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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.
©2010 Michael Siemsen (P)2013 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 12-26-13

Fascinating Concept

Would you listen to The Dig again? Why?

Yes. The two intertwined stories hold your interest and the concept of a far pre-historic metal working civilization opens the door to a million questions and probably future books by the author. The book is well written with interesting characters and you really can't ask for much more.

What other book might you compare The Dig to and why?

I would compare The Dig to any one of a number of Steven King or Dean Koontz books. Interesting paranormal ability are their stock in trade.

Any additional comments?

I would love to see where the author takes this concept. Hopefully he'll come up with answers to the many questions I have about this pre-historic civilization.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Annina on 01-28-14

I can't wait for the next book!!

Would you listen to The Dig again? Why?

Yes I would! Its a great book, well written, good story, and chilling end!

Any additional comments?

The Dig keeps you caught up in its web from beginning to end! A very satisfying read!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By AReader on 03-02-17

More for young adults?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I found it too slow and probably won't finish listening to it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I thought the main concept, that someone could though a mysterious sixth sense read the minds of people who previously handled an artefact, was potentially very interesting. The ancient civilisation (which may have been aliens - they clearly aren't human) got quite boring for me, with long descriptions of their clothing, habits, surroundings, etc.

What aspect of Chris Patton’s performance might you have changed?

The accents, whether English, Australian or Kenyan, were all a bit unconvincing. This made the story much less credible.

Could you see The Dig being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, I can see it as a movie or TV series. The stars would be adolescents and they would also be the target audience..

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4 out of 5 stars
By saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom on 08-30-16

Awesome narration makes this 😊

The story is a little slow, way too much detail in parts. The hero isn't entirely likeable and I usually enjoy this, but the characters generally feel two dimensional. I can live with this in a faster paced story but in a slow paced tale I would prefer more relatable characters.

The narration is excellent and if it's the same narrator in the next two books I will definitely give them a chance.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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