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Publisher's Summary

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery, a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.
©2001 Dan Brown (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Brown moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller: a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm." (Publishers Weekly) "A dazzling high-tech adventure...Brown proves once again that he is among the most intelligent and dynamic of authors in the thriller genre." (Library Journal) "This is pretty exciting stuff...and Brown certainly does have a knack for spinning a suspenseful yarn." (Booklist)

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  • Heidi
  • CENTURION, South Africa
  • 03-14-09

Fantastic read

The book hits you with a bang, then leads you into this labarynth of intrigue, espionage and murder!

You think you know who's behind this whole thing then BANG! the twist - very well written, I thouroughly enjoyed listening to the book.

The narrator was fantastic, he "completes" the book!

Truly worth the download

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Gig Harbor, WA, USA
  • 01-09-09

Good book..Terible Narration

This is a great book (just read any of the other reviews.) My biggest problem is that you can hear Richard Poe salivating and licking his lips as he is talking the whole time. This book has THE most poor sound isolation I have ever heard in an audio book. Poe needs to get himself and the reader a towel when it is over.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanna
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 11-27-08

Same story, different characters

Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dan Brown's Deception Point. But after I finished listening to it I realized that it had the same cookie cutter plot as The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brilliant world expert (on some highly specialized topic) becomes unwittingly immersered in a dangerous plot with world-altering ramifications, expert grudingly helps the good guys untangle a mystery while developing chemistry with another intellectual equal of the opposite sex, expert and sexy partner save the day, and end up fulfilling lustful desires as the story ends. The names and topic have been changed, and Dan Brown has still gone to his characteristic great lengths of research to explain highly technical information in such a way that it is easily followed. But I would have liked to have seen a digression from the Robert Langdon stories. It almost seems to me that Brown is writing his books with the hope of them being turned into a movie from the first words. Also, the narrator in this story was not the best. Every time he pronounced NASA as Nassau or nasah, it made me cringe. Also, I could hear him making sounds between pauses that were, shall we say, unpleasant? Something akin to wetting his lips. Also, he made little, if any, effort to give different characters different voices. Probably the only bad narration I have heard on Audible. Other than that, it was a fun story, cliffhangers galore, kept one sitting on the edge of one's seat or wherever, constantly engrossed. I freely admit I didn't want to turn it off until I listened to it almost straight through. Brown does a great job of engaging the reader/listener, and this book is no exception. Also, much better ending than Angels and Demons, so if you didn't like that, give this one a try. This will appeal to the techies and the reader who enjoys science and politics.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • M.
  • 01-09-06

Bravo For Dan!

The author is a 'keep-you-at-your-seat's-edge type of writer. He is excellent.

The book was captivating and full of action and suspense. I have yet to read a book from Mr. Brown's collection that wasn't everything promised in the editorial.

You won't be able to put the book away!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A Glass of water would make this better

Why a glass of water? Well, I have NO problem with the book itself. It's smart, and may be one of my favorites. Dan Brown rocks.
The glass of water would be used to wet the "whistle" of the man who read this book. What I mean is this. Take a Microphone-Place it to your mouth. Turn up the volume. Now, move you mouth. Smack your lips, stick your tounge to the roof, and let it slap around, stick your lips to your teeth, and pull then off over and over. Now try to speak, while performing these oral gymnastics, and you'll see what I had to listen to.
Book was excellent. After an hour, you don't notice the slurping noises, except when you stop the recording,and restart it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very good book - horrible narrator

Nice suspense story, well written and enjoyable to follow.

However this may be the worst narrator ever for an audible book, he makes all kinds of noices between sentences that become very annoying. Key was enough volume to hear the story but low enough to minimize his noices.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Natalie
  • Apex, NC, United States
  • 07-03-06

Good book, bad narrator

Book was good light entertainment. Story moved well. Typically unbelievable, but not abnormally so. Narrator sounded like he was always out of breath and at every break there was a lot of what sounds like lip smacking. It was pretty annoying. I will avoid books he does in the future.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Suyenti
  • LAKE VILLA, IL, USA
  • 05-10-05

Terrible Narrator

This is probably the worst book by Dan Brown. The story is slow and messy. To further the pain, I can hear all the noises made by the narrator. The swallowing of the saliva, paper rustling, and the mike bumping. I downloaded the best quality by the way. It's definitely a turn off. Maybe I am biased to the story since I can't seem to ignore the stupid noises the narrator made.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Buy the abridged version instead

I would call this an average science/political/action thriller. If you are expecting something as intriguing as DaVinci Code or Angels & Demons I think you will be disappointed. It is not bad but does not grip you like those two novels do. If you decide to buy this audiobook, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the abridged version. I purchased the unabridged version and there were times I found myself pounding my hand on the steering wheel muttering "just get on with it!!!" Some facts and plot points are repeated multiple times so that you won't forget them. I would have to believe that the abridged version would be much easier to listen to. The narration if fine; there is just too much verbiage in my opinion. I give it three stars, but subtract one more due to the unnecessary length. I suspect I would give the abridged version three stars.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A WINNER

I loved this book. It was fast paced and kept me coming back for more.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 01-07-10

Richard Poe - Please stop swallowing so loud! :)

I was probably spoiled by the Davinci code which was an amazing introduction to Dan Brown and I'd bought this after all the big reviews I read about this title, and Im sorry DB fans but for me this was a big let down, true it does have some exciting moments and some interesting insights, but these are few and far between in a audio book of 16+ hours, to be honest after 7 hours it was becoming a real chore to get through, I've only got 2 hours left to go and I honestly cant wait for it to end (I feel like now I've put so much effort in I have to see it through to the end as some sort of weird accomplishment) , so I can start on something new- shame really.

However THE most horrible thing about this book is that once every 10 15 minutes the narrator does a horrible long, loud, saliva filled swallowing noise which (especially if you've got headphones on) is VERY off putting and makes me forget the next minutes as I get over the noise :) :) :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • joanne
  • 06-06-09

Length

This book is a great story but way too long and too wordy. Choose if you wish to listen to descriptive content for hours!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • avid reader
  • 06-29-07

Enjoyable listening

Good old Dan Brown. Exciting and fast-paced. Great book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Timothy
  • 02-16-18

Irritating in many parts gripping in others

The narrator was too dramatic, it made it irritating to listen in parts otherwise ok

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  • Ben
  • 01-20-18

Loved it!

Dan Brown novels are a bit hit and miss with me, but this is a hit. I loved the story and the performance was really good. It was cast very well. The dialogue could be a bit too technical at times, but on the whole, contributed very well to the story.

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  • Robert Hood
  • 01-07-18

Another good read

The pace and style is like Alistair McLean but more I formative with anecdotal facts.

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  • Del M.
  • 11-05-17

not bad

not a bad story if you forgive the parts that just can't be real. quite entertaining and a good twist towards the end. well worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-17

Really entertaining.

This the last of Dan Browns books I needed to read to complete them all. Not been disappointed yet. Enjoyed the narration. Good voices and pleasurable pace to listen to. Mispronounced the word "lived" at 13 hours and 5 seconds but I'll let it slide.

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  • Victoria Nicholson
  • 09-25-17

Stay with it!!

Starts slow but captures eventually. Interesting story and plot. Not the best from Dan Brown but definitely still worth a listen.

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
  • 09-18-17

Sorry I got bored- predictable and laborious plot

While the narrator was trying hard, I got bored with the plot it wasn't far fetched just so predictable with set piece villains.