I don't know how the other readers could consider this book "exciting." Let me sum up the book for you. There is a very large, very heavy meteorite that is going to be moved by ship. Moving something of that size and weight is complicated. They remind us of this fact in every sentence for the entirety of the story. Some people think moving the rock is a bad idea. Fast forward to the end and they actually try to move the meteorite and have more problems. A few people die because of the rock but that doesn't really add any excitement to the story. The End.
I just saved you a credit and many hours of your life that you will never get back. The publisher's summary makes the story sound more like a thriller than it actually is. If you decide that you DO want to hear the story, do yourself a favor and listen to it at 2x normal speed. The narrator is the slowest reader ever and makes everyone sound the exact same- imagine William Shatner's speech pattern if he was also dozing off. 2x puts it at about normal human speech pacing.
If you want an exciting read about a strange rock that also involves a lot of ocean, just read Sphere by Michael Crichton. Trust me.
I think they phoned this one in , maybe with the help of a tech writer. Scott Brick sounded like he was channeling Capt Kirk. After that, it seemed like a recipe book: "start with this, add that, stir in a little XYZ . . ." and the dialogue was cartoon-like and redundant ; the whole story was clich?? riddled and predictable.
Preston and Child can do a lot better
Great pace, well written and very enjoyable. The plot and characters are well developed and all in all it was mostly believable.
After reading the mix of reviews, I decided to give this one a try and I enjoyed this. True the story is slow but only if speed is what you are after. The story still keeps you holding on. This is a great first book to perhaps another book or trilogy.
Had to force myself to listen thru to the end. The ending was like one of those spoofs of melodrama where the dying heroine makes a long speech then flops around allegedly dying and then starts another speech and flopping and then does it all again. And again. Authors couldn't decide between plot and character. Speechifying instead of dialogue. Preston did much better on his own in "Impact" where story and character were tighter and more cohesive.
Had a few minutes to download something before getting in the car and picked this due to its ranking in the best sellers list. Listened to about two hours and there is nothing good about this book, even for a shallow adventure novel. Just came back to Audible to a) get another book and b) see if there was some suspicious reason this book is ranked so high. I agree with the following review someone else posted (except I don't know anything about the authors):
"I like the authors. I like the narrator. I am a research scientist. This should have been a slam dunk, but I found it excruciatingly boring. There was just nothing fleshed out, and the ridiculous characters didn't seem to be able to see past the next line of dialog. I am shocked that this was even published and one of the handful of Audible books (out of the hundreds I have listend to) that I regret wasting any time with.
I was not expecting fine literature, but it was just awful."
Now this is a grabber! Well drawn characters, interesting and original locales, a plot that is abit out there, yet has roots in the believable. The best part? Frankly, I didn't know how it would resolve until the very end. Even after the resolve, still thoughtful.
Well worth the listen even for marginal fans of this type of book. Well done!
I really enjoy Scott Brick when he narrates Nelson Demille's books, that was actually the biggest reason for buying this one. I couldn't believe this was the same Scott Brick. It is like he felt that this needed a more intellectual sounding reading, but the result is dull to say the least. The characters in this book are one dimensional and you don't really feel very strongly about any of them, a fact that the reading makes even worse. Save yourself 14 hours and skip this one. Only impressive piece about this one is the research that has gone into it. The writers, however, seem more comfortable with research and science than they do with writing.
I love all the Pendergast books and was completely dismayed by this mighty swing and a miss. The characters in this book were a straight out of a cheap TV series. If you like formula TV then this tome is for your. The dialog was horrible and childish. The characters were either over the top or just plain idiots. Preston and Child have written excellent books with great dialog and interesting plots. I will write this off to a bad day and look forward to thier next book.
Get back in the saddle boys.