This is the second Preston and Child novel that I've purchased that has been ruined by Scott Brick's lackluster reading.
The way his voice drifts off into the ether, he sounds as if he's delivering one of those DEEP THOUGHTS blurbs or reading the moral of some children's story. Or reciting the poem off a Hallmark card.
I try to ignore it but I'm not succeeding. I can't stand his delivery.
These books deserve a better performer.
This book was well written, the narrator did an excellent job. I truly enjoyed the plot of the story and the characters, the book is simple yet full of excitement was not able to put the device down.
I wish Audible would provide a better product. I continually have to go back and try to find my place to listen. Audible apparently disables the ability to burn a book to even one disk so I can listen to it. The iPod just doesn't do well on audiobooks (probably unless you buy them from Apple). It is impossible to get a book burned to CD so I can listen to it and it never plays right on the iPod.
Entertaining, it is a good "listen" although it would also be a good read. Easy to forecast the ending, but interesting as to how they got there. Still a really entertaining book, it will keep your attention.
Well that's good, isn't it? Both yes and no. Yes, because you know that you get a very well researched story, and no, because the story is set up in such and obvious way, that you just know, when things will happen and for what reason. You might even know when in which part of the story this setup will have an effect.
That being said, I still enjoyed the book and I even found it ammusing, when I realized I was right from the beginning. But even though I found the book more predictable than other outings from the pair, they still managed to surprise me at least a handfull of times.
The story in itself is as you've gotten to know these gentlemen, but they are not as strong as, say their Pendergast stories. Maybe that's because Pendergast is such a strong character, but this story also contained strong characters, just not as likeable as in previous stories.
Performance vice - what can I say that hasn't really been said about Scott Brick? He is a very strong narrator and it always seems that he is able to lift even the most mediocre of stories - no exception here.
When the overall character is 4/5 it is because I still enjoyed this audiobook very much - lifted by the flawless narration by Mr. Brick. It's not Preston og Child's strongest story ever, but it gets the job done - especially if you're looking for a story where you don't need to speculate that much.
It's amazing how a good reader improves a story, and how a poor reader drags one down. Scott Brick is a really poor narrator. He's tedious and plodding and monochromatic. I almost turned it off a few times, I hated his (lack of) style so much. I will most probably never again purchase a book read by him.
I loved the overall concept of the book, characters developed nicely. I could visually put myself on the boat.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
This is my first Preston-Child read. I was intrigued after reading Impact (solo by Douglas Preston). I never heard of these guys before that. Excellent adventure, flowed smoothly til the end, which is my only gripe: It left a few mysteries unexplained. Never fear, there is also a webilogue which explains some of the aftermath of the events, and a future sequel has been promised by the authors.
Scott Brick, a perfect narrator (as many of you already know), delivers another winning performance. Can't wait to read more Preston-Child novels!