I really wanted to like this book. I've listened to all the available Preston/Child books and Preston's other collaborative efforts and I loved them. Didn't want to turn them off. So I was expecting the same feeling when I listened to Deep Storm. But before I could even begin to become absorbed in the book I couldn't get past Scott Brick's narration. His style made me think J. Peterman (from Seinfeld)or Captain Kirk was reading the book to me. The same halting emphasis became grating after the first hour and I found myself turning off the book at times and just listening to the radio. All the characters sounded the same, even the women. Everyone spoke as if they were in pain or everything they said was of ground breaking importance. There was no variety in the tones, and at times the characters sounded as if they were about to cry, with a quavering in their voices.
But I was more dismayed by the story line which seemed to drag, with dialog that sounded like a first attempt of a high schooler, with banter that really could have been edited out of the story. All of the characters seemed to have the same way of speaking, the same diction. The military people portrayed were stereotypical and Child's knowledge of the military was very shallow and unresearched it seems.
Just seems like Child was not up to his form, or Preston carried him through the other books. I am very disappointed. Almost seems as if this book was written to fulfill a contract obligation rather than receiving full attention.
An interesting mix of mystery & science fiction. Characters are easy to accept and plot twists between them to keep reader wondering. Add the "outer world" aspect of the escalating happenings on the site, the reader is caught from the first chapter. Well read.
This book started out very secretive and keeps you there until nearly the very end. I was impressed with the detail in some of the technical descriptions, much like a Clancy novel. Childs keeps you wondering what is going on for much of the book, which I liked, but the ending was somewhat disappointing. Still a good listen, though.
I read the other reviews and found them mixed: some thought Deep Storm good; others thought it was terrible. I agree with those who thought it really bad. Both the book and the narration were bad. The writing was overkill. My favorite worst part was the description of the inside of a computer, using images like a 'forest of green' to paint the image of a computer main board. Ugh. Really amateur writing. The narration reminded me of Captain Kirk in Star Trek: "watch . . . out the . . . dome is . . . crumbling" --but (to make it worse) in monotone. The other reviewers who criticized the female voices were not kidding. I can not recommend this book to anyone. [maybe if it were 1/4 the length, just the guts of the story, it might have been interesting, but hours of this were almost too much to stand]
Maybe the last half of this book is better -- I didn't make it that far. I got to the end of the first part and realized I didn't know anything about any of the characters, and I didn't care what they were excavating. The narrator was annoying too. He made the female characters (scientists!) sound like they were stoned and/or on too much valium. The rest of the narration was stilted, as if he were trying to make sure he pronounced each word individually. Someone should tell him that's not the way people talk!
The book itself was bearable but could have been better if it were not for the long-drawn-out, monotonic narration. It was very difficult to distinguish between the characters as there were little pitch or tone variations. The narration made the book quite boring.
Creative, thoughtful, suspenseful. Lincoln Child proves once more that it is not just in his collaborations with Preston that he can produce a spelling-binding story. I like their joint efforts, but Child's solo efforts are more the pure techno-thriller that I enjoy most.
Set in the present or near future, we get a scientifically literate adventure that just verges into science fiction, with a sprinkling of neuroscience, cryptography, and geology.
Scott Brick does his usual satisfying job of narration. He is one of my favorites for this type of book.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
Sometimes you get an audio book that has a great story but lousy reader and sometimes a poor story has a wonderful reader but when you get a absurd, disjointed, poorly written book with an equally unaccomplished reader you are in for major disappointment. How this book ever got published is beyond me. Do yourself a favor and stay away from both of these guys!
Maybe it's me, but I don't like hearing "almost imperceptible nod" more than once, if at all. What I find annoying about it is it is used in his other books as well. The story is good enough beyond that to keep me entertained.
The story is a bit overwritten and sometimes drags, the villain is a trite character, but the final revelations are truly inventive, satisfying and logically consistent. I think the journey is well worth the listener's time. .