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"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 have to agree with all the other reviewers... The sound of Poe's lips and tongue and saliva are distracting and disgusting. Still a good listen, but come on people, learn how to produce cleaner audio.
The book was decent and Richard Poe really paints a picture. Unfortunately it's painted with saliva. I think I would have liked the book more if the "mouth sounds" were not so prevalent. I assume they have used some new technology that turns Bubble Yum into a microphone capable of capturing every nearly imperceptible sound the human mandible makes.
I don't think this is Richard Poe's fault however or Dan Brown's. They did a great job and aside from the live action experience of being a piece of taffy working it's way though the first part of digestion. This was a great book.
I only hope the old gypsy man that cursed the recording with the word "Wetter" when it ran over his daughter has found solace in the fact that we all suffered the sopping sounds of Deception Point. I'm eager to listen to other recordings from inside a dogs mouth.
If you like Dan Brown then I always tell them this is one you will want to read. The thing with Dan is that he does his homework on the subject at hand. This book is about NASA and meteorites cover up and deceit! Love it love it.
When the death chase is on and the main character realise what they have found. Conspiracy theories!
Go Dan. Hurry and write another book.
The story is ok, and the narrator's voice is nice; he does a nice job keeping the storyline moving. HOWEVER, the recording is terrible. I have had a difficult time ignoring his swallows, breaths, etc. I'm sure this is probably a recording studios issue, but it doesnot do this book, nor this narrator, any favors. If those kinds of things bother you, don't listen to this. The noises do distract me; a lot of this book is dramatic, and leaves many opportunities for these noises to distract.
Mr. Poe has a nice voice. Very authoritative.
This effort is a far cry from The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Still, 'Huffington Post' Liberals will, more than likely, enjoy the read. All others should take heed. Although I'm a registered Democrat, even I found the hyper-partisanship of the plot line to be uncomfortable, if not downright offensive. Unfortunately, Mr Brown's obsession with the 'Good' (Democrat) vs 'Evil' (Republican) subplot has an even more substantial impact on the book's flow. The constant interruption from the average/adequate action adventure story with the contrived political assignation of the Republican antagonist delivers an uneven pace that, at times, borders on jarring.
I really really like the plot and mystery and suspense of this book. However, I really did not like the narrator much at all, especially when I first started (as I got used to him he wasn't as bad) but at first he sounded like a 1950s news anchor reporting the news but as a book and I HATE how he pronounced NASA (Nasaw) plus you can tell where he turned a page and sometimes you could hear his lips part after swallowing which was a bit annoying. But for me the story eventually let me forget how much I didn't like the narrator's style.
For those who think Deception Point is sci-fi, be warned: while there is plenty of science in Deception Point, it isn't science fiction. Rather, it is a political thriller. Granted, Dan Brown did a good job exploring the shaky underworld of American politics, but it all felt a little too contrived to be real. With a few exceptions, the characters were stereotypical, if not ridiculous at times.
The ending was unrealistic. It had an enormous amount of excitement: helicopters, automatic weapons, underwater volcanoes, sharks, Scooby-Doo like villain unveilings, hundreds of near-death moments, and misplaced comedy. Unfortunately, it was too much. Somewhere around the sharks the whole thing seemed to feel like a cliche Hollywood blockbuster gone awry.
The narrator was decent, but there were a few problems with the recording. This is the first audio book I have ever listened to where I could clearly hear the narrator's mouth popping, pages rustling, and, occasionally, something that sounded oddly like acid reflux. Secondly, it sounds like the whole thing was recorded in a tin can. There is a strange metallic muffling to the audio that, at first, was quite disturbing. After an hour or two, it becomes less noticeable. Still, the quality of the recording -- regardless of the quality of the downloaded file -- is terrible.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I've only read his blockbuster novels and wasn't aware that he writes this kind of novel. It is a fast paced, page turner, type mystery adventure book. At the same time, believable. If you like Brown, you'll like this one.
THIS BOOK HAD ME FROM THE BEGINING,THE PLOT KEPT ME READING ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE CHAPTERS WERE A BIT OVERBOARD IN PLACES, I STILL GIVE IT A 4 STAR RATING BEACUSE I ALSO ENJOYED THE NARRATION BY RICHARD POE. I shall be seeking further books and narration from both thees guys.
"Started really well-pity about part two"
Yes, in general it was a quite an intriguing political thriller especially part one which outlines what is an unusual plot. Some good and grimy political wheeling, dealing and plotting around the USA's presidential elections and NASA. .Not heavy on characterisations this novel so it's hard to build a degree of real empathy with any of them.
I am interested in space exploration and the work of NASA so this element of the book was appealing.Throughout Part One the build-up to actually understanding what is 'going on' is really very well done and I just couldn't stop listening- SO intriguing.
Least interesting was the huge amount of technical information that just became over-whelming and for me, turned into a distraction and then an obstacle to enjoyment of the ending.
Hard-hitting, clear, concise delivery.
Possibly yes it would make the transition as it has all of the essential modern-day movie attributes. such as political intrigue, corruption, murder and an explosive ending. They'd have to jettison all that technical data though.
Part Two was a let down for me. Just too much technical information!! Too many cliches as well and then it all got a bit trite which surprised me. This was my first Dan Brown novel and I know he does his research really thoroughly, so I took a chance on it. Great pity Part Two just lost it about half way through.
Didn't even read the blurb so totally didn't know what to expect. Pleasantly surprised and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a few good twists and turns.
"You wont be disappointed"
This is an excellent book, fast paced thriller involving NASA which has good character building. The story will keep you on the edge making you want to listen more.
I love this book. Keeps you in its grip right to the end. Listening to it makes it even better. I just hope Mr Brown keeps on writing
"A brilliant read from Dan Brown - again!"
This is my first audible Dan Brown listen. I have read his books in the past and wasn't sure how it would go in talking book format as the story jumps around a bit. However the narrator was brilliant (as was the story line as usual) and I was hooked from the very beginning to the last sentence. A fast paced story with just the right amount of character building and action, all while hinting at past historical events that made me want to find out more about the history of our and past civilisations.
"This was my FIRST Audio book, and got me HOOKED."
I had never downloaded any audio books before, but had a long journey coming up from my home in Burgundy, back to the UK to see family. I had read some Dan Browns, but not this one, so I bought it and stuck it on the ipod, ready for the trip. What a fabulous experience it was, I did not want to stop the car, and even on the ferry, we took the ipod with us , just so we could keep listening. The Plot(s) and characters are truly masterful, and Dan Brown's novel is so well narrated, by Richard Poe, that you just can't stop listening. A SUPERB tale that will leave you hanging on the cliff edge right to the last minute.A wonderful tale, right up there with the best.
"a must for conspiracy theorists"
Conspiracy theorists will love this one. Brown poses the question of "how far is too far?" in the pursuit of political power. The story is set against the backdrop of discovery of extra terrestrial life in a meteor fragment and hints back to the NASA announcement in the Clinton administration. Brown keeps the action flowing at a breakneck pace and throws in a few surprises to keep the listener entertained to the very end.
"Amazing story teller"
I love Dan Brown's books, they are so engaging and clever. I have read all the others, I left the best until last, this was fantastic, my first audio version and the story teller was fabulous. Looking forward to a new one soon.
"do i love Dan Brown books!"
this is actually my favourite Dan Brown story. narration brilliant. good plot. you have to suspend belief at times but no more than a James Bond! really really good - even my son, who is not an avid reader enjoyed this one!
"I am dying to see the movie"
It is a very well written novel. The reading feels like John Wayne is reading the novel by the fire place sipping his whiskey, but hey! It is a very American novel after all.
The descriptions are quite visual so it is almost like you are watching a movie. The concept is very intriguing. I definitely recommend it to a fiction/thriller lover.
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