Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan
I'm always a sucker for a good pirate treasure or swashbuckling novel. Riptide isn't a pirate novel, but it is about the search for pirate treasure.
The story is a bit like a cross between a Michael Crichton novel and a Dan Brown novel in that it features a lot of high-tech equipment with a story that deals with secrets and hidden treasure.
Riptide starts off a little slowly but it picks up pace eventually and reaches quite an exciting (though slightly far-fetched) conclusion.
Overall, a good listen, with narrator Scott Brick providing a solid reading, though it's not his best work.
Ok, this is my first review. I've listened to well over 300 audiobooks, but never felt compelled to open my big mouth. However... I'm only a about a third of the way through Riptide, but Scott Brick's reading is about to make me scream! EVERY line, from the mundane to the truly dramatic, is delivered with the same tone of over-the-top gravitas, as if each and every sentence was the most important line in the book. There is no nuance or shading, no sense of the rise and fall of tension in the story. That takes some work to listen to, because you have to constantly weigh each utterance for content...is THIS line really as gripping as Brick wants me to believe? I've listened to about 15 other books narrated by Brick and have never had much of an issue with him until now. I have to suppose that it's an aberation. I won't write him off just yet. Oh, about the story...I'd say it's a passable 'read' for my commute. Not great, but somewhat engaging. Another reviewer mentioned listening at 2x speed. Maybe that's not such a bad idea.
The story isnt bad but can be slow and not in the way that it would increase suspense. The narrator reads the entire story with a depressing overly dramatic affectation of doom. Right from the start his voice seems to tell us this story won't end well. Reminds me of the way Vincent Price use to talk.
I like the Preston/Child combo - would still put Relic and a few others (i.e., the Pendergast series) much ahead of this story. It's ok - pretty slow and a not too all exciting experience overall. Reader is fine - if the story was an hour vs 8 hours I'd give it 5 starts.
More action, more creative, less flashbacks which have no bearing on the story...
Reader did a good job
Maybe a made for TV movie
Read the Pendergast books before this one...they are much better.
Yes, I love the Pendergast novels but I will try to avoid books narrated by Scott Brick since I am having a problem divorcing his voice from the Dune novels he has previously recorded.
Though I thought many of the characters were predictable. The overall plot was comforting in its predictability.
This narrator offers the same performance in this novel as he has every other story I have ever heard him narrate. I often forgot that I wasn't listending to a Dune novel but another story entirely. Though I once really liked this narrator, the constant sense of impending doom he broadcasts has started to take away from the storylines for me.
As I haven't finished the book yet and am having a problem motivating myself to do so, I can't comment on the need for a follow-up.
The action and plotting in the story are very good. There are some rough places where characters act ridiculously obtuse or change motivations without warning, and sometimes you wonder if the medicine and science has any basis in fact. Mostly, though, it's a fun story with a fun premise and basic but interesting characters. It's a good book to keep you alert on a long drive.
I LOVE Audible
I am about 3/4 of the way through the story... and just can't finish it. The book seems to go on and on and on. One tense scene after another, it never ends.
Unfortunately I don't think I will finish this one.
Story is ok... a little like the Goonies. Too drawn out.
Narrator sounds like he is leading a guided meditation.
The story was predictable, but entertaining. It was Scott Brick's grating narration that made it difficult to listen to this book. The worst offense was Brick's version of a female with a french accent - did he (and the editors) really think this was a good idea? I have listened to Brick's other books and didn't find them as obnoxious as this one, but I will not be purchasing another book with Brick as narrator.
No It was an entertaining book for relaxation. Usual mystery / thriller type - not outstanding but met my expectations for relaxation. I however would not have purchased if it was not being sold with a special deal.
Scott Brick, who I realize is one of the favorite narrators, is just not my favorite.He sounds the same book to book with the same inflections of voice and tone- sometimes sounds like a whine.I always feel that he plays the same character. He is not my favorite but usually I can listen depending on my purpose and length of the book. However I will often not purchase a book because he is the narrator.