This gripping, high-concept thriller about a virus that is eating the world's oil supply is reminiscent of Michael Crichton's best.
©2007 R. Scott Reiss; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Reiss, a Hollywood screenwriter, has created a true page-turner of pell-mell action and momentum, already in production as a movie." (Publishers Weekly)
The story itself was not bad, but the narrator was horrible. I almost didn’t finish listening to the book because I found him to be so annoying. The story line was just good enough to keep me coming back.
First, the narrator’s sound level is grossly inconsistent. Listening to the book was uncomfortable because the volume was never right. It was either turned up quite high so I could hear him when his voice dropped quiet (which resulted in the volume being painfully loud when he talked at normal levels) or it was at a comfortable level for when he talked normal and I couldn’t hear what he said when he got quiet. I about wore out my volume buttons on my stereo trying to constantly find a comfortable level. I never did.
Second, the narrator’s way of speaking when talking for a distressed child or upset woman made me want to throw my iPod across the room in frustration. He sounded like a very bad impersonation of a cartoon character. Here he is speaking as a person who is anguished and I had no sympathy for the character. I just wanted him to stop with the irritating voice.
I don’t care who the author is – if I see that Dick Hill is the narrator for another audio book I will not buy it. I recommend this book but not this narrator.
Concept and plot were entertaining. The ending just didn't fit the book, like the writer just worte something to get it done.
Can't go wrong with Dick Hill
Not really, author seemed to struggle down at the end
Worth a credit
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