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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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.
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."
Even as a summer-blockbuster-read, it doesn't hold together. Decent premise but my oh my is the execution terrible. Characters, Pacing, Scene Structure, Science, Dialogue ... all terrible. Worst thing I ever downloaded. Avoid.
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!