©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 liked the book. It was fast moving, and the characters were well developed for the most part. I don’t quite understand everybody’s complaints about the reader…do you all not have controls on your audio equipment? Simple adjustments in volume, bass, treble and such will make those little mouth noises go away. This is a spoken word media…..you don’t need to hear every little nuance, do you?
Now for my complaint. The NRO does not launch their satellites on “NASA launch vehicles”, they and the other government agencies interested in putting things in space (Air Force, etc.) buy their launch services from the Launch Service Providers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Orbital Sciences. The only vehicle that could be considered to be a NASA launch vehicle, or that is “launched” by NASA is the Shuttle. So if (just as an example) a Titan IV launch vehicle built by Lockheed Martin, launched by Lockheed Martin, with Air Force and Aerospace Corporation oversight blows up on the pad and destroys a billion dollar NRO payload…..how is that NASA’s fault? And since when does commercial satellite companies fly their payloads on “NASA Launch Vehicles"? The idea that NASA provides launch services “at a loss” to keep down the Beals and Kistlers of the world I find humorous. When the Kistlers of the world show that they can launch something with low risk, I’m sure DirectTV will be right there buying their services...NASA too.
I understand that these errors might have been needed for the plot, but I think that Dan Brown just didn’t do his homework. The errors made the plot a little unbelievable to me, but I am probably in the minority (I work in the space launch business). These errors have not prevented me from getting another Dan Brown book.
The bodily noises almost ruined a good book. Extremely distracting, the stomach gurgling and mouthing noises were so loud as to make you wonder if the guy was sick. Very disappointed as the book was decent enough. Listen to at your own risk. I had to turn it off several times just to regain my composure.
I liked it! I look forward to the next one. Sure, it had a few unbelivable moments, but all it all I really enjoyed the story.
Excellent, better than The Da Vinci Code. The author's solid research allows the reader to learn about the Arctic Circle and about the depths of the ocean. The action is non-stop. I couldn't put it down.
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.
"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.
"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.
Well paced, keeps interest going. Good story - enjoyable!
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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