©2002 Lincoln Child; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Child proves he is capable of fireworks (literally) at the rousing conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"The blend of technological jargon and suspense results in a real thrill-a-minute read." (Booklist)
To anyone who has spent any time at large amusement parks (I lived near Disney World for awhile), this is too close for comfort. So many points hit home and ring true. This was a farfetched (as are many of Child's) but close enough to reality to cause pause. Scott Brick, as usual does a masterful job; but someone has GOT to clue him in on how to pronounce "careened". He has pronounced it "karinned" in one too many books. Other than that, typically masterful in suspense and unique subject matter.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Who would have thought you could combine science fiction with a theme park and make a thriller worth listening to? Answer: Lincoln Child. Growing up, I remember movies called Westworld and Futureworld in the seventies. These were cheesy second-rate movies and they did have a theme park in the plot line – so this combo has been used before. But, that is where the similarities end. Utopia is a theme park, true enough; but the plot is about human nature and not technology. The tech is the background. And the story will keep you enthralled. You’ll be listening and say, “What? I’m at work already. Maybe I should sit here just a little longer.”
Scott Brick narrates. A true professional performance – enough said.
This has all of the elements that you could want for young teens, teen, and mature adult listeners. It appeals along a very big listener spectrum. Though released in 2002, the tech is fresh even ten years later. I give this a big thumbs up.
This book grabbed my attention in the first chapter and held it throughout. Even though parts were predictable, it was still packed with heart pounding suspense. The "people" characters were okay, but not particularly well drawn (therefore not particularly likable), but the robots were loaded with personality. The audio is a little glitchy. About ten times the same sentence will be repeated in exactly the same tone and cadence. Must be poor editing.
Top 20, easily. Grabbed me ( although I have to admit that I am a fan of Scott Brick and Lincoln Child, so I am somewhat of a captive audience.)
The story is both plausible at it's core, and unfolds with reason. Scott does a superb job of bringing it to life.
Descriptions of the inner workings of the amusements are detailed enough without being trite. Enjoyed that aspect. Like getting a behind the scenes tour of Universal Studios etc.
Characters evolved realistically and were consistent.
The revelations about the high class englishman.
This is a true thriller, with enoght twists, turns and character moments to keep any fan of the genre connected. I recommend it.
The book is well written with excellent narration. For my tastes, it was too transparent. (Love that word. I comes from the modern corporate speak: to be patronizingly obvious.) I figured out the roles of the major players too early in the book to make it exciting. But, as I said, good writing with excellent reading. Entertaining.
An entertaining listen, but having just heard Death Match (another book by Lincon Child), I was ready for the twists and the obvious plot prep early in the book.
It was badly edited though, a number of passages were repeated - I counted about 6 - which caused me to loose concentration for a while.
Overall, a good book but nothing that will change your world.
One is not expecting great literature within this genre. However, as a fan of suspenseful thrillers, I do expect the author to build the suspense honestly, without resorting to the Hollywood style contrivances that Child finds necessary in this book. A good idea, and the science is okay, but the plotting is, at too many times, plodding. There are too many good thrillers to recommend this book.
The author went to a lot of trouble to make this thriller as belivable as possible. The technical facts are, for the most part, correct. The characters behave as real people forced into these terrible events would behave. The story is very exciting and the bad guys are very bad indeed. In my opinion this is a much better book than any of those written by Dan Brown.
I really enjoyed this book. I like reading thrilling books but several lead to the supernatural, which I don't care much for. If you have liked amusement parks as a kid or if you are still a kid at heart you will love this thriller. Not only does it make you feel like you are really there it makes you wish there really was a park like this one until things go bad. At first I thought it was going to be like the old movie "West World" but it is even better. You have to get the unabridged version! I haven't heard the abridged version but it is well worth the hours to listen to the book. I wished it would never end. So take a seat, hold on, as you venture into a new world at "Utopia"!
I expected a lot more from Lincoln Child than what was in this book. Crisis after crisis became very boring after a while. There was a plot, but it seemed secondary to the author's attempt to "thrill" the reader, a gratuitous and shallow goal. The characters were there to provide the framework for the "thrills," but were not well drawn. I do not recommend this book.
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