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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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    Jennifer 10-27-13
    Jennifer 10-27-13

    Lifetime reader, starting with the Boxcar Children through Harry Dresden and Mistborn

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    "Scary and realistic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the scientific theories and the prose make the possibility that this could happen. Preston and Child always deliver a heart pounding, stomach churning story that makes you think "This really could be happening and I wouldn't know it!"


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    mary 08-08-13
    mary 08-08-13

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "Excellent except for lame ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mount Dragon to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense was great and I couldn't predict what was going to happen next.


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

    I prefer reading books but don't have time. David Colacci did what good narrators do best and this is he read so well I didn't get focused on his voice or what I didn't like about his narration. I'll add him to my list of acceptable narrators.


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

    Kept me listening when I should have been doing other things.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what happened at the end but it seemed like the writers just got tired of writing so they ended the book. The entire rest of the book was well written and highly suspenseful. I would recommend it even with the ending. It's a good book. I'll listen to more Preston and Child. This was the first time I've listened to a book by them.

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    Jill Jamaica, NY, United States 07-21-13
    Jill Jamaica, NY, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining and Predictable"
    What did you like best about Mount Dragon? What did you like least?

    The crazy man talking to his imaginary friend. What I like least was that the author did not develop a full back story for this character. Now, that would have been an amazing tale.

    Also the Cyber World should have been developed more. That would have been a blast.
    They could have made another series from that. I would have wanted to read/hear that also.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It could have been great, not enough emotion was generated from the text to make you care about the characters


    What three words best describe David Colacci’s voice?

    David's voices are good, however I do believe that take on some of the characters were over the top.


    Did Mount Dragon inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The authors should stick to "Pendergast". Now those are 5 star listens .....

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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-06-13
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-06-13 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Pretty Neat Book"
    If you could sum up Mount Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Facinating, Suspenseful, Interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't pick just one...they were all very good. Preston & Childs have a high standard to reach with every new book & so far so good.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    His versitality in his performance. Very believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the two competing scientists got back together in the end. Never saw that one coming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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