©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 think some people are just too hard to please. I really enjoyed DaVinci Code because of the fast-paced suspense and the subject matter. I enjoyed this book for the same reason - maybe more because of the technology topic. I have listened to over 70 audio books and this is one of the most enjoyable I have heard -- It was difficult to put down. Sure, the heros get lucky a bunch through fortuitous events-- but what's a thriller without them -- Think James Bond movies.
The narrator sounds were sometimes noticeable, but not to the extent that it bothered me. I probably would not have thought about them had others not made a big deal of them.
I enjoyed the story though it was a bit slow to get started (unlike Angels and Daemons and DaVinci). I got exasperated at the too frequent use of teasers in the beginning, after a while "... and then what she saw was amazing [end of chapter]" and "... he couldn't believe his eyes. [end of chapter]" got annoying rather than building more suspense. It felt like he spent the whole first half of the book making filler with teasers thrown on top for a little flavor.
One it got rolling it was a good ride though, the ending was somewhat surprising if you tried to forget the style of his other books and realize the misdirections along the way were there to make an unexpected finish. Overall quite enjoyable.
The narrator is exellent and was well directed, he gives great life to the characters, locations and events.
The recording was horrible, it sounded like they installed the mic inside the narrators mouth. The sounds of him breathing and swallowing were frequently distacting and downright disgusting at times.
Dan Brown has another hit on his hands. My fiancee and I had a long drive over the weekend and couldn't wait to get back in the car to hear this book. I have listened to 5 books a month for the past 4 years and this book ranks in the top 5. The reader is also very skillful and easy to listen to. If you have a long trip to take somewhere, this is the book to take.
In an attempt to get a feel for Dan Brown's other work I checked this out and enjoyed it. It had suspense and a mild political theme while incorporating science and exploration. His characters were interesting and the back and forth of the story kept me wanting more throughout the book. I recommend this to those who want a good read/listen and who have an interest in science, discovery, suspense, and want some excitement.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This book was good but the reading was very easy to follow. I braided a rug and knitted during this audio and got so caught up in the plot I had to redo some areas of my rug and knitting which did not follow the pattern! The narrator does a fine job. I believe I enjoyed the audio more than the book due to the narration. I would recommend to anyone. Just don't try to knit a complicated pattern during the audio!
I listen to audio books while commuting back and forth to work. The first half of book was good - I like Dan Brown's style of writing - the second half of the book had me white knuckled, talking to the characters - yelling to the characters - and looking forward to my next commute.... Take me away Calgon.... Digital Fortess is next despite negative reviews. I listened to Deception Point despite negative reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Give it a try.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
WHEN IN DOUBT SHIT IT OUT
If only school could have been this exciting. Number one priority for me is to be entertained. Number two is to hear or learn something I have never heard or learned before. Number three is for the story to be believable. By believable it is something that could happen, not necessarily something that would most likely happen. If everything you read was what would most likely happen then it would probably be boring. Brown scores five stars on all accounts. Arctic comes from the Greek, arktos, which means bear and Antarctic means no bear. Just one of those things I will always remember that I would not have remembered in a school setting.
AIR FORCE ONE, BIG DICK
Like most of Brown's books he hits the ground running. The entire book takes place in about two days. The book is very fast paced. It covers most of the sciences, Astronomy, geology, ocean, volcanoes, whirlpools, deep ocean, plate tectonics, ice cores, entomology, origin theories, bioluminescence, panspermia etc... Then there is all the politics and some things about the government you may not have known.
YOU WILL FIND PATIENCE, A VIRTUE
The book is not perfect, as the believability factor is stressed pretty hard in some places. I was also turned off by some of the teasers. In the beginning we are told of this great find in the Arctic, but we can't tell you, you must see it. It takes several chapters and about an hour to get to this great find, all the time being teased about it.
I thought the narrator was great.
Excellent mystery (clue solving novel). Dan Brown again gives us a facinating story to follow along with some real bad guys. It will probably not be difficult for readers to determine the how, but the who and why keep you guessing.
This is a great book (just read any of the other reviews.) My biggest problem is that you can hear Richard Poe salivating and licking his lips as he is talking the whole time. This book has THE most poor sound isolation I have ever heard in an audio book. Poe needs to get himself and the reader a towel when it is over.
"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.
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.
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.
"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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