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The Race Audiobook

The Race: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 4

It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Isaac Bell returns, in the remarkable new adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.

It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

Frost's violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before; he knows that the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows that Frost won't be only after his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And if Bell takes the case... Frost will be after him, too.

Investigate more cases with Isaac Bell.

©2011 Clive Cussler, Justin Scott (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    SocialDragonfly 08-29-12 Member Since 2009

    I am an Organizational Psychologist focusing on leadership and performance improvement. I love to learn and believe each individual teaches.

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    "One of my favorites"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it to a friend. Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors, and Scott Brick establishes the tone which is kept throughout the book of suspense. I don't normally take the time to write a review, but any Clive Cussler series I would recommend. I only wish all of the books in each series were available through audible.com.


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    John F. Mccoy 08-27-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Race the most enjoyable?

    The feel of realism and adventure, told with all the action and danger always delivered by Clive Custler.


    What other book might you compare The Race to and why?

    Burnt Siena


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes!


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

    The part where the two machine guns waited by the tracks at night to shoot down the planes.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Dchaff21 08-08-12
    Dchaff21 08-08-12
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    "A Totally Forgettable Story"
    What did you like best about The Race? What did you like least?

    I bought this book because it has airplanes in it and I like airplanes. Apart form that, the story line has all the gaps of a Louis L'Amour western, and any semblance to reality is an accident. Example: the protagonist, who taught himself to fly a more advanced airplane than any in existence, lands straddling the railroad tracks and tears the skids out from under the airplane. He commands the "mechanicians" to repair the skids and a half a page later is airborne. I only finished the book so I could hear the word mechanician some more.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Couldn't tell the Russian accent from the Italian accent.


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    Linda 07-22-12
    Linda 07-22-12 Member Since 2011

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    "On the lighter side of Cussler and very enjoyable."

    I love being entertained by Scott Brick performing a Clive Cussler book for me on a beautiful summer day. The story is less intense that many of Cussler's books. There is the lovely Josephine who loves her flying machines, the great detective Isaac Bell, and the evil wealthy husband. There is less carnage than usual, and more of a slightly whimsical story line. Loved it!! "You Tube" has several recordings of the song, "Come Josephine in my Flying Machine," which further enhances the story.

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    Carolyn Memphis, TN, United States 05-31-12
    Carolyn Memphis, TN, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2013
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    The Isaac Bell books are perfect entertainment while running and this was more of the same in that regard. I learned a good bit about early aviation and caught a bit of the excitement that my beloved must feel when he reads about this period. Overall that is one of my favorite aspects of these books. Cussler makes the world of the early 20th century come alive so well that I feel that I have a dual life spent there in the company of grand people with great courage. He takes a period I often see through scratchy black and white photos and makes it burst into full color and motion.

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    Neil 04-27-12
    Neil 04-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great series"

    I really like this series, and this is another good addition. The characters are, as usual, well done and the story well told.

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    AlpacaRob Pasco, WA, United States 04-24-12
    AlpacaRob Pasco, WA, United States 04-24-12
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    "Cussler and Brick are the best!"
    If you could sum up The Race in three words, what would they be?

    Intrigue, Bell, Excitement


    What other book might you compare The Race to and why?

    The Wrecker, it is classic Bell, I love Cussler (& Scott) in these period pieces.


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

    He has a great voice and used just the right inflections and tonal changes to set the mood without distracting from it. I love to listen to him read a book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would have been nice to have had the time to listen to it in one sitting. I did not have that luxury so several times I back tracked and re-listened to a section over again to get back in the flow of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big Cussler and Issac Bell fan and this book did not disappoint.

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    samuel 04-18-12
    samuel 04-18-12
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    If you could sum up The Race in three words, what would they be?

    good story, worth the listen,as with most of this authors work.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    very good , just wish the lines he said she said would be used less. most of the time not needed


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    murder , mystery & great chase


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    Doug Golden, CO, United States 03-21-12
    Doug Golden, CO, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Sorry but just can't listen to the narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    I hate to say this, but the tone, inflections, and/or better-than-thou-attitude (or whatever words would best describe what I'm trying to say) of the narrator Scott Brick make it impossible for me to listen to a book he reads. His reading style seems to have changed around 2009-2010 and is just too difficult for me to listen to anymore.


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    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 03-14-12
    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 03-14-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Highly Entertaining"

    This whole series of books is very good! Like Clive Cussler's hero Dirk Pitt, Isaac Bell is a little bigger and stronger than reality made possible but the tenaciousness draws the reader further and further into the story!!

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