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By Snoodely on 12-04-09
I feel guilty about enjoying Cussler's novels so much. But they do always seem to deliver the fun elements that keep me enthralled: lots of action and adventure; inventive and imaginative plots; bad bad guys vs. good good guys; and, of course, the good guys always win. Cussler and, now, his co-authors produce undeniably satisfying escape fiction. But they also do their research -- kind of like Chris Kuznesky -- so that the stories, even though they strain credibility, are based on some element of historical or scientific fact. I'm docking a couple of stars from my rating of "Lost City" for two reasons. First, the premise of this story -- enzymes, derived from ocean bacteria, that can not only reverse aging, but extend life indefinitely -- strains credibility even too much for my taste. Secondly, Scott Brick's voice always annoys me. (I must admit, however, that Mr. Brick does a pretty good Scottish accent.) All the same, I recommend this audiobook to anybody who enjoys a guilty pleasure. If you are looking for an escape-fiction thriller audiobook to satisfy a slightly more cerebral, critical taste, try Chris Kuzneski's oeuvre.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Frank on 12-07-11
Audio book down loaded to my kindle
If you could sum up Lost City in three words, what would they be?
Another Cussler Great
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Like all of Clive Cussler's stories, there was action, impossible situations to get out of, and unexpeded turn of events.
What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?
Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers and as always does a great job on reading the story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The were some laughs in the story, but the action and the flow of the story was what kept me glued to the auto book.
Any additional comments?
I wish that all of Clive Cussler's older books could be put on audio CD or Audio Book down loads, and in Unabridged format.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By fogelmatrix on 08-18-14
Major plot holes
I've been devouring the Numa Files audio books over the last several months and I have to say that this is the weakest so far. Brick delivers his usual excellence, but the story is lacking. I'll try not to give anything away, but at the end of one chapter they are exclaiming that they "must find the villain behind this nefarious plot" and at the beginning of the very next chapter, they know who the bad guy is without skipping a beat. Huh? Did I miss something?
The villains in the Paul Kemprecos collaborations seem like overblown Bond villains, two dimensionally evil, without any depth other than world domination (who would want that job?) For my money, I'd stick with Cussler's collaboration with Graham Brown. The stories are much more believable.
In addition, the audio book is poorly edited. Usually, the audio book chapters tend to mirror the actual chapters in a book. Not so in this case, which is annoying. Also, the edits between sections or chapters occur too quickly, without a natural beat to signify the change. The result is jarring and irritating. Overall, a poorly executed audio book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Jacquelyn on 08-13-10
My first Clive Cussler
I enjoyed my first Clive Cussler book. He has an excellent ability to tell a story. By the end I felt that there were too many 'close calls' for one book. Other than that, an excellent book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful