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.
This book started off with a great premise and then proceeded to include every clichéd plot line possible. I wouldn't recommend it.
Lifetime reader, starting with the Boxcar Children through Harry Dresden and Mistborn
Yes, the scientific theories and the prose make the possibility that this could happen. Preston and Child always deliver a heart pounding, stomach churning story that makes you think "This really could be happening and I wouldn't know it!"
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
The suspense was great and I couldn't predict what was going to happen next.
I prefer reading books but don't have time. David Colacci did what good narrators do best and this is he read so well I didn't get focused on his voice or what I didn't like about his narration. I'll add him to my list of acceptable narrators.
Kept me listening when I should have been doing other things.
I don't know what happened at the end but it seemed like the writers just got tired of writing so they ended the book. The entire rest of the book was well written and highly suspenseful. I would recommend it even with the ending. It's a good book. I'll listen to more Preston and Child. This was the first time I've listened to a book by them.
The crazy man talking to his imaginary friend. What I like least was that the author did not develop a full back story for this character. Now, that would have been an amazing tale.
Also the Cyber World should have been developed more. That would have been a blast.
They could have made another series from that. I would have wanted to read/hear that also.
It could have been great, not enough emotion was generated from the text to make you care about the characters
David's voices are good, however I do believe that take on some of the characters were over the top.
The authors should stick to "Pendergast". Now those are 5 star listens .....
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Facinating, Suspenseful, Interesting
I couldn't pick just one...they were all very good. Preston & Childs have a high standard to reach with every new book & so far so good.
His versitality in his performance. Very believable.
When the two competing scientists got back together in the end. Never saw that one coming.