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.
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.
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.