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Utopia Audiobook

Utopia

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Publisher's Summary

A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors daily, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology, complete with robots and futuristic holograms. But when ominous mishaps begin to disrupt the once-flawless technology, Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park's robotics, is summoned to set things right. On the day he arrives, Utopia is rocked by something far more sinister. A group of criminals has infiltrated Utopia's computerized infrastructure and gotten control of all its attractions and systems. Their threat: that if their demands aren't met, every man, woman, and child will become a target. Now Warne must try to save the lives of thousands of innocent people, and among those unsuspecting crowds is his only daughter.

©2002 Lincoln Child; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    Janels 03-21-13
    Janels 03-21-13
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    "Great mindbender by Child, great narration"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Roswell, GA, United States 03-02-05
    John Roswell, GA, United States 03-02-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Contrived Suspense"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 02-20-13
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Add this to your library right now!"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest OREGON 06-21-15

    ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance

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    "Dated and it shows/Brick wins overacting award"

    I don't know if Scott Brick had a Jewish grandma from West Hollywood, but I had plenty of them and they all sounded like Scott Brick. Any character that he wants to portray as slightly questioning has the same up-lilt----book after book---Makes me nuts!! Plus it's really difficult to figure out which person is speaking since every character has that same up-lilt.

    Sigh..OK...I'm better now.

    I very much enjoy the Lincoln Childs books which he writes alone and this was' most likely' a super book in 2002 when it was issued. However it suffers badly from tech advancement now, close to 15 years later. Thankfully, these little techie idioms became almost funny-at least they made me grin.

    And, now, the reasons for the 3 star decision on my story review...it was far far too easy to predict both who the bad guy is and what the reason for the terrorist acts is.

    Really, I expect more from a Lincoln Child book.

    Buy it if you're on a Childs run.. but there are many better techie books out there. I'm sending it back.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bebe South Carolina 10-18-13
    bebe South Carolina 10-18-13 Member Since 2009

    Attorney - love to listen to audio books

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    "Well worth a credit"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-22-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "It never goes off the tracks!"
    Where does Utopia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Utopia?

    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.


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

    Characters evolved realistically and were consistent.


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

    The revelations about the high class englishman.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a true thriller, with enoght twists, turns and character moments to keep any fan of the genre connected. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 08-30-12
    Greg 08-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I Like Not Knowing"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    vanessa pinole, CA, United States 06-29-10
    vanessa pinole, CA, United States 06-29-10
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    "Boring"

    Not a thriller. The author gives us endless hours of the characters' brainless musings. Trite stuff. I listened to about 4 hours before finally giving up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Sydney 03-31-05
    Tony Sydney 03-31-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but not great"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Massey Kennesaw 05-25-04
    A. Massey Kennesaw 05-25-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Very Well Done"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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