It is unfortunate that the reader felt compelled to imitate the leading characters, Sophia, Cara and Cassandra. With this many women leads, you think, we would not have to hear cartoonish-women's voices. Again gratuitous profanity. Also the author apparently feels the need to use all the words in the thesaurus when simpler and more descriptive simple terms would have improved the story.
A juvenile story, like it was made for a Disney move script.
Good narration with the exception that under no circumstances should a male narrator also have to do women's voices - just does not work and sounds so artificial.
Overall, a 13 hour book that should have been an 8 hour book, with a story like that is like a fairy tail rather than a high level military espionage, superhero story.
Did not enjoy it at all and had a hard time finishing it.
I was really looking forward to this book but honestly I had a hard time finishing...finally I managed to listen while cleaning the house...I had read the other book from this series, Map of bones, great story. I was expecting the same.
Good narrator, bad story
The plot - was there a plot? - the line to get to the end (or near it because I could not finish) was filled with what seemed to be a strange mix of different fantastic story lines, some Indiana Jones (with Omaha Dunn instead) a couple of strange women with some odd ancient mixed up religions thrown in. There's more that is odd but I would have to give the story away to tell it here. It's really not worth the suspense because this is the point where I decided I had had enough. Rollins might be a good author otherwise but this is my first. I bought two in sale so tow chances. If the second is this bad I'm done with Rollins.
The only reason I didn't give this 1 star across the board is because the story might have been good with a different narrator. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to narrators but this guy was terrible. From mispronounced words to terrible voices and just plain monotonous this didn't hold my attention at all. Most of the time when I'm listening to books and if i daydream, get busy ect I have to rewind a minute or two to recap what was just happened but I gave up early on and just let it play so I could finish it. I almost quit the book several times but my ocd(mostly kidding) kicked in and I had to make it all the way through. Taking a beating would have been more fun than listening to this terrible narration. The sad thing is I'd like to listen to more of this series because I like the theme but with this narrator it just won't happen. If you want a book that will give you some background noise to daydream to then this is perfect.
Reading is so fulfilling!
i liked this book.the science, action, and strong female characters were great. i will continue this series.
This should have been a great read. All the sci-fi isn't; it's already real or theorized. All the fantasy isn't; there is archeological or historical proof. The best part was the stating that all this is probable and no wonder there are so many stories in Arabia about djinn, and flying carpets and other phantasmal things.
But the story didn't grab me as it should have. It's an A idea but a B execution. The awe and wonder the characters experienced should have thrilled but it didn't; I rolled my eyes. I didn't care about the poor characters that died. There wasn't enough drama in the double cross. My favorite character wasn't any of the main ones, it was the ship captain--his seemed a role worth playing.
Anyone who likes stilted dialogue, one dimensional characters, a plot with major inconsistencies, and poor reading
No. He must have gotten a lot better with character development and dialogue since he has multiple books out, but I am not willing to take a gamble. This is no Lincoln and Child book by any stretch of the imagination.
Disappointment, especially since the other reviewers were soft on this book.
After buying at least 40 books this is my first review and one of the very few books I was really disappointed in buying. I did not return it since I listened to most of it continuing to hope it would get better. The plot is one dimensional along with the characters. Had the reader been better, this book might have been salvageable, but as it is now - very disappointing.