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
"Spellbinding as ever." (Kirkus Reviews)
Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan
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.
I enjoyed it well enough to get all the way to the end, but it's not a book I'd recommend. It's okay, but it's totally non-memorable. There are no fascinating characters or situations, no exceptional plot twists, no unusual characters. It's a pretty routine thriller, good enough to listen to, but unlikely to stick in your long term memory.
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.
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.
Initially the falsetto voices of the females was annoying..and well, honestly...it stayed that way.
If it was I doubt i would watch it.
A differeny narrator. The reading was slow and monotonous and nearly put me to sleep.
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.
Very slow reading.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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