Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan
Mount Dragon is essentially two genres in one -- first, it's a medical thriller and a pretty interesting one at that. About two thirds of the way through, however, the book takes a different turn and becomes an archaeology/adventure novel with western slant.
Having said that, both sections of the story are actually quite an interesting listen, although reader David Colacci is the real problem here.
Colacci's reading tends to have quite major changes in volume -- going from suddenly loud to occasionally so low in volume that I had to rewind and turn up the volume just to hear what was said, resulting in an ear-splitting jump when the volume goes up again later.
I liked this 2008 work by Preston and Child. The plot was a bit freighted with bio-tech and IT jargon before hitting air speed about 1/3 of the way in. It's an exciting story, with unpredictable plot twists and an all-too-frightening resemblance to our modern world. If the reader is willing to devote time and patience as the book sets up, the subsequent ride is well worth the effort.
With a few exceptions, the protagonist Guy Carson and his friends and foes are well- placed, believable characters deftly manipulated by the authors to maximum effect. The sole exception is Guy's female sidekick, whose ethnic rants and extraneous social commentary were an irritating distraction after a while.
All in all, a great book and a good read too by David Colacci.
I would listen to this book again. It is entertaining, interesting, and creepy.
The plot kept me engaged --that is all except the female character De Vaca. She was a moron, and tiresome.
I absolutely hated De Vaca. She was tiresome, stupid, and dangerous. I don't care if she was supposed to be attractive, her character was not.
I found it unrealistic that the scientists would expect to leave quarantine if they were exposed to a virus. They are supposed to work with the most dangerous infections in the world, they would know it would be the height of irresponsibility to have someone leave quarantine. They should have had a better sense of responsibility than their reactions. De Vaca in particular was impulsive and irresponsible. She is the only negative in this very good book.
Fix the sound levels.
When I couldn't hear what was going on.
Please, either fix the audio quality or take this book off the site. Preston & Child have written a great story, but the inconsistent audio distracts from it.
I'm a serious Audible Junkie, just can't get enough of this great company.
No, both the same
Good thriller, moves along quite well
Yes, quite a lively narration
None really, just a good listen
The audio was not the best, not from the readers point, but the actual audio levels were very up and down, some parts were too soft and then others were too loud, it needed to be balanced better. This was a technical issue not a narration issue, but I wold have expected better audio production than this.
i staggered a bit with this one, at first too much science raving, but then it developed into an interesting story with a few surprises. worth a read but probably only once for me
I liked this for the concept but wouldn't really suggest it because it seemed to get lost on cowboys and the virtual world descriptions. The medical part of it was pretty intriguing but the characters were down right annoying.
I would only suggest it if you can suspend your belief in reasonable survival skills and really like listening to long descriptions of virtual worlds.
I liked the detailed storyline, the knowledge and research on the subject matter, both about gentetics, computers and surviving in the destert. Also, it sent a moral message about alterning human genes without being too preachy.
I would compare it to a Michael Crichton novel.
A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.
The main character was excellently developed, and it had a fairly strong plot, although it changed gears on me at the end and fell short. As someone deeply entrenched in the biological sciences, i love a good bio thriller although unfortunately the science must be top-notch in order for me to buy it-- this one just didn't quite cut it for me. Still, kept me reading to the end, which is saying something. Meh.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
I liked this one, and being a PC Tech 4 tier support person both hardware and soft it was kinda fun to see something that one could only wish for.
The story line was good and enjoyed the narration.
This is a good read/listen.