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  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (359)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "The narrator made an OK book awful"
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    What disappointed you about The Eye of God?

    The SIGMA series has been fun to follow although this one seemed more complex - or far fetched - than usual. Perhaps the abridged version would be better. But what really upset the apple cart was the narrator. Couldn't put my finger on it until I realized I felt like I was listening to Marty Stouffer narrating one of his "Wild America" segments. Great film footage but couldn't stand his (to my ears) condescending voice. Furthermore, the narrator's reading of various characters doesn't seem to be consistent. My wife and I usually listen together while we're driving but she threw in the towel and said no more because of this narrator. I'll continue to listen on my own when we're parked but I'm not sure I'll make it to the end either.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not there yet.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Baskous’s performances?

    No. In fact were this narrator to do a book by an author I've liked in the past, it would be reason enough not to order.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the reviewers made an excellent point about changing a narrator of a series and how it would be like changing actors in a popular TV series. Imagine Indian Jones being played by anyone else but Harrison Ford. And look at how changing actors for movies has impacted the series - like Batman, or any of the James Bond movies.

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