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River of Teeth

River of Teeth Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Series: River of Teeth, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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In the early 20th century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: They are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

©2017 Sarah Gailey (P)2017 Tantor

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Not bad...

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I like my books trashy and fun with just a wisp of gravitas, but this one was missing that all-important wisp. A hit and a near-miss.

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  • D. Daly
  • 30-11-2017

Demented fun

This was a fun, strange, and engrossing story about a different type of caper. Um, I mean "operation."

I was almost immediately drawn into the alternate history author Sarah Gailey created in River of Teeth. The characters are well rounded and interesting, even the hippos. If I had to choose a favorite character though, I would choose Archie. I would love to either be her, or have her on my side. Hero is a close second, but each of the crew, even Neville, made me smile at times.

Peter Berkrot did an excellent job narrating this story.

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  • John
  • 08-03-2019

Disappointment

Story premise has a great subject. I considered this a good bet but was concerned that the story was on 4 hours. Once I started listening I found the narrator to be shallow and southern accents were offensive. In spite of the narrator the story proved to be more make believe situations than what would be expected. My only comment to this is that a hippopotamus is a vegetarian and attaches mainly for protection of its area or herd. The actual riding of a hippo was ok except for the reality of the hippo having to continuously submerge in water to prevent dehydration. I felt this situation was poorly explained and poorly described.

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  • Emily
  • 25-06-2018

Best audiobook ever.

This is the best audiobook/performance I've ever listened to. Buy it. Do it now. Love your best life.

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  • L
  • 02-05-2018

Fantastic & Fun!

A great opening to this rip-roaring story, with adventure, betrayal and extremely compelling characters! Berkrot really brings them to life too, with his mix of accents and voices. The premise is top notch, and the story delivers.