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Ice Station Wolfenstein

Order of the Black Sun, Book 1
Narrated by: Dan Lawson
Series: Order of the Black Sun, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-2014

Awful and amateurish Writing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This prose is beyond redemption

What was most disappointing about Preston Child’s story?

Poorly written - an 8th grader could have done better.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He did an ok job considering the material he had to work with.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your credit.

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  • laura oestel
  • 16-04-2016

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.

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  • Kevin
  • 08-01-2015

Not Preston &Child!

I knew within 3 minutes something was wrong and went to their website. I gave it a fair shot, then returned it for an audible credit. i think this hack is not only playing off their name and reputation but trying to copy their style. Shamefully mediocre.

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  • Cathy
  • 11-08-2014

Boreing

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.


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  • donos
  • 10-07-2015

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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  • CAMO
  • 30-12-2014

Not a Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child BOOK!

This book is not a Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child book. Do not waste the credit, not in the same playing field.

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  • Reel Grumpy
  • 10-08-2014

Not Worth the Listen

What would have made Ice Station Wolfenstein better?

If the story had had a suspenseful plot it might have been worth the credit.

Would you ever listen to anything by Preston Child again?

Yes, because his works with Lincoln Child are great listens.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance/read were okay. The plot was thin, at best.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No!

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  • Odinson810
  • 01-08-2017

Not worth a credit

Struggled to finish this book. Its boring, long and pointless. I have enjoyed my other preston/child books but this one was trash.

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  • Sandra
  • 02-09-2014

TERRIBLE narrator!

Would you try another book from Preston Child and/or Dan Lawson?

Child yes, Lawson NO.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't make it to the ending. The narrator was so bad, I didn't care about the story.

What didn’t you like about Dan Lawson’s performance?

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.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Formulaic plot, lots of "filler," using a recap of the immediately preceding events to string out the story.

Any additional comments?

Child is usually much better than this. I'll give him another shot, UNLESS Dan Lawson is the narrator.

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  • Scott
  • 28-07-2020

I understand the critiques but...

...this is a fun pulpy serial type of book. kind of a play on Indiana Jones or old Flash Gordon. It's not high art or even midlist fare. It is however, the equivalent of a Sunday afternoon creature double feature, and in that regard it is fun familiar escapeist fiction.

Oh, it does feel as though the book was missing a chapter near the end, though I haven't had the same feeling in any of the subsequent books in the series.

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  • J. Ramage
  • 19-04-2019

Ruined by the narration

Really disappointed as the premise of this sounded interesting, but I can’t get beyond chapter one thanks to the awful narration. The narrator is butchering a Scottish accent to the point where it’s hard to even understand him (and I’m Scottish), and by about the third sentence is mispronouncing names etc. I could’ve coped if the Scottish accent only appeared in the prologue but since the main character is also being read this way, I can’t continue with this. First time I’ve really felt like I want my money back.

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  • J Baldock
  • 12-05-2018

Um .... no

Genuinely thought with the fantastic world of Pendergast in his belt this book would hold huge potential.
It’s not great.
It reads like a straight to TV movie.
The narrator has just one accent he does well and the rest are cheesy.
When not in character his rendition is wooden and uninspired.
I’m really disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-2016

A good story with a lot of names and ideas people will relate to

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.

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  • Catherine
  • 17-07-2016

Shocking narrator

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who thinks Dick van Dyke can do a good cockney accent!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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!

What didn’t you like about Dan Lawson’s performance?

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?

Any additional comments?

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?

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  • Mrs
  • 23-02-2016

Very enjoyable

Accent could have been better but good try.
Kept you engaged right to the end

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  • deafmick
  • 03-09-2020

Wow

This is one of my fav audio books set have to give it 5 out of 5

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  • DarcLibrarian
  • 07-06-2020

Deadly Expedition

Sam Cleave, washed up journalist is asked by his cop best friend Paddy to help with the investigation into the brutal murder of an elderly German. When he is given a mysterious box it leads him on a deadly adventure to find Nazi treasure and a secret Ice Station.

Along the way he teams up with beautiful WWII history expert Dr. Nina Gould and eccentric billionaire Dave Purdue. During a treacherous Antarctic expedition the team discovers the secret Nazi base and the deadly secret it contains. A deadly secret that could destroy the world. The battle to survive has begun!

Overall this was an excellent fast paced action thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed despite the poor narration and my growing dislike of the self absorbed Nina.

I will continue listening to the series as I fell in love with Sam. An everyday hero facing extraordinary situations bravely and with a wicked sense of humour. Roll on the next deadly adventure.

I received a copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this unbiased review.

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  • Rayc
  • 25-05-2020

Awesome

Ice Station Wolfenstein .
An awesome adventure thriller.
Fast paced and packed with action.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Robert
  • 24-05-2020

Pulp

This is quality pulp fiction. Don't get me wrong there's nothing it's very enjoyable. Sometimes you want a stake dinner in a 4 star hotel other this a sandwich in your underpants, this is the sandwich and is the sandwich.

Its enjoy enough, as soon as I finished I started on the next. But the plot isn't to in-depth or taxing.

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  • supernooby
  • 16-05-2020

An enjoyable listen

An joysble story, well narrated. Sets up the series quite nicely. Looking forward to see how the character progression develops.