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The Dig | [Michael Siemsen]

The Dig

A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands.
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Publisher's Summary

A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands. Despite being exploited as a child and tormented by the unpleasant experiences imprinted on him from the various items he has "read", Matthew agrees to travel from New York to the forests of Kenya. There, threatened by unknown enemies and helped by a beautiful but prickly ally who begins to understand his strange ability, he journeys back in geological time to make a discovery so shocking that it forces us to rewrite all human history.

©2010 Michael Siemsen (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    William CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-26-13
    William CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating Concept"
    Would you listen to The Dig again? Why?

    Yes. The two intertwined stories hold your interest and the concept of a far pre-historic metal working civilization opens the door to a million questions and probably future books by the author. The book is well written with interesting characters and you really can't ask for much more.


    What other book might you compare The Dig to and why?

    I would compare The Dig to any one of a number of Steven King or Dean Koontz books. Interesting paranormal ability are their stock in trade.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see where the author takes this concept. Hopefully he'll come up with answers to the many questions I have about this pre-historic civilization.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-09-13
    Daniel Las Vegas, NV, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable concept, couldn't put it down."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, just a good fun read. It is nice to see someone with a 'super power' that has serious draw backs, where the small details and details are considered.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

    Matt was the most developed, I look forward to hearing the others if the sequel comes to Audible!


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

    I pretty much did. Until it reached 5am and I just had to go to sleep. Finished it today though!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, I hope more of Michael's books come to Audible so I can listen to them all. I am interested to see if the characters in both his different series 'feel the same' or if they really do feel separate.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 12-15-13
    Jan 12-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "So I liked it, in a random sorta way..."

    Michael Siemsen's "The Dig" beats the last contemporary Science Fiction I read, "14" by Peter Clines, by a mile. He has created a uniquely gifted character, whose ability to touch an item and go back to emotionally charged moments that happened while the item was in use... is a gift and a curse. It has made his a millionaire at age 23, and a prisoner of his own OCD type protective needs to be able to function. Obviously you have to suspend disbelief... but I did it once and rode around nicely in his world without being jarred out. I consider it a brain in neutral, have fun read and the writing is basic plot driven, nothing to get excited about, the plot is just so unique it makes up for the writing. I could see it being a movie. It will obviously be a series, although this stands alone, and I'll probably buy the next. Very little swearing, a little kissing, some violence... but a page turner that flashes from a previously unknown tribe to the archeologists seeking to unearth the remains. Probably will appeal to a young male audience the most, but I am the opposite and found it enjoyable. We will hear more about this book.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Sutphin Manassas, Virginia United States 03-13-14
    S. A. Sutphin Manassas, Virginia United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Really Enjoyed This Book!"
    What did you love best about The Dig?

    Loved the story, it was very original.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt was great.


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

    I don't think I have but he did a great job!


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

    nothing extreme but it stuck with me even when I wasn't listening I was thinking about the story.


    Any additional comments?

    What a great surprise and I hope there will be more like this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Annina Hobart, Tasmania 01-28-14
    Annina Hobart, Tasmania 01-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Stay at home mom who loves books but don't have any time to sit down with one, so I turned to audiobooks =)

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    "I can't wait for the next book!!"
    Would you listen to The Dig again? Why?

    Yes I would! Its a great book, well written, good story, and chilling end!


    Any additional comments?

    The Dig keeps you caught up in its web from beginning to end! A very satisfying read!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-07-14
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2014

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Good story interesting main character"
    What did you love best about The Dig?

    I enjoyed the young man who has a gift and is special but really just like a normal young person confused and excited


    What did you like best about this story?

    How things are used to motivate people, no one is exactly as they seem to be


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

    First listen and he was very good enjoyed the read and hope to hear more


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

    Both with ups and downs full range of emotions


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next book and their next adventure

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-21-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't forget to bring your gloves!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, if you were into archelogocial speculative fiction. Interesting idea, but the characters were somewhat flat for me, aside from the principal Matt.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The creativity of the ancient world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The introduction to the new/ancient world.


    Did The Dig inspire you to do anything?

    Read more from this author.


    Any additional comments?

    Seems like a set up for a series, but can stand alone. Just be ware. On balance, and entertaining read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 12-17-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "Quite The Enjoyable Story"

    This book was one of those rare books where I was dreading the end but not because the story was bad or something bad was to happen, I wanted the story to keep going. I could not put this book down. I listen at work when the situation allows and two days running I made it home in the morning only to sit in the car an extra 10 minutes to keep listening.

    The author has a very good writing style. He kept the story moving along and he kept me interested. I often speed up the narration to get through the boring parts in a book but I was finished with this book before I noticed that I had never even thought of changing the narration speed.

    The concepts in this story can keep the protagonist busy for at least 2 more books in my opinion. I really hope the author continues this storyline.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 05-07-14
    rene Henrietta, Tx, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!

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    "A Fun Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dig the most enjoyable?

    I love the interweaving of the Past with the Present.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt because he is so Intense


    Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

    Matt


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

    be careful who you turn your back on!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tq White II Minnesota 03-05-14
    Tq White II Minnesota 03-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "No Regret"

    I wasn't bored and didn't resent spending the time. I kind of liked the characters and think the guy managed a decent sense of place. The story was modestly interesting. It is the essence of bland.

    If you are having trouble finding something to read, this will get you through to the next time in a pleasant manner. If you are torn between this and something else, choose something else. It will pass the time pleasantly but that's all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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