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Publisher's Summary

A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors daily, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology, complete with robots and futuristic holograms. But when ominous mishaps begin to disrupt the once-flawless technology, Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park's robotics, is summoned to set things right. On the day he arrives, Utopia is rocked by something far more sinister. A group of criminals has infiltrated Utopia's computerized infrastructure and gotten control of all its attractions and systems. Their threat: that if their demands aren't met, every man, woman, and child will become a target. Now Warne must try to save the lives of thousands of innocent people, and among those unsuspecting crowds is his only daughter.
©2002 Lincoln Child; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Child proves he is capable of fireworks (literally) at the rousing conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"The blend of technological jargon and suspense results in a real thrill-a-minute read." (Booklist)

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Loved it

My husband and I are both computer nerds and the technology described in the book kept me mesmorized. If you are not a computer nerd, it is still a good story, but that was the best part for me.

I would recommend for anyone. It was a very good suspense book and I would listen to it again.

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  • Kathryn
  • Mountain View, CA, United States
  • 06-17-13

Never Met an Emotional Computer Scientist Before

The plot was good but my experience with computer scientists did not match that of Andrew's. Andrew is so much more emotional and acted a bit irrational at times. However, once I got past that, I enjoyed getting to know the other characters.

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  • Michael
  • St Helens, OR, United States
  • 05-28-13

It never took off

I wanted to love this book but in the end it just didn't satisfy. I loved the amusement park itself, a high tech marvel outside of Vegas. You can tell the writer is a theme park fan. But the plot itself seemed forced, contrived, silly.
On a positive note, the narrator Scott Brick is superb!!! Check him out in Atlas Shrugged.

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  • Stella
  • East Bridgewater, MA, United States
  • 04-19-13

Amusement Park of the Future

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I have read all of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's collaborative books and loved them all, but this is the first audiobook I've listened to by either author. The story had just as many twists and turns as some of the new-age roller coaster rides it featured. Lots of technology references that helped to make the script believable. Enjoyed all the elements that were made into possibilities of a futuristic amusement park... Scott Brick is a superb narrator, capable of bring the emotions of the characters to the forefront of the listening experience. You could sense the excitement of the throngs of people waiting in line to experience the thrill of a new ride just being introduced into the park. I would recommend it to any reader that enjoy's the works of Preston & Child, but without giving the plot away... would caution not to read it if you are planning a visit to an amusement park in the near future!

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Never met a "Child" I didn't like

What made the experience of listening to Utopia the most enjoyable?

The story line was original and just kept moving.

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

It was a good solid story all the way through, enjoyed it.

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Over the last 3 or 4 years I have become a real fan of Child and Preston, either as individual authors or joint authors. I gave it four stars, only because I have read some of their best work. Utopia is closer to 4.5 stars. As always, I thought Scott Brick did a superb jor of reading. Recommend for Lincoln Child fans...

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  • K. V.
  • Amherst, NY
  • 02-12-13

Not what was expected

I was a little disappointed with this title, to tell the truth. I really did not like the narrator. He was annoying. Being a huge disney fan, I really wanted to like this story. But it just wasn't my cup of tea. It wasn't terrible, just not that engrossing. But other readers may enjoy it. I just didn't find it plausible.

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Die Hard meets West World...

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

If you enjoy Lincoln Child's solo novels, then you will enjoy this as well. <br/><br/>Child tends to write fast paced science and techno thrillers that are light on the science and tech. This is not a bad thing for quick summer reads when our goal is simple escapism. Utopia is nothing less, and nothing more. <br/><br/>The suspense and action is where the strength of this novel lies, in fact, it depends on it. The characters have zero development throughout the story as if they were merely props in one big action sequence. But hey, that's what we want in these kind of stories right?

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Scott Brick rocks!

Would you listen to Utopia again? Why?

No. I rarely listen to (or read) a book more than once.

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

I have not listened to his books before.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Everything. His voice and inflection are perfect for the story, and he does not try to mimic female voices.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I love this genre--a mixture of science fiction and mystery.

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 12-27-12

Utopia just didn't grab me

I was prepared to really enjoy this book, but none of the characters seemed worth worrying about. The story was a potentially great idea. However, it seemed to go on much too long with the author adding all the obstacles he could think of at all the "right" times although you always knew that somehow they would be overcome.
I felt Scott Brick did a great job of narrating initially but he went way over the top as the book neared the climax point. He overly dramatized accents and it appeared he must have been greatly entertaining himself.
Utopia just didn't satisfy me, and I found myself looking forward to it, at long last, ending. I would not care to revisit any of these characters again.
If you don't need to connect with characters and love techno-thrillers, by all means go for this book. Otherwise, I would recommend looking elsewhere for a satisfying thriller.

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Utopia is a roller coaster?

I don't like roller coasters but I love Scott Brick and Lincoln Child so I decided to give it a try. It was way to easy to figure out the undercover bad guy! But I did enjoy the description and antics of the robots ~ This is fun entertainment.