©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)
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.
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!
Scott Brick was fine. I didn't have a problem with the narration. He tried but the book was too awful.
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.
This is one of those books that you want to listen to again - after you get over the scare from the first time.
absolutely scary, engaging and fascinating.
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.
I could not stop.
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.
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.
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.
Kindergarten teacher, grandmother of 5, gardener, loves animals and Arizona!
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!
Uncle Billy's Kin
The story line was original and just kept moving.
It was a good solid story all the way through, enjoyed it.
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...
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.
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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