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The Lost Ark | [J. R. Rain]

The Lost Ark

In a lonely bar in eastern Turkey, ex-National Geographic photojournalist Sam Ward is hired to find an eccentric professor who disappeared high atop Mount Ararat, fabled resting spot of Noah's Ark.
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Publisher's Summary

In a lonely bar in eastern Turkey, ex-National Geographic photojournalist Sam Ward is hired to find an eccentric professor who disappeared high atop Mount Ararat, fabled resting spot of Noah's Ark.

Accompanied by the professor's beautiful daughter, archaeologist Faye Roberts, Sam soon stumbles upon a secret stronghold-a base of operation for unleashing hell of earth. Now running for their lives, Sam and company are about to come face-to-face with the greatest archaeological discovery of all time. . .

©2010 J.R. Rain (P)2013 J.R. Rain

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    Bobbi Pohl 02-24-15
    Bobbi Pohl 02-24-15
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    "Trite and corny"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A miracle.


    What could J. R. Rain have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stay away from stupid remarks of the characters.


    What didn’t you like about Clay Teunis’s performance?

    Monotone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Can't name any.


    Any additional comments?

    It just barely cleared the threshold for my continuing to listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara. 03-27-15
    Barbara. 03-27-15
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    "Interesting. Description of Noah's ark is good."

    I was surprised how accurately the author described the mountain glaciers in Turkey. Bravo, sir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 03-18-15
    Thomas 03-18-15
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    "Author Appalled By Narration? Vice Versa?"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clay Teunis?

    The narration, in my opinion, is that of someone very depressed - flat, monotone, bored - Clay's has a lot of potential he has a very nice sounding voice - one needs to ask what is going on with him? It is as if he was tortured to narrate this story - I think Clay could be a great narrator - but OMG he is horrible on this go-around. He is clearly not into the job - and the editors and engineers seem to be of the same mindset - again IMHO - they did the minimal passable job - it really shows - no attention to detail or excellence - words and sentences repeated - sound quality up and down - perhaps and just guessing here - they are suffering from some group depression?


    Was The Lost Ark worth the listening time?

    I could barely get through this one - picked it up as a daily deal - otherwise I would not have done so - I gave it two stars so it is not horrible or offensive - but simply not a good way to spend my time.


    Any additional comments?

    It is tough to give a terrible review - I feel for these people that I am suggesting didn't step up - but honestly I cannot recommend this book to anyone - really no redeeming qualities - Just pass on it and spend your credits on something worthy.

    I hope that I can inspire Clay - he can be a great narrator if he wants to be great - step up and be great Clay - be inspired put some emotion into it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Whitaker Lutz, FL United States 03-12-15
    Nathan Whitaker Lutz, FL United States 03-12-15
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    "Production problems, good story"
    What didn’t you like about Clay Teunis’s performance?

    There were a number of times in the audio version in which the producer didn't properly edit the book, so that lines in the story were repeated.


    Any additional comments?

    A solid story, and I thought Clay Teunis did a nice job voicing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 03-06-15
    Kristin 03-06-15
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    "Ho Hum"
    What would have made The Lost Ark better?

    The recording was messy with multiple places where you could hear changes in recording quality, edits or errors. The author used some words too repetitively and repeated the same sentiments several times.


    Would you recommend The Lost Ark to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to someone looking for a fairly quick, adventurous listen if they were willing to overlook the less than perfect recording and predictable writing style.


    What three words best describe Clay Teunis’s voice?

    Pleasantly gravelly.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I enjoyed most of the story, it was easy to follow while listening at work and a reasonable value if purchased at a sale price. I got this book on sale for under $5.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fuzzy 03-05-15
    Fuzzy 03-05-15

    Fuzzy Logic

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    "Indiana Jones meets Jason Bourne"
    Would you recommend The Lost Ark to your friends? Why or why not?

    There was a lot of humor in the book, almost to the point of overdoing it, but I did laugh
    aloud quite a bit. It was adventure packed, but the comical sarcasm kept me grounded. Would I recommend it? Yes, it is very entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Clay Teunis – was your favorite?

    I loved all the characters I was supposed to, with the possible exception of the old man professor. When the story line shifted to him, time sort of happened around him and he wasn't a part of it. Very creative writing that was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada 03-03-15
    Andrea Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada 03-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Mildly Diverting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's not a long book and it was a daily deal, so over all I'm ok with it. I wouldn't want to pay full price for it though.


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Rain’s story?

    The female character is irritating. Written to be strong and independent, she comes off as touchy, stubborn and hot-headed.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator's style reminded me of Jack Moyles in the old radio show "Rocky Jordan". I like that, but his low-key, unflappable style wouldn't be for everyone.


    Could you see The Lost Ark being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It almost feels like a tv movie is the endgame for this book. It doesn't take much to imagine the poor writing and bad special effects. How about Kevin Sorbo and Catherine Bell?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Daniels 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Barely readable, especially the first half"
    What did you like best about The Lost Ark? What did you like least?

    Best - The setting and subject matter.

    Least - Cheesy dialogue and perspective.


    What was most disappointing about J. R. Rain’s story?

    The inter-character dialogue.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Clay Teunis?

    Yes, though there were a couple of editing gaffes.


    Could you see The Lost Ark being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is barely listenable. I paid $4.99 for it so I felt I had to finish it. The story does get better about half way through but the dialogue never does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathcaid 02-21-15
    kathcaid 02-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't bother"

    Insipid, predictable writing. Not worth the money or time to listen. It seems to be designed as a story to be sold as an action flick, not literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Waterman Somewhere near Houston, TX 02-20-15
    D. Waterman Somewhere near Houston, TX 02-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Truly disappointed"

    Very bad attempt at an adventure story. Inconsistent. Implausible. No character development. And the story has little to do with finding Noah's Ark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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