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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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    Patti 10-01-03
    Patti 10-01-03
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    "Utopia (unabridged)"

    The roller coaster on the cover of this book says it all. I got this unabridged audio from the original publisher and thought it was worth every $ I spent. I've shared it with a few friends and it's always slow coming back because they just have to let their husband or wife listen to it also. I've been a fan of the Preston & Child books for years and I think Lincoln Child might even be better as a solo writer. I won't waste space with a synopsis of the book as Audible has done that already on the abridged listing.
    You get involved with the main characters quickly, and the robotic and computer systems running this theme park are intriguing even for my non technical friends. This is much more of a thriller than a mystery or a horror story. I figured out the "who done it?" part early on, but I don't think the author was trying for another Agatha Christie novel, the roller coaster ride is what this book's about. I've read a couple reviews saying the ending was stretched out. I must admit it did seem that way but I thought it was because I couldn't wait to know how it turned out. This book will never be on Oprah's list. It doesn't try to be the next great American novel, but it's a great way to spend a long commute.
    As always Scott Brick is a top-notch narrator who doesn't disappoint. Get the unabridged edition, you're going to want to spend awhile at this Park. When you get this book be ready to sit back strap in and just have fun.

    37 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    B J Cranberry Twp, PA, USA 02-03-04
    B J Cranberry Twp, PA, USA 02-03-04
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    "Will make you forget you are driving"

    I am not a huge fan of thrillers, but decided this one had enough technology added in to keep me interested, and I am glad I got it. Great commute listening! I found myself constantly engaged, so much so that I had to be careful I wasn't just poking along on the highway. Some parts are a bit over-drawn out, and I had the bad egg figured out right from the start, but the descriptions of the park, wow...would love to go to an amusement park like that, without John Doe. The readers is fantastic. He does accents well and even does the female characters justice. First male reader I've heard who does do a consistently good job with female characters. Sometimes he forgets the accents while reading, but not enough to distract from the overall quality.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 03-23-07
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 03-23-07 Member Since 2001

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    "Awesome"

    A real page turner. Great story. Good insight into the development of futuristic robotics. Excellent character development. Couldn't put this one down. Highly recommend.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    L S 01-31-10
    L S 01-31-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic!"

    I've been listening to audiobooks for years and there is no better narrator than Scott Brick. His character's voices are clearly distinguishable from one another, he never mispronounces words, he always get's the inflections right and uses the correct emphasis on the words. In addition to flawless narration, it seems he's very particular about the quality of the book he chooses to narrate, like a superstar actor who has his pick of roles. This book is no exception. It is well written and exciting. It's a great listen!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Monica 12-01-07
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    "Utopia"

    A good book, but it got a bit long and wordy after a while. Overall, I would recommend it. Good reading by Scott brick.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew San Jose, CA, USA 12-26-03
    Matthew San Jose, CA, USA 12-26-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Tricked"

    It's funny how I came to listen to this particular audiobook. I mistakenly thought I was downloading "Utopia" by Thomas More, a book written in 1516 about an ideal world. I generally don't listen to thrillers, so this was a somewhat new experience for me. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. Although the foreshadowing was (in my opinion) a bit overdone, cluing the reader into major plot elements to come, there were enough new plot elements introduced every minute to keep you excited. The narrator does a fine job, even if the chief of security does end up sounding a bit like Christopher Walkin. I don't regret getting this book, and I enjoyed listening the entire time, but it didn't end up teaching me as much about life as I'd hoped.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 09-17-14
    Robert 09-17-14
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    "GREAT STORY!"

    Wow, just wow.. What a great story. Very well written and very suspenseful. Utopia has all the great hallmarks that make a good story, all the story-line milestones. Wonderfully developed characters, with rich and deliberate parts to play. Funny at times, sad at times, brilliant at times.

    I recommend this book, x10. =P

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marie London, Ontario, Canada 01-04-05
    Marie London, Ontario, Canada 01-04-05
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    "Absolutely a Utopian Read"

    Suspenseful, absolutely thrilling and awesome, felt like I was right there in the story. A great read for any amusement park fan or suspense-thriller enthusiast. I fell in love with "Wingnut" the robotic dog, he's so adorable! I loved this book and think anyone who enjoys books with alot of action and surprising turns around every corner is sure to love this book about a state-of-the-art amusement park and some unfortunate events. A must have.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Southern Pines, NC, USA 07-01-04
    Thomas Southern Pines, NC, USA 07-01-04
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    "Decent but labored"

    Great story line but Child goes way overboard on descriptions so much so that I fast forward many times. Hard to critize though as the story line keeps you captured.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Bowdoinham, ME, USA 12-01-07
    William Bowdoinham, ME, USA 12-01-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A must listen"

    I will never look at an amusement park the same way again. We all know there must be a “behind the curtain” where the magic is made. However, the thought of evils lurking there has never crossed my mind. This book is better than a roller costar. You will love the build to the top, the screaming plunges and the twists and turns are to die for…yes die for.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "really good fun"
    If you could sum up Utopia in three words, what would they be?

    completely bonkers fun


    What other book might you compare Utopia to, and why?

    All the Lincoln Child books are exciting rides of fantasy


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was excellent and kept me riveted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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