It seems that when you've read one Dan Brown novel you've read them all. They all start out with a huge mystery that turns out not to be so huge at all. I like his writing style, and I did enjoy the book, but I probably won't be reading another Dan Brown book for a long time.
Why a glass of water? Well, I have NO problem with the book itself. It's smart, and may be one of my favorites. Dan Brown rocks.
The glass of water would be used to wet the "whistle" of the man who read this book. What I mean is this. Take a Microphone-Place it to your mouth. Turn up the volume. Now, move you mouth. Smack your lips, stick your tounge to the roof, and let it slap around, stick your lips to your teeth, and pull then off over and over. Now try to speak, while performing these oral gymnastics, and you'll see what I had to listen to.
Book was excellent. After an hour, you don't notice the slurping noises, except when you stop the recording,and restart it.
Used to exclusively read classic literature, but now, w/MS, I listen to gritty, gripping stories to get me through painful, sleepless nights
Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dan Brown's Deception Point. But after I finished listening to it I realized that it had the same cookie cutter plot as The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brilliant world expert (on some highly specialized topic) becomes unwittingly immersered in a dangerous plot with world-altering ramifications, expert grudingly helps the good guys untangle a mystery while developing chemistry with another intellectual equal of the opposite sex, expert and sexy partner save the day, and end up fulfilling lustful desires as the story ends. The names and topic have been changed, and Dan Brown has still gone to his characteristic great lengths of research to explain highly technical information in such a way that it is easily followed. But I would have liked to have seen a digression from the Robert Langdon stories. It almost seems to me that Brown is writing his books with the hope of them being turned into a movie from the first words. Also, the narrator in this story was not the best. Every time he pronounced NASA as Nassau or nasah, it made me cringe. Also, I could hear him making sounds between pauses that were, shall we say, unpleasant? Something akin to wetting his lips. Also, he made little, if any, effort to give different characters different voices. Probably the only bad narration I have heard on Audible. Other than that, it was a fun story, cliffhangers galore, kept one sitting on the edge of one's seat or wherever, constantly engrossed. I freely admit I didn't want to turn it off until I listened to it almost straight through. Brown does a great job of engaging the reader/listener, and this book is no exception. Also, much better ending than Angels and Demons, so if you didn't like that, give this one a try. This will appeal to the techies and the reader who enjoys science and politics.
I really enjoyed this book. There were times when I was finding excuses to go on extended drives in the car so that I could finish a chapter.
The story is not as inciting as Brown's other books, but my issue is with the narrator. You can hear him swallow, breathe heavy and even a throat gurgle or two...if you do buy this audiobook, be sure to use low quality headphones.
Richard Poe is an excellent reader but he has some unfortunate mouth noises that sound like crackling lolly paper. It is really distracting and I honestly couldn't bear the expectation of hearing it one more time or imagining what could possibly be making the sound.
I have to agree with all the other reviewers... The sound of Poe's lips and tongue and saliva are distracting and disgusting. Still a good listen, but come on people, learn how to produce cleaner audio.
The book was decent and Richard Poe really paints a picture. Unfortunately it's painted with saliva. I think I would have liked the book more if the "mouth sounds" were not so prevalent. I assume they have used some new technology that turns Bubble Yum into a microphone capable of capturing every nearly imperceptible sound the human mandible makes.
I don't think this is Richard Poe's fault however or Dan Brown's. They did a great job and aside from the live action experience of being a piece of taffy working it's way though the first part of digestion. This was a great book.
I only hope the old gypsy man that cursed the recording with the word "Wetter" when it ran over his daughter has found solace in the fact that we all suffered the sopping sounds of Deception Point. I'm eager to listen to other recordings from inside a dogs mouth.
If you like Dan Brown then I always tell them this is one you will want to read. The thing with Dan is that he does his homework on the subject at hand. This book is about NASA and meteorites cover up and deceit! Love it love it.
When the death chase is on and the main character realise what they have found. Conspiracy theories!
Go Dan. Hurry and write another book.