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A RUMOR OF RICHES. A MAZE OF MURDER. AND THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS, SOUGHT-AFTER PRIZE.

Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase possess extraordinary pieces of an ancient puzzle that leads them from Singapore to the jungles of South America. Inside a storm of political and drug warfare, Nina is getting close to one of history’s greatest secrets: the mythical golden city of El Dorado. As one discovery unveils another, Nina realizes that a legendary Incan leader made a deal with his Spanish captors - and hid forever the real El Dorado. Now, Nina and Eddie face a maze of death traps and betrayals, including one that reaches into Eddie’s past in Afghanistan, even into his own family in England. Behind a waterfall in Peru is an unfound wonder of the world. And to get there, Nina and Eddie may have to sacrifice everything: their friends, their love for one another, even their lives.

From the Paperback edition.

©2011 Andy McDermott (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“No fan of Indiana Jones, Matthew Reilly or action in general will be able to put it down.” (Northern Territory News, on The Pyramid of Doom)
“Raises the bar to please adventure junkies who prefer to mainline their action.” (Publishers Weekly, on The Hunt for Atlantis)
“Adventure stories don’t get much more epic than this.” (Daily Mirror, U.K.)

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Different narrator!

I've been listening to this series for some time now and I have become very accustomed to the wonderful work and voices of Gildart Jackson. I loved being able to pick out all the individual voices and really hear the emotions of the characters (especially the cheerful humor of Eddie Chase).

After several books into the series, the narrator has been switched to Robin Sachs and it's driving me crazy! Not only are several of the voices fairly similar to others, but i can't concentrate on the story when I hear a well known character speak with someone else's voice. It's like having a friend you've known forever and one day he talks with a different voice entirely! He has the same words and actions, but different inflection, tone, accent and even formant! It really throws you in a loop!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved the story but ......

Where does Empire of Gold rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

One of the best stories I have istened to. All of the Andy McDermott books keep me entertained with bigger than life characters and adventure.

How could the performance have been better?

The one problem I had with this book was the narration, it was slow and all the characters were too similar. I can't figure out why they changed narrators. I had to actually spped up the playback on my iPod just to make the words flow a little better.

Any additional comments?

The entire series of books with Eddie Chase and Nina Wilde are very fun to listen to. Eddie Chase kind of reminds me of Dirk Pitt with a serious chip on his shoulder.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good Book ...... Terrible Reading

What made the experience of listening to Empire of Gold the most enjoyable?

I normally really enjoy the series BUT the narrator on this one was a major let down. Like many others have noted it was a very flat reading. Voices were all similar so difficult at times to follow. Also no real spark or emotion in the readers voice.

What didn’t you like about Robin Sachs’s performance?

It was very flat with no emotion. The characters were all voiced with pretty much the same one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Please, no more Robin Sachs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

Where does Empire of Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really like this series of books and it ranks up at the tip with the rest of them, but I rarely run across a book I don't like

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I've only just started listening to the book, but so far the plit seems pretty good. I like how there have been returning supporting characters such as Macy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is why I'm writing this review. He's very slow and nasally to listen to. I've had to up the speed on the audio to 1.5 times just so I don't start wandering off. You truly should have waited until Gildart Jacvkson was available to read this book. It would have wrapped up this series nicely. Not to mention I'm also now contemplating not buying the last book, Return to Atlantis, because I find this narrator so annoying to listen to.<br/><br/>I find it hard as well because now I have to learn which voice is which all over again.<br/><br/>This narrator is good with voices though!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing book from start to finish

This book kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end.
I would recommend this book to all my friends

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  • Michael
  • PORTLAND, OR, United States
  • 12-11-11

Series Fan

What made the experience of listening to Empire of Gold the most enjoyable?

This is a fantastic series. I have loved every book. The series really needs to be developed into a Major Motion picture.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The voices of the charcters were to simular. Gildart Jackson did an excellent job. Bring him back.

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

Indiana Jones meets National Treasure

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  • Judith
  • Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  • 11-22-11

avid fan doesn't like new narrator

I have listened to all the books by Andy McDermott and have so enjoyed them that I was so anxious for this new one only to be disappointed by the narrator - I enjoyed gildart and his voices for the characters I am having a hard time enjoying this one as much - hard to follow story and make out distinctions between characters - bring back Gildart!

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Bring Back Gildart Jackson

Let me start off by saying I have listen to all the Eddie Chase Nina Wild novels. Although they can be a little cheesy with the action / near death experiences, they are very entertaining. I am half way thru this current novel and I am having trouble continuing. It has nothing to do with the story it is the narrator. He is not bad compared to others I have heard but he dose not capture the characters of these novels. Gildart Jackson although a little goofy at times with the voice impressions did a very good job of bringing out the humor of Andy's books. I say bring back Gildart Jackson. By the way I recommend all the books and you should listen / read them in order.

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love this type of books.

will lessen to all of the series I'm sure it will be very enjoyable

0 of 1 people found this review helpful