Valhalla Rising

A Dirk Pitt Adventure
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (562 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

What listeners say about Valhalla Rising

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Unabridged is better

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

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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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Will never buy another abridged book - loses too much of the author’s intentions !

I have thoroughly enjoyed the other Clive Cussler novels including the Dirk Pitt series, but not this one. I went back several times thinking I had missed something and realized it was because of the abridged version leaving out important information. The transitions are not always good and too much of the book is missing. I would love to listen to the unabridged version when and if it is ever available.

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Abridged version

Unfortunately this is the readers digest version of a great book. Poor transitions, confuse the listener. Felt like what. What about. Ect. This is one to miss. Book was great

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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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Valhalla Rising

great book, I would listen to it again. ready to listen to the next one in the series

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Ok book

book was ok the performance was good but I'm not a fan of abridged books

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Why bother? So much of the story is missing it is very incongruous and the reader is left wondering how did we get from there to here?? Never want to read another abridged version.

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Ended too abruptly

This book was great until it revealed some very implausible things with almost no explanation, and then abruptly ended. Maybe the author got bored writing it?

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Another good book by Clive Cussler

I enjoyed listening to the book but I do likes got reading it a lot better than the gentleman that did this book .