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?

n/a


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

What is it about?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Perhaps alternate reader.


What could Ramsey Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Could not make head or tail of this story - perhaps better character description.


What didn’t you like about Andy Rowe’s performance?

Could not understand a word - talks too fast. Accent is too broad for a universal audience.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Creatures of the Pool?

As the storyline remains a mystery - I have no idea.


Any additional comments?

Enough said.

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- alana

Book Details

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