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.
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.
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 read this book a few years ago and loved it. To find it finally on audio, well I just had to listen. It was as good the second time as it was the first! Preston and Child are good separately but are fantastic together. I'm going to have to listen to all of the books I read years ago just to get those thrill rides.
The only thing is I wish the narrator would add a little more excitement to his voice. He comes off as monotone. But the story is excellent!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, I shoulda' known when I saw Scott Brick. What can I say.. He's got good diction? The guy is soooo portentous. It is one thing to foreshadow doom, it is another to be irredeemably gloomy. It's as if there's a minor key note playing continuously in the background just beneath the level of your easy hearing. But, Scott did not create this overwritten text: Moby Dick with a couple of Ahabs, maybe even three or... or... FOUR! Okay, I get it, obsession's not a wonderful thing.
And the written-for-the-movies unrelenting crisis after a time eventually make you chortle quite independent of the authors' intent. Preston and Child have apparently challenged themselves to go through the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary of adjectives and adverbs - IN EVERY CHAPTER!
This is a painful book which, because I hate to waste money, I almost listened to to the end... but finally my appetite for discomfort became sated. I shall avoid all of these people - both authors and reader - in the future. AAAARGH!
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."
I love the authors and have read most of their books, but this is horrible. I couldn't finish the audiobook, and I can't say that's ever happened. The characters are flat and the plot is ridiculous. Vallanar was such a bad character that I envisioned him twirling his evil mustache in every scene. The narrator didn't help this audiobook. He's not one of my favorites but does all the Preston/Child books, and I usually can get past him. Save your time and money and pass on this one.
"The Ice Limit" pretty much comes up to the usual high Preston/Child standard. As always, these consummate authors have fetched afar for their plot concept -- a humongous meteor from outside our solar system, composed of an unknown element harder than diamond, lodged at the frigid southern tip of South America for millions of years -- but they have based their improbable scenario on solid science. I only deducted one star from my rating of this audiobook, because of the narrator. Despite Scott Brick's good reputation and popularity, I find his his nasal voice irritating, and I wish the audiobook publishers wouldn't use him so much for their narrations. A different actor with a better voice -- George Guidall, for instance -- would have improved this audiobook immeasurably. Otherwise, I recommend this audiobook to all thriller-lovers.