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The Ice Limit Audiobook

The Ice Limit

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Publisher's Summary

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At 4,000 tons, this treasure seems impossible to move.

New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.

©2001 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"This is a big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific summer movie as well as a memorable hot-day read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jim "The Impatient" 10-22-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Cut out the romance attempt"

    I have read four Preston & Child books, I have liked all of them, but not loved any of them. I am still waiting to read the book that I just can't put down, as I feel they have it in them to write that book. This book has cool theories and adventure and science. It starts out with a prospector discovering the world's heaviest meteorite (or is it a meteorite? and where did it come from?). It is located on an island off the south tip of Chile. A cold bitter land that Darwin visited on his voyage. The first half of the book is about the richest man in the world getting together a team of losers, along with a Mr. perfect to recover this rock without Chile finding out about it. I really liked the first half. In the second half, we get into a couple of love stories (kinda). The love stories are time consuming, not very loving and a total distraction from the story line. Then toward the end we have a ocean chase scene like in Master and Commander and it is very intense and a fast read. This scene leads to an extreme climax, all very intense and pretty cool. I could have given this five stars if they would have cut out the attempt to add romance to the story. Stick to science and adventure guys, like Crichton and Rollins.

    As far as the narration goes, I have never liked Scott Brick's narration, he always sounds the same no matter what he reads. He makes every sentence sound dramatic and sarcastic. Having said that I felt his tone actually worked well for this book. All the characters in this book are sarcastic. He does not do humor very well.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 10-07-10
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 10-07-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Intriguing"

    "The Ice Limit" pretty much comes up to the usual high Preston/Child standard. As always, these consummate authors have fetched afar for their plot concept -- a humongous meteor from outside our solar system, composed of an unknown element harder than diamond, lodged at the frigid southern tip of South America for millions of years -- but they have based their improbable scenario on solid science. I only deducted one star from my rating of this audiobook, because of the narrator. Despite Scott Brick's good reputation and popularity, I find his his nasal voice irritating, and I wish the audiobook publishers wouldn't use him so much for their narrations. A different actor with a better voice -- George Guidall, for instance -- would have improved this audiobook immeasurably. Otherwise, I recommend this audiobook to all thriller-lovers.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 09-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "So what?"

    I have a serious weakness when it comes to Audible book sales. I tend to browse and, often, buy. Sometimes I find a gem this way, but often the result is a book that falls into what I consider to be the "Who cares?" category. This book is one of those.

    It is well written, and Scott Brick, as normal, does an excellent job. But the plot seems very, very thin. Yes, there is a meteorite. Yes, people want it. Yes, there is an individual who cares about nothing but getting the meteor and has too much power for this to end well (I do not believe I am giving anything away to say that). And, yes, this is the story about how they go about trying to get it. But nowhere in the story did I feel that this was an important thing to be doing or that the subsequent loss of life was worth the result.

    It was clear to me about 20% into the book how it would end and, about 50% into the story, why their pursuer was so dogged about this chase. For me it was an effort to finish the book and even the ending did very little to redeem the effort.

    If I had it to do over again I would have skipped this sale item.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-13-11
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Snore... zzzzzzzz...."

    Okay, I shoulda' known when I saw Scott Brick. What can I say.. He's got good diction? The guy is soooo portentous. It is one thing to foreshadow doom, it is another to be irredeemably gloomy. It's as if there's a minor key note playing continuously in the background just beneath the level of your easy hearing. But, Scott did not create this overwritten text: Moby Dick with a couple of Ahabs, maybe even three or... or... FOUR! Okay, I get it, obsession's not a wonderful thing.

    And the written-for-the-movies unrelenting crisis after a time eventually make you chortle quite independent of the authors' intent. Preston and Child have apparently challenged themselves to go through the Oxford Unabridged Dictionary of adjectives and adverbs - IN EVERY CHAPTER!

    This is a painful book which, because I hate to waste money, I almost listened to to the end... but finally my appetite for discomfort became sated. I shall avoid all of these people - both authors and reader - in the future. AAAARGH!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Harmonious Monk Ohio 09-04-11
    Harmonious Monk Ohio 09-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "no redeeming value"

    Had to force myself to listen thru to the end. The ending was like one of those spoofs of melodrama where the dying heroine makes a long speech then flops around allegedly dying and then starts another speech and flopping and then does it all again. And again. Authors couldn't decide between plot and character. Speechifying instead of dialogue. Preston did much better on his own in "Impact" where story and character were tighter and more cohesive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 12-26-10
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't skip this one."

    An excellent book, kept me glued to it the entire way. Nice ending also...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 11-04-10
    Neil Amsterdam, Netherlands 11-04-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible Terrible Terrible."

    Even as a summer-blockbuster-read, it doesn't hold together. Decent premise but my oh my is the execution terrible. Characters, Pacing, Scene Structure, Science, Dialogue ... all terrible. Worst thing I ever downloaded. Avoid.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-04-11
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 08-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't make myself finish it..."

    The plot on the description sounds pretty exciting...but I found that it was taking way to long to get to anything in the description! I want to get to know some interesting characters pretty quickly and get to the dang alien substance or whatever! I don't care about political and military threats in a book that's supposed to be about a dangerous, life threatening unknown substance! Seriously, i hate to not finish a book when i use a credit for it, but I found myself skipping hours ahead just to hear something about the dang rock! Do NOT get this book. It might be interesting to someone with nautical knowledge, but didn't work for me.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-25-11
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Ice Limit vs My Limit"

    I think they phoned this one in , maybe with the help of a tech writer. Scott Brick sounded like he was channeling Capt Kirk. After that, it seemed like a recipe book: "start with this, add that, stir in a little XYZ . . ." and the dialogue was cartoon-like and redundant ; the whole story was clich?? riddled and predictable.
    Preston and Child can do a lot better

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Klas Stockholm, Sweden 12-13-10
    Klas Stockholm, Sweden 12-13-10 Member Since 2017
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    "One dimensional characters"

    I really enjoy Scott Brick when he narrates Nelson Demille's books, that was actually the biggest reason for buying this one. I couldn't believe this was the same Scott Brick. It is like he felt that this needed a more intellectual sounding reading, but the result is dull to say the least. The characters in this book are one dimensional and you don't really feel very strongly about any of them, a fact that the reading makes even worse. Save yourself 14 hours and skip this one. Only impressive piece about this one is the research that has gone into it. The writers, however, seem more comfortable with research and science than they do with writing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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