Travel to the bottom of the earth...to a place you never dreamed existed.
Beneath the ice...a hand-picked team of specialists makes its way toward the center of the world. They are not the first to venture into this magnificient subterranean labyrinth. Those they follow did not return.
Over the rocks...Across the yawning caverns...Beyond the Black River...You are not alone.
Into the darkness...where breathtaking wonders await you - and terrors beyond imaging...Revelations that could change the world - things that should never be disturbed...
At the bottom of the Earth is the beginning. Keep moving...toward a miracle that cannot be...toward a mystery older than time.
©1999 Jim Czajkowski; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
This was my first James Rollins audio book and it won't be my last. The narration was very good with the exception of the "Aussie" accent, but it wasn't bad, more funny than anyhing else and easily forgiven. It's taken a while to find an author who is as engaging as Rollins in terms of the characters, and the story. The narrator can take a lot of credit for that as well, so all in all I'd happily recommend this to anyone that likes a Dean Koontz type of read.
I have read most of James Rollins books, and so I decided to give this older book a try … and I wasn’t disappointed. This was a gripping story which makes us wonder about the things that man has yet to explore and how it would affect each of us. James Rollins’ imagination is limitless no matter his subject. Not his best book, but by far an entertaining and thought-provoking read.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Another success for Mr. Rollins. Enjoyed the listening and the narrator is ok once you get used to the tone of his voice. He does do a good job at keeping you interested. I like the story and all of the characters.
All other thriller-lovers might want to give this audiobook a listen ... especially since "Subterranean" is James Rollins first novel. As other reviewers have noted, this work does not show Rollins writing in his top form; but, rest assured, he keeps getting better and better. If, like me, you enjoy watching an author develop, then you should start watching Rollins with "Subterranean" ... unless you have claustrophobia. Claustrophobics should probably avoid Rollins altogether: Many of Rollins' novels take place under ground or underwater, in confined, dark spaces (not surprising, since Rollins is an amateur spelunker and scuba diver!). They provide plenty of thrills and chills for anyone with a moderate tolerance for far-fetched plots. Yes, "Subterranean" does postulate a slightly improbable scenario -- marsupial hominids (oops! Sorry, spoiler-haters.), undiscovered until now -- but, as Hamlet said, “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” In his subsequent novels, Rollins unfolds many other fascinating, unlikely-yet-possible speculations. If you enjoy Preston/Child, then you will, most likely, enjoy Rollins.
As for the reader, John Meagher, I say: Give him a try. At first his tenor voice put me off a bit, I admit. However, he turns out to have pretty good acting skills; and, like Rollins, he gets better. I have to take the Australian reviewer's word for Meagher's unconvincing Australian accent (it sounded O.K. to me); but, hey, Australian accents are hard to do!
Not a bad thriller, for a first novel.
THE WAY JAMES ROLLINS WRITES KEEP YO GUESSING AND ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT
ALL BOOKS OF JAMES ROLLINS ARE GOOD
KEPT ME AWAKE ALL NIGHT
I WILL KEEP GETTING THE BOOKS BY JAMES ROLLINS
Great book and narrator. You won't be sorry with this one. I loved it in print and audio.
The narrator's tone reminds me of Donovan Patton (Joe from Blue's Clues) reading to pre-schoolers. As others have noted, the pace is a bit too brisk, not leaving you time to savor the passages and the high pitched delivery destroys any sense of menace or foreboding.
I love James Rollins' novels. Until recently I had only read them in paperback. However, not having as much time, but wanting to read Subterranean again, I downloaded the audiobook. After the first 3 minutes, I had to pick up my iPhone and look to see if I had hit the button that plays the audio at double speed... I hadn't!!! This narrator is talking so fast its like he is on speed!! He barely pauses to take a breath or switch between characters. While he does change accents or inflections between characters, its like he is trying to win a race narrating the novel. I will never listen to a novel narrated by this guy again. What a waste of a good book! Sigh
As others have noted, the story is somewhat stretching the limit, but I wouldn't have minded it so much, if the reader had a voice worth listening to. Really, really awful! Why? 1. No discernible difference between characters, other than the attempt at an Australian accent and the girlish voice used for the main character, everyone else sounds the same and there's hardly any inflection. Listen to Roy Dottrice or Stephen Fry for what I mean on how it should be done IMHO. 2. No break between POVs - when switching between POVs, the listener needs something to tell one that this is happening, a pause here and there. If not for the names of the people, I couldn't have been able to tell I was somewhere else in the story.
I stopped after maybe four hours because of it, and I will not finish this book. Nor will I buy anything else in the future that uses this reader.
This will be the first book I abandoned in nearly 300 titles. To say it's bloody awful is a huge understatement.
Marsupial pigmies....REALLY? that's the best you could come up with? Your weed is too strong.
One of the best audio books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. The narrators voice is very pleasant and the story flows along with many 'gasping' moments. If you enjoy ice, dinosaurs and plenty of action this one won't disappoint!
"The exciting "Subterranean" (Unabridged)"
What a great story. I am so glad I downloaded this audio book even though I had not heard of the author before. I am particularly fond of Sci Fi and adventure stories and have been fascinated by tales of underground passages and secret places for many years, so this story certainly fitted the bill. The excitement never lets up, the characters are great and mostly believable. I was disappointed when the end came, but happy that the end was good. This book should be made into a film, perhaps by Spielberg, although it did constantly remind me of one of his famous films (I don't want to say which one because that might give away some of the plot). I would thoroughly recommend this audio book.
"Predictable but enjoyable"
Yes. The narrator was able to put across the different characteristic of each of the individuals in the story.
I found the story enjoyable enough. It was a pleasant listen.
He made the whole audio book a pleasure to listen to and added to the mood of the story.
Beware below the ice
"Brilliant Book - Interesting & Gripping Story"
Brilliant Book - Interesting & Gripping Story. The background & plot is outlandish but strangely believable. It has you wishing that the story was true. Thoroughly recommend this book.
"Action movie on audio"
Not terribly good. In the same vein as Matthew Reilly for those who have subjected themselves to his writings. This book seems to be what happens when an author prostrates themselves at the foot of the huge iron gates of Hollywood and begs to be let in.
There were aspects of it which were worth listening to. There were hints of good writing and a story that could have been so much more. The only problem was that this book was written as such a cliche. There was the brilliant female scientist; A creepy Aussie action man who seemed to be the authors idea of charming; a whole host of Navy Seals positively looking to get killed for glory; lots of underground monsters and a subterranean race of psychic midgets descended from some sort of marsupial. Lots of explosions, gorings, beheadings, plot holes and deus ex machina moments to fill those holes in.
If I were you, stay above ground with this one.
This audio book went everywhere with me, even at work. James Rollins early work is a good as his current novels. Thoroughly enjoyable for a Rollins fan
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