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  • From Below

  • By: Darcy Coates
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

No light. No air. No escape.

Hundreds of feet beneath the ocean's surface, a graveyard waits....

Years ago, the SS Arcadia vanished without a trace during a routine voyage. Though a strange, garbled emergency message was broadcast, neither the ship nor any of its crew could be found. Sixty years later, its wreck has finally been discovered more than 300 miles from its intended course...a silent graveyard deep beneath the ocean's surface, eagerly waiting for the first sign of life.

Cove and her dive team have been granted permission to explore the Arcadia's rusting hull. Their purpose is straightforward: examine the wreck, film everything, and, if possible, uncover how and why the supposedly unsinkable ship vanished.

But the Arcadia has not yet had its fill of death, and something dark and hungry watches from below. With limited oxygen and the ship slowly closing in around them, Cove and her team will have to fight their way free of the unspeakable horror now desperate to claim them.

©2022 Darcy Coates (P)2022 Darcy Coates

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eery

I was unsure about this but seeing as I've enjoyed Darcy's other stories I thought I'd plunge. I'm glad I did, it's so eery and brilliant

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Fantastically Chilling

This is most definitely my favourite Darcy Cotes Novel so far (and I have read all).
Makes you feel you are submerged along with the crew.
Brilliantly narrated.
highly recommend

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  • SCIFILVR
  • 17-07-22

Best Darcy Coates?

I have listened to a number of Darcy Coates books and this is definitely the best so far IMO. Very creepy and disturbing.

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  • Nemo
  • 14-07-22

Very Disappointing

I have every Darcy Coates audiobook. The moment one pops up, I get it, so I was delighted when this standalone title showed up.

Unfortunately, I just cannot get past the narration. It is boring and melodramatic all at the same time, which sounds impossible, but there it is. Abby Craden could be great for some titles, but IMO, this isn't one of them.

I'd rather not rate the story because I've only managed the first couple of chapters, but you don't get a choice, hence the two stars.

This is my first big disappointment from Darcy Coates. I hope she doesn't intend to use the same narrator for upcoming books.

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  • Matthew
  • 07-08-22

Not my favorite

This was definitely not my favorite work by Darcy Coates. I’m not sure why, but I kept feeling bored and didn’t feel like there was enough suspense.

It also sounded to me like the narrator was pronouncing some words that end with an “s” sound as a “th.” I found it to be very distracting.

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  • J. Kennelly
  • 03-08-22

I wanted to like it . . . .

I found the story and presentation boring and storyline slow…
I was falling asleep . . . Oops.

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  • Sydney Mapp
  • 30-07-22

Coates' writing is scarier than King

In the beginning of the book the writing is scarier than things I have read from Stephen King, who is one of my favorite authors. She is either an experienced cave diver or is dedicated to researching and writing what she has learned. I only give the story 4 stars because there are a few elements that were either too drawn out or have too many open questions. this was my first Darcy Coates book and I just downloaded another!

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  • Corrienary
  • 27-09-22

Worth the Credit!!

Loved this book. It was creepy, well-paced, and had good narration. Great for Titanic buffs.

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  • DiannaLynn
  • 21-09-22

Big fan

I love Darcy Coats. It was entertaining but not my favorite. I felt the middle chapters dragged a bit and the narrator wasn’t my speed.

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  • Casandra File
  • 14-09-22

Truly claustrophobic and eerie

The story and atmosphere were eerie and at times terrifying! I couldn't stop listening. I listen mostly during my commutes and let me tell you, driving alone and in the dark while having this play was truly terrifying. the only knock I would give is that the story does tend to lean more action heavy towards the end and turns more into a thriller. There are a few deus ex machinas that are a little too convenient but I'm a sucker for a happy ending so I didn't mind too much.

Overall, if you like the author's other works but wish she dialed up the scary a bit more, this is the book for you!

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  • Jesica Backal
  • 14-09-22

waaaaay too long and repetative

cut the middle 20 chapters and it would be a solid novel. Narrator is hit and miss, too plaintive and whiny. is vocal fry the only trick female narrators have for male voices? ugh!

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  • MJ
  • 12-09-22

Fun story - performance was painful

I think the story could have been more interesting if the performer wasn't trying to make different voices for each character - it became distracting and I skipped parts where specific character voices were being employed. If Darcy Coates asked the performer for different voices for each of the characters, then shame on Darcy Coates - if it was Abby Craden's idea - well shame on her.

The story has several very slow parts, I would start with the beginning and then the last third. The descriptions in the last third were overly drawn out and became boring. I skipped parts where the description didn't add anything more to the story than time (pages).

I was disappointed in the lack of story development about the strangeness -and what should have been normal conversations between characters. It would have built the tension I think.