I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
This is without question the most exciting audiobook I have ever heard. The research is meticulous, as in all great historical fictions. The idea of trying to move an interstellar meteorite halfway around the world in a disguised oil tanker is romantic, outrageously ambitious, and captivating throughout. Scott Brick has become almost as good as Frank Muller was, which is the highest praise I can give. The plot never lets up, with twists and turns that literally will keep you up a night. Human, believable characters (with perhaps one exception) all involved in a mission which could revolutionize the scientific world, or kill them all: this is reading and writing at its very best.
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
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.
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."
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.