In The Eye of God, a Sigma Force novel, New York Times best-selling author James Rollins delivers an apocalyptic vision of a future predicted by the distant past.
In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.
At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.
Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.
©2013 James Czajkowski (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
Love the Sigma Force Books, however this story seemed really farfetched and the poor narration was not on the par with the story. Will read more Rollins - won't listen to Baskous again.
Peter Fernandez or Scott Brick
When a new book in a series I like is released, I go back and listen to the most recent one to "gear up" for the new one. This narrarator was not able to keep me focused on the story,and I found my attention wandering. Disappointing!
The storyline is compelling but the performer takes away a great deal from the overall experience. His accents are horrible, can't tell the difference from an Italian to a Korean to a VietNamese accent. Also, the reader's New England native accent makes things a little comical in points. Plus, the awkward pauses remove a great deal from the flow and sounds like someone trying to add drama while at the same time he reads some sentences very quickly when they shouldn't be. Overall, I found myself straining to get through the book when normally I'll miss sleep to finish a Sigma Force novel. Also, there isn't a truly menacing villain that lends to anything resembling tension. But hey, a good Sigma Force novel is still worth every penny.
Nope. Missing that really villainous villain, instead we got more Snidley Whiplash.
Anyone, even my 3 year old niece.
The narration was very poor. It really made the story hard to follow and stay tuned in. I really could not get past the narrator accents.
The story may have been good, just not sure.
Just didn't seem to go with the other Sigma books.
Narration!! Took a lot away from the story.
I am a HUGE James Rollins fan. I own all of his books in Hardback and Audio. But I have to say that the reader of this book was not good. I am sure he is a nice person but when you cannot distinguish between an Italian accent and a Vietnamese accent then this is not a good thing. Hire Scott Brick the next time.
Did the narration match the pace of the Story? Hmm... When you've listen to previous 8 books, and have developed a minds eye for the characters. So when you change the narration of the book to a different person, it throws the whole book off. I tried to describe this to my wife... Its like taking a favorite television show, and changing the actors completely, and going on like nothing has happened...I got through the book, but it wasn't the enjoyable experience that I was hoping for...
I do realize that there are circumstances to these things, and that sometimes changes have to be made... But I hope that the people who make up these decisions, realize how it will impact the book, and possibly the sales...
...to the end of this book. I have over 500 books in my Audible Library, never have i had a Narrator that was this bad.
I have to agree with the other reviewers: Audiobook publishers should not change narrators in the middle of a series ... unless, of course, they switch to a 𝘣𝑒𝘵𝘵𝑒𝘳 narrator -- which they didn't, in this case -- or the original actor becomes unavailable. Peter Jay Fernandez -- the original narrator of Rollins' Sigma Force Series -- did a good job narrating the previous episodes, so why did the publisher switch to a less accomplished actor? Did Fernandez get too expensive? Too busy? Did he get sick? I know that he didn't die, at least as of this writing .... As previous reviewers have pointed out, Christian Baskous -- the actor chosen to narrate "The Eye of God" -- does not have Fernandez' acting chops, semi-spoiling this audiobook. I still recommend this audiobook to inveterate Rollins fans -- like me -- but prepare yourselves for awkward, amateurish, distracting narration. In Baskous' defense, I can safely say that he has a nice voice. Perhaps he will, in time, develop into a better audiobook narrator.
As for the story, "The Eye of God" extrapolates Rollins' stellar trajectory. (I am excluding "The Blood Gospel" from that trajectory, since Rollins had a debilitating co-author for that one.) Rollins fans already know that they need to pretty much completely suspend disbelief whenever they pick up a Rollins audiobook. "The Eye of God" continues that trend, and continues Rollins' joyous exploration into the weird world of quantum physics -- in this case, Dark Energy (again -- see "Deep Fathom"). If you enjoy opening your mind to outlandish speculation, then I think that you will probably enjoy "The Eye of God," even despite its unfortunate choice of narrator.
I like James Rollins books. I would never, ever listen to another book narrated by Christian Baskous. He ruined the story completely,
Fun story- had to quit because of the narrator.
Completely 100% off base in reading. The worst I have ever heard.
Please pass on the reviews about the narrator.
I wish I could bounce back like the sigma force guys. It is the same every book The guys get beat up in every chapter of the book. In this book Cotton gets shot, stabbed , blown up and beat to a pulp, not only does he not die but he pulls a McGuyver to win the day. Even though it is the same stuff every book, I still love and read everyone. I would say authors like James Rollins would be running out of believable material but what do I know. Good book worth the read.
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