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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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    Blue Dragonfly 04-25-14

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    "Another thrilling book from a wonderful author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Utopia to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! You can't go wrong with Scott Brick narrating. He is so good with voices, accents and just the right inflections at the right time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a unique twist on the thriller genre. Who would have thought an amusement park would be an exciting venue for high technology mayhem? Fun and exciting.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He is the best. I'm never disappointed when Scott Brick narrates.


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

    There were many of these moments, but I think my favorite was when the robot dog saved the day.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all of the Lincoln Child (and Child/Preston) novels. I had never read this one, so I was delighted that Audible had it available on audio. Perhaps the only negative and why I gave it 4 stars, was that it was a bit too long. Also, there were a few things that were never explained at the end, like what motivated the leader of the bad guys, as it appeared there was a revenge motive that was never explained adequately. Also, what wasn't clear is what happened to one of the main characters at the end, who helped to save the park? Did he die or recover? Was he remembered for his bravery?

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    Sari Marmora, NJ USA 12-19-13
    Sari Marmora, NJ USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic, but did I miss something....?"
    If you could sum up Utopia in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, characters, Disney


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Utopia?

    Wrapped it up nicely. but.....Poole?


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding as always! The final reason for opting to buy!


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

    No - wanted to make it last!


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE - did I miss what happened to "Poole" after collapsing, after firing the decisive shot??
    Maybe my dogs were barking at the UPS guy!

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    mary 11-08-13
    mary 11-08-13

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "Awful, don't buy!"
    Would you try another book from Lincoln Child and/or Scott Brick?

    For sure I would buy a book narrated by Scott Brick but even he couldn't pull this dog into the land of the listener. I have listened to books by Lincoln Child before and enjoyed them. After three hours of listening I realized the book wasn't ever going to get any better. It was full of description apropos of nothing and, if there was a story line, it hadn't emerged after three hours of listening.
    Save your points and do not buy this book!


    Has Utopia turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick was fine. I didn't have a problem with the narration. He tried but the book was too awful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO!


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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2016
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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 2015
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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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