According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth... or will their prediction become reality?
Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor's structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?
Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina's help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn't comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there's a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he's more than a little curious to probe her depths.
Burying herself in her work, Lina's had little experience handling men, especially one as fascinating and exasperating as the secretive, headstrong Hunter. A devoted archaeologist, she has the skill to excavate those protective layers all the way to his core.
But finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge these unlikely partners into adventure, romance, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them knows....
©2012 Two of a Kind, Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I'm loving audio books more each day-being able to walk the dog, do the dishes or keep an eye on grandkids in the pool-all while listening to a book is great. My favorite genres are mystery/romance, some paranormal and lots of Science Fiction.
Elizabeth Lowell's "Donovan" series is both educational and fun to read..I'd hoped for a new series and this may be it-but it sure isn't up to past Lowell work.
Added to the confusing Mayan history, dialect and words is the tepid narration done by Richard Ferrone. Granted he had a real complication with all the Mayan names to work thru, still I think his female voice is blah and generally wasn't impressed with his work.
All in all, this isn't a listen I'd recommend even though it's topical since it has to do with Mayan calendar history and potential disaster there was no real incorporating of the date with the book.
Don't waste your credit on this.
Yes ~ it was an awesome story. A little overwhelming on the all the artifact talk/facts, so listening again I know I'd only pick up things I might have missed the first listen. I loved the hero/heroine, the way they sparked off one another.
I'd have to say her Donovan books or earlier, for the simple reason she concentrates so hard on the artifcate industry, both the scholarly part as well as the market and digs. I love the way Elizabeth Lowell can just pull you into those worlds...and really FEEL what you're reading.
No, I haven't. But I wasn't, and am still not, convinced he was the best narrator for this. I liked his voice, but just...he did pretty much a male voice the whole way through. I wasn't thrilled when he was doing Lina's POV...just thought it would have been better served w/ maybe a male AND a female, or a male who could do the female part better
It did make laugh in several parts, and though it didn't make me cry, it certainly made me gasp, and my heart hurt when Jase was hurt and we weren't sure if he'd make it or not.
I was upset that Ms. Lowell AGAIN stopped a series ~ wanted more St. Kilda's books, but this was a great book, and I'm glad she went with it. It couldn't have come out at a better time, what with this being 2012. The legend of the Maya calender is on everyone's minds, believer or not, and this tale was so fitting and perfectly timed.
A better narrator.
Difficult to concentrate on the story due to poor narration. I generally love Elizabeth Lowell's books and should have read this one instead of listening to it. First half of the book was boring although I had a difficult time concentrating on the story.
Monotone, hardly any inflection in voice. He is not an engaging narrator. I will not buy any book performed by him in the future no matter who writes it.
Last half of the book was good.
Good story , but got a bit dry in some areas - my attention tended to wander. Reader did a great job...I would listen again but not sure about this romance novel.
I'm still struggling to finish this book. I have a bout 90 min left and I can't seem to do it. So no, not time well spent. I am seriously contemplating skipping a head to listen to the last 10 min and be done with it, but I'm not even sure I care that much about what happens to the main characters.
I think there is just too much detail about the Maya, or maybe it was just too dry. I think it needed more action, or maybe more sympathetic characters. The one character I liked got shot close to the beginning and hasn't made a reappearance yet.
Richard Ferrone did a good job with the narration, but I just can't bring myself to care for any of the characters.
I think this book should just be left to lie in peace.
breynolds in LA
Foe Elizabeth Lowell fans, we all know she can spin a good one. The excellent research that went into this novel was obvious - her stories are typically learning experiences as well as fascinating. Good narration and just a very satisfying novel to while away a long car trip. Definitely recommend!
From Elizabeth Lowell - yes
By Narrator Richard Ferrone - no
The premise of the story is interesting - Mayan end of the year in 2012, however the narration makes the book almost impossible to listen to.
Everything. He makes the female lead character sound like the wicked witch of the west and the male lead character like a dirty old man.
Books written by female authors should be narrated by a female voice. Read the book, you will enjoy it more than the audio version.
a little spice is great, but this book was much more about sex than a story line. I couldn't finish it.
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