White Death

The Numa Files
Narrated by: James Naughton
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (291 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A ruthless corporation is about to take command of the seas. This is a mission for Kurt Austin and the NUMA team.
©2003 Clive Cussler (P)2003 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"The plot involves Austin and his partner, Joe Zavala, who are investigating a feud between a radical environmentalist group and a Danish cruiser. Austin and Zavala must come to the rescue of men trapped on the ship. They find that a giant multinational corporation is seeking to kill anyone who attempts to stop its efforts to control the seas. There's lots of action, as always; Austin dodges a hand-grenade attack by plunging into frigid water and is saved at the last minute, he fights off attackers with a trash-can lid, and - on a number of occasions - the two 'face certain death'. 'Imagine what it feels like to be torn apart by razor-sharp teeth and scattered over the ocean', one of the bad guys tells them. So it goes, more than 400 pages of action and high jinks that Cussler's fans will relish." ( Booklist)
"A centuries-old treasure from the sea and a shadowy multinational corporation comprise this action adventure, skillfully read by James Naughton. He fluidly handles Eskimo dialects, various other accents, human sacrifice, and heated battle scenes with ease. His portrayal of Dr. Barker, an ego-driven fanatic, skillfully reveals the man's madness. In imperious tones, Naughton paints an unpleasant, yet captivating, picture of the chaos and murder Barker practices. Opposing him, the dashing leader of the NUMA special assignments team, Austin, is woven into the story with such bravado that the listener almost cheers. This story is well suited to listening because of its strong characterizations and sound effects." ( AudioFile)

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Abridged and will be better un abridged

The story is typical fun Cussler but it feels like major parts are missing in this abridged version. I went and bought the hardcover and I was right the abridgment is not the best and not up to the standards of other abridgments I have heard in the past (blue gold) here on Audible. Fair listen.

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Audible needs to offer UNABRIDGED version

This was more of a synopsis than anovel. we need the original novel. Good narrator.

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Entertaining, but.....

What made the experience of listening to White Death the most enjoyable?

Good narration, but I prefer Scott Brick's.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Satisfying ending, typical for Cussler.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I found 'White Death' entertaining, but less so than most other Cussler/Kemprecos collaborations. Bit of a rehash of a common theme this time. Still, use of metaphor was superb, as always, and the crew of the Oregon captivated me, as usual.

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Disjointed and Predictable

Too many plot lines, and none were fully developed. I could predict development and ending of this story. Other Clive Cusser novels have been more focused and action filled. Historical introductory narrative was dry.

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Death

Great book, but then all Clove Cussler books are. Hope you do many more audiobooks. I can hardly wait for the next one.

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Painful.

My husband and I love Clive Cussler books read by Scott Brick. This book has all the thrill of a biology text. The story seemed to plod along at the beginning, and combined with the reader's very soothing monotone, we lost interest. A real disappointment.

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Great story as usual. narration monotone.

The story was typical NUMA, very good plot, fast paced and a little far fetched but fun. However, the narration was delivered in monotone voice such that I'd lose interest, even during what should be a high action part of the story.

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If you like Scott brick James is flat

Narrator is flat. Story is great but really love Scott brick as narrator in Clive’s other books

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afun fast read

good fun quick easybread fast one evenening read leaves wanting more I will buy whole series.

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White Death was a good read.

I enjoyed the book. The narrator did a great job. I had no trouble at all following the story line.