The Hatching

  • by Ezekiel Boone
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over 1,000 years and now on the march.
Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India, earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government "accidentally" drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, DC, laboratory. Something wants out.
The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.


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I enjoyed the book - narration was great, the characters were fairly interesting and the premise was fine and made believable. But this is just the first part of a full novel: at the "end" the characters had not grown,the threat hadn't been beaten (or not beaten), and honestly the characters had done nothing but stand around and watch stuff happen. The whole book was simply "Act I" of a monster story.

I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the characters and what the next step in the monsters' evolution is... but this isn't the first book of a trilogy, it's the first third of a book. And since the last parts haven't been written yet, I wish I had known that going in.

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- Patrick Marstall

great fun and not terribly traumatizing.

If you've read the blurb for the The Hatching you'll know that this an apocalyptic disaster story about carnivorous spiders invading the world. I'm terrified of spiders, but I really enjoyed this book. There are some pretty yucky scenes that made my flesh crawl, but overall this was just great fun and not terribly traumatizing.

There is a large cast of characters in various settings around the globe from China, India, South America to Scotland and the US. I thought it was great that Ezekiel Boone stayed away from the usual stereotypes. Instead, there are female scientists and soldiers, gay survivalists, and the president of the US is a woman. If I had read other reviews before starting this, I would have realized this is the first book in a series. As it was, I was a bit shocked by the ending. It just ended. Very abruptly. As this was pretty entertaining, though, I'm quite happy to wait for the next installment to discover the fate of the remaining characters. The Hatching reminded me a lot of classic horror/sci-fi stories. This would be awesome on the big screen. As the focus is firmly on the action, there is little in the way of character development or profound prose. But I think it delivers what it sets out to do. It's an entertaining action story that doesn't require any deep thoughts.

The narration was pretty good. Considering the sheer amount of characters and the varied nationalities George Newbern had to portray, he did a fine job. His Scottish accents weren't very convincing, but he was excellent portraying all the different female voices. Not one of them ended up sounding squeaky. There were no issues with the quality of the production.

I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys end-of-the-world disaster stories with a good range of likable characters.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio