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This was a boring book filled with idiots doing things that didn't make sense. In addition to being idiots, the characters were totally uninteresting. I would not have cared if they all killed each other. Nothing about this was scary or even remotely entertaining. The narrator was mildly interesting, but only in the sense that his upbeat performance was totally incongruous with the supposed mood of the story.
There were multiple issues with logic in the way situations were presented. Characters would say things like, 'all evidence points to' such and such, when literally none of the evidence showed that. I question the reasoning skills of whomever decided to publish the book this way.
There are so many great books on Audible, but this is not one of them. I advise you to run away from this page right now and never return. Don't make the same mistake I did. Save yourself while you still can.
I know people acting dumb is a hallowed feature of most horror to the point that it's become a cliche (don't go into that dark basement) but surely there are limits and this book pushes most of them.
From the doctor who thinks dissecting a corpse infested with an unknown parasite in an essentially closed & vulnerable community (isolated Alaskan tower where residents mostly live indoors 24/7), to the Coast Guard leader who continues to search a government facility working on top secret weapons research even after discovering dozens of dead bodies, to the people who just stand and stare while the spiders take them over....well the author mentions that certain traits are desirable for the occupants living in this most isolated of Alaskan communities, i.e., wanting to live off the grid or escape a bad past but he forgets to mention the most important...that your shoe size should be higher than your I.Q.
Ok that's an exaggeration but I had to listen to the book in short intervals to work off my annoyance at the dumb things the characters were doing. If you can get past that, this book is not bad. The pacing is suspenseful, the s.p.i.d.a.r.s are interesting and, really, this is just the kind of techno-thriller book I like. I only wish the characters behaved a little less like lambs lining up for the slaughter and more like intelligent humans.
The narrator is competent but he has an oddly chipper delivery for this sort of book; more like what I'd expect in a children's story than a horror novel.
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