Creatures of the Pool

  • by Ramsey Campbell
  • Narrated by Andy Rowe
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A brilliant mixture of paranoia and Lovecraftian horror from one of today's most decorated and well-respected authors of horror/dark fantasy. When his father disappears, Gavin Meadows’ search uncovers a race of semi-human beings that have existed in—and under—the city for centuries.


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Customer Reviews

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Very Slow Going

Would you try another book from Ramsey Campbell and/or Andy Rowe?

Probably not

If you’ve listened to books by Ramsey Campbell before, how does this one compare?


What three words best describe Andy Rowe’s performance?

Frankly, a little grating. He has a rather annoying way of over-enunciating.

Was Creatures of the Pool worth the listening time?

No, it really wasn't. The premise was good. I liked the initial set up of the characters. But writer uses the very frustrating ploy of making the protagonist inexplicably oblivious to the very uncanny things he starts to see. And frankly, it's a narrative device I haven't got a lot of patience for.

I actually usually have no problem with a rich story that develops slowly. However, this didn't have enough substance to justify the 10 hours of listening. The plot moves at a glacial pace and there just isn't any excuse for it. Plus although he's a competent writer, it is not as if he's literary enough to engage you with the beauty of the language while he moves glacially through the plot.

It probably would have made a very good long short story or a novella.

Any additional comments?

I've noticed a lot of this particular problem recently. Either writers or editors or publishers who allow a small story to stretch out into a very long book.

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- Madeleine "Audiobook addict."

A Frustrating Experience

What would have made Creatures of the Pool better?

I think if there was more true fear and paranoia, and less daily irritation. The hero spends most of the novel being worked up and pissed off, and not enough being truly afraid.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ramsey Campbell again?

I'm not sure I'd like to visit his works again. If you've ever read the "How many male novelists does it take to change a light bulb?" series, he gives off a very strong vibe like that.

Which character – as performed by Andy Rowe – was your favorite?

I think he delivered the cruel police duo with a very vivid voicing and small-minded suspiciousness.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Really, frustration was the biggest reaction. I nearly got halfway through it, but I kept having to stop. There were hints of horror, but mostly it was a very well-crafted literary delve into the feeling of being at the DMV on a bad day.

Any additional comments?

The author can evoke some good images, but I think he hits the "water imagery" too heavily here.

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- Spencer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2011
  • Publisher: Audio Realms, Inc.