I liked the book. It was fast moving, and the characters were well developed for the most part. I don’t quite understand everybody’s complaints about the reader…do you all not have controls on your audio equipment? Simple adjustments in volume, bass, treble and such will make those little mouth noises go away. This is a spoken word media…..you don’t need to hear every little nuance, do you?
Now for my complaint. The NRO does not launch their satellites on “NASA launch vehicles”, they and the other government agencies interested in putting things in space (Air Force, etc.) buy their launch services from the Launch Service Providers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Orbital Sciences. The only vehicle that could be considered to be a NASA launch vehicle, or that is “launched” by NASA is the Shuttle. So if (just as an example) a Titan IV launch vehicle built by Lockheed Martin, launched by Lockheed Martin, with Air Force and Aerospace Corporation oversight blows up on the pad and destroys a billion dollar NRO payload…..how is that NASA’s fault? And since when does commercial satellite companies fly their payloads on “NASA Launch Vehicles"? The idea that NASA provides launch services “at a loss” to keep down the Beals and Kistlers of the world I find humorous. When the Kistlers of the world show that they can launch something with low risk, I’m sure DirectTV will be right there buying their services...NASA too.
I understand that these errors might have been needed for the plot, but I think that Dan Brown just didn’t do his homework. The errors made the plot a little unbelievable to me, but I am probably in the minority (I work in the space launch business). These errors have not prevented me from getting another Dan Brown book.
The bodily noises almost ruined a good book. Extremely distracting, the stomach gurgling and mouthing noises were so loud as to make you wonder if the guy was sick. Very disappointed as the book was decent enough. Listen to at your own risk. I had to turn it off several times just to regain my composure.
I liked it! I look forward to the next one. Sure, it had a few unbelivable moments, but all it all I really enjoyed the story.
Excellent, better than The Da Vinci Code. The author's solid research allows the reader to learn about the Arctic Circle and about the depths of the ocean. The action is non-stop. I couldn't put it down.
I love Dan Brown's other books. This one is just not up to par. The number of times the main character "almost" dies gets pretty silly. Really! While marooned on a drifting iceberg, she beats an SOS with her ice axe and gets rescued by a passing submarine. After that, I started cheering for the "bad guys".
As with Brown's other works, defining and redefining the obvious was a bit much, but the story was good. The character development was teriffic. The reader was good. The ending was satisfying even though you could pretty much predict the outcomes and surprises as they were building. I would have to recommend this to friends, overall a darn good book.