Golden Buddha

Narrated by: J. Charles
Series: Oregon Files, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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Juan Cabrillo's first adventure with the Oregon - a state-of-the-art spy ship disguised as a nondescript lumber hauler - takes him and his crew into dangerous waters as they try to put Tibet back in the hands of the Dalai Lama by striking a deal with the Russians and the Chinese.

Cabrillo's gambling chip is a golden Buddha containing records of vast oil reserves in the disputed land. But first he'll have to locate - and steal - the all-important artifact. And there are certain people who would do anything in their power to see him fail....

©2003 Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Horrible Narrative

Arguably the worst accents I've heard, would have been better if he read it monotone.
Bring back Scott Brick!

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bad accents, distracting production, horrible read

I and used to good stories from Mr Cussler. The poor read and distracting production diminished the book to the point that I had to pause and take a break from the whole thing. What a way to wreck a decent book.

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Horrible narration!

Is this the main actor from the movie Fargo? Having a very tough time continuing this book. The story might be ok, but J Charles ruined it!

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Mr Charles is awful

Scott Brick who does 90% of the Cussler books is ALWAYS exceptional and tends to spoil the listener with his professional take on the author's work.

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narrator reading is terrible.....

The accent for Juan was so bad he went from the cool captain to the uninspired sailor. The crew's voices a major let down. Scott Brick as reader it would be a different review!!!

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Sorry I wasted a credit on it

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

I have listened to all of the Oregon series. Loved them all. I enjoy Scott Brick
but J Charles just can't do accents.Sorry I wasted a credit on it. I would not recommend it to anyone

If you’ve listened to books by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo before, how does this one compare?

The story was ok but J Charle's was terrible

Would you be willing to try another one of J. Charles’s performances?

no

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

no

Any additional comments?

Was looking forward to getting book 2 but not now

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Horrible Reader!

How could the performance have been better?

J. Charles is a horrible reader. I will never buy another book that he reads. The accents are bad and in some cases non existent . His Texas accent is over-the-top comical. He is nowhere near in class to Scott Brick who reads the later books in the series.

His reading is a disgrace. So bad that I cannot stand to finish the book. He also pronounced buoy's as boys.

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Not up to par

Not up to Cussler's usual standard. Ok if you're looking for background noise on long trip. But not worth a whole credit.

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thriller

Multi prong story with many twist and turns all finely being brought together. good characters and excellant narriation..worth ur time

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Another super book from Cussler

There are not enough superlatives to describe this book. Cussler's skill at developing the story and the characters pulls you into their world.  J. Charles as the narrator out did himself once again to bring another Cussler book to life. You felt like you were there living the adventure. Can't wait for the another one to come out.

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