
- Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
- Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
A stunning end
- By Kate on 27-02-2021
Fun but flawed trilogy
The narrator was absolutely amazing like she always is, but such a disappointing Deus ex machina ending! All the problems are solved and death doesn't matter!
I think the author struggles with endings. Similar to the previous book, everything happens all at once and then is wrapped up very quickly within the last two chapters.