I liked the plot, the ending, the characters, the length of the book - and I do think it was a lot better than a lot of crappy recent Michael Crighton stuff out there. I had no problem with the narrator whatsoever (and like another reviewer here, I don't like Scott Brick, so take it for what it's worth). This story had an enormous amount of 99% factual science presented in a facinating way, and that's my favorite kind of book. Highly recommended!
I nearly fell asleep listening to the sample audio. The monotonous voice of the narrator gave no feeling or intonation to the reading whatsoever.
Where to start – there’s an eccentric loner prospector with one last dying wish for reconciliation with his daughter, murdered by an exceptionally bright ex con with misplaced loyalty to a morally corrupt European mad scientist, pitted against a fantastically wealthy yet modest living everyman-hero with a knockout blonde wife who’s also handy with a gun, mixed up with a loaner code breaking monk (yes, a monk) who used to be a CIA goon before he quit the biz after his wife was killed in the line of duty, all in a plot to find a giant buried treasure before the other guy does. Throw in government alien conspiracy theories, deus ex machina plot devices, and segments of the book narrated from the point of view of a dead dinosaur, and you’ve got a decent summary of the work. Somehow even though every new turn brought with it groans and slaps to my forehead, I ended up listening to the whole thing. Something about the mostly reasonable science along with a decent amount of twists and turns in the attempt at a plot kept it going in spite of its (numerous) moments of required suspension of disbelief and derision.
I've purchased other books with negative reviews about the narrator and never had a problem. However this narrator was simply abysmal. Everything was a monotone and although he did attempt to change his voice for different characters he failed. He plodded through the book and never got excited even during the parts of the book that had some tension.
To be fair, he didn't have much of a story to narrate. The plot was so dull it was painful, the characters were wooden and forced. I thought it might get interesting when something happened three hours in, but it fell flat again. I really thought it would have been more of a sci-fi story. All of the tension was bound up in the discovery, and I really expected more to happen with that. It's not a sci-fi story at all, it's more of an action flick book.
The main characters ( Hero, protagonists, villains and bystanders) are all flat 2 dimensional, uninteresting and ultimately boring.. The story line drags on and on and on and on after a fairly fast start. I gave up on this after about 2 hours because I couldn't find ANYONE to root for in the book or any reaon to slog through more boring build-up to who knows what. Don't bother...