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Thunderhead | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Thunderhead

Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.
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Publisher's Summary

Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it, her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago.

Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country. Searching for her father and his glory, Nora begins to unravel the greatest riddle of American archeology. but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

©2000 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Spellbinding as ever." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Tan Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 03-18-13
    Tan Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan

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    "This is archaeology?!"

    Despite my negative sounding title (a quote from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) I actually quite enjoyed Thunderhead. Despite the implausible ending, the book is quite action packed and is a fun listen especially with the ever reliable Scott Brick.

    It's also quite interesting to see some major characters from the Pendergast novels like Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback having their own stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christina beeville, TX, United States 11-28-12
    christina beeville, TX, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not my favorite"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This story seemed to take a LONG time to get going. I nearly stopped listening a couple times because it just seemed to be going nowhere..slowly. Finally I had enough time invested that it seemed a shame not to finish the thing off and get to the end. Also, finally the story picked up enough that I had some interest.

    I did hang in there and was glad to see the heroine achieve her goal. It was also interesting to see how some basic human traits were portrayed and played out.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    The story felt like it took a long time to develop. I did not really ever engage with the characters and felt they were rather 1-dimensional in their development. I would have loved to have heard more of the history and archaeology involved. While that would have made for a longer book, I think it would have added to it overall.


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

    Initially the falsetto voices of the females was annoying..and well, honestly...it stayed that way.


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

    If it was I doubt i would watch it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leslie chatfield, MN, United States 06-07-12
    leslie chatfield, MN, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Droning narration ddin't help a slow story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A differeny narrator. The reading was slow and monotonous and nearly put me to sleep.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    Altho the story started out interesting, as it progresses, the sequence of events didn't make sense. Nora became less interesting and sympathetic as well, adn her actions less plausible.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Very slow reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't make it past two hours of this book. I would have stopped sooner, but I didn't want to download a new book while driving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie NORMAN, OK, United States 03-19-11
    Debbie NORMAN, OK, United States 03-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "great story"

    Loved the story. The narrator sounds like he is going to cry with every word, or, like he is exhausted and can't get out another word...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Killeen, TX, United States 10-06-10
    Kristine Killeen, TX, United States 10-06-10
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    "excellent read"

    I loved this thriller. I could see in my mind the way he described the cliff dwellings. It brought me back to Mesa Verde. I could not stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morrell Dallas, PA, United States 12-13-10
    Morrell Dallas, PA, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Painful!!"

    I love Douglas Preston/Lee Childs collaborations..and in fact, buy them without even reading reviews or premise. Put aside Scott Bricks delivery of lines...each one sounding like a dying breath. The bottom line is that the book is just dull. I love archaeological books. I love Indian artifacts and I really enjoy the supernatural twist. This book just didn't hold my attention.The characters were contrived and predictable and the real meat of the story is delivered in the last couple chapters...way long after I was only half listening to Scott breath down my neck. Strike one for the dynamic duo of supernatural/historical thrillers. Don't disappoint me again gentleman.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James Hoholulu, HI USA 09-04-11
    James Hoholulu, HI USA 09-04-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Not the best narrator for this story"

    Interesting story. However, the narrator has a whiny sing-song voice which is not appropriate for this type of mystery tail. The narration voice is a major negative for this audible book, in my opinion.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    T. Arcangel Honolulu 03-05-12
    T. Arcangel Honolulu 03-05-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a Special Education teacher. I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, but have lived most of my life in Hawaii. My favorite reading/listening genres are history and historical fiction.

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    "Distracting narrator"

    Scott Brick is so popular. I don't get it! Most of the time he sounds like he needs oxygen. At the end of the story, which should have been a thoughtful and sentimental moment, he was so overly dramatic that I burst out laughing. I never got very attached to any characters - didn't feel like I knew them. I did love the red rock setting though, and the archaeology aspect of the story. This was my first Preston/Child book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Pavlinchak 10-15-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Narrator is GREAT with these awesome authors!"

    Whatever other reviewers say, Scott Brick is PERFECT to narrate suspenseful audiobooks. Our family got hooked on Audible and audio books years ago just because of Scott Brick's narration of another author's book - and we go out of our way to find books which are narrated by Scott Brick. He is among our favorite narrators - and to have such a great book narrated by him is THE BEST!
    And - as for the book, having listened to or read so many of this duo's books, I believe that Thunderhead is just about the best book they have written. The characters were believable (if sometimes a little predictable). The story was suspenseful, intriguing, and very original. I would think up errands and stay in my car after arriving home just to listen to the next part of the story. Great book!

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Piia Kangasala, Finland 03-15-14
    Piia Kangasala, Finland 03-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Only one"

    Only one thing anoied me in this book and it stuck out because I have a degree in pharmacy. Amphotericin B is antifungal not antibiotic. Antifungals are used to treat fungal-infections and antibiotics are for treatment of bacterial infections. Amphotericin B is not affective against bacterial infections. Liked the book , will deffenetly listen again.

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