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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Unbearable narration

The story was predictable, but entertaining. It was Scott Brick's grating narration that made it difficult to listen to this book. The worst offense was Brick's version of a female with a french accent - did he (and the editors) really think this was a good idea? I have listened to Brick's other books and didn't find them as obnoxious as this one, but I will not be purchasing another book with Brick as narrator.

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EASY LISTEN

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No It was an entertaining book for relaxation. Usual mystery / thriller type - not outstanding but met my expectations for relaxation. I however would not have purchased if it was not being sold with a special deal.

What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

Scott Brick, who I realize is one of the favorite narrators, is just not my favorite.He sounds the same book to book with the same inflections of voice and tone- sometimes sounds like a whine.I always feel that he plays the same character. He is not my favorite but usually I can listen depending on my purpose and length of the book. However I will often not purchase a book because he is the narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Pattie
  • Lakeside, CA, United States
  • 09-13-12

Great Story - Poor Reader

If you could sum up Riptide in three words, what would they be?

Fun, exciting, nostalgic

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

Loved the setting and the excitement of a deep pit and roaring waves!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Almost every sentence sounded as if it was the finale of the book. Very poor reading. Very little excitement when the words required it.

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

Yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Adventure read based on a True Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it keeps you anticipating the next moves.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not anyone character, they were all played out equally well.

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

The Lost Treasure of the Water Pit.

Any additional comments?

A rare find, I am so glad I picked this up! The Narration is great, a love story and a happy ending (of sorts)

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  • Nancy F.
  • Sierra Foothills, Northern CA
  • 09-10-12

Disappointing in so many ways

I bought this book because 1) Preston/Child are an excellent writing pair; 2) Scott Brick is one of my all-time favorite narrators; and yes, 3) it was on sale. As it turns out the only good reason I had was that it was on sale.

I don't know who kidnapped the real Scott Brick, but I want him back. This narration sounded like a Victorian maiden with the vapors. Not good.

Preston/Child have written a superb series about FBI Agent Pendergast who has very special powers. So this book seemed like a natural -- NOT!!!

It has all the right ingredients: $2B treasure, secret codes centuries old, a fog shrouded island, ancient curses. and old mysteries pitted against modern technology. This time the formula didn't work for me.

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  • Don
  • Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • 09-10-12

I liked The Ice Limit better

The story was interesting but not without plausability issues. But I do like the authors way of writing and of course pirate books are a fun subject.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Well crafted fast paced action thriller

I remember reading about this pit in National Geographic years and years ago, the story, like a lot of these thrillers is based on solid ground, then the pair or writers is able to build a great thriller around it. Does it spin out into the land of fantasy at some point? Maybe it just barely brushes it, but the overall story is solid and exciting and moves the reader into the action with a great deal of velocity. The dialog is well crafted and the characters are very well developed leading to the feeling by the reader of being invested in their fates. I think if you like action thrillers then this is a great pick, you will enjoy this story a great deal.

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  • Craig
  • windsor, CO, United States
  • 06-25-11

long but worth it

Preston and Child have become some of my favorite authors through audible. There ability to grow characters and draw you in is amazing. Great story, draws upon your childhood sense of adventure and desire to believe in buried treasure! A good listen.

Would have got a 5 but for the length and the narrator. Scott Brick is good, but not great.

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  • Susan
  • Clarkston, WA, United States
  • 06-15-11

Brick bombs

I really wanted to like this book. It had all the elements of a great story and maybe I would have liked it if I had read it in the printed form. For me, however, the narration by Scott Brick essentially ruined this book. I've liked Brick's narration in other books, but he seems to have ramped up the annoyance level with this book. His sing-songy, overly dramatic pauses and near whispers in some places make it hard to understand. This is especially true as he nears the climax of important sentences, when he drops his voice until the final words are barely audible. He's never been great at rendering female voices and the same is true here, times 10, because he does a female voice with a phony French accent. At times I felt like shouting, "JUST SPIT IT OUT ALREADY!" as he paused and lingered over some of the words.

Audio book producers need to adhere to some simple rules:

1) Drop the jangly, overloud music before, during and after the story. I don't want to listen to it and sometimes it's so loud I can't even hear the story.

2) There's a lot of talent out there. Try to find a narrator who can convincingly do both male and female voices. Dick Hill comes to mind. His female voices are convincing without being silly.

3) Enough Scott Brick already. He narrates a ton of books, but I've become so averse to his narration I will no longer buy a book if he's the one doing the reading.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Boo!

Slow and predictable. One of the worst audiobooks ever. I had to listen to it at 2 times speed just to get it over with. Don't waste your money, listen to something else. Anything else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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