Utopia

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 18 hrs
4.2 out of 5 stars (1,384 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fasten your seat belts - the white-knuckle thrills at Utopia, the world’s most fantastic theme park, escalate to nightmare proportions in this intricately imagined techno-thriller by New York Times best-selling author Lincoln Child.

Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation. But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenage rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park’s robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track. 

On the day Warne arrives, however, Utopia is caught in the grip of something far more sinister. A group of ruthless criminals has infiltrated the park’s computerized infrastructure, giving them complete access to all of Utopia’s attractions and systems. Their communication begins with a simple and dire warning: If their demands are met, none of the 65,000 people in the park that day will ever know they were there; if not, chaos will descend, and every man, woman, and child will become a target. 

As one of the brains behind Utopia, Warne finds himself thrust into a role he never imagined - trying to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the minutes tick away, Warne’s struggle to outsmart his opponents grows ever more urgent, for his only daughter is among the unsuspecting crowds in the park. 

Lincoln Child evokes the technological wonders of Utopia with such skill and precision it is hard to believe the park exists only in the chapters of this extraordinary book. Like Jurassic Park, Utopia sweeps listeners into a make-believe world of riveting suspense, technology, and adventure.

Utopia - where technology dazzles - and then turns deadly! 

©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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Utopia (unabridged)

The roller coaster on the cover of this book says it all. I got this unabridged audio from the original publisher and thought it was worth every $ I spent. I've shared it with a few friends and it's always slow coming back because they just have to let their husband or wife listen to it also. I've been a fan of the Preston & Child books for years and I think Lincoln Child might even be better as a solo writer. I won't waste space with a synopsis of the book as Audible has done that already on the abridged listing.
You get involved with the main characters quickly, and the robotic and computer systems running this theme park are intriguing even for my non technical friends. This is much more of a thriller than a mystery or a horror story. I figured out the "who done it?" part early on, but I don't think the author was trying for another Agatha Christie novel, the roller coaster ride is what this book's about. I've read a couple reviews saying the ending was stretched out. I must admit it did seem that way but I thought it was because I couldn't wait to know how it turned out. This book will never be on Oprah's list. It doesn't try to be the next great American novel, but it's a great way to spend a long commute.
As always Scott Brick is a top-notch narrator who doesn't disappoint. Get the unabridged edition, you're going to want to spend awhile at this Park. When you get this book be ready to sit back strap in and just have fun.

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Will make you forget you are driving

I am not a huge fan of thrillers, but decided this one had enough technology added in to keep me interested, and I am glad I got it. Great commute listening! I found myself constantly engaged, so much so that I had to be careful I wasn't just poking along on the highway. Some parts are a bit over-drawn out, and I had the bad egg figured out right from the start, but the descriptions of the park, wow...would love to go to an amusement park like that, without John Doe. The readers is fantastic. He does accents well and even does the female characters justice. First male reader I've heard who does do a consistently good job with female characters. Sometimes he forgets the accents while reading, but not enough to distract from the overall quality.

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Awesome

A real page turner. Great story. Good insight into the development of futuristic robotics. Excellent character development. Couldn't put this one down. Highly recommend.

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Fantastic!

I've been listening to audiobooks for years and there is no better narrator than Scott Brick. His character's voices are clearly distinguishable from one another, he never mispronounces words, he always get's the inflections right and uses the correct emphasis on the words. In addition to flawless narration, it seems he's very particular about the quality of the book he chooses to narrate, like a superstar actor who has his pick of roles. This book is no exception. It is well written and exciting. It's a great listen!

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Utopia

A good book, but it got a bit long and wordy after a while. Overall, I would recommend it. Good reading by Scott brick.

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A must listen

I will never look at an amusement park the same way again. We all know there must be a “behind the curtain” where the magic is made. However, the thought of evils lurking there has never crossed my mind. This book is better than a roller costar. You will love the build to the top, the screaming plunges and the twists and turns are to die for…yes die for.

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GREAT STORY!

Wow, just wow.. What a great story. Very well written and very suspenseful. Utopia has all the great hallmarks that make a good story, all the story-line milestones. Wonderfully developed characters, with rich and deliberate parts to play. Funny at times, sad at times, brilliant at times.

I recommend this book, x10. =P

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Absolutely a Utopian Read

Suspenseful, absolutely thrilling and awesome, felt like I was right there in the story. A great read for any amusement park fan or suspense-thriller enthusiast. I fell in love with "Wingnut" the robotic dog, he's so adorable! I loved this book and think anyone who enjoys books with alot of action and surprising turns around every corner is sure to love this book about a state-of-the-art amusement park and some unfortunate events. A must have.

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Tricked

It's funny how I came to listen to this particular audiobook. I mistakenly thought I was downloading "Utopia" by Thomas More, a book written in 1516 about an ideal world. I generally don't listen to thrillers, so this was a somewhat new experience for me. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. Although the foreshadowing was (in my opinion) a bit overdone, cluing the reader into major plot elements to come, there were enough new plot elements introduced every minute to keep you excited. The narrator does a fine job, even if the chief of security does end up sounding a bit like Christopher Walkin. I don't regret getting this book, and I enjoyed listening the entire time, but it didn't end up teaching me as much about life as I'd hoped.

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Great mindbender by Child, great narration

To anyone who has spent any time at large amusement parks (I lived near Disney World for awhile), this is too close for comfort. So many points hit home and ring true. This was a farfetched (as are many of Child's) but close enough to reality to cause pause. Scott Brick, as usual does a masterful job; but someone has GOT to clue him in on how to pronounce "careened". He has pronounced it "karinned" in one too many books. Other than that, typically masterful in suspense and unique subject matter.

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  • Mrs
  • 07-24-14

really good fun

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

completely bonkers fun

What other book might you compare Utopia to, and why?

All the Lincoln Child books are exciting rides of fantasy

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

yes

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The narrator was excellent and kept me riveted.

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  • Ms. A. Allin
  • 01-24-18

Amazing story

I loved this book and highly recommend it. A rollercoaster of thrills that make it far too difficult to get any sleep!

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  • Clare
  • 07-12-16

Slow start, but picks up quickly...

I nearly gave up at first, not quite sure why, but glad I stuck with it... A classic Lincoln Child storyline and would recommend to people who like a good, non-gruesome, action-thriller-mystery type book with good guys, bad guys and a ticking clock!

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  • hughie522
  • 09-18-18

Awesome setting and characters, so-so story

Utopia, the titular theme park, is a wonder to behold. It's like Disneyland meets Westworld. Child's descriptions are lavish and awe inspiring. The characters, though cliched, are enjoyable. The dynamic between the protagonist and his teenager daughter is spot on. The villain is everything you love to hate - suave, sophisticated but also cold and calculating. Scott Brick's narration is wonderful; his voice is like honey and the inflections he uses to represent different characters is very good. The plot is a let down though. Like the park's attractions, the story is all smoke and mirrors, an excuse to propel the characters from A to B. Once we leave the wonders of the park behind and the story switches to the protagonist's efforts to foil the villain's plans directly, the whole thing falls apart. What's left is a generic resolution to a generic heist story, the sort of thing we've all seen a dozen times before. It's a shame, because Utopia is an amazing bit of world building - the true highlight of this book. It's worth a read, though honestly I was expecting more.