Rich with all the hair-raising action and endless imagination that have become Cussler's hallmarks, Lost City is an exceptional thriller.
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"[An] excellent series....Kidnappings, hair's-breadth escapes, fierce battles, strange science, beautiful women and plenty of action add up to vintage Cussler." (Publishers Weekly)
I feel guilty about enjoying Cussler's novels so much. But they do always seem to deliver the fun elements that keep me enthralled: lots of action and adventure; inventive and imaginative plots; bad bad guys vs. good good guys; and, of course, the good guys always win. Cussler and, now, his co-authors produce undeniably satisfying escape fiction. But they also do their research -- kind of like Chris Kuznesky -- so that the stories, even though they strain credibility, are based on some element of historical or scientific fact. I'm docking a couple of stars from my rating of "Lost City" for two reasons. First, the premise of this story -- enzymes, derived from ocean bacteria, that can not only reverse aging, but extend life indefinitely -- strains credibility even too much for my taste. Secondly, Scott Brick's voice always annoys me. (I must admit, however, that Mr. Brick does a pretty good Scottish accent.) All the same, I recommend this audiobook to anybody who enjoys a guilty pleasure. If you are looking for an escape-fiction thriller audiobook to satisfy a slightly more cerebral, critical taste, try Chris Kuzneski's oeuvre.
Another Cussler Great
Like all of Clive Cussler's stories, there was action, impossible situations to get out of, and unexpeded turn of events.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers and as always does a great job on reading the story.
The were some laughs in the story, but the action and the flow of the story was what kept me glued to the auto book.
I wish that all of Clive Cussler's older books could be put on audio CD or Audio Book down loads, and in Unabridged format.
I've been devouring the Numa Files audio books over the last several months and I have to say that this is the weakest so far. Brick delivers his usual excellence, but the story is lacking. I'll try not to give anything away, but at the end of one chapter they are exclaiming that they "must find the villain behind this nefarious plot" and at the beginning of the very next chapter, they know who the bad guy is without skipping a beat. Huh? Did I miss something?
The villains in the Paul Kemprecos collaborations seem like overblown Bond villains, two dimensionally evil, without any depth other than world domination (who would want that job?) For my money, I'd stick with Cussler's collaboration with Graham Brown. The stories are much more believable.
In addition, the audio book is poorly edited. Usually, the audio book chapters tend to mirror the actual chapters in a book. Not so in this case, which is annoying. Also, the edits between sections or chapters occur too quickly, without a natural beat to signify the change. The result is jarring and irritating. Overall, a poorly executed audio book.
College Student that loves to listen to audio books!!!
No! This book was awful. The Story was awful... the characters were awful!
Write a better book... don't talk so high tech about things the average person wouldn't/doesn't understand.
The narrator was good.
Don't waste your time with this book. It wasn't good at all.
I enjoyed my first Clive Cussler book. He has an excellent ability to tell a story. By the end I felt that there were too many 'close calls' for one book. Other than that, an excellent book.
The producing and editing must have been done by a fifth grader. Lots of instances of voice sounding different from session to session for Mr. Brick and pieced together a little tight in some spots making it sound like story skipped ahead.
The detailed account of the history of the Fauchard family over the centuries.
Skye Labelle, who would not not love a beautiful and sexy female soviet spy?
The early part of the book where it describes the research complex below the ice and what happens there.
Yes, but I try to enjoy books by reading or listening to them slowly.
I would love to listen to Scott Brick recordings of unabridged versions of the first 4 NUMA Files Books; Serpent, Blue Gold, Fire Ice, and White Death.
interesting, intriguing, fun
the book is well written, it would be hard to pick just one moment.
I like Scott Brick, He is easy to listen to, and easy to understand.
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