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Utopia | [Lincoln Child]

Utopia

Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.
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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)

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    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-20-13
    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Okay, but plodding"

    I did enjoy the book, let me be clear on that, but it took a long time for any real action to take place with the main characters. I did like Andrew Warne as a person, but I found the character indecisive and felt that there was too much time spent in his head. The amount of second-guessing he did, while understandable within the context of the events in the book, were tiresome after a while.
    There was one major issue with the recording, and that was that there were 4 instances that I counted where the author repeated a line; a minor issue, but annoying all the same. This was jarring when trying to get into the world of the novel and lose yourself in it.
    Over all a good book, and I definitely do not regret buying it.

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    Kat 09-27-13
    Kat 09-27-13
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    "Scary and addictive"
    Where does Utopia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of those books that you want to listen to again - after you get over the scare from the first time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    absolutely scary, engaging and fascinating.


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

    Scott Brick is an exceptional reader. His performances pull you in before you know it. If the book is also amazing, you are a captive.


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

    I could not stop.


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    Lisa 09-19-13
    Lisa 09-19-13
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    "Loved it"

    My husband and I are both computer nerds and the technology described in the book kept me mesmorized. If you are not a computer nerd, it is still a good story, but that was the best part for me.

    I would recommend for anyone. It was a very good suspense book and I would listen to it again.

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    Kathryn Mountain View, CA, United States 06-17-13
    Kathryn Mountain View, CA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never Met an Emotional Computer Scientist Before"

    The plot was good but my experience with computer scientists did not match that of Andrew's. Andrew is so much more emotional and acted a bit irrational at times. However, once I got past that, I enjoyed getting to know the other characters.

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    Michael St Helens, OR, United States 05-28-13
    Michael St Helens, OR, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It never took off"

    I wanted to love this book but in the end it just didn't satisfy. I loved the amusement park itself, a high tech marvel outside of Vegas. You can tell the writer is a theme park fan. But the plot itself seemed forced, contrived, silly.
    On a positive note, the narrator Scott Brick is superb!!! Check him out in Atlas Shrugged.

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    Stella East Bridgewater, MA, United States 04-19-13
    Stella East Bridgewater, MA, United States 04-19-13

    Kindergarten teacher, grandmother of 5, gardener, loves animals and Arizona!

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    "Amusement Park of the Future"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's collaborative books and loved them all, but this is the first audiobook I've listened to by either author. The story had just as many twists and turns as some of the new-age roller coaster rides it featured. Lots of technology references that helped to make the script believable. Enjoyed all the elements that were made into possibilities of a futuristic amusement park... Scott Brick is a superb narrator, capable of bring the emotions of the characters to the forefront of the listening experience. You could sense the excitement of the throngs of people waiting in line to experience the thrill of a new ride just being introduced into the park. I would recommend it to any reader that enjoy's the works of Preston & Child, but without giving the plot away... would caution not to read it if you are planning a visit to an amusement park in the near future!

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    Owen M. Darsch Southern Florida 02-20-13
    Owen M. Darsch Southern Florida 02-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Uncle Billy's Kin

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    "Never met a "Child" I didn't like"
    What made the experience of listening to Utopia the most enjoyable?

    The story line was original and just kept moving.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a good solid story all the way through, enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Over the last 3 or 4 years I have become a real fan of Child and Preston, either as individual authors or joint authors. I gave it four stars, only because I have read some of their best work. Utopia is closer to 4.5 stars. As always, I thought Scott Brick did a superb jor of reading. Recommend for Lincoln Child fans...

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    K. V. Amherst, NY 02-12-13
    K. V. Amherst, NY 02-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Scooby'sGirl

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    "Not what was expected"

    I was a little disappointed with this title, to tell the truth. I really did not like the narrator. He was annoying. Being a huge disney fan, I really wanted to like this story. But it just wasn't my cup of tea. It wasn't terrible, just not that engrossing. But other readers may enjoy it. I just didn't find it plausible.

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    Chalkkdust 01-15-13
    Chalkkdust 01-15-13
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    "Die Hard meets West World..."
    If you’ve listened to books by Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

    If you enjoy Lincoln Child's solo novels, then you will enjoy this as well.

    Child tends to write fast paced science and techno thrillers that are light on the science and tech. This is not a bad thing for quick summer reads when our goal is simple escapism. Utopia is nothing less, and nothing more.

    The suspense and action is where the strength of this novel lies, in fact, it depends on it. The characters have zero development throughout the story as if they were merely props in one big action sequence. But hey, that's what we want in these kind of stories right?


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    Veebee 01-07-13
    Veebee 01-07-13
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    "Scott Brick rocks!"
    Would you listen to Utopia again? Why?

    No. I rarely listen to (or read) a book more than once.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to his books before.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything. His voice and inflection are perfect for the story, and he does not try to mimic female voices.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this genre--a mixture of science fiction and mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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