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The good: 1950s style giant insect menaces small town. The bad: abrupt ending. The ugly: super awful narration. Seriously, just listen to the sample. Especially the voices. Like a mangled accident scene you can't tear your ears from. The narrative was overly dramatic and uneven and the voices...the town seemed to consist of people with random heavy New England accents, southern California valley girls and Fog-horn Leghorns. The adult female voices were either cutesy two year olds or whiskey soaked octogenarians. Nothing in between. Nothing even close to what they should have sounded like. I cannot recommend this audiobook unless you are looking for a primer on how NOT to narrate a book. Or you need a laugh. Get the print version instead.
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The story is an excellent homage to 1950s era Giant Spider movies. A biotech company is apparently producing weapons grade spiders which escape their compound. As an aficionado of the genre, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It has it all; enterprising teenagers, bumbling cops, stuffy parents and lots & lots of creatures and gore.
The narration on the other hand is horrible. The narrator has adopted what I imagine to be an attempt at a 'Perils of Pauline' over-the-top dramatic style with accents on odd words and a sibilant, hissing style of speaking. It is incredibly annoying.
The only reason I gave the narration two stars instead of one is because I've heard that it's usually/often the production staff who make narrators use these absurd accents. If this is the case, it isn't the narrator's fault but the production staff should be ashamed of themselves (in my opinion).
Overall, a great story if you like this genre and can overlook the narration.