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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler with Craig Dirgo, read by J. Charles. 

When Cabrillo and his ship are hired by the US government to find an ancient statue known as the Golden Buddha, stolen from the Dalai Lama in 1959, the stakes couldn't be higher. Success or failure will determine the future of Tibet. 

Playing the Russians off against the Chinese while battling against mysterious forces who will do anything to stop them, the crew of the Oregon face a formidable foe. But like his extraordinary ship, the enigmatic Juan Cabrillo has more than a few aces up his sleeve....

©2003 Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Narration spoilt this book

I will have to re listen to this book as I got really frustrated trying to work out what this narrator was saying. Found it difficult to recognise the characters as all the voices had changed. Some of the accents were absolutely dreadful. The storyline is true Clive Cussler where suspension of reality has to take place as a good tale weaves it's way through the pages. Please beg Scott Brick to come back and record this book and the Sacred Stone after all for fans of Clive Cussler he is the voice of this series and the other series'.

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Why change the narrator and destroy the continuity

What made the experience of listening to Golden Buddha the most enjoyable?

It's been great to fill in the missing books from the Oregon series and see where it all started.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Golden Buddha?

Not without giving spoilers! I think my favourite are the descriptions of the Oregon.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The rest of the series, and all the other Clive Cussler books are narrated by Scott Brick, each character having its own voice, which we have grown used to and provide continuity. I don't understand why they are still using Scott Brick for all the other new books and series 'fill ins' but changed to J Charles for the first 2 Oregon books. I don't think he's a good choice, he sounds like he is gritting his teeth as he talks, pauses or emphasizes at strange moments, and his female voices are awful (as are any non-American accents).

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

Not really. I'd return it except I really want to be able to listen to the whole series in order again.

Any additional comments?

Please 're-record this book (and Sacred Stone) using Scott Brick.
The intro by Clive Cussler was interesting, but he sounded either drunk or extremely ill, slurring words. Not a good recording to include.

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  • John
  • HERTFORD, United Kingdom
  • 10-06-18

Narrator and style

This was a good story but the style of narration and having a different narrator to the other Clive Cussler stories I have listened to made it feel like a standalone book. Would be interesting to hear it in the same style as the other books to keep the consistency

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GOOD START

it s funny listened to scott brick in so many of clive books to here some one else talking about the characters is very strange and takes bit getting used to... good start to the book series