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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
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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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    sandyinolympia 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor dialogue. Started out well but ended lame."

    Stilted dialogue. Book started out promisingly but ended lame. Very disappointing. Witty remarks did not seem to fit, they were forced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Grasso 05-14-15
    Lisa Grasso 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I didn't pay full price!"

    Sound editing -nonexistent...lots of repeats and uneven voice level changes mid-chapters.
    Dialog-smug, predictable, and poor-mans' copycat of Jack Reacher.
    Story-extremely predictable.
    Narrator-good at voices/accents...perhaps given better material I'd warm up to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 04-20-15
    Dean 04-20-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "A made for TV movie"

    The writing was good quality. The story line was a bit predictable. Sort of like adventure movies on a Saturday afternoon on basic cable. Not a complete waste of time if you are looking to escape reality for a while.

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    DAVID H. 04-15-15
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    "No Real Excitement"

    Kept waiting for something really interesting or exciting to happen. It didn't. Too many "cute" tough guy phrases, like a tired Bruce Willis was the main character or meant to be. Narrator helped make a bad book better... pass on this one.

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    DM 04-15-15
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    "Good read"

    The story kept my attention with a little action and, surprisingly, a lot of history. Well worth the time and money. Would recommend this 'easy to listen to' book for those who are looking for a book that they can listen to in a day. Not as suspenseful as I like but a good audio book nonetheless.

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    Amazon Customer Forest, VA, United States 04-02-15
    Amazon Customer Forest, VA, United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good. Not great."

    There were a lot of technical glitches in the recording. Repeated sentences and a couple apparent skips as well. A good read. Great diversion for treadmill time.

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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.

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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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