The story is ok, and the narrator's voice is nice; he does a nice job keeping the storyline moving. HOWEVER, the recording is terrible. I have had a difficult time ignoring his swallows, breaths, etc. I'm sure this is probably a recording studios issue, but it doesnot do this book, nor this narrator, any favors. If those kinds of things bother you, don't listen to this. The noises do distract me; a lot of this book is dramatic, and leaves many opportunities for these noises to distract.
Mr. Poe has a nice voice. Very authoritative.
This effort is a far cry from The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Still, 'Huffington Post' Liberals will, more than likely, enjoy the read. All others should take heed. Although I'm a registered Democrat, even I found the hyper-partisanship of the plot line to be uncomfortable, if not downright offensive. Unfortunately, Mr Brown's obsession with the 'Good' (Democrat) vs 'Evil' (Republican) subplot has an even more substantial impact on the book's flow. The constant interruption from the average/adequate action adventure story with the contrived political assignation of the Republican antagonist delivers an uneven pace that, at times, borders on jarring.
I really really like the plot and mystery and suspense of this book. However, I really did not like the narrator much at all, especially when I first started (as I got used to him he wasn't as bad) but at first he sounded like a 1950s news anchor reporting the news but as a book and I HATE how he pronounced NASA (Nasaw) plus you can tell where he turned a page and sometimes you could hear his lips part after swallowing which was a bit annoying. But for me the story eventually let me forget how much I didn't like the narrator's style.
Richard Poe is a good reader and actor, but I think he has dentures since there is a lot of mouth noise like his gums smacking and it is really distracting and frustrating to where it is hard to get into the O.K. story.
For those who think Deception Point is sci-fi, be warned: while there is plenty of science in Deception Point, it isn't science fiction. Rather, it is a political thriller. Granted, Dan Brown did a good job exploring the shaky underworld of American politics, but it all felt a little too contrived to be real. With a few exceptions, the characters were stereotypical, if not ridiculous at times.
The ending was unrealistic. It had an enormous amount of excitement: helicopters, automatic weapons, underwater volcanoes, sharks, Scooby-Doo like villain unveilings, hundreds of near-death moments, and misplaced comedy. Unfortunately, it was too much. Somewhere around the sharks the whole thing seemed to feel like a cliche Hollywood blockbuster gone awry.
The narrator was decent, but there were a few problems with the recording. This is the first audio book I have ever listened to where I could clearly hear the narrator's mouth popping, pages rustling, and, occasionally, something that sounded oddly like acid reflux. Secondly, it sounds like the whole thing was recorded in a tin can. There is a strange metallic muffling to the audio that, at first, was quite disturbing. After an hour or two, it becomes less noticeable. Still, the quality of the recording -- regardless of the quality of the downloaded file -- is terrible.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I've only read his blockbuster novels and wasn't aware that he writes this kind of novel. It is a fast paced, page turner, type mystery adventure book. At the same time, believable. If you like Brown, you'll like this one.
THIS BOOK HAD ME FROM THE BEGINING,THE PLOT KEPT ME READING ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE CHAPTERS WERE A BIT OVERBOARD IN PLACES, I STILL GIVE IT A 4 STAR RATING BEACUSE I ALSO ENJOYED THE NARRATION BY RICHARD POE. I shall be seeking further books and narration from both thees guys.
Another great Dan Brown book. The problem I had was concentrating on the story with the constant lip smacking of the narrator. I don't know if he was chewing gum or his needed a break but it was VERY distracting.
You have done it again the bad guy wasn't revealed till almost the very end and was a complete shock. This is one of these books we couldn't stop listening. Your books really make you think it is possible. The riveting conspiracy has you sitting on the edge hoping that the bad guys don't get away. The way you kept us believing that the Director of the NRO was against the NASA. Amazing writing and amagination on possibilities of conspiracy. Always guessing who is behind the violence and mayham.