The volume changes by the narrator bothered me. The story was pretty good, but I thought the characters were a little weak. There might have been too many coincidental in the plot, but it was still fun.
Interesting exploration of a unique subject. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of high and low tech, futuristic and ancient story lines.
I thoroughly enjoyed this multi-layered suspense thriller. The narrator did an excellent job with the characterizations and pacing. How can you miss with a story by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child?!
Lincoln Child, when writing solo, tends to have difficulty bringing a story to closure. I will love the first 90% of one of his books, and then the story will go on and on for a bit, dragging out the resolution. So I went into Mount Dragon fully prepared for that. However, with this book I found that all the story of interest to me was in the first half to two-thirds of the book. The whole survival in the desert and Scopes vs Levine "battle" were like a never-ending bore. I tried listening on a fast speed. Then I tried skipping ahead 30 seconds at a time. I finally bailed with an hour left in the book. At that point, I didn't care how it ended.
It was scary to listen to this book after the swine flu and the bird flu epidemic. It felt like reading a prophecy. Fortunately these epidemics didn't kill most of the Earth's population as Mount Dragon predicted it could happen.
The story has several layers. One of them is the question: should scientists tinker with the human genome, alter our genes and change the core of our humanity for good. There are arguments pro and con, everyone should answer it for himself/herself. But the question is worth to talk about.
Another layer is the human desire for money and power. I also would add the human desire to do good. It was satisfying to see that the top guy admitted his mistake at the end and went down with dignity.
Another layer is that it's an action book with suspense and chase and fight. I liked that the main character is not an exaggerated super hero but a regular capable guy. OK, not so regular that you can find one at every corner, because he has a PhD and he's smart, but he has the temper and flaws that anyone of us has. By the way, the characterisation is quite good. I liked that the bad guy wasn't ultimate villain, but the authors showed the shades of his personality together with his good intentions.
The book proves that the authors did their housework in research. The places described vividly, the science is awesome and there are so many nice details about smaller things (for example about the banjo, or the horses). However they are not overdone, they fit very well into the story and they make it more believable.
The narration was well done except that doing female voices is not David Colacci's strength.
This my first book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, but I will read / listen to more from them for sure.
Someone who has an analytical mind and enjoys all that extra information and minute details on the scientific aspect of this story. I don't need the breakdown and results of tests that the ordinary person knows nothing about, just the results will do me just fine.
Dragged on and on. It even bordered on a cyber story at one point. Became a little unbelievable when a formula that was supposed to be capable of taking out half the world, was able to be contained within a room with strong walls and security system
The reaction most sparked in me was boredom. I kept falling asleep and had to keep going back to see where I dosed off.
A long suffering book that could have been a decent listen if it was shortened to just the main story line.
I would not listen to this again as I have never reread or listened to a book twice. Way to many others to listen to something twice.
I thought the whole story was great. As always these guys know when to move the story along before it gets boring.
Great narrator that did not sound forced. Kept the story going. Didn't try to over exaggerate the voices.
Science run amok!
These are my favorite co-authors of all time. When their books end I actually feel exhausted and drained. Both of wish I welcome.