• The Breach

  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (414 ratings)

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About the Performer

Marc Vietor is a writer, director and voice actor who has narrated many audiobooks, including the Audie nominated 1Q84, the Audie winning Dracula, The Deptford Trilogy, The Listener, The Mayor of Castro Street, Lucifer’s Hammer and Hyperion. He’s also the recipient of five Earphone Awards, the most recent of which was for the Audible original, Second Hand Curses.

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Don’t waste your time

What the hell was this book even about?
The narrator pushed me over the deep end. Seriously, don’t waste your time!

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Insectile Ooze

A Nick Cutter novel couldn't have come at a better time. He is definitely one of my all-time favorite horror writers. Once again Nick delivers up a twisted and imaginative concept oozing with deformities and larval insects.

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Yes.

Great literature? No. Great horror? Most definitely. I had to, at various times, turn on the lights, stop eating, or just straight up stop the book. This is modern cosmic horror at its finest. Lovecraft would have approved.

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Good premise, but meh.

I really wanted to like this book. It started well, and teased great things but ultimately did not deliver. Fewer detailed descriptions of insects and a main character’s…change would have yielded a far better story.

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Nick Cutter Knows How to Scare Adults

This is just another shining example of Cutter's profound understanding of what horror fiction is supposed to be. He knows that, when it comes to making the adult mind feel fear, it's ideas and concepts that ware afraid of, not simply ghosts and monsters. Cutter makes you feel not just fear for what's happening now, but also dread for what comes next.

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Nick Cutter’s Least Interesting

Comparing this to three of his other books i have read (Troop, Little Heaven, Deep), this is my least favorite. It does have the same style and benefits of the others: shocking grotesque scenes without going overboard, ominous setting, and very real character actions (no classic horror-movie dumb decisions).

However, the lack of story lead-in and character development made it very hard for me to keep focused. His other three did a great job of laying the scene and giving the characters plenty of back story to relate to them. In The Breach, you are just thrown into the horror and intensity without much context of the characters.

I would 100% recommend the other three I mentioned above to a fan of horror lit, but I can’t say I would even mention this one. Give it a go, if you’re a big Cutter fan, but be prepared for the meat of the story right away.

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Another FANTASTIC novel by Nick Cutter!

Others have been quick to mention that this novel was their least favorite, everyone's a critic [roiling my eyes].
While the tone is classic creepy, truly scary in its narration, "LITTLE JUG" - - - oh yes, fantastic narration including some rather unsettling voice effects that gave me the chills SEVERAL TIMES throughout the book. It just added to my love for the style of Nick Cutter's way of creeping the hell out of me.
While this novel is a bit shorter than his others, it is VERY EFFECTIVE in delivering what I've come to love and expect from the writing style of Cutter.
That is to say, pure horror that doest try to hold back, although not some cheesy gore fest, but rather his unique styled approach, which I imagine might be the stuff that he knows, he would want to read himself.
About this novel itself. Folks have so easily thrown around words that liken the style to some Lovecraftian theater piece.
I read that a little, but the buck ends there IMO - simply having to do with this, "contraption" which may or may not remind you of an ability to breach another dimension. Really, the buck stops there, as far as I'm concerned, w/ the admired otherworldliness of good 'ol H. P. Lovecraft.
The rest, is pure Cutter. Strange and wickedly horrific in the best of ways, of course. Honestly, ever since I came across his 1st novel as, Nick Cutter' entitled, 'The Troop'. Which I finished with hook, bait, and sinker....such an amazing experience had taken place that, "holy shit, I can barely believe it". My faith had been restored in the horror genre.
Of course I still had my few authors whose ouvre were pretty much devoted to the genre of horror exclusively, (Clive Barker and Steven King). Those two really have different styles of prose, and honestly I really felt like they were lacking in ways that would truly scare me as I read, or listened to their works.
This was the case, unfortunately like I said previously,. Until I read, 'The Troop', then I felt truly unnerved and scared as I listened to a brand new voice in horror. Having, Steven Kings backup quoted on the cover, didn't hurt one bit. So yes, 'The Troop " was a pure slam-dunk.
Subsequently, not too long after reading the troop, I was ready for another Cutter novel. Like, in a bad way.
SO, I stumbled upon,' THE DEEP'. Having not a CLUE what this was about, I dove head first and allowed myself to slowly sink to the bottom [pun intended].
Okay, I will wrap this review up by saying. Everyone is a critic and to judge a book by its cover or simply some piss poor ratings hear and there, especially in this digital world we find ourselves in, is surely an egregious mistake. Possibly even one of the highest order.
Bottom line is that Cutter's most recently published novel, 'The Breach' may be a mere 6 hrs long, but the narration is top of the line, and believe me - down right spooky if not as my own experience, it was freaking scary when it was needed or called for.
The combination of Novel, Narrative effects, etc., turned this audio book into one vivid, picturesque, unnerving, and unrelenting experience. WELL WORTH THE CREDIT OR SIMPLY THE PURCHASE.
To close, I wanted to quickly share my experience Cutter's, 'THE DEEP'.
By far and wide, this unique, hard hitting, no holds bars, balls to the wall chunk of time consuming novel is, HANDS DOWN, the SCARIEST book I've ever been exposed to.
I mean this from the depths of my soul. I almost struggled to keep my sanity somehow. Whether it was getting a little too intense or the simple fact that I was fearful of genuine nightmares, which I will tell you that I often dream weird stuff as it is. However, the ideas, the insanity of it all [the story] was something I literally, and viscerally felt so vividly...I could see it creeping into my dreams.
So, yes. Do read or better yet listen to 'The Breach', "LITTLE JUG!", then if you dare, and I mean to be literal, you should challenge yourself to sink your teeth into the deepest part of the ocean. Where things just go wrong, no matter how much anyone tries to makes sense of things.
Is it the character whose sanity is in peril? What if you are actually lucid, and this nightmare at thousands of feet below the surface IS A REALITY, DESPITE ITSELF or seemingly impossible Plausibility?
I guarantee, you will not only become the main character; experiencing the same fright, confusion and frustration as you bump into the small laboratory and otherwise staff in this tin can that constantly fights the immense pressure of the deep ocean, being reminded of the fact, with the threatening sounds of collapsing walls.
Either way, between the staff you run into at various times, you wonder what has been going on down here. Because, surely they are not acting normal and soon you will be questioning your own sanity.

Nick Cutter's - THE DEEP - WILL SCARE YOU SHITLESS. AS I MENTIONED - IT'S AN ASSAULT TO YOUR SENSES, REALITY, eventual paranoia, and inevitable FEAR for your own sanity.

Keep them coming [pen name] Cutter, Nick.
As a horror nut for books, movies, etc. We're only two years apart in age. I understand where you are coming from, generationally. Not to mention that I have finally found a source of entertainment, possibly the most imaginative, being interpretation of my minds eye, with your aid...something that genuinely scares me. At 44 years old. Before I read your Cutter Opus, I honestly thought I would no longer have those wonderfully emotional moments of true fright or downright TERROR!

THANK YOU FOR THAT6.

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There is one problem with Nick Cutter

The one problem I have with this author is that I can’t get enough and read(listened) to every book 2-3x and really REALLY look forward to more! I’m not sure how he differs from my other favorite horror authors, maybe because his stories get under your skin.. I listen when I walk, when I paint, when I relax even before falling asleep.. he creates the most bizarre dreams! I actually look for an excuses to keep listening! If you like horror but not just gore but a story that draws you in, that has you loving the characters and makes you think for a long time after reading.. Nick Cutter is the man for you! I can’t say this was his best because all of them are his best! You won’t be disappointed!!

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An terrifying, amazing and chilling performance!

Stellar performance!!! And, like everything I've ever read by Nick Cutter, stellar writing! This narration breathes an itchy frost into a horrifying tale.

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Another Disappointment From Nick Cutter

The man knocked it out of the park with The Troop, one of the best horror novels I've listened to in I don't know how long. So good I picked up a paperback copy just to have. It seems that every book since then had been a real swing and a miss sadly, this one included. While he still excels on gorey details, he once again flubs characterization and endings, though instead of going on too long this book just abruptly ends just as things got interesting. The narrator is fine though he can't do a woman's voice nevermind two different woman and his voice for the main character sounds far older than the character actually is. I want to like this book I do, it's a cool premise don't get me wrong but it leaves way to much unanswered which can be scary but in this case it just feels unfinished. I can't in good conscience recommend this book, pick up Yhe Troop and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Kevin Boone
  • 02-16-21

Weird sort of supernatural sci-fi thing

To be honest, I never got to the end of this. It started off well, and there's no doubt the author knows how to create an air of bleak, Lovecraftian menace. However, the plot started to meander a bit, and I just couldn't find the energy to try to follow it. Although I liked the book, in general, I'm still not really sure what it's about.

The Troop was, in my view, a better novel.

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  • John Casey
  • 02-02-21

Some Excellent Cosmic Body Horror

The Breach is a wonderful, grim story set in the Yukon with cosmic horror and uncomfortable changes in perception due to weird science. If the blurb caught your attention, it delivers on that potential and then some.

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  • neko_cam
  • 08-06-22

Not Nick Cutter’s best

After having read and really enjoyed The Troop I found The Breach to be very bland and unengaging, requiring greater suspension of disbelief to feel plausible.

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  • Michael Botur
  • 07-08-22

deep story, amazing performance

this story would have been very hard to write. it's very original and very well-performed

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  • Aaron Beardsell
  • 01-18-22

Hit and Miss

This book was a strange rollercoaster. some chapters were simply incredible and made me squirm with fear, others were so bland and boring I had to leave the book alone for a day. also, the voice acting is good but the audio has some very odd voluming/changes during chapters. it feels like the recording was paused mid-chapter, and then restarted but the narrator doesn't have the same style as the first half of a chapter.

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  • asm0day
  • 01-07-22

scary but not without plot holes

I loved The Troop and this reignites the horror of things that creep and crawl. good character development and interplay let down a little by going for the gross out and overcomplicating some plot lines.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-21

Another brilliant mix of cosmic and body horror

Since I discovered Nick Cutter last year I eagerly anticipate each release. The Breach does not disappoint, Cutter mixes cosmic and body horror so deftly in this tale of an otherworldly machine. For fans of Stephen King, Lovecraft, Dan Simmons and Laird Barron. I must note the narrator definitely echoed Herbert West from Lovecrafts Re Animator at points which was a perfect match for Cutters narrative.