My hubby and I listen to books while driving in the car every week-end (we drive 5.5 hours each way so we like something to pass the time!). We reall..Show More »y LOVE Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and have read all of their books so we were looking for a similar type author and seem to have found it with James Rollins! James writes a few different books and many are in series, so if you are like me check online and read them in order (I prefer to read them in order)! This book Sandstorm is the first in this series and we enjoyed it! James has a scientific mind and does get a little detailed in some of his description which is what my hubby loves and I am not as fond of it but he does do a good job without going too far in depth (for me)! The narrator, which this is the first and only time I have heard him, was not as easy for me to listen to. He did a great job with each character having different voices and personalities but he did seem to have a little lisp or something when he said things with an "s" that was a little grating on my ears. I am hoping that in future books, if he is the same narrator that maybe things will be a little different! I think that if you like Preston and Child and especially their Pendergast series, then you will probably enjoy James Rollins! Enjoy!
If you enjoy history, adventure, and international intrigue, then you would enjoy this book. If this is your first James Rollins book, then beware- lo..Show More »st of characters to follow, frequent scene to scene leaps and lost and lots of history.
It might take some time getting used to the narrator, but once you do, you will definitely enjoy the book. I guarantee you will have very little difficulty differentiating characters.
I also suggest reading the Sigma series in the following order: Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle and Doomsday Key.
"Black Order" is a wonderful combination of suspense, history, intrigue, terror, and science. I hate using terms like "on the edge of my seat", but t..Show More »hat pretty well describes the experience for me.
Fortunately, a scientific background is not necessary to appreciate fully it, as it provides just enough of a sprinkling of scientific fact to make the story plausible. Some of the precepts really make you think, and, if you want to learn more, Rollins provides a short bibliography at the end.
I found the plot twists unexpected (although, in truth, I don't spend much time trying to figure out "what's going to happen" -- I prefer to be surprised). I also found the characters realistic and believable, especially the "bad guys".
Grover Gardner's performance was exceptional, helping to bring the many and varied characters to life, making them seem 3-dimensional. The pace was perfect, as he slowed his rhythm during some of the scientific explanations, giving me that little extra time to absorb them. He also nicely sped up some of the action scenes, adding to the suspense and excitement of the story.
I rated it five stars, and I think James Rollins' story and Grover Gardner's reading earn every one of them.
I listen to a lot of books, but have never been inclined to write a review. The title of my review is joking but true. the author seems to love the ..Show More »word feral, and uses it many many times in this book..way overcooked. While that doesnt make a book a bad read, I'm really not enjoying this book. It is one of those books that jumps around between locations, has several main characters, but none of the characters are developed so there is a serious disconnect from the character. Most of the book is comprised of escape scenes...
I wasn't sure what I was going to get into with this one and was pleasantly surprised. For a story based on pre-history up to the present it was reall..Show More »y interesting and suspensful. This may not be for everyone but I enjoyed it. I mainly prefer espionage novels but would like to see-hear more of this.
90%of this book is the beginning of"The Devils Colony" and 10 maybe 15 minutes is Sechian's quick advanture in Paris that Is lacking details and extre..Show More »mely rushed to get it out of the way,I was truly disappointed in this entry
I am a huge fan of Rollins' Sigma books (and his stand alones) and have been waiting for this book. I spent two days listening to it and just finished..Show More » it a bit ago.
No need to go over the plot - the description says what it is. What I enjoy so much about Rollins' books is what I learn. I'm going to have to listen to the book again with a browser open to check on the facts he presents. As always his characters are full of life and are like old friends that I get to share an adventure with every year or so.
There are so many twists and turns in this book that I sometimes think we need a road map to keep track of what group is up to what. But this just keeps me listening and if I were reading the book I'd label it a "page turner."
The only problem with listening to Devil Coloiny is that - now I have to wait who knows how long for another new adventure with Sigma. Guess I'll just have to re-listen to them and hope that the next book isn't too far off - especially after the last few lines of the story.
Rollins makes me laugh, gasp, and cry. I love his work and can't wait to see what trip he'll take his fans on next.
I love to go back and listen to books I've already read because it never fails that there will be a little piece that I may have missed the first go a..Show More »round that I will catch the second time.
Third Rollins book in a row diminished by Narrator
I have listened to all Sigma Force novels prior to this and loved them until recently. Vibrant characters from the past are all muted now. Storyline..Show More » is appealing but the attempt to view the next chapter in their lives is tepid. All characters are barely recognizable now due to the newly inserted narrator.
The short itself was decent enough w/ average narration, but not for the price. Especially considering a good portion of the title was an excerpt fro..Show More »m an upcoming book... You're barely getting an hour of good story, then some teasing of the new novel.. Given this not worth a credit or the price...
I haven't even finished listening, but felt the need to strongly recommend this book. The plot is exciting, evenly-paced and avoids the cheesy, schmar..Show More »my tropes that these sort of books often fall victim to. Rollins seems back on track with this one.
More importantly, the narrator is incredible. I'm picky. Sometimes when I hear a bad accent or a narrator poorly fleshing out a character's voice, it pulls me out of the story and detracts from the overall experience. Christian Baskous effortlessly switches from accent to accent -- Italian, French, Eastern European, British, subtle American regional dialects -- and gives each character their own rich flavor that I haven't come across in another audiobook yet.
10/10 would recommend taking a listen to see for yourself.