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Creatures of the Abyss

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Orejas de ellos, the things who listen, whispered the superstitious fishermen when the strange occurrences began off the Philippine coast. How else could you explain the sudden disappearance of a vessel beneath a mysterious curtain of foam? The writhings of thousands of maddened fish trapped in a coffin-like area of ocean? An alien intelligence gorged at the bottom of the ...more
Published June 11th 2013 by LibriVox (first published 1961)
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Julie Davis
Jun 18, 2013 Julie Davis rated it liked it
I listened to the LibriVox free audio version, narrated by the wonderful Mark Douglas Nelson.

Radar expert and electronic engineer Terry Holt has been recruited by a scientific expedition in the Phillipines to make underwater listening devices. They won't tell him what his inventions are meant to investigate. And that makes him mad.

He has some ideas though. Orejas de ellos, the things who listen, have been the explanation by fishermen about strange catches of fish. Are they real or just superstit
Manuel Alfonseca
Dec 06, 2015 Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it
Interesting sci-fi novel that reminds the structure of a mystery novel, as the protagonist finds himself in the middle of a set of puzzles and enigmas, is bothered because those around him do not give him information, and he has to discover the facts by himself. Finally he comes to the conclusion that the reason why they looked mysterious was because they did not have an answer to the problem and did not trust their own ideas about the solution.
The novel contains outdated scientific material, su
Nov 14, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it
I read the paperback version of this novel a million years ago and didn't have much memory of it other than thinking it was pretty good. Leinster was one of my favorites when I was young, especially his Med Service stories and the Joe Kenmore trilogy. I have just finished listening to the Librivox audio version, which is a very capably and professionally performed reading. It's an undersea adventure, Pacific Rim without the kaiju and robots if you will, very entertaining and a lot of fun.
Electronics expert Terry Holt needs to vacate Manilla while some furore between fishing boat crews dies down so when he gets an offer to spend some paid time on a swanky sailing vessel building some experimental gear he almost jumps at the chance. Almost - because they won't tell him what they're doing or what the kit is for and he's not very happy about that. All he's told is that something mysterious is happening in the Luzon Deep and it's connected to the fishing boat situation.

This is an old
Ralph McEwen
Aug 10, 2013 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well done story. There are a couple of dated references to equipment used but the tale has held up very well over time. The character are believable and their interactions are smooth. The plot has a more plausibility to it then many other science ficton I have read. Mark Nelson's narration as always is professional and easy to listen to.
Dianne Owens
Jul 10, 2013 Dianne Owens rated it really liked it
I haven't listened to a lot of older science fiction stories, but when I noticed that audiobook reader Mark Nelson (a personal favorite reader) had read this story, I decided to spend a few minutes listening to his librivox reading at, my interest was perked by those first few minutes of conversation between Terry and Deirdre in their first meeting.
After being left holding the bag after his business partner leaves him to deal with the knock-on affect of fitting some new technolo
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This reminds me of John Wyndham's novel, The Kraken Wakes, also titled Out of the Deeps. I've noticed a difference between European and American SF: In the American stories, the humans usually win. More optimistic, or less realistic?
Nov 04, 2015 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quest
First off all, the Librivox narration was done absolutely perfectly. The narrator there did a better job than most audible and tantor narrators. I was super happy to listen to him tell me this story.

The story had this. It also had mind controlling aliens from both Venus and Jupiter to order the giant squid around. You didn't get to meet the aliens though. :(

Overall, it was a damn fine little sci-fi/naval story that I enjoyed listening to.
Feb 21, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1989 grade B

Jay Dee
Nov 28, 2013 Jay Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
Awesome read! Adventure in the most classic sense!

The author does not go beyond his scope. Sometimes the expatiation of simple sciences irked me, but overall, it was done very nicely. It has a kind of old-school quaintness, simple narrative (choppy at times but generally pleasing), and explosive adventure that makes it refreshing and rewarding.

Bombing giant-ass squids and seething swathes of sea full of scintillating sea creatures and froth... scenes that wouldn't be easy to forget.
May 09, 2014 Mitchell rated it liked it
Good old vacuum-tube and slide-rule SF.
This was badass!!!
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William Fitzgerald Jenkins

Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 in Norfolk, Virginia- June 8, 1975) was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays.

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