No, while I enjoyed the story on a whole, the narration was horrible. Generally I find any excuse to listen to my current book, but while listening to this one - while I enjoyed the story as a whole - I found excuses not to listen.
I enjoyed the blending of fact with fiction.
Meagher should have learned correct pronunciation of clerical terms since they were so central to the story. Whenever he came to a difficult church word, it was horribly jarring to hear it butchered by him. I will probably avoid any other book narrated by him.
At the very end, when he poured the orange juice down the drain accepting his father as he is.
This book has spurred to reading about monatomic metals, which seems quite interesting.
I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
No idea since I don't have the print version
There were some really dark and thrilling parts to this book. One of the best parts was the beginning when the church in Germany is attacked by men in robes.
The narration was fine. It wasn't a 5 star performance but there was nothing bad about it.
There were certainly parts where I wanted to go to bed and couldn't.
The excessive use of theology was one thing I didn't like about this book. I didn't mind the historical references but some parts were a bit over the top.
There were a few parts where the characters derived something from clues that were so vague and dashed off across the globe sure that they were on the right track. I was thinking "they determined that.. from an etching on the wall?" So you may have to just suspend reality in a few cases but still this was an excellent book.
If I could change just one thing it would certainly be the reader. His performance is dreadful!
Anyone. The book requires a deeper, more commanding, more mature voice. John sounds like a little boy trying to sound tough
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I would compare this book to series such as Dan Brown's Langdon series (Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Lost Symbol) and any of the Indiana Jones movies with a military twist.
Yes! It was a little long to do so, but it was very difficult to find a stopping point.
The team is compiled of various members of the armed forces, all of whom are trained experts in various scientific fields and come from specialized fields of the military. Sigma Force's main enemy is the Guild, who is very reminiscent of Cobra from the GI Joe series. Sigma Force is trying to protect the country/world from the Guild, who is attempting to take control. Each book in this series is fast paced and a wild ride. This book will not disappoint the action/adventure fans and will tempt the mystery fans as well.
Great story of intrigue surrounding the secrets of the catholic church, ancient Greece and the three wise men who followed the star to find the Christ child. Lots of adventure, interesting history and just a great read.
I give this book an OK, but it has two big faults. First, the story line is very repetitious and it starts to drag. Still, it is entertaining as a summer read.
The biggest fault of the audiobook is the reading. The reader has a voice completely lacking in ability to add tension and nuance to high energy scenes. In terms of pitch, there is no gravitas; it is as if the author is trying to read the story as quickly as possible. Perhaps he is paid by the word? I am not sure that Steve Berry’s stories are any better, but he at least has a top-notch reader in Scott Brick that adds to the fun. Finally, as others have mentioned, the reader's Italian is poor. When a book takes place in Italy, the reader should be know Italian better.
Words are cool.
I really enjoy reading Rollins. There's always a lot of cool high tech equipment, far out but believable plot lines and tons of action. Map of Bones reminded me of The Da Vinci Code a bit; a bunch of clues to follow and mysteries to unravel. I guess I was expecting more action (like Sandstorm), so I felt the story moved a little slow in the middle for me. Plus, I was really hoping to expand on more of the characters from the first Sigma book as well. There was still some character development though, and Commander Grayson Pierce and his team are pretty cool too. That being said it was still a great read and I am totally looking forward to the next in the series.
The narrator did a fine job with all the characters and kept the story moving along nicely. Well done.
I have enjoyed everybody so far from James Rollins. If you like mystery, espionage, with a bit of fantasy you will love these books... Just make sure your paying attention because they move fast! :)
I'm a father of four and a husband of one. I am a big fan of The Pendergast series by Preston and Child as well as Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books. James Rollins' Sigma Force series is also one that I am always anxious to see. My favorite author of all though is easily Bill Bryson.
I'm a huge fan of the Sigma novels. The rest are done by a different narrator who is MUCH MUCH better. The story is well worth it and the narration isn't awful, but it isn't anywhere near the quality of the rest of the series.