Really, this belongs in the sci-fi section. Just because there weren't any vampires or walking dead doesn't mean that it shouldn't have been tagged "science fiction".
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This is the book that never ends... it goes on and on my friend... This novel sounds good in the summary, but it is not pulled of... at least in the audio format. I just wanted to finish it because I used a credit. In a good story you want silence so you don't miss a single thing... this is not that good. There wasn't enough time to develop the characters well because there are so many main characters who have their own significantly involved story. I didn't really connect with any of them or care what happened to them. This is essential for a good story. I think the narration does not fit the content. The narrator has a more youthful voice (maybe due to 3 of the main characters are women?), yet the subject matter is ancient. The vast amount of research is nice, but I feel the author uses too much of it too often when it doesn't move the story along. I found myself wishing it would just end. Don't us a credit on this one. Similar books I liked are Monster Hunter. I hope this helps someone. Later.
Have no idea.
This plot was fascinating with all the combination of history, archaeology and action. The scene with the snake in the bath was really tense.
The story was great but the reader was not as good. Story keeps you interested. Really detailed.
I was surprised at how much of this book is not really fiction. But Rollins puts ideas across and they come out a bit unrealistic. This is one that calls for undivided attention. Miss a minute or two and rewind because this is so fast paced. I thoroughly enjoyed the book but I listen to relax. If you like Rollins I think you'll like this. The only oddball thing was having Painter Crow in the book, all on his own. I enjoy the Sigma Force books but this doesn't fall into that category.
So far I've had to keep rewinding to orient myself.
Scott Brick would be my narrator of choice. His voice is well suited to this sort of book.
It seems like there is a good story under the poor narration, but I can't get into it despite listening for over 3 hours so far. If this weren't the beginning of a 9 part series I wouldn't be sticking with it, but I see that book 3 ushers in a new narrator so I may press on.
The reader's voice is too high, his accents and individual voices are unconvincing, and he speeds through the story as quickly as he can. I don't know what sort of book this voice would be suited to, but not a thriller like this.
Yes, the performance made the characters come alive. The voices for each character were individual and nuanced. The accents were nicely done.
This plot is relentless and breath-taking. It surges from page to page and chapter to chapter. The author writes in a very action-oriented style. He adds some interesting science, history and lore to blend a really exciting story. His characters are risk-taking, interesting and attractive. This is probably the best of the Jame Rollins novels.
Final, long scene in underground Ubar. No spoilers.
Perhaps, the confession of love and proposal in the midst of a major and dangerous crisis. A marriage proposal facing death, how much better does it get than that?
This is a fairly long performance and novel. It delivers on a complex plot, many characters and an amazing secret or should I say secrets. Well worth your time if you enjoy the Clive Cussler type of novel where historical events, persons and contemporary hero-types chase a mystery rooted in the past. I was disappointed when it ended. I believe this book became the genisis for the author's Sigma Force novels that followed.
I have read several books by Mr. Rollins. I had heard of Sigma and thought I should start at the beginning with the first in the series. I found the book lacking in something. I could enjoy as much as his others. I can't quite put my finger on it. I believe it was about character flaws. Everybody except Painter needed some psychoanalysis or at the very least some counseling. This doesn't mean I will skip over Rollins or his books in the future, but I probably will stick to the ones without Sigma.
Michele likes espionage & thriller's. Favorite author's : Len Deighton-John leCarre, Lincoln Childs, Douglas Preston, James Rollins, James Lee Burke, Martin Cruz Smith, Aurtuo Perez-Reverte
My first James Rollins book and I'm hooked. Listening to Sandstorm felt like I was seeing a movie in my mind's eye, first the British Museum then the Arabian coast.. His blend of current events with historical facts and fiction is delicious. His descriptions of places and events was a revelation to me. I'm looking forward to finishing my second Rollins book, "Map of Bones" now.. Enjoy Sandstone, and yes, I did have to look up some of the people and places in Wikipedia.
John Meagher was an excellant reader. Not many men can get the female voice to sound believable but he did. I was also able to distinguish between the male voices. Nice.
The story line was interesting but I felt it had too much anti-matter information. It was better when the info-lectures were over and they returned to the plot.
I probably will not buy another book in this series due to the over-loading of information not vital to the plot. But we'll see.