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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I have read four Preston & Child books, I have liked all of them, but not loved any of them. I am still waiting to read the book that I just can't put down, as I feel they have it in them to write that book. This book has cool theories and adventure and science. It starts out with a prospector discovering the world's heaviest meteorite (or is it a meteorite? and where did it come from?). It is located on an island off the south tip of Chile. A cold bitter land that Darwin visited on his voyage. The first half of the book is about the richest man in the world getting together a team of losers, along with a Mr. perfect to recover this rock without Chile finding out about it. I really liked the first half. In the second half, we get into a couple of love stories (kinda). The love stories are time consuming, not very loving and a total distraction from the story line. Then toward the end we have a ocean chase scene like in Master and Commander and it is very intense and a fast read. This scene leads to an extreme climax, all very intense and pretty cool. I could have given this five stars if they would have cut out the attempt to add romance to the story. Stick to science and adventure guys, like Crichton and Rollins.
As far as the narration goes, I have never liked Scott Brick's narration, he always sounds the same no matter what he reads. He makes every sentence sound dramatic and sarcastic. Having said that I felt his tone actually worked well for this book. All the characters in this book are sarcastic. He does not do humor very well.
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!
I have listened to a number of Preston and Child books, but this one just didn't impress me that much. It is certainly not their best, but I think I might have enjoyed it better had I actually READ it instead of listening. At one point, I realized that the narraator was not contributing any emotion into his characters. I didn't realize what the problem was at first. I just felt impatient. I found myself wishing it was over, but I wasn't even through the 1st half. Then, by accident, I set the speed to 2x, and then it hit me... it was the slow, measured narration that was making it tedious. The story was not the problem, which is why I didn't want to stop listening. Once I had heard it at 2x speed, I listened to the rest of it at that speed, and had NO problems with understanding or following it, and it suddenly felt better. I was disappointed in the ending, however. It felt a bit like they ran out of time and had to settle for a hasty finish. It was a disappointment. Certainly, if you only read/listen to ONE of the Preston & Child novels, do NOT choose this one. You'll never want to bother with the rest, and you will miss some very good books.
This book just wasn't what I was looking for.
I was looking for action and adventure, but what I got was something different.
I won't say it was bad but it was long and tedious and ultimately just not for me.