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Publisher's 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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Great Book. Narrator Ordinary

I am a long time Cussler addict and have read all the hard copies. This is an amazing story that keeps you on edge.

where it falls down sadly is the narrator. Given some characters are from Asia. The Narrator insists on performing it with a cliche accent mispronouncing words etc. it comes off as cheesy and somewhat disappointing/offensive.

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Good first book to the series.

This was my first book by narration. The narration was hard to adjust to initially. Punctuation was incorrect and made it difficult to follow the story sometimes.

The story itself was easy enough to get caught up in, however it does become difficult to follow along with some of the subplots and characters when there is little change between the voicing of each.

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not one of his best

storyline jumped about and was weak and hard to believe. not one of his best.

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I don't know what to say.

I tries, I gave it a few good hours but in the end, I had to close my eyes and think of another book. I instantly forgot who any of the characters were, aswell as most of the plot. I couldn't recommend it however I can't its bad, possibly just not my style of book.

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Good story great listening to and from work

story was ok not keen on the narrator. liked bScott as a narrator. recommend story.

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  • tord
  • 24-12-2018

worst reader ever

could not fininsh. terrible reader makes it hard to follow and takes all the place

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  • Tine
  • 23-10-2021

Too much Swedish chef

I can't say whether this is a good story. The narrator makes it impossible to listen to. It sounds like he took lessons on languages and accents from the Swedish chef from the Muppets. It is THAT bad. Over the top and to the point where the seemingly random jumps from exaggerated accent to even more exaggerated accent makes it so difficult to figure out who is talking that it completely distorts any attempt at following the storyline.

Of the hundreds of audiobooks with a multitude of narrators, both trained pros and authors doing their own narration, that I have listened to over the years, this stands out as the absolute worst. I honestly don't know how it ever made it out of production.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-2018

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-05-2018

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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  • Ron
  • 07-02-2019

Interesting to see where it all started...

i have been a fan of Mr Cussler and, particularly, the Oregon stories for years but have never read or listened to the first.
It is interesting to see the formula being used for the first time. imo this story doesn't hold a candle to the later books, and the reader's silly, fake accents (if you can't do Tibetan-accented English etc. then don't do it. It is offensive to those who can) don't add value. but beyond these critiques it is a valuable story for the collection.

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  • No name
  • 22-02-2019

Good style but too fantastic

Same good style as other books but story line is to fantastic, even for supermans from Oregon ship

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  • James
  • 01-02-2019

After a couple of run ups...

I have read a lot of Clive Cussler, and personally enjoy the Oregon files a lot, because of that sense of a tight nit team defying the odds was much more appealing to me than a main character with some flitting cameo's. That being said, this book could be a lot short. It takes a long time to get going, and whilst the plotholes are all part and parcel of Cussler's storytelling...with thriller taking importance over logic at times, it took a long time to get going and then seemed to drag on long after the end of the mission. Everyone had been shipped off home, home free..-checks time: Hour and a half remaining- WHY!?

The narrator is not great, and the accents used for certain characters sounds like an uncle trying to do charades of a film scene, however, I doubt I could do much better with such a number of characters, at first I found him jarring, but it grew on me. This is the sort of book that I would struggle listening to in the house, or while I was doing something else, because it would eventually fade into the background, only for me to tune in 10 minutes later with no idea where I was or what had happened. I made the biggest dent whilst walking to and from places when I could do nothing but focus on the story, and once I was immersed in it, it was thoroughly enjoyable. A good 'gym' book for the cycle machines.

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  • MR J FAREBROTHER
  • 05-09-2021

Oregon files another great series from Mr cussler

I am looking g forward to reading the rest. this was the first of many I feel.

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  • Drewdle
  • 29-07-2021

The first of the Oregon Files

A good action adventure . I've been a fan of the Oregon stories for a while but this is the first one I've listened to as an audio book. While the story was good I didn't enjoy the narration or the style it was delivered in. I think I'll stick to reading the books in the traditional way and give Audible a miss for these particular authors.

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  • Mick Yates
  • 07-01-2021

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Generally story good but the Narrator absolutely awful change to Scott Brick, Books 1&2 of this series not in my collection just noticed that book 2 also read by J Charles, will have to suffer his voice. Looks like all agree as book 3 read by Scott Brick.

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  • P
  • 07-11-2020

Poor Accents

Not at all keen on the Very poor local accents.
Almost insulting to the ethnicity of the characters.

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  • Mrs A McDowell
  • 30-04-2020

sorry

I have listened to all of the Oregon tales and many of the others. I was dubious about a different narrator but gave it a try. After weeks I am still only part way through. , his attempt ar accents is grindingly bad and the story doesn't make sense with it., Cabrillo is made to sound as thick as 2 planks.

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