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Publisher's Summary

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane 'CJ' Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong...

Get ready for action on a gigantic scale!

©2014 Matthew Reilly (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Matthew Reilly novels should come with health warnings on the cover ... the non- stop life-threatening action ... is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a wild ride." (The Daily Telegraph)

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  • Chris
  • United States
  • 12-27-14

FANTASTIC

Matthew has done it again! What a fast paced book I was not expecting what the story was about (no spoilers) I love Sean Mangan's narration of his books he does them so well.
What a roller coaster of a ride and a new heroine to boot.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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WOW!!!!!!!!

This is the first book I have read from this author, it will not be the last. There is action from go to whoa, I just had to keep listening. From page one I was hooked, and listened far into the night. the action is wild and the timing well done, at times I found myself holding my breath. I noticed that This Narrator is used for all Mathew Reilly's books, which can only make them better, if that is possible. So if you like action and suspense, this is going to be the book to read,.I have since downloaded two more of his books, which I will review when I read them, so go onto the site and start downloading folks.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Too level headed.

The narrator gave such an even keeled performance throughout this book that I think I missed most of the action scenes! I usually really enjoy Matthew Reilly, and I this time I may have to read the paper edition myself to give the book the emphasis it deserves.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Jurassic Park for Dragons, very dissapointing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Kids

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None stop action but a done before story

Any additional comments?

Will not put me off Matthew Reilly as I have read others that I have loved

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Tiresome repetition of "suddenly," "just as"

What disappointed you about The Great Zoo of China?

Apart from the blatant lifting of story lines from Crichton's novels, I found the never-ending cliffhangers very tiresome. Reilly used the overly dramatic transitions too liberally. The overall effect was to make me feel exhausted just listening to it. In addition, this novel - minus the odd "motherf***er" and descriptive violence - was more suited to a younger audience.

What was most disappointing about Matthew Reilly’s story?

The lack of originality and over-dependence on cliffhangers made Zoo less memorable for me. I've enjoyed all of his other work.

Which character – as performed by Sean Mangan – was your favorite?

Mangan has a beautiful reading style, but even he couldn't bring life to the trite characterizations. None were appealing to me.

What character would you cut from The Great Zoo of China?

See above.

Any additional comments?

Market this to a younger audience with some editing.

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Mathews Bull farm is doing well

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A believable story line and some credible characters

What do you think your next listen will be?

Going by this story, anything but a Matthew Reilly novel

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Mangan?

Yes...he provided a workman like performance for someone who didn't write the story

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Zoo of China?

All of them...an unbelievable story set in an unbelievable location populated by unbelievable characters

Any additional comments?

Bull is doing well....along with the tomatoe and vegetable patch it services

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  • Luke
  • Quakers Hill, Australia
  • 02-23-15

Mathew has done it again

A Action packed listen/book. Easy read and to follow. I enjoy he's work and would recommend this to any one.

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Absolutely awesome!

All his work is captivating, fast and extremely entertaining. I'd love to see these all as movies, in the meantime I'm happy and always looking forward to the next one..

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  • Harold
  • Perth, Australia
  • 01-23-15

Non Stop Action

I had my reservations and was wary about the comparisons to Jurassic Park.
I enjoyed the story, non-stop action from start to finish which is to be expected when picking up a Matthew Reilly book.

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Fast, action, dragons.

The Great Zoo of China is fast, action packed and full of dragons. Big scary dragons that eat people. The storyline is not too good, but the book is an easy fun read. Sean Mangan does a reasonable job with the narration. Probably not Matthew Reilly's best work but enjoyable anyway. Definitely not a fantastic dragon tale for children though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bobby
  • 12-06-14

Ridiculous but fun!

What made the experience of listening to The Great Zoo of China the most enjoyable?

If possible, this novel has bigger action sequences than any of Reilly's previous novels. The links to 'Jurassic Park' are obvious (Reilly himself admits that comparisons were inevitable in the interview at the end of the audiobook). However, these links do not detract from the novel. Rather, they add to the enjoyment because it's fun to see how Reilly adapted a tale about dinosaurs to one about dragons.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Zoo of China?

Perhaps the moment at which the master dragons are freed and then burn some of the other masters. A real sense of rivalry and deadliness between the different dragons.

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

I've listened to lots of Matthew Reilly's books narrated by Mr Mangan and I have to say that he does a superb job of narrating action sequences at just the right pace and intensity.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the moment when CJ discovered that the dragons could speak and that she could communicate with some of them. It was wonderful to see how her relationship developed with the friendly dragon.

Any additional comments?

I know some readers may well be put off by the sheer apparent silliness of the story. I initially felt that way, too. However, give the story a fair chance and you'll be hooked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-14

Racy and un-putdownable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Classuc matthew Reilly, almost carried on reading through the night.

Who was your favorite character and why?

CJ, real problem solver.

What does Sean Mangan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I felt he could have been just that little bit sharper. But then I used to be a very fast reder.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Startling, staggering but what an opportuniy. I look forward to the sequel/

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • LambZilla
  • 09-09-16

Action from start to finish

Would you listen to The Great Zoo of China again? Why?

Yes... a great story and a brillaint adventure

What did you like best about this story?

the action from start to finish

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the escaping from the dragons and helping stopping the dragons escaping

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

a rollor coaster of ride, from the depths of dispar to the hights of love between two people

Any additional comments?

a brillant book by Mathew Reilly cannot wait to read the new CJ book

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  • RCB
  • 10-08-15

Easy listen fast paced action

if you love the ridiculousness of Indians Jones combined with the action of James Bond, then I would definitely recommend this book. Nothing too deep, but a fast paved plot with l twists to keep it exciting.

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  • K. M. Woodhouse
  • 08-20-15

Good performance of a very tall tale

I like Sean Mangan's reading of this book. Be prepared for the story to be incredibly unrealistic though!

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  • Julie
  • 08-15-15

Another fantastic Matrhew adventure

This is a fast moving, can't put it down adventure. It's about dragons who are totally believable.

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  • C. Evans
  • 07-25-15

Not really my sort of listen but riveting

This is a thriller, a very successful thriller, but not my usual type of book. The whole concept of a huge zoo, in a man made landscape, with mythical creatures brought to life from thousands of years ago, is convincingly developed. Yes, it's reminiscent of 'Jurassic Park', but more ambitious, bigger in vision, with a serious comment on China's amazing growth and appetite, and grounded in detail. I think it would make a striking film, or maybe even better, radio play. The descriptions are well done and while only the character of the main protagonist is explored and given a back story, the others are brought to life by the excellent narration. Yes, it's all hokum, but the plotting, detail and imagination of the author make us suspend disbelief and sit back and enjoy the ride.
The parts that grabbed me most were not the amazing escapes but the accounts of animal biology and psychology... It was fascinating to have a glimpse into the workings of a major predator's way of seeing. I shall certainly listen to it again.

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  • Josh
  • 04-23-15

Great book

If you like the authors other works you will love this, fast pace, action, imaginative. A dig rent feel to the 2 other series a bit not like contest but love how different it is.
Took me to another world for a bit so I'm happy :)

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  • David
  • 04-05-15

Like Jurassic Park But 100 Times Better!!

Great story, great hero, another classic book by Matthew Reilly.

If you've never listened / read any of his books try this one you won't be disappointed at all

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  • WAYNE
  • 02-04-15

Excellent

Matthew Reilly back on form. None stop action from beginning to end. When I started reading this I couldn't put it down.

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  • Emily Webb
  • 08-09-15

Gripping from start to finish.

I absolutely loved The Great Zoo of China. Matthew Reilly's descriptions are vivid and out of this world! I was gripped throughout and absolutely love the lead character Dr CJ Cameron. The narration of this book was really enjoyable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • 08-07-15

Brilliant simply brilliant

If you love dragons then you'll love this book.
Matthew brings reality to the mystical dragon.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Brett
  • 09-02-15

Thrill ride

Best book I have "read" in a long time. can't wait for is next from Matthew Reilly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • peter
  • 07-19-15

Enthralling

What a great idea for a story and so captivating I was taken from start to end. I think this is Reilly's best yet but thats a big call.
love the Reilly/Mangan combo keep it up guys.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • christine denniss
  • 07-12-15

I love listening to the audio books.

I can't get enough of Matthews books. Fast moving and your imagination runs wild. marvelous

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cherie
  • 06-26-15

Breathtaking

Wow such a breathtaking fast moving novel.... I enjoyed every amazing wonderful second.
Thank you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Glenn Rossiter
  • 06-21-15

can you believe in dragons - now you will.


Great story, fantasy that could believable. full on action with a great heroine.. wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cameron
  • 05-19-15

Typical Matthew Reilly..

The Great Zoo of China is the typical Matthew Reilly Book. Is that a bad thing? No, not really, he has a style and hes good at it. If you want a book that's action from the start to finish this is it. Sure some some of his plot lines and action sequences are a bit farfetched but that's the thrill of it. This book has very close lines with Jurassic Park the movie so if that is your kind of thing sit down, strap yourself in and get ready for this epic action novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Fergus
  • 05-18-15

Classic Matthew Reilly action

From the first page to the last, there is action. It is an easy read and although frequently pushing the boundaries of belief, is the audible version of a page turner. Great to have a strong female character in the lead role, clever, resourceful and outwitting predators and adversaries. The similarities to Jurassic Park are obvious, with different personalities and their political ambitions and equally scary creatures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mecaza
  • 05-17-15

Always love Matthew Reilly - this is no exception

What did you like about this audiobook?

I have loved all of Matthew Reilly's books and this is no exception. Started off very well... especially for me as I have visited that part of China that he describes so well. He also has a very good understanding of the modern day Chinese aims and goals - and why their current culture impedes their aims to be Number 1 in the world in all things!. I saw all of that for myself.<br/><br/>I was almost half way through the book when I found myself second guessing (correctly) the author!! I have NEVER been able to second guess him before and I was a bit disappointed. But then I realised that the first half of the book is more concerned with the setup and the second half is definitely the old Matthew Reilly - very edge of your seat action - no way you will second guess any of that :) At one point I thought to myself "ohh out of the frying pan into the fire..." and the narrator echoed my words almost immediately.<br/><br/>I would give it 4.5 stars if I could.. 4 seems a bit mean :)<br/><br/>Thanks Matthew - keep on writing!!! (less)

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

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Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Good research, keeps the mysteries building

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful