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The South American Boreal: one of the last truly unexplored jungles on our planet. In its dark heart is an ancient crater basin, sealed in by a living cage, making it a time capsule for an ancient, deadly ecosystem.

Matt Kearns, Carla Nero, and a team of scientist explorers have found their way in. In the crater's sunken interior are creatures from a primordial nightmare. Dangers lurk in every treetop, under every rock or loom monstrously over them. It is a place where mankind is out of time.

Matt and Carla must find out how the terrifying parasite wreaking havoc in the United States can be controlled while staying ahead of things that defy belief and shake their understanding of evolution on our planet.

Trapped, with time running out, the team of explorers will find themselves a part of a food chain...and nowhere near the top.

©2013 Greig Beck (P)2013 Bolinda

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A Horse The Size Of A Cat

Episode 1, exploded into our minds. Episode 2 drizzled in one ear and out the next. I have often been disappointed by the second book in a series, but I will have to say the difference between these two episodes was epic. The narrator was so boring I had to check to see if it was the same narrator as episode 1, since I remembered him as being great. In episode two the narration is boring and everybody sounds the same. I guess it was the inability of the writer to paint a picture with his words. In the beginning there was an interesting suspenseful scene involving a cat sized horse and a dinner plate size spider, but after that I was day dreaming.

At a little over five and a half hours long, I thought surly I can make it to the end. Instead, I found myself driving down the road totally forgetting I had a book on. I would catch myself day dreaming and try to get back into the book, but I just could not. About two and a half hours in, I changed to another book and had no problem staying in the new book.

I will not continue this series.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Jurassic Park, minus the tension...

I liked the first one enough that I bought this one, even though I was a bit annoyed at the way the first one ended (it was stopped mid-scene, with no form of resolution for the story, as if book one and book two were one book chopped in half).

This one does manage to resolve its own story (i.e. the story that this book is about is ended), but the overarching storyline started in book one is carried on to book three. I am okay with this because I expect there to be some loose ends in the middle book of a series and the resolution of this book's story was satisfactory (I don't mean, in any sense, that this is a good story, it is just a resolved one).

And that brings me to the story itself. This is Jurassic Park. Almost exactly - 'cept without the excitement or good writing.

The characters are not fully rational (sometimes they act in ways that no normal person would in the same circumstances), and they are not consistent in how they behave (they behave one way at the start of the story but at the end they act in ways completely contrary to how they began).

As an action adventure it was barely okay... too reminscent of other jungle adventure gone awry stories, wishy-washy characterization, and no suspense or significant development of the main story line of the trilogy.

I had already bought the 3rd book in the series (and you kinda have to if you want to know what happened with the parasite), but if I had known how the story was going to progress (or not as in this case), I would not have started this series in the first place. The narration is good, but... the story is so lame that even good narration couldn't infuse any excitement.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • MOSCOW, IDAHO, United States
  • 12-28-13

Absolutely Ridiculous........

This entire set of three volumes could have easily been in one, not too long, volume. But, marketing wins in the end, I guess.
Well, to get right to it - the story here is mundane, obviously written for the mid-teen market, and not very interesting. The author attempts to wow us with technical facts constantly quipped by the characters, but comes off as stupid when in the context of one scientist speaking to another.
The ending of this story was so idiotic, I laughed out loud.
I am getting tired of these books. They sound interesting in the promo, but then I start listening, and find they are written for YA audiences, and in reality are just pulp-junk.

Please label books intended for 14 year old girls, so the rest of us can avoid!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fun book !!

Fun book. Adventuresome, exciting, great narration. Takes you to a place where you wouldn't want to go but at the same time sounds exciting.

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great part 2

continued the adventure which it was a good one to tell. birds, spiders fear of the unknown
thanks for sharing this

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Real neat concept

I really liked the idea or concept the author designed in order to explain how an environment with prehistoric animals could go unnoticed on earth for eons. However, I would have like to spend more time within that space and would have like to see the idea explored further. All in all good story though.

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  • NL
  • 12-05-15

this is not a series and should have been sold

series have beginnings...not just continuations of same story. how cheap is this of the author or publisher. storyline is fun and exciting. keeps you interested and wanting to hear. it would be great if this could be made into a short series.

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  • rene
  • Henrietta, Tx, United States
  • 05-08-14

The further adventures of !!

If you could sum up The First Bird, Episode 2 in three words, what would they be?

Further Adventures Of !!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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

Sean is Excellent as always and Adds to the Excitement.

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

Hold onto your Hat, it's a wild Ride !!

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Excellent

Wow, what an episode this was. It really keeps your interest, the characters a well written and you can't help but react to what they are going through. I was also totally creeped out - it just had to be spiders and BFS at that.
Sean Mangan did a fantastic job with these books, I really look forward to listening to more of his work. I felt like I was there with the characters.

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  • geedee
  • 04-23-16

Cheated !

I feel that I have been cheated out of two credits in listening to this series, the "First Bird" trilogy is not really that at all, it is a single book broken into three parts for no other reason than to make more money. I have listened to many books over 15 hours long, and can see no other reason for this one to be spliced in such a way. I have not listened to the final book in the series, enough is enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-17

too short rather get full unabridged novel love sean magnins narration thanks Audible love this app

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  • DebManning
  • 08-26-17

Always well read

The first book was engrossing, this one was ok but starting to get a bit ludicrous. I hope the 3rd installment is better.