©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)
the reader kept making awkward pauses and mouth noises. he also kept saying "NASAW" rather than NASA.
Compared to his other works it was not as captivating. The plot as plausible as it may be is just presented to precipitate the story, thus it becomes long an a predictable convenient end.
I'm not sure what I found the best in this novel. I do know that I couldn't put it down. The mix of technology and mystery kept me interested until the end.
I loved the reveal at the end, I did not see it coming.
The author was very good, worth listening to again. I did have an issue with the quality of the recording, I don't want to listen to the noises the author makes between sentences or when he takes a drink, could have been edited better.
I listened to this book large chunks at a time, not wanting to stop.
Great story bringing in politics and science - Dan Brown always a safe bet.
The narrator reads well and is good with his emphasis and voices. BUT he has this annoying habit of making noises with his mouth when not reading - Im surprised the recording company did not remove these. I ended up not listening to the story but waiting for him to swallow or make noises - very off putting.
A wild, ride, dark, exciting... Though it may be a bit too smart/technical for some readers.
good dan brown
the moments at the boat near the end
no , and I did not really liked him
narrator makes unnerving noises , not noticeable if you are doing something else, like running or driving, annoying if your are only listening to the book
The book moves right along. Interesting tech and a twisting politically driven plot line. The narrator is decent but not my favorite.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
Or I wouldn't have been able to listen to the narrator. His voice was fine but he was either pausing to sip drinks of water or turning pages or doing something that made an intrusive sound throughout the book every twenty or so seconds and it was almost enough to make me return the book.
However, I became so engrossed in the story that I actually forgot about the narrator from time to time and didn't want to stop listening in spite of whatever the narrator was doing.
I couldn't figure out who the bad guys were until the very end and even then I didn't figure it out. There were twists and turns frequently enough that, just about the time I thought I had it figured out, something different would happen.
It's well worth the credit. Dan Brown doesn't disappoint.
It's on par with other dan brown works
The sound editing was TERRIBLE!! He did well with the performance but you can hear every breath and swallow he makes throughout the painfully long performance.
The story line kept me listening through the distracting swallows and breaths but this audiobook could be amazingly improved with moderate editing.
"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!
The narration... Or the recording.
The saliva, swallowing and spitting noises are terrible. Completely detracts from the novel.
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.
"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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