Travel to the bottom of the earth...to a place you never dreamed existed.
Beneath the ice...a hand-picked team of specialists makes its way toward the center of the world. They are not the first to venture into this magnificient subterranean labyrinth. Those they follow did not return.
Over the rocks...Across the yawning caverns...Beyond the Black River...You are not alone.
Into the darkness...where breathtaking wonders await you - and terrors beyond imaging...Revelations that could change the world - things that should never be disturbed...
At the bottom of the Earth is the beginning. Keep moving...toward a miracle that cannot be...toward a mystery older than time.
©1999 Jim Czajkowski; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
This was my first James Rollins audio book and it won't be my last. The narration was very good with the exception of the "Aussie" accent, but it wasn't bad, more funny than anyhing else and easily forgiven. It's taken a while to find an author who is as engaging as Rollins in terms of the characters, and the story. The narrator can take a lot of credit for that as well, so all in all I'd happily recommend this to anyone that likes a Dean Koontz type of read.
THE WAY JAMES ROLLINS WRITES KEEP YO GUESSING AND ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT
ALL BOOKS OF JAMES ROLLINS ARE GOOD
KEPT ME AWAKE ALL NIGHT
I WILL KEEP GETTING THE BOOKS BY JAMES ROLLINS
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Another success for Mr. Rollins. Enjoyed the listening and the narrator is ok once you get used to the tone of his voice. He does do a good job at keeping you interested. I like the story and all of the characters.
As others have noted, the story is somewhat stretching the limit, but I wouldn't have minded it so much, if the reader had a voice worth listening to. Really, really awful! Why? 1. No discernible difference between characters, other than the attempt at an Australian accent and the girlish voice used for the main character, everyone else sounds the same and there's hardly any inflection. Listen to Roy Dottrice or Stephen Fry for what I mean on how it should be done IMHO. 2. No break between POVs - when switching between POVs, the listener needs something to tell one that this is happening, a pause here and there. If not for the names of the people, I couldn't have been able to tell I was somewhere else in the story.
I stopped after maybe four hours because of it, and I will not finish this book. Nor will I buy anything else in the future that uses this reader.
Great book and narrator. You won't be sorry with this one. I loved it in print and audio.
This will be the first book I abandoned in nearly 300 titles. To say it's bloody awful is a huge understatement.
Marsupial pigmies....REALLY? that's the best you could come up with? Your weed is too strong.
My first James Rollins novel and very likely my last...Started out OK but the second half rapidly turned ridiculous...Indiana Jones meets Jurassic Park in a Journey to the Center of the Earth. I wasn't expecting high literature, but even with that preconception I was disappointed. This book turned into one of those stories where it seemed like nearly every plot device was driven forward by someone doing something dumb. I also expected science fiction aspects, but again the scientific liberties drove me crazy as well. Not the worst novel I have ever heard, but if the book's description intrigues you just save time and buy some Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs, they've done it before and better. However the narrator is pretty decent, although I cringed whenever he tried to emulate a woman's or child's voice.
The narrator's tone reminds me of Donovan Patton (Joe from Blue's Clues) reading to pre-schoolers. As others have noted, the pace is a bit too brisk, not leaving you time to savor the passages and the high pitched delivery destroys any sense of menace or foreboding.
I love James Rollins' novels. Until recently I had only read them in paperback. However, not having as much time, but wanting to read Subterranean again, I downloaded the audiobook. After the first 3 minutes, I had to pick up my iPhone and look to see if I had hit the button that plays the audio at double speed... I hadn't!!! This narrator is talking so fast its like he is on speed!! He barely pauses to take a breath or switch between characters. While he does change accents or inflections between characters, its like he is trying to win a race narrating the novel. I will never listen to a novel narrated by this guy again. What a waste of a good book! Sigh
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