This production needed better direction, a better narrator, and possible recording equipment somewhat later than the 1960's.
I generally enjoy James Rollins. His stories are preposterous and fun. Sort of, kind of werewolves and sort of, kind of vampire priests along with several other bizarre additions (don't want to add any spoilers) just requires too much suspension of disbelief. Probably could have handled it had the narration not been bloody awful.
The narration was truly awful. I did not say narrator to be clear only because any direction that would allow this overly tremulous and histrionic performance, and muddy, barely discernible production to go forward is to blame. This was like listening to an overly dramatic scout leader telling scary stories around the campfire with cotton stuffed in his mouth.
I somehow managed to get through this and couldn't wait for it to end. I will not be putting myself through Book 2.
It's rare that I hate an audio book and I hated this one. The story was beyond preposterous and the narration was mind boggling terrible. I thought my hearing had gone bad until about the middle of part 2 when all of a sudden the treble went up and I could understand what was being said. And then I realized how dumb the story was. I have loved every James Rollins book, Sigma Force or not, but this one, ugh. Maybe he needs to ditch the collaborator.
Okay, it's different for James Rollins. He does like history and science, and then to go beyond the bounds. In this one, he goes far afield. I like the idea of vampire priests, the speculation of alternative histories. The story is interesting, and always kept me guessing. It had many surprises, twists, and turns. It is the beginning of a new series, with new characters. They are well developed and likable.
Christian Baskous does a good job with voices and accents. He makes the story believable, and makes it move.
I am already listening to the next one, and hope there are more.
Never thought James Rollins would write a book that was so slow & boring. This book really went nowhere & I did not come close to finishing.
Would recommend don't waste your $ or credits
Christian Basdous is someone I won't listen to again. He just reads with no inflections. There are so many out there who could do a much better job reading Rollins books .
The story is good, but a little shallow.
I am a huge fan of Rollins, but I'll pass going forward.
I don't like vampire books and didn't know this was one by the description.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I really liked the story, although you REALLY have to suspend disbelief. The one drawback is that it doesn't end. You need to read the next book to tie up lots of very loose ends. I don't think this has to discourage you, just be warned.
Better story line. The story went nowhere.
The narrator tried too hard. Every sentence he read was like the world was coming to an end. Just read the book normally --- too much hyperbole.
Impatience -- wanting it to end already -- yeah, I know I could have just stopped listened but wanted to just finish it.
Save your money.
Truly high, it travels through history has immortals of all kinds, and honors Christ.
Rune and Erin
If you like James Rollins, Clive Cussler and the Preston and Child novels you will find this highly entertaining.
I have enjoyed books from this author before. I looked forward to another good series. While the story was good, the narrator's bizarre inflections in the oddest places was so annoying. Then it got to be a real distraction as you listened anticipating some weird vocal and missed the actual story.
I hope so, as it had an open ending for another book. But NOT with Baskous as narrator.