Description of places and technology seems wonderfully well-researched adding to the enjoyment of this novel.
Why would anyone give a way the ending at the beginning of the book? Instead of peaking someone's interest the author takes away from the climax of a great chase. If you do not listen to the prelude and just start at Chapter One you will find this a very good book.
it would have if the author did not give it away in the prelude
His speed and intonation are awesome, but is lessened by his inability to assign separate voices to characters.
Yes, I only listen when I am in my car and found myself listening in the garage after parking the car.
Maybe, I rarely listen to anything twice because I already know the ending
The high speed car chase from Frisco came alive with the dust and grit and sounds, I was envisioning Clark Gable as the detective, and Anthony Hopkins as the villain, and I was actually envisioning it in technicolor like a movie shot in the 60's.
I had serious misgivings about wasting money on what has been described to me as a "guy's writer". But, during a sale I decided to try this book of Cussler's, which appeared to have a traditional mystery plot with a historical context. I was really ready to admit my misgivings when the mystery was solved, the perp caught, and it was what I thought was the end of the book. It was an interesting concept. Then it went off track, seeming to change modes, dwelling at great length on the San Francisco earthquake for some unknown reason, seemed filled with corny lines and situations (coming up to his "love", whom he had seen all of a few times, while she was tending to the mangled and dying earthquake victims, with the line "can you help me? My arm is gone"). After that, it was a tedious plunge into the dynamics of railroad trains, and a silent movie-seeming implausibe and unbearably corny ending. I stand by my first impression--shallow characters, corney relationships, and lots of "man-stuff"--not deep
This was my first read of Clive Cussler, but it will not be my last. I look forward to reading some of his other books.
Brick does an excellent job of painting the characters and atmosphere of the SW a hundred years ago. I've never read a Cussler book before, and after this I'd certainly pick another.
The story sagged a little in the middle, when I think Cussler was trying to sneak out of the mystery genre and into romance, but it soon got back on track (pun not intended).
Not exactly a "romp", but I enjoyed the hero and the baddie battling it out.
I listen to a lot of books, there are several that I've stayed with for just a short time before I have to quit. This is one of those books that after 5 minutesI was so irritated by the narrator that I turned it off. I went through some of my other books that I've shelved and most of them were narrated by Scott Brick.
His tone is one in which puts you on the edge of your seat through every word spoken. He puts too much emphasis on every word and his enthusiasm is way over the top. I can just imagine him stomping around waving his arms while reading.
It was just too much for me. I won't be buying any more books narrated by him.
I think Cussler is talented writer, and he definitely did his research for this one. Unfortunately, he spared no detail in describing cars, trains, motorcycles, buildings, etc. The plot become repetitive after a few chapters and the hero is far too talented and too wealthy to be interesting. It would have been better at 1/3 the length.