©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 usually save audiobooks for exercising, driving and other boring stuff...but I couldn't stop listening to this one until I finished. A real "pageturner". My only complaint is SO minor, The reader repeatedly mispronounced "data".
I thought this audiobook was superb entertainment. I suspended my belief in reality more than once, but that's what entertaining fiction is all about.
The only hinderance to my enjoyment was the array of sounds picked up from the narrator's recording. I found myself guessing whether the "digestion" sounds were the narrator's or my own. Other than the gurgling and growling--the narrator did a fabulous job with telling the tale.
I was captured by this book very quickly. The story line was great. I had difficukty turning it off to go to work. It held me throughout. This is as good as anything Dan Brown has written. I enjoy even the poetic license. I will probably listen to it again.
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.
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