Absolutely! The book has non-stop action, lots of twists and turns, and all the escape scenes are quite believable. I judge the quality of a book by how long it takes me to get through it. This book had me listening at every opportunity including the middle of the night-- just couldn't put it down. Took three days from start to finish. That makes it a five star book for me.
I had several favorite characters, but John heads the list. A hero from the same mold as Jack Reicher and others like him.
Julie Carson tops the list. Orlagh does a great job in bringing her to life.
The book evoked strong emotions in support of the plight of those caught up in today's slavery trade.
Although I love Baldacci's books, I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative reviews of several readers who criticized the sound effects, and the poor and rapid speed narration of Orlagh Cassidy. For me, nothing could be further from the truth. I loved having the male and female parts read by two different people, and found Orlagh's performance to be spot on.
The book is definitely interesting and fast-paced, and offers an action-packed view of what strange lifeforms might exist on and under Europa's covering of ice. However, the characters' numerous escapes from near-certain death left a lot to be desired in the way of believability. My biggest problem with the book was the narrator's tonal inflections at the end of many sentences. It seemed as if he were just relieved to be done reading the sentence, rather than applying the end-of-sentence inflections that would naturally be used by a character in real life. Numerous times, the inflections were "off" just enough to cause me to spend a lot of time thinking about what the proper inflections should have been, thereby distracting me from the storyline and causing me to miss the content of the next several sentences. In summary, a book probably worth reading if you can suspend disbelief in the harrowing escapes of the protagonists, and accept the fact that the narrator is not of Scott Brick's caliber.
If you are looking for a book with non-stop action, a totally unique plot; a book that makes you think and keeps you totally involved, don't pass this one by. And if you are a computer nerd like me, you will like it even more. The narration is as superb as the book. I hope that this is just the first of many books from this new author. I am anxiously awaiting his next!
I just couldn't put this book down. Such a great story--believable, emotional, action-packed, highly original. The narrator was perfect. Don't pass up listening to this one.
This is one of those audible books that I found myself waking up at 3 AM to listen to while still in bed. It really kept my interest all the way through the book. The narrator was excellent, with totally believable accents for the characters. Definitely 5 stars!
If you are looking for a great time travel book--this ISN'T it! From the description of the book that I read before buying it, that is what I thought I was getting; an innovative story about modern technology, space flight, a trip into the past, and a struggle to return to the future. In reality, the book is a historical novel documenting the two and a half year Lewis and Clark expedition that began in 1805, with just the slightest, uninspired sugar-coating of science fiction sprinkled throughout the the book. If you like historical novels (I don't), then you will probably like hearing this book as it plods rather tediously through meeting after meeting with friendly and unfriendly Indians, buffalo an elk hunts, idyllic, G-rated romances between white men and beautiful Indian squaws, and the like. I don't know how accurate the book is in its portrayal of the Lewis and Clark expedition--I don't remember much about it from my high school history book of fifty years ago--but I presume that the basic facts are accurate (excluding the two accidental time-travelers from the future who happened along for the journey.) So if you always wanted to know the details of what occurred on that historic expedition (I could have done without that knowledge myself)--this book is for you.
The narrator was ok, but the quality of the recording was poor--at times it sounded as if it were being recorded in an echo chamber, and at other times you could hear each time the recording was paused or edited during its creation--usually once or twice every sentence.
In fairness, I must say this--despite my negative comments, the book did hold my interest sufficiently that I never considered not finishing the book. Hence my 3-star rather than one-star rating.
After forcing myself to slog my way through the last several rather boring audible books, I was delighted to find myself unable to put this book down. Yes, I really enjoyed this one. The plot was excellent, the dialog true-to-life, and the action fast-paced. It has a little bit of everything--including murder, kidnapping, torture, and sex--but more than that, a unique twist on a premise involving people's past lives and reincarnation. Perhaps the best thing about this book was its narrator, Robert Slade, who has the ability to deliver a wide range of believable male and female voices and accents. Scott Brick has, until now, been my favorite narrator, but I think I like Slade even better. I searched and found that this book is Slade's only narrational work to date. I'm hoping to hear a lot more from him in the future.
This book takes all of the overused words and phrases that critics use to describe great books and breathes new life and meaning into them: awesome, page-turner, action-packed, unique,imaginative, mind-blowing, couldn't put it down, two-thumbs up, not-to-be-missed. . .well, you get the idea. In short, this book is fantastic!!! So is the narrator! Over the years, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have consistently enthralled me with their great stories--this one though, I think, is their best. After finishing this book, I realized that I now consider these two to be my all-time favorite writers--topping my other perennial favorite authors such as Clive Cussler, Issac Asimov, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, and John Ludlum, to name a few. DON'T MISS LISTENING TO THIS AUDIBLE BOOK!
While I enjoyed the author's last work, The Last Templar, I wasn't wild about it. The Sanctuary though, was one of those books that I just couldn't put down! Lots of action--all believable, and lots of interesting historical facts sprinkled throughout. My only complaint was the extremely poor editing job done throughout the reading. Many times there were noises indicating where the reading had been edited. In a few places a phrase was repeated twice--the original take was not fully removed in the editing. Indeed, in one place, the recording jumped to the end of the book every time I I tried to play it from that point. I had to skip over a few minutes of recording in order to continue with the story. In all of the hundreds of Audible recordings I've listened to over the years, this is the ONLY one where I've encountered a bad editing job.
I NEVER like abridged versions of a book, but this one SHOULD have been abridged. It went on and on and on and on. Each time I thought I would abandon going any further, something interesting enough would occur in the plot to keep me hanging in a bit longer. I finally made it to the end and, in retrospect now ask myself, "Why did I bother?" My recommendation--skip this one.
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