This book, like every other non Pendergast book by Mssrs. Preston and Child (Rip Tide, Ice Limit, Third Gate, et al), involves a supersecret ill-fated scientific expedition in a remote inhospitable locale with a brilliant, intelligent yet conflicted protagonist and an exotic, intelligent and extremely opinionated female thrown in for romantic titilation. The antagonist is again an incredibly wealthy individual who finances said expedition with a hidden agenda motivating him to further his ill-gotten gains. Admittedly, this predates the aforementioned titles, however I review it here as I read (listened to) it last after the later titles.The authors tend to become preachy about their scientific beliefs, here as in other titles, which is no surprise as they are not shy about innocuously espousing their political, philosophical and ethical positions (see Jennie, the Monster of Florence and their latest gripe regarding Amanda Knox). My bias, not being scientifically educated and therefore not very knowledgable in such fields, is a curious skepticism regarding the accuracy of the science espoused by the authors. One must ask whether they are putting forward this specific course in order to advocate their chosen position. Regardless, one's first exposure to this formulaic storyline is indeed fascinating and exciting, however runs familar and eventually predictable by the fourth or fifth go around.
I would only suggest one or two of these books to friends unless they are super fans of the duo.
The sound is frustratingly difficult to hear and I can't determine if it is because of the performance or poor sound editing/mixing. The reader's voice is distinguishable and loud during narrative portions but during speech of the characters, it seems to fade off and become extremely difficult, if not outright impossible, to hear. Thus as one must labor listening to the performance and have a ready hand at the volume control, it distracts from the story and becomes frustrating, especially while listening in a crowded environment (i.e., train to work).
Love to exercise while listening
This book had great potential, if the authors would have stuck to one story line. They should have stuck with the super bug.
The creator of GeneDym is a brilliant geneticist AND computer genius? Yet he's not smart enough to stop production of a blood product that could make people crazy and carry around a vial of a virus that could wipe out humanity? There were so many holes in the story line and absurd side tangents I had to listen to this at a 1.5 speed to get this over with.
A guy spends almost a day in an elevator (don't get me started on the computer program) to talk to a man to stop release of a product and stop playing with a super flu, to then play some stupid game with no calls made? Then we get a very long and detailed journey out in the desert, but we never hear about the people infected. Don't waste your time with this book!
The details of creating the super flu
Great delivery, good pace, helped bring the characters some depth
It was good, worth the time, the story plot was good but not a surprise, a little predictable.
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.