While I like stories about the super natural, I like it when the super natural is treated as something unusual, eerie and scary. In this story the author have chosen to incorporate the super natural as something quite natural and the result is a more a thriller/adventure than the (high tech) ghost story I was expecting. Fair enough, its just not for me.
The best thing in this book, for me, was the unusual setting. The thing I liked least was the very long dialogues.
Slow, interesting, educational.
Logan watches and listens, but he's not a strong character.
He does well with the story.
It took awhile to get into the character development and human interactions. The setup of the dig was arduous, and I was beginning to think this was more of a lesson in archeology with minimal story line. I did get hooked and am glad I heard the entire book, as it turns out to be an interesting story, and quite an education. I love the Pendergast series and was expecting stronger characters.
Irina M. Flowers
Pleasant, calm, professional
I don't really listen (or read) books like this, but I decided to try this one - I had a huge design project and I needed something to occupy my mind while I was working with my hands. The novel didn't do the trick. I just couldn't believe that the writer who clearly has a talent, wrote a story that didn't touch me in any way. Somewhat an "empty shell".
I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.
Yes, someday. I don't like listening to books to soon because I tend to get ahead of the book in my head, but this is one I will listen to again someday.
As to why, its a great story, set in a great location with all the things a thriller needs to be great.
Yes! Although I did see some of the things coming, (a disadvantage to reading a lot), there were enough surprises to keep me guessing.
If I have one favorite character, I consider the book a failure. This book was not a failure.
A story that was up to Childs' standards, of which this wasn't.
Better characters, more fleshed out, and a plot which didn't feel like paint-by-numbers.
Ugh, he's horrible. Sounds like he's 15 and has zero inflection or character differentiations. Anyone would be better, like the guy who reads the Pendergast stories...
A nine-hour yawn.
Seriously, Lincoln? With writers who'd kill to be in the vaunted position in which you find yourself, this is the very best you can do? I have to say, I'm seriously disappointed. It really feels like you phoned this one in, dude. Almost as if it were an outline for a bigger, much better story - of which this has the potential of being - but as is, is certainly is nowhere near a final product. Stop coasting and start digging deeper. You owe it to your fans who are spending hard money for this stuff. We deserve better.
I am a fan of both Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. Recently their work has been less than what they are capable of but this book did not disappoint. Here Lincoln steps up with a solid solo offering. The story and characters are all somewhat familiar with references to many other works of adventure. Miles rolled by effortlessly as the story, narrated very competently, did not hang-up and continually unfolded with interest and enough intrigue. No, it was not mind-bending but rather a comfortable exotic adventure tale mixed with science, supernatural, mystery and an interesting (but familiar) group of characters. I would recommend this book if you like these authors or if you care for an easy and engaging tale that is a friendly, quality distraction.
What can I say Mr Child continues to entertain on an informative level as well as suspenseful. Keep up the good work and please give us another Gideon.Ha Dennis
He does a good job of reading and I would listen to him again
We are truck drivers who listen to audio books and like to be both entertained and expand our intellect while at work. Great combo if you do both Dennis
This is a good mystery, that kept me guessing. It was a bit scary in some parts too. I really enjoyed it overall.
The performers voice was a bit monotoned, which was good for the exciting bits but got a bit boring in the early parts of the story when the characters and story were being set up. Mostly I liked that his voice didn't get hysterical in the action scenes, just matter of fact, which added to the edginess.
I liked the story but the narration was very week if it wasnt being a Child book i may have not finshed it.
The Lincoln Child formula is in full effect: quasi-supernatural mystery, isolated location, billionaire throwing his money around, and a collection of interesting character types. The problem is that it never seems to get past the formula. The whole book seems like an outline for a better novel, that never got fully fleshed out. There are several concepts that are introduced, but never have their potential fulfilled, and a few plot points that just make ZERO sense. (Trying to not spoil things...) Why would a relatively low level member of the expedition have an access card to a highly secure type of room that has nothing to do with their mission specialty? Why are some aspects of the curse paid off in (admittedly clever) very literal ways, and others in just vague metaphoric ways?
But the narration was the biggest problem here. McClain would be fine on other genres I think, but he seriously lacks the ability to lend gravitas to the story in the way Scott Brick does. His voice makes everyone sound like a college undergrad. And, especially early on, every line of dialogue sounds very self aware and is read as if the speaker is trying to make an ironic statement.