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Zodiac Station Audiobook

Zodiac Station

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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown.

In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle. He tells an incredible story of scientists and spies, of lust and greed, of jealousy, mayhem and murder. But his tale simply doesn't add up. Whose blood is smeared across his clothes? Why is there a bullet hole through the jacket he's wearing, and why is that jacket labelled with someone else's name? It's clear that more was going on at Zodiac Station than Anderson is telling. And someone else may have survived the disaster, as well. someone who has killed before, and who is willing to kill again.

©2014 Tom Harper (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 07-06-14
    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 07-06-14

    I am a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and author of Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices, and The Bombast Transcripts.

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    "surprised at how good this was"

    never heard of the author, so this was a crapshoot for me. I kept expecting it to be awful or at best mediocre. but it just kept getting better. what a happy surprise. and the narrator is first rate. if you're looking for an engaging sci-fi/mystery that won't insult your intelligence, try this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-30-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Hand my jacket, will you please?"
    What made the experience of listening to Zodiac Station the most enjoyable?

    The performance by Piers Wehener was truly a highlight, but the overall twists and turns in the story arc was compelling. I really didn't see how the story was to resolve until the very end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zodiac Station?

    The conclusion has so many angles and asymetric ideas, it grabbed me.


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

    His accents and emotions are very impression.


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

    The internal dialogue by our hero is thoughtful and realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    I was moved by this book , which, for a protypical Arctic thriller, is unusual. Very impressive and well worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 07-19-14
    Matthew MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States 07-19-14
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    "Finally, a listen that kept me listening...."

    Best listen of the summer! Excellent story, well written, and superb narration. Keeps you wondering until the very end. Well worth the credits.

    Please Audible, find more of these gems.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 07-19-14
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 07-19-14 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Good plot, interestingly told"

    I enjoyed the story. It's got a very twisty plot with a bit of an homage to one of literature's greatest horror novels (I won't say which, because that will give away the story). The setting is well described, eerie and tension-filled. It's a tale narrated through a number of different character's POVs and documents, which makes the pacing slightly odd, but helps to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing.

    The one part of the story I thought was a big of a let-down was the rather superficial, convenient characterizations. There are some really intriguing characters in the story and I thought they could have been better fleshed out. I got the feeling they were left tenuous in order to allow the plot more flexibility. When I can see that in a story, it bothers me a little.

    Nonetheless, as a thriller/murder mystery, it makes for good listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 08-05-14
    Richard Delman San Francisco 08-05-14 Member Since 2016

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Starts very well...and then bores."
    What disappointed you about Zodiac Station?

    The opening, as above, was promising. The setting, the ice caps around the Arctic Ocean, is rendered quite vividly, and the characters are introduced in a way that promises good things to come. They really never do.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Harper again?

    I don't think so. I don't believe he has the talent to keep the reader's attention for that long. When I put this down after about four hours, I listened to "Strip," by Thomas Perry. Very quickly I felt amused, entertained and completely enjoying the talents of a truly great writer. Some got it, and some don't.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the performance is OK. It's the material that gets scientifically as stiff and boring as a corpse. We get small doses of interesting ideas to whet our appetite, and then we are completely overwhelmed by science which is stupefyingly boring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zodiac Station?

    I don't think I could answer this question, other than to say that you would improve the book by cutting it in half. I was reminded by a quote from Elmore Leonard, a truly masterful and prolific writer. When someone asked him why his books were so entertaining, he said, "I leave out the parts that people don't read."


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Lakebay, WA, United States 10-27-14
    Teresa Lakebay, WA, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpectedly Good"

    This was a well written story. You had to pay attention, and the story is told from a number of viewpoints, so you need to concentrate as well. There were many unexpected twists in the plot. I found the characters believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blue Dragonfly 08-18-14

    BlueDragonfly

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    "A Thriller with a totally unexpected outcome"
    What made the experience of listening to Zodiac Station the most enjoyable?

    I could not guess the outcome and kept trying to figure out where it was going. Just when you think you have a handle on the story it twists another way. Lots of fun!


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

    Though there were a few segments that dragged a bit, it still kept me hooked trying to figure out what was coming next. I liked that the story was approached from different points of view, each one differing from the other.


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

    I haven't heard him before but I really liked his performance. He is excellent with different voices (male and female and different ethnic accents).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not sure. There is so much to this story that it would be hard to put it in one tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved how the author created each occurrence from differing points of view and changed the whole story by how each person viewed the events from their individual perspective. I also learned a lot about how genetics sequencing works from his uniquely simplistic model of Lego blocks being put together. Great ending and totally unexpected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Luciow 07-23-14
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    "Really good narration."
    Any additional comments?

    Was a good suspenseful story, told from all angles. Piers Weherner is an excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 09-16-14
    Terry 09-16-14 Member Since 2001
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    "HAVING BEEN TO THE ARTIC & ANTARTIC. DISAPPOINTING"
    What disappointed you about Zodiac Station?

    PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS. NO WAY!! BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT REFERENCE TO BOTH WAS UNABLE TO FINISH THE STORY. A SIMPLE CHECK WOULD HAVE TOLD THE WRITER THEY ARE NOT AT THE SAME POLAR REGION. VERY POORLY RESEARCHED.


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    Janie O'brien US 09-07-14
    Janie O'brien US 09-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fire or Ice !?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the story was told by a number of characters from their journals & other paper works. It created mysteries within mysteries that kept my attention and interest all the way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end of Tom's journal; I won't say anything else here, or it will be a giveaway.


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

    the final chapters of the book as they unfolded, gave resolution to the to the previous chapters in a most unexpected way.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not a simple thriller, where what you see is what you get. Rather it's quite the opposite.The writing of Tom Harper, was nicely achieved and gave gravity to an excellent performance by, Piers Wehener. I have not heard of this narrator before, but will be looking out for his other works. The story weaves this way and that, told from a number of viewpoints until you're at a loss as to who the protagonist might be. It kept my interest all the while with each character shedding some light on the situation and each other. However it's not until quite near the end until the whole story comes together in a most unexpected way that almost left me gasping. I liked the ending which left as many questions unanswered as those that had been answered. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a wonderful mystery suspense but where your ability to collate facts and your own mental creativity is not put on hold and becomes an intrinsic part of the denouement and final resolution - especially. Highly recommended\

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mike
    10/25/14
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    "A far better book than most both this type"
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    A great thriller - and a real page turner if audio books can be page turners ! Some really nice writing too.The big reveal is a bit of a let down, but the pleasure in this book is in the journey, and not arriving at the destination. Really enjoyed it and I will be looking out for other title by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bookaholic
    Huntingdon, England
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    "Zodiac Station"
    If you could sum up Zodiac Station in three words, what would they be?

    Visual, interesting, thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was no particular favourite character.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed it all


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a good thriller, certainly did not make me laugh or cry, was not that sort of audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    1/1/15
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    "Any chance of a follow on"

    Brilliant story from start to finish I have listened to this book on a number of nights since the purchase

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Steven Packham
    10/11/16
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    "5 star all the way!"

    Wow Zodiac Station is an epic adventure that's so much more than that! It is extremely well written engaging you from the start with a unique style that feeds the paranoia with each step!
    The claustrophobia of living in the arctic is a living thing of its own, cleverly portrayed like a movie in your head! Characters are very intriguing and very well portrayed! Hard to put down and keeps you thinking about it long after you do.... the narration is very good and propels the narrative perfectly. You will not regret getting this one! Awesome!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris the gardener
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    2/19/16
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    "Anti climax"

    The book started very well and seemed to have endless possibilities with a intricate plot and endless twists. Following this promising start, the book ended very poorly with a limp ending as if the author had run out of ideas and wanted to finish it without putting in any effort. It was a real disappointment.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    4/16/15
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    "Tailed off for me"

    mostly good but ending was a bit of non event for me. good narration though

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    HAVANT, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "Zodiac Station by Tom Harper"
    Where does Zodiac Station rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has to be up there near the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    A riveting story which for much of the book was like a re-write of Alistair Maclean's "Ice Station Zebra" which I loved - but then came the twist a twist.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The part when you finally realise that there are "2" Tom Andersons!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will the "real" Tom Anderson please step forward.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was great! I must admit that I have not come across Piers Wehener before, but I will certainly be looking out for other books narrated by him!!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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