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Mount Dragon

Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Summary

Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans, and Carson's job is to stabilize the virus. But Carson starts to wonder if this is justifiable, even for the most noble medical cause. Altering genes is a risky job, and the possibility of creating another killer virus is very real. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2008 B00FO6WK0S

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  • Samantha
  • Brunswick West, Australia
  • 14-09-09

Great story

I have not listened to a Douglas Preston/ Lincoln Child Book yet that i have not enjoyed. Great to while away the time, not particularly taxing.I would recommend all of them .

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Great story

Enjoyed this as, yet again, a hot topic is used by Lincoln and Preston as the basis for an excellent novel. Brought to life by the narrator.

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  • Caroline
  • Swepstone, United Kingdom
  • 28-12-13

Good story, but narration hard going at times

First of all, I enjoyed this book. It's a cracking story reminiscent of the works by Michael Crichton. Great if you like a dose of science with your fiction.

My main problem with the book is the narrator. Hi voice and accent are ok (American) but the volume levels seem to rise and fall a lot. I do most of my listening when driving to work. I found this impossible with this book - either the volume was so loud it was painful, or I could barely hear it, all within the space of a single sentence. The book was worth finding an alternative time to listen, but it really is a no go in the car even on some serious car stereo equipment!

David Colacci narrates a number of Child/Preston books, so I've stayed clear of those. A shame as I enjoy these writers immensely.

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A Great Story

A great listen delivered by a really good narrator - story waffles a little but nothing drastic. Generally a good book -prefer Pendergast.

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A Great Listen

As someone who relies upon audio books, I have found the work of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston never lets you down.

Mount Dragon takes us into uncomfortable areas of genetic research and examines personal morality and ethics. It odes so with a story line that is both easy to follow yet thought provoking.

Easy to listen to from beginning to end - cannot wait to read another of their books.

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Stared really well

But then did not really go in the direction I expected.. Just good enough not to sent back, others might like it more

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  • Willard
  • 07-06-08

Good Stuff

While this is only the second Preston/Child novel I have listened to, it is quite good. Following the harrowing action of Guy Carson trying to make "X-Flu" safe while people around him die or become deranged, Preston and Child always seem to get the details right enough to make you understand why this is a desperate time. If for no other reason than to argue bio-ethics in a fictional setting, this is a wise choice for the average audio-book listener. My only drawback is that it is 15 hours long and you are wondering who will be left at the end of 15 hours from this dread virus.
A+ for effort and B for the voices used, but hey, we can't get perfection every time!

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  • Kathy
  • 14-08-08

Great grab-you-in-plot!

Preston and Childs deliver an interesting and plausible plot. They juggle several story lines that keep you waiting for the next twist and mentally keep you wondering when we'll see this in the news. (The latter may be because I live in NM.) I kept wanting to get the book so I could speed-read to find out the ending. The narrator did a lovely job of differentiating between the various characters. I will be delighted to listen to more of his narratives. Without givng anything away, listen to the book!--it moves well and is very enjoyable.

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  • Farrell
  • 21-05-15

Solid

While the overall plot is predictable, there are a few twists that keep it interesting. Overall an enjoyable few hours.

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 04-12-13

Classic Preston/Child Adventure

Where does Mount Dragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a favorite in print and audio. If you are a fan of the Preston/Child team and read this years ago, I can highly recommend the audiobook. Good escape listening. And one of the Pendergast characters is in the story-- Mime.

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  • Matthew
  • 25-11-08

Fun Read, but predictable

Good book, well written. However, in the end, it is very predictable and much like every other "killer virus" sci-fi thriller.

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  • Matthew
  • 11-07-11

OK it's them, however....

Preston and Child do it again..and this time sans Scott Brick. Frankly, I am becoming quite a fan of Colacci, and I feel he does great work here bringing this multifaceted story to life. Lots' of stuff going on here, and not the cleanest of work this team have done, but overall very compelling ( and excellend summer yard work/barbeque/beer drinking listening! my July 4th ribs were done to the sound of this book in our backyard! ) Enjoy.

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  • Scott
  • 09-06-08

Had Potential

This was very good at the beginning and had great potential playing on the storyline of genetic tampering and viral engineering. I would have given it 3 or 4 stars just for this effort. The Authors ruined it by introducing another story line of a virtual reality world "cypherspace" which was completely ridiculous and extremely annoying. I managed to finish the book by fast forwarding through the cypherspace. This part of the book could have been completely left out and made it a much better read/listen.

The characters were a bit stereotyped but thats typical of most books like this. I actually liked the narator. He was able to give different voices to the characters that made it easy to tell them apart

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  • E
  • 20-07-16

Great look horrible recording!

Out of the 300 books that I have listen to through audible this one was by far the worst recorded The book is well written and the plot line is exciting too bad we had to put up with the audio problems

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  • wcarolyn44
  • 30-05-11

Boring story and hard to listen to narration...

The story was boring and predictable but the narration was worse. I found myself listening with one hand constantly adjusting the volume, sometimes it was too loud and other times I could barely make out what was being said. It would have been better if, instead of trying to sound as if they were in protective suits, the narrator just spoke normally.

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  • JohnB
  • 24-08-08

Great, as usual!

This was a great read! I always enjoy the books these two authors create, and this is no exception. Other listeners have complained about the poor technical aspects, but I don't know what they're referring to, since to me this seems like a fresh and relevant topic. I recommend this and all books by these two authors--whether they're writing together or separately. (Note to Audible -- please make sure we have access to them all!)

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