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Sacred Stone

Narrated by: J Charles
Series: Oregon Files, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Tens of thousands of years ago: a fist of stone punches through the Earth's atmosphere and falls on the snowy wastes of Greenland - its deadly secret waiting to be found by man.... 

The discovery of a radioactive meteorite in Greenland sends Juan Cabrillo and the crew of his hi-tech ship Oregon - in Iceland to seize a nuclear weapon from terrorists - on a second rescue mission: to retrieve the dangerous stellar object before someone unlocks the terrible properties it holds. 

Unfortunately, Cabrillo is too late to prevent a fanatical group from spiriting the orb away. Now Cabrillo and his team aboard the Oregon have two problems: preventing the detonation of a nuclear bomb in London on New Year's Eve and getting their hands on the meteorite before a madman uses it to start World War III....

©2004 Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Appallingly narrated. Cringeworthy.

Thankfully this narrator is no longer doing the Cussler books.. This guy is terrible.

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poorly narrated

narrative was poor and sometimes read too fast without a feel for the story sounded like a documentary

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Good story, really bad accents

The story is typical Cussler; full of action and tension. But the performance by the narrator and actors providing the characters’ voices leaves much to be desired.

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Another Cussler Classic

As with all Cussler books the hardest part is putting it down to attend to life matters outside of the book

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Enjoyable BUT!

Enjoyable but at times the voices were strained & verging on the comical.
Am glad Cussler uses less formal means of addressing key characters in more recent tales from Oregon Files.
This early account was a little stilted & stuffy.

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Narratives were OK but the readers voice characterisations were terrible. The story was great as always.

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  • Peter
  • 04-07-2018

Narrator almost made it un-listenable.

I love Clive Cussler books but the narration on this one is a shocker. Please go back to you usual narrator.

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  • Graeme W Mowat / Marie Smith
  • 11-04-2018

Good story, poor narration

I thought Dick van Dyke did the worst English accent in Mary Poppins. Not any more. A good story was ruined by dreadful accents. Come back Scott Brick, all is forgiven!

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  • noel
  • 18-07-2018

SCOTT BRICK REQUIRED

when you like a person and some one else stands in you ask if scott brick can update this book, he would make it 100% better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-2018

Terrible change of narrator spoils a great series

Where does Sacred Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Story- A solid Clive Cussler adventure, and just right for a bit of entertaining listening. Pretty good story, as long as you can suspend belief every now and then, but that's part of the charm with a Clive Cussler book.
Narrator - not the very worst I've heard, (although his female and non-American accents are grating) but not a patch on Scott Brick. Seems such a pity to change the narrator to add books1 & 2 when the rest of the series is by Scott Brick and we have got used to how the characters should sound.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Has to be Juan. Such a complex person, always puts everyone else first and such a sad back-story.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of J Charles?

Has to be Scott Brick. I don't know if any feedback gets back to Penguin Randomhouse, but PLEASE re-record these first 2 books in the series.

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

I did, because I wanted to hear the story, but the change of narrator, odd accents and his strange pauses or weird emphasis on words spoilt my enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

Why change a good thing when it's not broken and has been having great reviews?

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  • William Stewart
  • 27-09-2018

Could not finish this book....

This was a book I wanted to listen to, I love the Juan Cabrillo series however the narrator spoiled this for me, I simply could not get into the story ....Not without Mr Brick, when you get so used to hearing one narrator....(and lets be honest) Scot Brick does a great job, it is difficult to even begin to try and understand a story when all of the characters voices have changed.
Why ruin a great series by making these sort of changes...big mistake Random Audio, if ever I see another book with a change of narrator I WONT BUY IT.
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  • Mr N Chandley
  • 02-05-2020

Great story poorly read.

Has the narrator been to england? We don't all sound like Bert from Mary Poppins.

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  • Mrs A McDowell
  • 28-04-2020

oh no

I have listened to all Oregon books and many other Cussler ones. I really tried to listen to the Oregon 1 and 2 but couldn't manage it. The stories were not quite up to scratch but the narrator was appalling.. Please don't waste your time

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  • John
  • 11-04-2020

Good story but narration let’s it down

The story is another good instalment in the series but it just doesn’t sound as good as the Scott Brick narrated books. As others have said the British accents are not good but otherwise it is ok and if not compared to other books in the series maybe would not have the lower rating.

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  • clifford
  • 15-02-2020

awful. bad story and poor performance

poor story, badly written and terrible terrible British accents. keep clear.of this. other Oregon books much better

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  • Mathew
  • 06-08-2019

The worst English accent since Mary Poppins!

Not the best of his books, the reader's English accent is awful.. I mean terrible, so bad it's laughable! Quite distracting.
That aside it's not a bad story but lacks the pace of some of his other books.

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  • J. A. Howell
  • 13-06-2019

The narration let a great book down....

To start I love this book, I've read it once and then bought the audio book to listen to it in the car, it's a great book.
The issue I have is the narration especially when the narrator (American) tries to do an English (British) accent, its awful with out giving much away this narrator knows only 2 British accents they are very posh for people who are in charge and a bad cockney accent (think Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins) I would normally ignore this but it really spoilt the whole audio book for me.