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Mount Dragon Audiobook
Mount Dragon
Written by: 
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Narrated by: 
David Colacci
Mount Dragon Audiobook

Mount Dragon

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Publisher's Summary

Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans, and Carson's job is to stabilize the virus. But Carson starts to wonder if this is justifiable, even for the most noble medical cause. Altering genes is a risky job, and the possibility of creating another killer virus is very real. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The writing team that scared the willies out of readers with Relic returns with a second, equally gripping novel of techno-terror." (Publishers Weekly)
"A delightfully gruesome yarn and an apt mirror of our love-hate relationship with science." (Business Week)
"Dynamic duo Preston and Child once again demonstrate their mastery of the genre....The thrillfest runs full force to the very last page." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    JShark 06-06-13
    JShark 06-06-13
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    "Formulaic, but entertaining"
    What did you like best about Mount Dragon? What did you like least?

    This book, like every other non Pendergast book by Mssrs. Preston and Child (Rip Tide, Ice Limit, Third Gate, et al), involves a supersecret ill-fated scientific expedition in a remote inhospitable locale with a brilliant, intelligent yet conflicted protagonist and an exotic, intelligent and extremely opinionated female thrown in for romantic titilation. The antagonist is again an incredibly wealthy individual who finances said expedition with a hidden agenda motivating him to further his ill-gotten gains. Admittedly, this predates the aforementioned titles, however I review it here as I read (listened to) it last after the later titles.The authors tend to become preachy about their scientific beliefs, here as in other titles, which is no surprise as they are not shy about innocuously espousing their political, philosophical and ethical positions (see Jennie, the Monster of Florence and their latest gripe regarding Amanda Knox). My bias, not being scientifically educated and therefore not very knowledgable in such fields, is a curious skepticism regarding the accuracy of the science espoused by the authors. One must ask whether they are putting forward this specific course in order to advocate their chosen position. Regardless, one's first exposure to this formulaic storyline is indeed fascinating and exciting, however runs familar and eventually predictable by the fourth or fifth go around.


    Would you recommend Mount Dragon to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would only suggest one or two of these books to friends unless they are super fans of the duo.


    What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?

    The sound is frustratingly difficult to hear and I can't determine if it is because of the performance or poor sound editing/mixing. The reader's voice is distinguishable and loud during narrative portions but during speech of the characters, it seems to fade off and become extremely difficult, if not outright impossible, to hear. Thus as one must labor listening to the performance and have a ready hand at the volume control, it distracts from the story and becomes frustrating, especially while listening in a crowded environment (i.e., train to work).


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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 04-09-13
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "Very silly book"
    What did you like best about Mount Dragon? What did you like least?

    This book had great potential, if the authors would have stuck to one story line. They should have stuck with the super bug.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    The creator of GeneDym is a brilliant geneticist AND computer genius? Yet he's not smart enough to stop production of a blood product that could make people crazy and carry around a vial of a virus that could wipe out humanity? There were so many holes in the story line and absurd side tangents I had to listen to this at a 1.5 speed to get this over with.
    A guy spends almost a day in an elevator (don't get me started on the computer program) to talk to a man to stop release of a product and stop playing with a super flu, to then play some stupid game with no calls made? Then we get a very long and detailed journey out in the desert, but we never hear about the people infected. Don't waste your time with this book!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The details of creating the super flu


    Was Mount Dragon worth the listening time?

    No way


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    Debra 03-25-13
    Debra 03-25-13

    Addicted to audio books.

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    "Almost Great"
    What three words best describe David Colacci’s performance?

    Great delivery, good pace, helped bring the characters some depth


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was good, worth the time, the story plot was good but not a surprise, a little predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tan Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 03-18-13
    Tan Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan

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    "Two stories in one"

    Mount Dragon is essentially two genres in one -- first, it's a medical thriller and a pretty interesting one at that. About two thirds of the way through, however, the book takes a different turn and becomes an archaeology/adventure novel with western slant.

    Having said that, both sections of the story are actually quite an interesting listen, although reader David Colacci is the real problem here.

    Colacci's reading tends to have quite major changes in volume -- going from suddenly loud to occasionally so low in volume that I had to rewind and turn up the volume just to hear what was said, resulting in an ear-splitting jump when the volume goes up again later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cherilyn Sacramento, CA, United States 11-14-12
    Cherilyn Sacramento, CA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good yarn, but the female lead is tiresome"
    Would you listen to Mount Dragon again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. It is entertaining, interesting, and creepy.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me engaged --that is all except the female character De Vaca. She was a moron, and tiresome.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Guy.


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

    I absolutely hated De Vaca. She was tiresome, stupid, and dangerous. I don't care if she was supposed to be attractive, her character was not.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it unrealistic that the scientists would expect to leave quarantine if they were exposed to a virus. They are supposed to work with the most dangerous infections in the world, they would know it would be the height of irresponsibility to have someone leave quarantine. They should have had a better sense of responsibility than their reactions. De Vaca in particular was impulsive and irresponsible. She is the only negative in this very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise West Haven, CT, United States 08-30-12
    Denise West Haven, CT, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio Quality is Terrible, Book is Excellent"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fix the sound levels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mount Dragon?

    When I couldn't hear what was going on.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, either fix the audio quality or take this book off the site. Preston & Child have written a great story, but the inconsistent audio distracts from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Willetton, Australia 06-25-12
    John Willetton, Australia 06-25-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm a serious Audible Junkie, just can't get enough of this great company.

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    "Good story, average audio."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mount Dragon to be better than the print version?

    No, both the same


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good thriller, moves along quite well


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, quite a lively narration


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

    None really, just a good listen


    Any additional comments?

    The audio was not the best, not from the readers point, but the actual audio levels were very up and down, some parts were too soft and then others were too loud, it needed to be balanced better. This was a technical issue not a narration issue, but I wold have expected better audio production than this.

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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 05-07-12
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 05-07-12
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    "desert ,bugs and nerds"

    i staggered a bit with this one, at first too much science raving, but then it developed into an interesting story with a few surprises. worth a read but probably only once for me

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    Evan Turlock, CA, United States 03-08-12
    Evan Turlock, CA, United States 03-08-12
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    "Interesting but too cowboyish at times"
    Would you listen to Mount Dragon again? Why?

    I liked this for the concept but wouldn't really suggest it because it seemed to get lost on cowboys and the virtual world descriptions. The medical part of it was pretty intriguing but the characters were down right annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I would only suggest it if you can suspend your belief in reasonable survival skills and really like listening to long descriptions of virtual worlds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Catasus Tampa, FL 02-21-12
    Kathleen Catasus Tampa, FL 02-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very much enjoyed the listen!"
    What did you love best about Mount Dragon?

    I liked the detailed storyline, the knowledge and research on the subject matter, both about gentetics, computers and surviving in the destert. Also, it sent a moral message about alterning human genes without being too preachy.


    What other book might you compare Mount Dragon to and why?

    I would compare it to a Michael Crichton novel.


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