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Riptide Audiobook

Riptide

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Publisher's Summary

A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

©1999 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Yo ho ho? get ready for a ripping good yarn.... This nonstop action adventure has all the elements of a perfect summertime thriller - pirate treasure of unimaginable worth, 300-year-old cryptograms written in invisible ink, a legendary curse, and a driven captain who will stop at nothing to reach his goal. The red-hot authors of Reliquary score another big winner." (Library Journal)

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    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 09-24-12
    Marc SOUTHINGTON, CT, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2002
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    "A pirate mystery that spills over to the present."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, it has plenty of mystery, a story from the past, a greedy group, and a treasure with a curse. It is fairly fast moving with a good plot and good well developed characters.


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

    The curse on the treasure and the unexplained deaths of anyone that ventured near to the treasure kept me wondering what would happen next. Who would die and how and how would it impact the treasure hunt.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Hatch was my favorite character, he got involved because he had inherited the island and when he was presented the proposition of searching for the treasure was more interested in trying to find out how his brother mysteriously died. Over the course of the story he waivers and thinks of what he would do with his share of the booty but when it comes down to the end he gives up the treasure rather than endanger the people of the village where he had spent part of his childhood.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A good story with a good narator both of which kept my interest.

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    Alisha Nashville, TN, United States 09-24-12
    Alisha Nashville, TN, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just dull and narrator is wrong for story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator should be reading bedtime stories or hypnosis books. He uses such a soothing voice that I was afraid to listen sometimes while driving. The narrator did do a good job on the female's voice from Martinique. If I hadn't used a credit on this book, I would not have finished it. The author is too descriptive about technical workings and inanimate objects and does not place enough emphasis on developing the characters or the story. It's highly predictable, but I don't mind predictable. It was just dull. I have probably gone through 40 books in the past year, and this is in the bottom two.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-12
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Jolly Good Fun!"

    I have to say that Preston and Child are my favorite author combo for adventure stories. They always manage to weave the improbable with enough reality to make excellent entertainment.

    The main idea is to get the pirate treasure. No matter that there is a documented history and physical evidence of many past failures. Who cares that there is a mysterious mass grave of pirates nearby? The island owner has left the property because it has already claimed his brother and father. He has a cautious, scientific, investigative background and yet he gets sucked into the pursuit of fortune. The fortune hunter is a greedy egomaniac willing to succeed at all cost. The cost in dollars, human life and limb, and sanity are all worthy sacrifices so he can get his prize. Once uncovered, the catastrophic consequences of keeping it do not deter him. The finale is wrapped up in a typical, satisfying P&C way.

    The narration by Scott Brick, as usual, is excellent and well suited to this type of yarn. The listening time went by so quickly that I was surprised that so many hours had passed.

    This audio book will not disappoint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MysteryL 09-20-12
    MysteryL 09-20-12
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    "Who can resist a cursed treasure?"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was an adventure holiday for your mind, an escape to an island of mystery and treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shelley 09-19-12
    shelley 09-19-12
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    "fun and intriguing"
    If you could sum up Riptide in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, interesting, entertaining


    What other book might you compare Riptide to and why?

    AOL other books that are entertaining, almost realistic,
    but then not. Characters that are fun for a story, though not quite believable.


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

    I listen to books to go along with life as i fold clothes out take long drives so no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 09-18-12
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "High tech Pirates"
    Would you listen to Riptide again? Why?

    Yes I enjoyed the story. It was not what I expected but it ended up being a very good book.


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

    There was a lot of action and just enough back story to keep interesting. It is about a treasure that haunted a town for centuries and how it was finally found.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott brick's performance was very good. It held my interest and conveyed the authors intent.


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

    It was exciting lots of action and intrigue. It started out intriguing nto what I expected. and was a great mystery and it saved the town.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this during the treasure hunt and it definitely was a good find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 09-17-12
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 09-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful entertainment"

    I thought this book was absolultely fascinating to listen too. It took me to places that kept me constantly intrigued. The charachters were very interestlingly intertwined & the action was over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Gymea Bay, Australia 09-17-12
    Jodie Gymea Bay, Australia 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very enjoyable read"

    I came to Preston & Child through their Agent Pendergast series and have thoroughly enjoyed their books. Just don't take it all too seriously.

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    John Ellenberger Groton, MA, United States 09-14-12
    John Ellenberger Groton, MA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice Idea. Not a great book"
    What did you like best about Riptide? What did you like least?

    Well the setting and the concept was interesting, particularly to us New Englanders. There is enough of a plot there to keep you going and although the character development is pretty minimal, at least the main character is somewhat engaging.

    Overall I was very underwhelmed by the book. The plot was obvious and superficial. The characters where very artificial and they were only there to shore-up the weak plot. If you know anything about technology you will find the technical descriptions and dialog to be similar to something you would hear on a television drama: a recitation of buzzwords that make no sense to a technologist.


    If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

    No and its not likely I will be investigating their other books any time soon.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. I never cared for him anyway but he is particularly inappropriate for this book. His overly dramatic reading style makes this marginal plot sound even more hokey.


    Was Riptide worth the listening time?

    Hmmm. I listen during my commute so time isn't that big an issue, however if I had paid full price for the thing I might be upset. It was almost worth the $7. Free would have been even better.


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    Janice M. Likens Pollock, LA USA 09-10-12
    Janice M. Likens Pollock, LA USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "an adventorous read..."
    Would you listen to Riptide again? Why?

    i surelyy would listen to this again...it keeps one on the edge of their seat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the young man who witnessed his brother's death and how he eventually comes to deal with the emotions he experienced.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    good voice...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the discovery of his brother's bones was revealed...


    Any additional comments?

    love love love these authors...they never fail to entertain...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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