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Gideon's Corpse | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Gideon's Corpse

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.
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Publisher's Summary

A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff.

A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before.

Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

Ten days. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse--far worse--than mere

©2012 Douglas Preston (P)2011 Hachette

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    Rainiac 12-28-12
    Rainiac 12-28-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Exciting!"
    Where does Gideon's Corpse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best thrillers I've listened to.


    What does David W. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds fantastic. I thought it was Tom Cruise most of the time, but with better tone. He doesn't make mouth noises like smacking lips and gulping sounds that completely distract me which then force me to change the speed to get past the sounds. I need a narrator who sounds like David Collins. Also he doesn't color the character in the story with regional accents that dominate their voices. I love NY but I can do without the accent in narratives. David has a pure voice and never overdoes the dialog.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    robert Stroudsburg, PA, United States 06-25-12
    robert Stroudsburg, PA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Too bad there isn't a "no star" option!"

    One of the worst, most idiotic books I have ever tried to listen to. On chapter 13 and plan to invest no more time on this one. The dialog in this book is almost humorous. Please, please, please Preston & Child...bring back Pendergast and that incredible narrator Rene Auberjonois. Or, at the very least, bring your next book up to that level of writing. Please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 06-08-12
    Paul United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "Popcorn Thriller"
    What did you love best about Gideon's Corpse?

    Gideon's Corpse is fast paced and is filled with plenty of twists and turns. It's a good follow-up to Gideon's Sword.I think this story introduces some unique characters that interact well with Gideon and they all grow and evolve throughout the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I got a fast-paces story with some twists, expected and unexpected, and that's what I come to expect from this series.


    Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    David Collins performed the first book in the series as well and both performances fit well with the characters and the narrative style of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't come expecting a Pendergast novel, this is different. The tone, style and characters are much different than the Pendergast series. The writing is solid and while not everything is groundbreaking, it's a fun fast-paced listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Lake Wales, Fl, United States 02-07-12
    Ron Lake Wales, Fl, United States 02-07-12
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    "great story but a little toooo long"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the hero and will get the next one that comes along. I have loved Preston and Child and look forward to their next book. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery and adventure.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bobjacobson Eagan, MN, United States 02-06-12
    bobjacobson Eagan, MN, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the time to read"
    If you could sum up Gideon's Corpse in three words, what would they be?

    Darn good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gideon is the main and most interesting character. He is brilliant and gets smarter as the plot unwinds.


    Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard previous performances but he was very good in this one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, Just a fun read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PJPackwood 02-01-12
    PJPackwood 02-01-12 Member Since 2004

    I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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    "Boring."

    I am a big fan of Preston and Child. But not this book. Very boring, predictable and way too long for the story they are telling. I will not bother with another "Gideon" story. Save your credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-07-12
    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not finish it"

    There seemed to be absolutely no attempt by the writers to create a cohesive story. It just jumps from scene to scene, with characters paired at random (it seems). Perhaps it all comes together brilliantly at the end. I will miss that. I was utterly bored.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Creed 01-27-15
    Creed 01-27-15

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    "Thriller brain candy."

    Another Preston thriller of the quality he usually turns out. Laughed out loud at the absurdities during the chase scene. Enjoyable read.

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    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 10-06-14
    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 10-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than the first Crew book"

    I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. I know it's not Pendergast, but this character is complex and interesting in his own way. I thinks it's way better than White Fire, so there you go.

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    Yevrah Queenstown, New Zealand 03-15-14
    Yevrah Queenstown, New Zealand 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Goes to show, to each his/her own..."
    What would have made Gideon's Corpse better?

    Like so many other readers, I am a huge fan of these guys and was shocked as in mega-disappointed by this story. In fact, it was so painfully bad, I stopped half-way through to euthanize the negativity. The story is lame and oh-so predictable, the writing is equivalent to that of a bad high school student and the reader is one of the worst I have ever suffered through - which is probably part of my strong distaste for this audiobook. Scott Brick - fabulous - this guy - please don't use him for another one of your stories - straight to the literary cemetery.


    Has Gideon's Corpse turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Definitely!


    What didn’t you like about David W. Collins’s performance?

    His voice, reading style, his personality - all awfully distracting (from a lousy story, anyway)


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nada, bupkis, nope - really BAD!


    Any additional comments?

    Save your mulla - there is so much better stuff out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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