Harrison Squared

  • by Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Harrison Harrison --H2 to his mom--is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison, along with his mother , has just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school.
On Harrison's first day at school, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea. Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones--fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources and an unusual host of allies to defeat the danger and find his mother.

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Awesome story and brilliant narration!

I loved this book when I read it in print and decided to give the audio version a go and I'm so glad I did. The narrator is excellent. Each of the characters has a distinct voice which he perfectly carries over. The drama, humour and darkness comes across brilliantly in his delivery and I'm definitely going to be looking for more books narrated by him.
The story itself is Lovecraftian YA with Harrison Harrison the main protagonist who has to deal with a creepy new school, a missing mother and a new - and unusual - friend; all while trying to figure out what the hell is going on and stay out of the water.
If you love Lovecraftian fiction with diverse characters in life and death situations and a good dose of humour that will make you grin with delight then I can recommend this book.
Give it a go (I'll be listening to it again.)
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- JillB

We Are All Completely Young

Whilst I vastly prefer the darker and more adult tone of Gregory's 'We Are All Completely Fine' - which deals with similar subject matter and shares a character or two - this is a fun listen and definitely worth checking out.

It's a shame that the current state of the publishing industry forces a massively talented writer like Gregory to try for a Young Adult hit series rather than letting him push the boundaries with more challenging work (like the aforementioned, and thoroughly brilliant, 'We Are All Completely Fine').

Having said that, the lighter YA format does allow him to display his considerable comedic talents and the ending packs one particular punch that is fully Lovecraftian and anything but lightweight.

Luke Daniels narration is superb. He brings each character to life with great individuality: his rendition of a loveable Deep One(!) named Lub, for example, frequently had me chortling in happy amazement. Great stuff.
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- DjanSeriy2020

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios