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Mount Dragon Audiobook

Mount Dragon

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Publisher's Summary

Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans, and Carson's job is to stabilize the virus. But Carson starts to wonder if this is justifiable, even for the most noble medical cause. Altering genes is a risky job, and the possibility of creating another killer virus is very real. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The writing team that scared the willies out of readers with Relic returns with a second, equally gripping novel of techno-terror." (Publishers Weekly)
"A delightfully gruesome yarn and an apt mirror of our love-hate relationship with science." (Business Week)
"Dynamic duo Preston and Child once again demonstrate their mastery of the genre....The thrillfest runs full force to the very last page." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    E 07-20-16
    E 07-20-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Great look horrible recording!"

    Out of the 300 books that I have listen to through audible this one was by far the worst recorded The book is well written and the plot line is exciting too bad we had to put up with the audio problems

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    Rebecca 06-26-17
    Rebecca 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the story! Did NOT love the narrator!"

    I enjoy all my Preston/Child books so far and have liked all the narrators...except for this one! My only complaint, albeit a strong one, is the drastic change in volume. Man voice = loud. Woman voice = difficult to hear. Rise and fall of volume had nothing to do with the action or intensity.
    My relatively peaceful disposition wanted to throw the digital book across the room. It was at times painful. I kept hoping for the last chapter because I absolutely cannot NOT finish a good story.
    I would encourage the narrator to work on his execution and keep in mind that the story and the listener's imagination should carry the character shifts not volume.

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    Gwendolyn Gustavson 02-18-17
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    "volume problems"

    the story was fine, but the volume jumped all over thr place. for some characters voices, the narrator barely whispered, while at other times the sound was much too loud. I had to constantly adjust the volume.

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    Tine 02-14-17
    Tine 02-14-17
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    "Ridiculous narration spoils interesting story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. He has a seriously annoying habit of raising and dropping the pitch and volume of his voice while speaking, so half a sentence is blasted through the speakers, and the other half is nearly inaudible. It really distracts from the story and ruins the listening experience when you are constantly straining to hear what is said or having to adjust the volume.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the lab assistant Suzanna, because she is the only female voice and adds empathy in a vast gallery of quirky men (aside from Carson, the main character)


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different narrator - for the reasons I stated above. I have come across another book with the same narrator and nearly gave up listening, because the story was so drab to listen to. At the time, I thought it was just a story that didn't appeal to me. Now, it seems more a pattern of this particular narrator.


    Do you think Mount Dragon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story itself is interesting and as such could bear a sequal. But I am not sure the characters (what's left of them) are nuanced and likeable enough to carry a follow-up.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Preston and Child's story though it isn't their best. I would love to listen to it with a different narrator, like Scott Brick or Rene Auberjonois who read their Pendergast and Crewe series. They are both awesome.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 01-31-17
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 01-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Mount Drag-on."

    I started to listen to this story, but it was kind of a bore. I figured maybe I'm not in the mood for this type of book so I set it aside for a while. I figured it was me since there were so many great reviews. But even after waiting a while I still didn't like it. I was not a fan of the characters, I felt like Carson was a racist/chauvinist which may have only been a first impression. Not sure if he gets better because I didn't finish this book. Plus all the rest of the characters were all cookie cutter stereotypes. Also I didn't like what they did to the chimps that was hard to listen too. I'm not an animal activist, but I don't believe animals should have to endure the cruelty of being a test subject. I think part of the boringness came from the fact there were so many storylines but none really interested me. While I like both of this authors I haven't loved everything they have done. But some of the stuff they come up with is awesome. I loved The Codex, Tyrannosaur Canyon by Preston and Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm by Child. Together I really liked the first 5 books in the Pendergast story, but the series lost me at Brimstone it also started to bore me. Narrator was alright, no complains.

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    Amazon Customer 09-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Up to Par for Preston/Child"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I normally love books by the Preston/Child duo; but, this one was not worth sharing. Although the premise elicited the usual Preston/Child excitement, the execution -- both writing and performance -- left a lot to be desired


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The premise was interesting. Genetic research, secret facility, experiments with global implications. . . but when the main characters are so vapid, it all goes downhill really fast. It WOULD be fast if the text wasn't full of so muc technical scientific detail that it slows down the plot. Perhaps this would be better in a written format, but in an audiobook it's comparable to listening to your most boring college professor drone on and on.

    The main character continually reacts in the most ludicrous manner; his sidekick is mad all the time about not much of anything and the two are usually arguing about their personal histories, neither of which are particularly interesting and do nothing to move the plot forward. Together, they make bad decisions and the things that they do will have you wondering if either of them can tie their shoes unassisted. As the story progresses, I care less and less about the fate of the pair, feeling that if something bad happened, they deserved it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    The most annoying thing about this was the volume levels. When the male narrator spoke as a female character, his voice was so low the listener is forced to increase the volume to hear what was said. Then when it's time for narration or a male character, the volume level rises. Having to constantly raise and lower the volume makes for a difficult listening experience.

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    Rita 08-30-16
    Rita 08-30-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book. So so narration."

    I loved the personalities and the plot, although straight forward, was interesting. The only thing I wasn't too keen on was the narration. While his voice quality and tone are great, the narrators change in volume made it difficult for me to catch it all. If I turned it up, then the next section was too loud. I'm sure there are many mature fans of these authors out there who's ears may not be as sharp!

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    Adrienne 08-28-16
    Adrienne 08-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, Poor Narration"
    What did you love best about Mount Dragon?

    This was a great story - mystery, science, history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Guy Carson was my favorite character because he wasn't perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was poor. The sound was not consistent throughout the book. I appreciate the narrated trying to whisper when the characters did but I had to adjust the volume constantly while listening and it took away from the story.

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    Wendy Siemens Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA 08-13-16
    Wendy Siemens Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA 08-13-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Good thriller"

    Love the science aspects of the story and the location
    Story unfolds well
    Narrator has a strong rounded southwest tone but does not do women speaking very well

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    Pam Kukla 06-20-16
    Pam Kukla 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not impressed"
    What would have made Mount Dragon better?

    It dragged on and one getting caught up in the scientific details.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needed more action. The cyber world was difficult to follow. I miss the action packed novels of Pendergrast.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator would drop his voice to make it soft, but it would become so quiet you almost missed the narration.


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

    It has some interesting moral questions to ponder.


    Any additional comments?

    The relationship between the two main characters wasn't believable. Very disappointed and will make sure not to get any books except Pendergast from now on.

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  • Samantha
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    9/14/09
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    "Great story"

    I have not listened to a Douglas Preston/ Lincoln Child Book yet that i have not enjoyed. Great to while away the time, not particularly taxing.I would recommend all of them .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Swepstone, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "Good story, but narration hard going at times"

    First of all, I enjoyed this book. It's a cracking story reminiscent of the works by Michael Crichton. Great if you like a dose of science with your fiction.

    My main problem with the book is the narrator. Hi voice and accent are ok (American) but the volume levels seem to rise and fall a lot. I do most of my listening when driving to work. I found this impossible with this book - either the volume was so loud it was painful, or I could barely hear it, all within the space of a single sentence. The book was worth finding an alternative time to listen, but it really is a no go in the car even on some serious car stereo equipment!

    David Colacci narrates a number of Child/Preston books, so I've stayed clear of those. A shame as I enjoy these writers immensely.

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  • EmmyScotland
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    9/25/12
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    "A Great Story"

    A great listen delivered by a really good narrator - story waffles a little but nothing drastic. Generally a good book -prefer Pendergast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Baxter
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    "A Great Listen"

    As someone who relies upon audio books, I have found the work of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston never lets you down.

    Mount Dragon takes us into uncomfortable areas of genetic research and examines personal morality and ethics. It odes so with a story line that is both easy to follow yet thought provoking.

    Easy to listen to from beginning to end - cannot wait to read another of their books.

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