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The Atlantis Gene Audiobook

The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, March 2014 - I recognized The Atlantis Gene from the Kindle bestsellers list, and was delighted to learn that it was coming to audio. A.G. Riddle has written a thrilling and unusual story about the history of human origins, which seamlessly blends in Nazis, aliens, religion, autism, evolution, and Atlantis. I found this to be incredibly accessible, exciting, and original listen – A.G. Riddle is definitely an author to try if you like Dan Brown or Michael Crichton. Narrator Stephen bel Davies helped ensured I was hooked right away, and can’t wait to sink my teeth into the next book in the The Origin Mystery series. —Sarah, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

The greatest mystery of all time...the history of human origins...will be revealed.

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now.

The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time.

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.

Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn't recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous - for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

Agent David Vale has spent 10 years trying to stop the Immari. Now he's out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

Together, Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene...and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain Kate's research and force the next stage of human evolution - even if it means killing 99.9% of the world's population. David and Kate can stop them...if they can trust each other. And stay alive.

©2013 A.G. Riddle (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 06-01-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 06-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Thrill-Ride That Captures Minds and Hearts Alike"

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I've had this book on my "to be read" pile for a long time. I picked this up a couple years ago before I was really into audiobooks and even though I was enjoying it -- it just felt like it was dragging on so I stopped around 20-30% through. I picked this up the other day and I'm really glad that I gave it another chance. I knew that thousands of people loved Riddle and this series, so I wanted to give it another shot. I completely understand why now.

    For people out there who aren't sure why people listen to audiobooks -- this is a great example. It was a book that I was enjoying, but for some reason, I couldn't find the "right" time to read it. Or it wasn't hitting me with the right pacing. I put the audiobook on and all of a sudden it's 1 AM30 and I should have been in bed hours ago.

    It's pretty obvious that The Atlantis Gene is leading up to something. There is a great story arc that is almost completed by the end of the book -- but Riddle left it open. Normally this bothers me a bit, but I've had this series on my radar for some time and I'm not disappointed at all by a 15+ hour book.

    The mixture of history and future in this book was fascinating to me. I don't want to give too much away (I know, the book is 3+ years old at this point) but I'm amazed at how many different genres that Riddle was able to intermix into this story without it feeling boring or overbearing. There really is a little bit for everyone in this. There's some mystery, adventure, thriller, technothriller, history, sci-fi, and medical thriller.

    I'm extremely glad that I gave this a second chance. I picked it up because I cannot wait for Riddle's newest book: Pandemic (I pre-ordered it). I hope that he puts as much thought into that as he did into this book.

    Overall, an enjoyable book with lots of twists and turns. A book with something for everyone to enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Solomito 08-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't Bother"

    I listened to "Pandemic" and it was so good I couldn't wait to start another book by Riddle. I thought I had hit the jackpot since this was a trilogy. Very rarely have I had to struggle to finish a book. First of all it took fully a third of the book just to try to figure out who were the bad guys and who were The good guys. Then, when you think you have it figured out, the good guys start doing bad things. Half the characters have two different names so you can never figure out who is who. The biggest dislike for me was that the protagonists are continually the victims. Just once you would like to see the good guys catch a break. There are no heroes here, just victims. Over and over, just when you think they may actually succeed at something they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Stephen Bel Davies does a pretty good job with the accents but he uses that same sing song voice whether he is describing a beautiful vista or flesh burning off someone's face. Sometimes you just want to say "are you listening to what you are reading? This is not a children's storybook, it is a tale of death and destruction." I would have returned this book but I kept figuring it would get better. It didn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Roderick 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderfully Horrible"

    The plot makes no sense. There are Nazis. There is time travel. There are people escaping on hot air balloons with the bottom painted like the sky and the top painted like the forest so drones can't see them. There are bad guys who make deals and don't double cross. There's a love story between two the the flattest characters ever. There's a plague.
    Stuff like the hot air balloons makes it almost worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-15-16
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I kept going for almost 3 hours"

    but I finally gave up. Too many wonderful books for me to waste my time on one that strikes me as mediocre at best. I know it's gotten great reviews and that there are several more books in the series but life is too short.... Maybe the movie (which I understand is in development) will be better because there's probably a good story hidden in the morass of words.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan E. 10-18-17
    Jonathan E. 10-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "You'll wonder "why can't I just watch the movie." "

    So much of this book is written as if it's a standard Hollywood movie with all the usual movie tropes. You will not only predict plot points in advance of multiple chapters, but you will also be begging for some kind of originality. By the time the book throws some your way, it is only to set up another point that has been overused by other forms of media to death. If I can just make an offhand prediction like "the guy gets the girl in the end" or "they won't kill them off, they're important to the overall plot" and be proven right 10 chapters later, is that actual engagement? In my opinion, no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian2468 10-18-17
    Brian2468 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "15 hours of confusion"

    The story is somewhat of a jumbled mess. It skips from character to character all the while jumping back and forth in time. It had the potential to be good but the layout of it is just too tedious to keep up with. Saved yourself 15 hours.

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    Charlie Bean 10-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lost Interest"

    Initial set up was interesting but faded and Started loosing interest mid-way thru. Bounces around and hard to follow.

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    Jzaps 10-01-17
    Jzaps 10-01-17
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    "BORING!!!"

    Boring. That was the worst book I have read in all of the 100 or so I have paid for. It had no plot or meaning. Please give me credit for it.

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    Anonymous 09-17-17
    09-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story "

    Great story. I was disappointed when it ended. Waiting to hear 2nd book in the series.

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    Kevin Gage 08-23-17
    Kevin Gage 08-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "never caught my attention"

    bland story and characters. I have never abandoned an audio book before but I just couldn't continue this one. I stopped about half way through.

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  • Ozzymandias
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    "Brilliantly written and developed story"

    This book is great. Where some authors stuff the middle of a story with boring filler, this book is different. It is a steady burner and the mystery is unveiled as it progresses. It is dramatic and dynamic a very entertaining listen. You'll find it hard to pause listening.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Brent
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    "Couldn't make it through"
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    Story built on an interesting premise, but then everything from Nazis to aliens were thrown at it. That might still have been ok, but the characters are so flat and one dimensional, their responses so unbelievable, that I couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to get through the book.

    I am no writer, but an avid reader and the quality of the writing here is way below what I expect.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Pj Marsh
    Nottingham England
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    "Promises much but?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Atlantis Gene the most enjoyable?

    As a science fiction novel it promised much, but only just about delivered. The story was at times patchy and the characters at times barely believable. Overall it left me not thinking that I wanted to read the follow on's and was fairly pleased that I got to the end


    What other book might you compare The Atlantis Gene to, and why?

    I wouldn't want to compare this to any other book, other than to say it was a mish mash of so many stories, trying to convince the reader that we are not alone and that its just a matter of time unfortunately I don't want to spend the time finding out what happens next as this story was lumbering and almost pointless at times


    What three words best describe Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

    Unconvincing, robotic, passionless


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

    No this is a long book, and not one that really held my interest


    Any additional comments?

    There really are just too many holes in the story for it to hold together the spoken word is sometimes not accurate to the written book and overall it struck me as a cheap novel!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Millen
    Newark, Notts, UK
    1/29/15
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    "Dull and uninspiring"

    recently listened to "the martian" the "wool" trilogy and "hollow world" all gripping well rounded stories that pull you in. i mention these so that if you have listened to any of these you'll know where I'm coming from. this story was dull, confusing at times and just didn't grab me at all. nothing new or interesting here. skip this and listen to any of the above if you haven't allready

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • M. Ritchie
    Scotland
    12/4/14
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    "Engaging story but does jump about a bit."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend this book but the style of writing doesn't suit dipping in and out. There are lots of small chapters that bounce between characters and can make following the exact details a little tricky. But that is probably as much because I listen to 30-60mins at night before I got to sleep.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this story but some of the chapters were just to small and used to forward different story lines simultaneously. This meant that there were lots of pauses and 'Chapter xxx' being read out.


    What aspect of Stephen Bel Davies’s performance might you have changed?

    Stephen was pretty good, clear understandable and gave a little personality to the characters.


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

    I think if this got a film adaptation then there would be a lot of story left out. It is practically a trilogy in it's own right never mind the next two books.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • g.l.ward
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    9/20/14
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    "A book I had to put down"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narration, I found the narrator very uninspired. The sentences and paragraphs were all read in a sort of monotone feel. No emphasis on the pace of the story or situation.
    Completely ruined the book for me, with this sort of reading I don't see anyone lasting more than 30 minutes at a time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Getting a narrator who seems to be remotely interested in the story line.


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

    The story seems to be quite an interesting one, but I think I will read the hardcopy of this.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good cure for insomnia

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jane McKay
    12/30/14
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    "ABOMINABLE NARRATION, LUDICROUS STORY"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Pretty much everything. I have to trust that the science is good but I was not convinced. Silly 2 paragraph chapters clearly written as a TV series for some really obscure channel with 3.5 viewers,


    If you’ve listened to books by A. G. Riddle before, how does this one compare?

    No and I will avoid anything else written by this person


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

    Flat, nasal delivery, no characterisation, poor pronunciation. Marbella? Per-lease. It's Spanish not Italian.


    Was The Atlantis Gene worth the listening time?

    Not really except, unlike books I have enjoyed I did not let it seep into valuable time and stuck to listening on public transport. On the plus side however the juvenile storyline was at least uncomplicated and the narration whilst dreary and flat was utterly clear.


    Any additional comments?

    I did make it to the end and somewhere in there is the germ of a potentially good sci-fi yarn. Shame it did not fulfil its potential

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • robert christmas
    6/16/15
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    "Great book couldn't wait to"

    great book couldn't wait to get stuck into the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Verner
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    5/31/14
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    "Global conspiracy, world domination contorted plot"
    If you could sum up The Atlantis Gene in three words, what would they be?

    We're doomed. Perhaps.


    Would you recommend The Atlantis Gene to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction that is set in the present and builds on past facts. The blending of future tech with present context is done well. However, while the overall premise is consistent the character events feel contorted and the coincidences sometime a stretch too far.


    What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

    His delivery conveys the urgency and tension effectively. This is particularly true in the action sequences.


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

    Moved no, its not that sort of book. It is not particularly though provoking either just a good bit of sci-fi.


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff McCollum
    9/7/17
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    "Almost couldn't finish it."

    At times I had to back-track just to see how the author got from one scene to the next. While the idea is interesting, the story is poorly put together and the characters were too thin to keep me interested. I only finished because I became weirdly curious to see how the author would wrap it all up. I shouldn't have bothered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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