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Publisher's Summary

It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the alarms go off? What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship?

NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster, but he has no idea of the bizarre events that are about to engulf him. Before the next few weeks are over, Pitt will find himself confronted by an extraordinary series of monsters, both human and mechanical, modern and ancient. He will tread upon territory previously known only to legend. And, at the end of it all, though many lives will be lost, and many saved, it is Pitt's own life that will be changed forever....

Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Valhalla Rising is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.

Take another thrill ride with Dirk Pitt.
©2002 Clive Cussler (P)2002 Penguin

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mary
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 04-09-11

Unabridged is better

Great book , not enought detail like in the unabridge version. Would you add that to your list of books.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Abridged

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Disappointing after reading the book. the abridged missed key areas

What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Reading was good short on content.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment because I was sharing the experience

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great stuff

I loved it the storytelling was a Cussler great as always and the aspects that I learned of viking history made me want to look at this more as well

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A great story.

This was a great Dirk Pitt novel. I had no trouble following the story. I especially liked the end when Dirk meant his kids.

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Very fun and wild story. Plasable story line.!

Very much enjoyed the story and wish the "Nautalist" part of the story was factual and we could really go visit it!

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This is an severely abridged version

What disappointed you about Valhalla Rising?

This audio book skips at least half the book. It is impossible to read and listen at the same time. Audible claims it is the book but they lie. It skips two pages for every one it reads. I am extremely dissapointed

Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Cussler again?

Clive cussler is very good. Audible is a POS

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty?

Never

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I would have liked the book if audible had read it. They sold me a piece of shit

Any additional comments?

I am extremely dissatisfied with audibel. They abridged the book so badly that it is impossible to read and listen.

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Missing a bit of the Cussler magic

The voice acting was solid but this abridgement leaves out some question solving scenes. As a wholethe excellent narration by Ron McLarty captures most of the story but there are several scenes from the book that are shortend or straight up ommitted completely. Even for a person who owns the book and rereads it regularly, the cuts leave questions with the listener that could have been avoided. Still its a good listen and I would endorse sharing this with anyone who likes the genre.

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great book!

didn't really like the narrator. hard to get behind a different voice when you've listened to another guy read all of the other Oregon file books . only complaint . still great story.

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Great listen.

Both my wife and I Loved the narrator. We Loved the book. 5 stars. All the way!!

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A Dirk Pitt adventure

Always enjoy the antics of Dirk and his team! Valhalla Rising fell short of substance compared to other Dirk Pitt adventures I've read in the past. The ending? Not close to believable. I wouldn't rate it less than 4 stars based on this so-called surprise since it may lead to something pleasant in future novels, but really. I think this surprise may not lead anywhere except to disappointing. I can't wait to see how it develops.