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Valhalla Rising

A Dirk Pitt Adventure
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (400 ratings)

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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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  • 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.

11 of 11 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

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Great adventure.<br />

Always enjoy Cussler and co. fiction based on some historical facts. it is believable si fi adventures with wonderful characters. such wonderful heros. Reader is great.

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Another great Clive Cussler adventure with Dirk Pitt

I have not read a book that I didn’t like from Clive Cussler. There is always adventure, a mix of history and just awesome characters.

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Another great distraction from a Master

Suspension of disbelief required when you enter the world of Dirk Pitt. You also have to love the style, structure and familiarity because the stories are so formulaic. Once you embrace those minor details you are in for a classic action packed story with damsels in distress and heroic feats of "Derring-do". One where the good guys win every time and hidden wonders await.
Enjoy!

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Good read

Typical Cussler, several twists to the main plot, great writing, very entertaining, another winner for Clive Cussler!

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Classic Dirk Pit

I enjoyed this adventure greatly, although there are a few chapters that seem to be condensed and rushed thru. The ending was touching and left me with a smile. I will return to enjoy it again soon!

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My first C Cussler book, it did not disappoint!

I was looking for a new audible series. I remember my son reading Clive Cussler in high school. Of course he said it would be a good series and though I haven't gotten a start-to-finish series, it's definitely a great book!

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It's never too late to discover Clive Cussler.

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

It took me 70 years to discover Clive Cussler's writings and I'm glad I started with this one. No dull moments. Ron McLarty's voice drew me into the story and I was totally captured. If you haven't already explored "Valhalla Rising," do it!

What did you like best about this story?

There will be no spoiler alerts coming from me, This story needs to be experienced first-hand.

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I'm new to audio books. But I sample before I buy, and if the voice doesn't please my ear I leave it alone. Mr. McLarty's storytelling is so far the best that I've "read." He keeps the tale alive even when discussing technical subjects. He makes one feel like part of the crew, IN the story rather than outside looking in.

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

Again, no spoilers from me. Sorry.

Any additional comments?

Be prepared to get hooked on Cussler.

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A great Dirk Pitt had adventure.

I enjoyed the story and had no problem following the plot. The narrator did a great job.