Starts out exciting, storyline is definately excellent. It was just all over the place and a bit long. Not bad, not great.
I loved it. It had drama,action, mystery and all the bells and whistles.
It kept me interested on the edge of my seat.
This was the 1st book I've listened to of his, now I want hem all.
James Rollins' books are basically mind candy, not that that's a bad thing. I had no problem with the length of the audio or story being far-fetched. I had expected that having read other books of his. In fact, I enjoyed the story.
What I thought was incredibly bad was the narration. Perhaps it was the fault of the director and not the voice-actor. In either case, it is unforgivable to bounce back and forth between pronouncing "bas relief" as "bah relief" (correct) and "base relief" (wrong)... in the same paragraph! Since the pronunciation bounces back and forth so much, you know that they had to go back and re-record bits of the audio. So why no replace all of the wrong bits? And pronouncing "celtic" as "selltic" instead of "keltic"? Do they not teach these words in English classes any more? That's just two of the many mispronounced words in this audiobook. Sorry, but that stuff just irks me to no end.
As someone who has worked as an engineer/editor on a couple of audiobooks in years past, I'm also surprised these things got past the editor, too.
Why say something in 10 words that can be said in 110? That seems to be the MO of this author. That said, he has a unique and interesting plot with unique and interesting characters. The plot, though, develops slowly and laboriously. He describes and redescribes scenes and thouhts of characters. I've never seen an actual copy of the book, but it must weigh 8 lbs. The narrator is very good, but there is just too much material to have a crisp, entertaining story.
Listening to the excellent narration was a pleasure. (However, I kept thinking I was following Alex Cross, not Agent Pierce.)
The story is interesting, but not compelling. The bad-guys are bad, but not interesting. The good-guys are predictable, but not too bright.
All in all it is a good time. I suggest you stop listening before the Epilogue.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
I like longer books because I spend a lot of time in my car and these listens help pass the time. This story would have been better if it were shorter. The references to the time of day also started to drive me batty after a while. The characters were also a bit of a stretch. But this is fiction and the story was tolerable. Don't know that I'd listen to this again, but if you like yarns with biological intrigue, this is probably worth your time.
This is an excellent book! It is full of action, twists and turns. Worth the money. Rollins also reminds us that the creatures we cannot see can be the scariest. Highly recommended!
This is one of the best, if not the best mysteries I have ever read. Every time I think I know what is going to happen, I am wrong. A absolute must read. You will not be disappointed.