©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 like Dan Brown's writing style. I pre-ordered his new book coming out this May and thought I would listen to some of his work I haven't heard. A lot of people thought the audio version was not bearable due to the unprofessional recording which includes a lot of mouth noises... they are there alright, but I didn't listen with ear-buds, so they weren't that noticeable all the time. I would still recommend the audio version if you listen through speakers. You can listen comfortably at 1.25 speed also. Although this wasn't related to Robert Langford, it was enjoyable. The same style you enjoy in his other books are present here...strong and smart protagonist, good background research that you can look up online, characters you care about, lots of good suspense, and good ending. If you like DB's other novels, get this one... you'll enjoy it and be through with it before you realize it. later.
This is one of my very favourite audiobooks, Richard Poe is fantastic with the narration. It's a gripping yarn and the best of Dan Brown books as it's completely different from the others. Hold on for a great listen.
At times I stayed up listening to this book although I really needed to get some sleep. On other occasions I rolled my eyes and shut it off.
Overall the book will definitely entertain you. As in other books by the author, interesting research was done prior to writing and events are well thought through.
There were instances when I thought "no way" and in truth they did not have anything to do with the plot itself or special effects described. My struggle was in the smaller decisions that some characters made that lacked believability.
Narrator did a very good job. I would advise not downloading the highest quality, as you will hear him swallow between sentences quite frequently. Not his fault.
The author and the reader should have built for each other. Brillant story and great narration.
The suspense build points are needlessly drrrraaagggeeedd on with much non-contributory dialogue.
The science is crediable and really adds to the story.
Poe did well but the technical aspects of the recording were poor. The sound engineer should have filtered out the swallowing and dry mouth moistening sounds. (Although, were I the narrator - I would be doing the same with such a long reading project).
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I look forward to renewed and invigorated efforts
Dan Brown possibly, the plot once again was well thought out, lots twists and turns. The narrator was simply painful to listen to, his terrible attempt at accents and desire to turn it into a one man play, made finishing a real chore.
Cannot believed I paid for this. It was verbal waterboarding.
Not on the edge of my seat, but engaged throughout.
As I mentioned earlier, just simply horrible. It was almost like listening to a 13 hour long version of an old time radio show without any of the special effects or talent of real actors. Send him to Guantanamo give him a something that's long and make him read to detainees, that will break them.
Angry at the horrible narration which distracted from the plot. I have read 3 of D Brown's books in paper and never had a difficulty finishing them. This one I couldn't listen to on a flight to Mexico.It took me over 4 weeks to almost finish. I finally gave up.
I think I said it all.
Great story, Great read, Great narration!
The suspense and excitement!
Deception: A Very Tangled Web!
The real deceiver is so hidden almost until the end. Great!
An audio book loving Aucklander.
As with all Dan Brown novels, this starts at a pace and doesn't slow down. I enjoyed this story much more than Digital Fortress, perhaps it was the uniquie setting where the story really begins, ie in the Arctic. As always there are so cheesy bits, where Dan weaves in a love theme and some awful lines, where you want to cringe like you're listening to Young and the Restless. HOWEVER, these are fairly brief and one can tolerate these, as the rest of the story is of the 'don't want to stop listening' type. A worthy choice for a credit, if you are looking for some lightweight action fiction.
Great book if you like mystery/thrillers! Audible should clean up the audio file. You can hear the narrarator clearing his throat and shuffling papers. It's a bit distracting.
I will not listen to it again in the future.
The story is filled with implausible turns of events reminiscent of children's stories (the escape in the ice), a multi layered conspiracy theory that reflects the political comprehension of a young teenager (with black helicopters), special forces that share the name of a real unit but nothing else, and a cheaply constructed deus ex machina near the end of the story.
It took me 3 attempts to get through this book's cringing passages. Richard Poe's narration is the only reason I ultimately listened to the book in its entirety.
I wish Dan Brown had paid more attention to the story's plausibility - particularly the workings of the White House, politics, and military special forces.
Having listened to the book, I know I will not watch a movie adaption.
I would probably have enjoyed this book much more as a teenager than I did as an adult.
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