Environmental Engineer and Disc Golfer
I have to be honest. For a couple years, I avoided this series mainly because of the character names - "Painter Crowe" and "Grayson Pierce". They just seemed too forced. However, I ran out of Cussler (Pitt/Cabrillo/Bell/Austin) / Pendergast books and finally bit the bullet.
I waited too long! This was my first Rollins book, and I really, really liked it. The plot ran nice and tight, there was a good science/metaphysics background, and it was "believable". Yes, it included a "mysterious rich family" who bought half the world's lead and gold supply without any red flags being raised, but I was totally enthralled with it.
What I liked most is that the main characters weren't infallible, like, say a Dirk Pitt. Don't get me wrong, Pitt is great, but Painter Crowe and crew were just more believable. Half way through the book, I went out a bought the rest of the Sigma series.
In summary - Yes, listen to this book.
Started off okay - and then, Vampire's and Werewolves! I usually stay away from Vampire stories, so I was taken by surprise.Dress them up with religious overtones... still Vampires.
I put the book down..... oy!
Never read the print version
Story line moved along like most Rollins novels
The little snippets of music designed to heighten the suspense are not necessary. Totally corny...
Do I need to read in order to get more from this book? Will start from #1. Want to know more about Nazi experiments.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
It was pretty good story line was steady always like Mr. Rollins but this one I could have missed without noticing.
Glad to have heard it through though but I don't think it was worth the cost.
A well-woven story as usual from Rollins. This is the first audio book from him I've heard and second book overall (the first I read). I wish they could have found a better reader. Throughout it seems as if this is his first reading - poor inflections and horrible accents for the quoted parts. It really does take away from a good novel.
I love to read James Rollin's. He is the kind of author that writes to allow the reader to escape into imagination based on science. I have read all of his books with the exception of this one which I listened to.
I have listened to hundreds of books and, because I act, I realize how hard it is to be a decent reader. With this said, I did not care for the readers performance. His reading voice and inflection irritated me to the point that I did not enjoy the book. He only used accents for certain characters and I could not tell the difference between chapters. The reader has an old style which reminded me of 1950s private investigator shows or an older radio announcer. In the first few chapters he started each sentence on the same high note and ended each sentence with the same low note, an octave difference. Also, he extended the end of each word of a sentence, drawing out the sound, which I found to be creepy. Maybe he was just out of practice because toward the end of the book he got better but at that point I had tuned out so much of the book I had lost interest. If the reader reads this I hope he takes it a constructive criticism, I do realize how hard it is to give a good performance with material that length.
I sat next to Mr. Rollins at a conference a few years ago and was surprised at his mild mannered shyness, considering the crazy adventures he captures on the page. This book is no exception. A great story and a great narrator!
This book was extremely confusing with all of the technical verbiage and intricate explanations. I found the book hard to follow and almost stopped listening to it. I read a book to be entertained and do not want to have to work to read and understand it.