The Dig : Matt Turner

  • by Michael Siemsen
  • Narrated by Chris Patton
  • Series: Matt Turner
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands. Despite being exploited as a child and tormented by the unpleasant experiences imprinted on him from the various items he has "read", Matthew agrees to travel from New York to the forests of Kenya. There, threatened by unknown enemies and helped by a beautiful but prickly ally who begins to understand his strange ability, he journeys back in geological time to make a discovery so shocking that it forces us to rewrite all human history.

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So I liked it, in a random sorta way...

Michael Siemsen's "The Dig" beats the last contemporary Science Fiction I read, "14" by Peter Clines, by a mile. He has created a uniquely gifted character, whose ability to touch an item and go back to emotionally charged moments that happened while the item was in use... is a gift and a curse. It has made his a millionaire at age 23, and a prisoner of his own OCD type protective needs to be able to function. Obviously you have to suspend disbelief... but I did it once and rode around nicely in his world without being jarred out. I consider it a brain in neutral, have fun read and the writing is basic plot driven, nothing to get excited about, the plot is just so unique it makes up for the writing. I could see it being a movie. It will obviously be a series, although this stands alone, and I'll probably buy the next. Very little swearing, a little kissing, some violence... but a page turner that flashes from a previously unknown tribe to the archeologists seeking to unearth the remains. Probably will appeal to a young male audience the most, but I am the opposite and found it enjoyable. We will hear more about this book.
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- Jan "Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear."

Very enjoyable concept, couldn't put it down.

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

Yes, just a good fun read. It is nice to see someone with a 'super power' that has serious draw backs, where the small details and details are considered.


Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

Matt was the most developed, I look forward to hearing the others if the sequel comes to Audible!


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

I pretty much did. Until it reached 5am and I just had to go to sleep. Finished it today though!


Any additional comments?

Highly recommended, I hope more of Michael's books come to Audible so I can listen to them all. I am interested to see if the characters in both his different series 'feel the same' or if they really do feel separate.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2013
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing