©2008 Matthew Reilly; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"A nonstop roller-coaster ride that lurches around the globe." (Publishers Weekly)
"A novel that grabs readers by the hand and pulls them along until they're out of breath. It is impossible (even for hard-core cynics) not to love this big, boisterous, action-filled adventure." (Booklist)
I hate reading them but love listening to books. I have a great love of fitness motivational and action fiction
I loved this book so much, I now have to get the whole series. So pumped to hear the rest of the series.
if the idea of James Bond crossed with Indiana Jones with the resources of the Thunderbird's team floats your boat then you will love the journey. The fantasy is borderline corny , with a thread of brutality and hate to spice up the story.
The story was not terrible, the author was clearly attempting to be the next Dan Brown with the general feel. what destroyed it was the stupidity of its supposedly highly intelligent characters, the over descriptive and highly redundant nature of the writing that made it incredibly painful to listen to and left nothing to the imagination, and that the 10 year old character spoke like a 30 year old. if I hadn't been on sick leave while listening to this, I doubt I would have finished it. i rarely stopped rolling my eyes. Talk about a waste of time.
"What did they know back then which is lost now?"
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving wonder of the seven in our day, however the whereabouts of its 9ft high golden capstone are unknown. Reilly's description and detail for each of the locations of the treasures is cinematic in its scale. Huge temples hidden beneath the earth, Waterfalls of flowing lava and booby-traps to rival the opening scene in Raiders of the lost arch. His vision of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (the second oldest wonder to the Great Pyramid) is mind blowing and in typical Reilly fashion it is over sized and described in beautiful detail.
I only have only two issues with the story. Too soon into the tale the reader (in this case listener) is assumed to have made a connection with the characters, and the warmth and feelings he writes about are missed or over the top (this may just be me), with the details of the characters seeming secondary or lost to excellent detail he gives to his locations. The second issue I had (and this is not just with this book) is Reilly constantly repeating expressions. An example of this would be "A star shaped pool of blood" and "He fell like a marionette puppet with its strings cut" again this just maybe me but these fraises appeared at least 3 times each in this book.
Overall the premise of the story is fantastic and I feel the writing had more control to it than some of Reilly's original works. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys and Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider plot. It will make you want to read/listen to the next two books in the series "The Six Sacred Stones" and "The Five Greatest Warriors".
"Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code"
Seven Ancient Wonders is Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code all rolled into one. A great action adventure story and better than the Scarecrow novels. Sean Mangan gives an excellent performance and the characters are awesome. Fans of Harry Potter, Dan Brown and the Indiana Jones movies should enjoy reading and listening to Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly.
"Would definitely recommend"
I would recommend this to a friend. Matthew Reilly is an amazing author.
I would compare this book to the other series written by Matthew Reilly, Scarecrow. They are the same yet completely different.
The narration was good until Sky Monster spoke. Sky Monster is a New Zealander however the voice used was an Australian accent. This is similar to using a Canadian accent when voicing an American and vice versa. Apart from this one slight flaw the narrator did a great job.
Yes I feel this way about all the books Matthew Reilly writes.
"Marvelous narrator reads awesome story"
I enjoy reading Matthew Rielly, but Sean mangan adds another level. I own all Matthew Reilly's read by Sean mangan.
"i just could not stop listening"
this would have too be one of the best matthew riley books around beaten only by scarecrow thank you matthew riley
YES most definatly it had me hooked
Loved this story. Matthew Reilly has included everything; adventure, intrigue, political tension, history. Wow. His weaving of current history into the story is very interesting. Makes you wonder about real life conspiracies.
I was majorly disappointed by the narration especially for such an action packed book. While I liked Sean Mangan's voice very much his narration was much too slow and I found it boring. In fact I put my iPod onto "faster" for 2/3's of the book and then it honestly became much more enjoyable. Try it.
"Lots of Adventure"
Well put together with really interesting information . . .really good fun read
"A Modern Doc Savage"
This book reminded me of the "pulps" of Doc Savage in that the plot is everything and the characters are dimensionless. Unfortunately if it is to work one has to believe in the plot and this one is just too much. The "gadgets" are just ridiculous - for example a hovering, turreted 747.
Two stars because I listened to the end and the reader didn't laugh out loud!
This book is a great start to what is going to be an amazing series and i'm so glad that I have the next 3 lined up to listen to. This is a pure adrenaline fuelled action packed ride. If you are a fan of chris kuzneski then you are going to so enjoy matthew reilly. This was a very good narration. I'm of to start listening to the next in the series.
"Needs a good editor"
I expected a better standard of writing given all the positive reviews. The same words were often used several times in just one sentence, which made the listening experience aggravating. I can suspend belief and just enjoy a good yarn, but some aspects were simply ridiculous; a hovering battle Boeing 747 to transport 8 people in to a secret infiltration? Details of how traps were solved were just skimmed over or ignored altogether. A pity, as the blurb sounded exciting. This book needs a really good editing.
No, I love this type of book.
He is able to cope with several different people and accents. Plus his female voices don't sound childish or falsetto.
No characters, just their ridiculous 'call sign' names.
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