©2001 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"Brown moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller: a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm." (Publishers Weekly)
"A dazzling high-tech adventure...Brown proves once again that he is among the most intelligent and dynamic of authors in the thriller genre." (Library Journal)
"This is pretty exciting stuff...and Brown certainly does have a knack for spinning a suspenseful yarn." (Booklist)
I love Dan Brown's other books. This one is just not up to par. The number of times the main character "almost" dies gets pretty silly. Really! While marooned on a drifting iceberg, she beats an SOS with her ice axe and gets rescued by a passing submarine. After that, I started cheering for the "bad guys".
As with Brown's other works, defining and redefining the obvious was a bit much, but the story was good. The character development was teriffic. The reader was good. The ending was satisfying even though you could pretty much predict the outcomes and surprises as they were building. I would have to recommend this to friends, overall a darn good book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, fast paced, one predicament after another. I couldn't wait for breaks at work and after work to listen to this book. I didn't figure out the controller at all, but then I just went along for the fast paced ride. Narrator was annoying in the beginning, but got better after the characters came to life. You won't be disappointed in this work.
This book is very different than Angels and Demons and from The DaVinci Code. Yet it is stylistically similar. Brown did a good job of developing the plot and engaging the listener in an exciting tale. I recommend it highly.
I didn't read his first book, but this one seemed to be right up my alley. It started from the very first chapter to be edge of your seat, and a could not wait to listen to the next CD. I had read that the character development was not great, but I have enjoyed the characters and have a real sense of who they are. Overall, excellent thriller.
this was my 4th dan brown book in a row. it started to sound the same. but it was a good story, kept surprising me. but i didn't like the ending. no real insight into the gov't (the subject of the book) like the other stories.
Gripping Suspence! If you're looking for the DeVinci Code, you wont find it here. But, what you will find is a good gripping story, one that's hard to put down. Richard Poe helps bring the story to life. I enjoyed it!
I know I'm not a rocket scientist but did Dan Brown HAVE to repeat everything. I didn't have a problem remembering what documents various characters had in their possession or what they were wearing so I feel that repeating them were time fillers. However, I'm sure that Dan Brown thinks he's a rocket scientist because the technical descriptions were... technical, very technical and very long. I gave it 2 stars because there was a sting in the tail otherwise I would have given it 1 (for effort).
Reading this book was like eating chocolate instead of fresh green beans or burning gasoline instead of oak logs. There wasn't a lot of substance but there was plenty of excitement. I really enjoyed it. Never did I have to dig deep to understand meaning. Instead, I was on the edge of my seat, anxious to hear what was coming next. And, the fact that I could guess what was next did little to reduce my excitement.
I liked the narrator. His voice characterizations were subtle, not calling attention to his performance. His slight tonal variation kept the words lively adding to the entertainment that this book provided.
If you're a snooty reader, you'll hate this. For the rest of you, enjoy your dessert.
This book started out interesting and got really boring really fast. It started out in the realm of science fiction only to become a drawn out political thriller. It was painful waiting for the ending to come. It also seems to have been derived from something else....
"100 impossible things to do before breakfast"
Good fairly fast paced romp of a thriller. Enoyed it though - better thought out than Angels and Demons and slightly more believable. The end again with a Dan Brown novel seems rather out of kilter with the rest of the novel - as if he isn't sure how to end a book which seems a shame after ploughing through so many hours.
Well paced, keeps interest going. Good story - enjoyable!
"dont buy the abridged version"
go for the full hog and you won't be disappointed - an excellent and compelling read from start to finish. It takes two minutes to get over the strong american accent and then your gripped by the storyline.
This book has you on the edge , the story is very interesting with lots to think about, you just can’t stop listening once you start, the narrator is great and the plot well described and the voices are good, i have listened to this book twice in quick succession and enjoyed it very much both times, highly recommended.
Overall I found the plot interesting and some scenes were quite absoribng but for the majority of the book there were only two scenes active, so the way the story flipped between these with articifial regularity to create tension felt very predictable and mechanistic.
Secondly I found the narration poor. I listened through headphones and a combination of mediocre sound quality and the narrator's salival noises accompanying almost every sentence finished off most of the plasure I could have got from this story.
I would say wait until audible buy a decent narrated version and have a go, it will probably be okay.
The narration... Or the recording.
The saliva, swallowing and spitting noises are terrible. Completely detracts from the novel.
"Another cracker of a book from a great author."
exciting, different and polished.
easy to understand, good timing and just one of those voices that are easy on the ear.
"I love Dan Brown"
This was an entertaining book...nothing crazy and sometimes I choose a book simply because it's light entertainment! And that's what it was :)
Exceptionally well thought out storyline but, like most Dan Brown, finally nods to the unbelievable. The naration is excellent. I was left feeling bewildered to say the least.
"Too far fetched ..."
The plot is utterly unconvincing with twists and turns for the sake of it. And the 'science' is ridiculous - beyond belief by a long way. No stars. However, after a very slow start there are some half-decent bits of thriller writing and the reading is quite good. For this it gets 2 stars.
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