©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 story is not as inciting as Brown's other books, but my issue is with the narrator. You can hear him swallow, breathe heavy and even a throat gurgle or two...if you do buy this audiobook, be sure to use low quality headphones.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
It seems that when you've read one Dan Brown novel you've read them all. They all start out with a huge mystery that turns out not to be so huge at all. I like his writing style, and I did enjoy the book, but I probably won't be reading another Dan Brown book for a long time.
The book hits you with a bang, then leads you into this labarynth of intrigue, espionage and murder!
You think you know who's behind this whole thing then BANG! the twist - very well written, I thouroughly enjoyed listening to the book.
The narrator was fantastic, he "completes" the book!
Truly worth the download
The author is a 'keep-you-at-your-seat's-edge type of writer. He is excellent.
The book was captivating and full of action and suspense. I have yet to read a book from Mr. Brown's collection that wasn't everything promised in the editorial.
You won't be able to put the book away!
Why a glass of water? Well, I have NO problem with the book itself. It's smart, and may be one of my favorites. Dan Brown rocks.
The glass of water would be used to wet the "whistle" of the man who read this book. What I mean is this. Take a Microphone-Place it to your mouth. Turn up the volume. Now, move you mouth. Smack your lips, stick your tounge to the roof, and let it slap around, stick your lips to your teeth, and pull then off over and over. Now try to speak, while performing these oral gymnastics, and you'll see what I had to listen to.
Book was excellent. After an hour, you don't notice the slurping noises, except when you stop the recording,and restart it.
Nice suspense story, well written and enjoyable to follow.
However this may be the worst narrator ever for an audible book, he makes all kinds of noices between sentences that become very annoying. Key was enough volume to hear the story but low enough to minimize his noices.
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dan Brown's Deception Point. But after I finished listening to it I realized that it had the same cookie cutter plot as The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brilliant world expert (on some highly specialized topic) becomes unwittingly immersered in a dangerous plot with world-altering ramifications, expert grudingly helps the good guys untangle a mystery while developing chemistry with another intellectual equal of the opposite sex, expert and sexy partner save the day, and end up fulfilling lustful desires as the story ends. The names and topic have been changed, and Dan Brown has still gone to his characteristic great lengths of research to explain highly technical information in such a way that it is easily followed. But I would have liked to have seen a digression from the Robert Langdon stories. It almost seems to me that Brown is writing his books with the hope of them being turned into a movie from the first words. Also, the narrator in this story was not the best. Every time he pronounced NASA as Nassau or nasah, it made me cringe. Also, I could hear him making sounds between pauses that were, shall we say, unpleasant? Something akin to wetting his lips. Also, he made little, if any, effort to give different characters different voices. Probably the only bad narration I have heard on Audible. Other than that, it was a fun story, cliffhangers galore, kept one sitting on the edge of one's seat or wherever, constantly engrossed. I freely admit I didn't want to turn it off until I listened to it almost straight through. Brown does a great job of engaging the reader/listener, and this book is no exception. Also, much better ending than Angels and Demons, so if you didn't like that, give this one a try. This will appeal to the techies and the reader who enjoys science and politics.
Book was good light entertainment. Story moved well. Typically unbelievable, but not abnormally so. Narrator sounded like he was always out of breath and at every break there was a lot of what sounds like lip smacking. It was pretty annoying. I will avoid books he does in the future.
This is probably the worst book by Dan Brown. The story is slow and messy. To further the pain, I can hear all the noises made by the narrator. The swallowing of the saliva, paper rustling, and the mike bumping. I downloaded the best quality by the way. It's definitely a turn off. Maybe I am biased to the story since I can't seem to ignore the stupid noises the narrator made.
I would call this an average science/political/action thriller. If you are expecting something as intriguing as DaVinci Code or Angels & Demons I think you will be disappointed. It is not bad but does not grip you like those two novels do. If you decide to buy this audiobook, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the abridged version. I purchased the unabridged version and there were times I found myself pounding my hand on the steering wheel muttering "just get on with it!!!" Some facts and plot points are repeated multiple times so that you won't forget them. I would have to believe that the abridged version would be much easier to listen to. The narration if fine; there is just too much verbiage in my opinion. I give it three stars, but subtract one more due to the unnecessary length. I suspect I would give the abridged version three stars.
"Richard Poe - Please stop swallowing so loud! :)"
I was probably spoiled by the Davinci code which was an amazing introduction to Dan Brown and I'd bought this after all the big reviews I read about this title, and Im sorry DB fans but for me this was a big let down, true it does have some exciting moments and some interesting insights, but these are few and far between in a audio book of 16+ hours, to be honest after 7 hours it was becoming a real chore to get through, I've only got 2 hours left to go and I honestly cant wait for it to end (I feel like now I've put so much effort in I have to see it through to the end as some sort of weird accomplishment) , so I can start on something new- shame really.
However THE most horrible thing about this book is that once every 10 15 minutes the narrator does a horrible long, loud, saliva filled swallowing noise which (especially if you've got headphones on) is VERY off putting and makes me forget the next minutes as I get over the noise :) :) :)
This book is a great story but way too long and too wordy. Choose if you wish to listen to descriptive content for hours!!!
Good old Dan Brown. Exciting and fast-paced. Great book.
"has everything brilliant book"
excellent story, gripped in parts and brilliantly narrated, will be buying another Dan Brown book
Constantly kept me guessing who was the big bad, some good twists, some a bit far fetched and what must be the luckiest characters ever to have survived all they did!
but worth a listen, love all the geeky stuff and the mystery of all this space exploration etc..
"Hard to put down - really enjoyed this read"
A good story which has some nice twists and turns well read. I would recommend this book.
"A page turner"
This story did keep me on tender hooks, waiting for what happened next. I prefer stories that strongly develop & give the reader personal insights into the characters; but this is not D.B 's style. He evidently does a huge amount of research - in this instance into scientific topics such as Meteorology. Whether he's accurate or not only specialists would know! As the story got near its crescendo it got rather James Bond -y & silly for me. On the whole a ripping yarn, well researched & food for thought re the morality of those in powerful positions. One VERY off putting thing was the narrator. He kept breathing in & out noisily through his nose, swallowing loudly as if gulping cups of tea, & making funny noisy with his mouth. Really quite disgusting. I was wishing I had purchased a hard copy.
Terrible audio. You can hear every swallow of saliva and breath taken. Also all women appear to sound similar to Marg Simpsons sisters! I wouldn't recommend.
"Couldn't stop listening"
A gripping story from start to finish. Does pose a few questions about exactly what goes in government depts. Excellent narration with feeling and warmth that also kept you compelled to keep listening. Astounding and then some and another marvel for this amazing author.
"Was eager for the end."
Thought some of the storyline was a bit unbelievable...How many lives does the heroine have? Didn't guess the villain though. All in all, good entertainment and narrator did a good job.
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