Sam Cleave, reporter for a small newspaper, has seen better days. After his partner was killed during an undercover investigation, he lost his passion for work and living.
But when a resident of a nearby assisted living home is tortured and murdered in a barbaric manner, he starts investigating. He is especially intrigued when a mysterious box is given to him that belonged to the dead man, but he needs help to interpret what it means.
He teams up with Nina Gould, an expert in World War II history. Soon the two of them realize that they are about to discover one of the best-guarded secrets of the war. It dawns on them that this would be the discovery of a lifetime, a discovery of immeasurable value, and a discovery that men would kill for. They join an expedition, sponsored by an eccentric billionaire, hunting for gold and breathtaking art buried deep below the Antarctic surface. Instead of gold and stolen art, they find something terrifyingly disturbing beneath the eternal ice.
A team of Nazi scientists has made an amazing discovery. But experiments have gone terribly wrong. The situation gets out of hand, and before long the expedition members find themselves peering into the deepest recesses of the human soul. Nina and Sam realize that their only hope for survival is to unlock the secrets of Ice Station Wolfenstein.
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It took me a while to get on with the narrator. He seemed to be trying to hard but after a couple of chapters it got better (or i stopped noticing) enjoyed the book and its references to real American army projects and other similar ideas.
Someone who thinks Dick van Dyke can do a good cockney accent!
Haven't got to the end, and I'm not sure I will, as although the story is good so far the performance means I spend more time shouting at it than listening to it!
He has a tin ear for accents - his 'Scottish' is 'Groundskeeper Willy' by way of Lancashire, Louisiana and, I think, China? And please can someone tell him how to pronounce Berkshire and taciturn?
Surely someone involved in the production actually listens to the performance? Why not use a narrator who can make at least an approximation of the right accent?
"Awful and amateurish Writing"
This prose is beyond redemption
Poorly written - an 8th grader could have done better.
He did an ok job considering the material he had to work with.
Don't waste your credit.
I found this not worth spending my time on. A lot of useless information in the short time that I listened to it. It didn't seem to make a lot of sense. People popping up with attitudes and agendas....I thought it may have skipped some in the download.
I tried to pay attention because I thought my mind was wandering elsewhere. I would back it up and listen again to see what I missed. I found I hadn't missed a thing. I skipped ahead and it wasn't sounding any better.
Could have been that I was having a couple bad days, or that I was expecting it to be something that it wasn't. Either way, I quit somewhere in the first quarter of this book.
"Mediocre story, worse narration."
Feel foolish having this was by Preston AND Child. Amateurish writing, simplistic story, and distracting narration. I couldn't tell if mispronounced words were just the reader's fault or if the author used the wrong words. Exuberant instead of exorbitant? Just one example of misuse that took me right out of the story repeatedly. Worst accents I've heard in audio books, ever.
"Not Worth the Listen"
If the story had had a suspenseful plot it might have been worth the credit.
Yes, because his works with Lincoln Child are great listens.
The performance/read were okay. The plot was thin, at best.
Child yes, Lawson NO.
I didn't make it to the ending. The narrator was so bad, I didn't care about the story.
Stilted style throughout, sounded unfamiliar with the English language. Apparently has never learned the short "a" sound, and pronounces the word "a" as a long "a" regardless of context. It's jarring, and together with other mispronunciations, results in distraction from the story. That, in my opinion, is the worst mistake a narrator can make.
Disappointment. Formulaic plot, lots of "filler," using a recap of the immediately preceding events to string out the story.
Child is usually much better than this. I'll give him another shot, UNLESS Dan Lawson is the narrator.
"Seinfeldian for the first 3/4 of the book."
The narrator did an excellent job but the book itself was lackluster. Perhaps due to it being the first book of a series and wanting to establish characters and their future motivations so much emphasis was placed on characters rather than events or action.
"Did Preston Child even write this??"
After reading almost everything they have written. I wonder if this was by a ghost writer and they stamped their name on it.
Actually, the name Wolfenstein intrigued me so much, I just had to listen to this book. Wolfenstein was a computer game way back when.
The story was rather good and itself intriguing.
What I didn't like about the book was the flashbacks (boring) and although they were related back to the story, the book didn't need them and would probably been better without them.
Depends, if they like kinda corny fast moving books? Yes. If they like deeper books with a more serious tone, then No.
I really don't like this question because it is a spoiler question. But since you asked. The best part for me was when they all started getting sick.
Yes, surprisingly. Much better than some of the tv series on now ie. Last Ship. I think it would make a great made for tv movie, not enough content for a series.
It interested me enough, that I will listen to the next in the series.
Predictable story with awful narration! Thankfully this was not the first of this author's books I have read. If it had been, I would have missed out on some excellent novels.
I will never purchase an audiobook narrates by Dan Lawson again!
"How do you pronounce "a" ??"
The story was OK but the narrator's insistence on using the long 'a' pronunciation for every instance of the word was just too much. I won't be buying any other book with this narrator.
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