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Amazonia | [James Rollins]

Amazonia

The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world's most inhospitable rainforest - a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing...and came out with both intact.
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Publisher's Summary

The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world's most inhospitable rainforest - a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing...and came out with both intact.

Unable to comprehend this inexplicable event, the government sends Nathan Rand into this impenetrable secret world of undreamed-of perils, to follow the trail of his vanished father...toward mysteries that must be solved at any cost.

But the nightmare that is awaiting Nate and his team of scientists and seasoned U.S. Rangers dwarfs any danger they anticipated - an ancient, unspoken terror, a power beyond human imagining - that can forever alter the world.

©2002 Jim Czajkowski; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Clodhopper Tucson, AZ, United States 03-27-12
    Clodhopper Tucson, AZ, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2013

    I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!

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    "A story crying out for an editor."
    What would have made Amazonia better?

    This book is loaded with cliches and grammatical miscues, like


    What was most disappointing about James Rollins’s story?

    The stylistic irritants so drove me to distraction that I cannot even comment about the plot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Meagher’s performances?

    I would say that the narration is OK, except that there were some odd pauses between sentences, as if Meagher himself needed time to decipher Rollins' awkward syntax.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A great sadness for the abuse to which the English language was subjected.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 04-14-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 04-14-11 Member Since 2012

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Devolves into sophomoric silliness"

    After a fairly strong start AMAZONIA moves along quite nicely until the evil Frenchman and his minions waltz into the secret valley of the unknown tribe free from any of the problems that plagued the protagonist and his party.. Simply an unbelievable plot with irritating idiotic dialog. Don't waste your credits on this drivel. UGH. It's as if the author got tired of being clever and intelligent about 3/4 of the way through and allowed some B movie fan to finish up. Pass on this one.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Murfreesboro, TN, United States 05-28-15
    Jamie Murfreesboro, TN, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but my cup of tea."

    This is a good story, well written and only slightly slow in the telling. The ending was excellent.

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    Randal Golubski 08-20-14
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    "Annoying Narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


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

    Fairly predictible


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There is a constant hissing. Don't know if it's in the production or his voice, but there is always this hiss


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, it would be full of CGI


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kim Tequesta, FL, United States 08-10-14
    kim Tequesta, FL, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "page turner"
    If you could sum up Amazonia in three words, what would they be?

    fantastic story and narration, could not put it down. I am now a James Rollins fan


    What did you like best about this story?

    blending of science and fiction


    What does John Meagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    brings characters to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 05-02-14
    William 05-02-14
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    "delighful fruit of the forbidden tree"
    If you could sum up Amazonia in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, interesting, unique


    What did you like best about this story?

    the idea of the symbiosis between the tree and the people


    What about John Meagher’s performance did you like?

    John brought the characters to life by inflection and cadence.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sharing between the dying shaman and the new one.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the ending as well. God always finds a way regardless of what we think we have control of!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 02-17-14
    Lawrence PHOENIX, AZ, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Okay"

    I made it through it but it was a challenge. I don't think I'd put anyone else through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Compute 02-15-13
    Compute 02-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining! Grabs your attention and keeps it"

    What a great read. This book has it all … love, sex, the supernatural, family relationships and even a worldwide medical dilemma. James Rollins has a unique way of grabbing his reader at the first of his book and taking them on a wild ride throughout the story line and this book was no exception. Rollins always has a bevy of characters that are intriguing, with some being good and always some bad, and intertwines them in a distinctive way. Was the book realistic? Absolutely not. But I don’t read for realism. I read for entertainment … and that is exactly what this book does. It will keep you reading even when you have other things you NEED to do. Even though it is one of his older books, I would still recommend it.

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    David United States 08-27-12
    David United States 08-27-12
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    "I enjoyed the whole book"
    If you could sum up Amazonia in three words, what would they be?

    Hot, Sweaty Action


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fast pace... different storylines that interconnected... but they were in different parts of the world


    What does John Meagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt the passion (the women's voices and children were a little weak) in his voice...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hot, Sweaty Action


    Any additional comments?

    great book made even better by listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrel POCATELLO, ID, United States 08-02-12
    Darrel POCATELLO, ID, United States 08-02-12
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    "best book i lessin to"
    Would you listen to Amazonia again? Why?

    More than once


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes;I really like the way James Collins writes an organizes all his books.


    Have you listened to any of John Meagher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book


    Any additional comments?

    Will keep frying more books from audable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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