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Seven Ancient Wonders

Narrated by: Sean Mangan
Series: Jack West Jr., Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (394 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thousands of years ago, a magnificent golden capstone sat atop the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global rule for a thousand years...But then, in 323 BC, the capstone was broken into seven pieces and spread to the corners of the Earth, hidden within the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Now, with the coming of a rare solar event, the time has come to locate the pieces and rebuild the capstone.
©2008 Matthew Reilly (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Audio terrible - Didn't get past the first chapter

I have heard marvellous things about this series from friends, however the audio and music is awful and i wasn't able to get through the first chapter. The author reads far too fast in a hasty tone - was not for me.

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Not the biggest fan of Sean Mangan But Reilly!!

Not the biggest fan of Sean Mangan's audio performance, just doesn't sit right. But I'm hoping he will grow on me because Reilly's books kick ass.

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Excellent book

Great book, loved the scarecrow series and this is a fantastic change. Straight onto the next one in the series!

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Spoilt by narration

I would have loved this story and series but just couldn’t keep going with it. The narrator had one tone and pace that made it unbearable and impossible to follow properly. Such a shame. I hope they try it again with a different approach to the narration. Perhaps it’s just one you have to read yourself or is better in a film version.

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  • Central Coast
  • 31-07-2017

Indiana Jones 2.0

Would you consider the audio edition of Seven Ancient Wonders to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. It is great hearing these characters come to life, but the book moves so fast that you can loose your place in an audio recording more than if reading it yourself

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack West Junior of course! An amazing hero for the series, he can do almost anything but is still human

What does Sean Mangan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He help bring the action to life, he appears to understand how the listen would read the book themselves if that makes sense

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Some Things Can't Stay Lost

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Great as always

Steven narrates an amazing book almost perfectly, I could identify characters from his minor voice changes and everything was clear.

Love it

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Seven Ancient Wonders

This Audio book written by Matthew Reilly is a really great Story. I just love how Jack West Jnr and Wizard come about finding Lily. Narrator Sean Mangan tells this story with great performance, Sean makes you feel as to though you are actually in the story as well, he’s very at transforming words into pictures in your head. Well Done Sean. The story keeps me on the edge of my seat, listening, thinking, wondering. Matthew Appears to me as a man who very creative with his thinking. I’ve got every audio book of Matthew Reilly’s and they are Fantastic. I can’t read books myself as I tend to get bored very easily and fall off to sleep, with these audio books it keep my mind active. I have only two copies, this one and another of Jack West Jnr, but I feel there should be more. I have audio book of the Scarecrow Series and they are extremely excellent books. A big thumbs up, from me.
Regards Shane.

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Entertainingly unbelievable

Indiana Jones, Die Hard & Crocodile Dundee. Predictably written like an action movie script by an author who's seen more films than real life. This book will delight fans of Tomb Raider, trap filled adventure games like D&D, or conspiracy theories while anyone who knows anything of basic physics, biology, botany, engineering or pretty much any stream of science will need to suspend a considerable portion of disbelief. In some scenes, the literally unbelievable acts of heroism were enough to utterly destroy the realism, though the entertainment was never at risk. The author does a brilliant job of bringing scenescapes to life and attaching the reader to a large cast of characters very quickly.
The narrator is competent, but he pronounces the occasional word so bizarrely that it proved distracting. He does well to make each character distinct, though his grasp of accents is limited, and the performance may have been better if he simply didn't try.

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Writing style and narration both awful

Don't know if the story is good because I couldn't bear to carry on. The writing is not at all good, yes very descriptive which is fine but the descriptions are repetitive and badly in need of a good editor. Sentences that say something like over the lake there is something hanging above the lake are just far too frequent and therefore very irritating. And it's weirdly full of onomatopoeia which makes it read like a comic, we know guns go bang you don't have to say it!
The narrator is terrible too, it feels rushed but I think that is the writing style. However he has an odd breathy voice that makes it sound like he is reading a bodice ripper, whilst describing gun battles. His characters are hard to distinguish as well.
I returned it.

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Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code

A well executed book. It moves at a good pace. Obvious nods to Lucas/Spielberg and Dan Brown.

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  • James
  • 29-07-2014

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.

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  • Dillon
  • 01-01-2013

Would definitely recommend

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to a friend. Matthew Reilly is an amazing author.

What other book might you compare Seven Ancient Wonders to and why?

I would compare this book to the other series written by Matthew Reilly, Scarecrow. They are the same yet completely different.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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.

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

Yes I feel this way about all the books Matthew Reilly writes.

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  • Dale
  • 26-11-2012

Marvelous narrator reads awesome story

Would you listen to Seven Ancient Wonders again? Why?

I enjoy reading Matthew Rielly, but Sean mangan adds another level. I own all Matthew Reilly's read by Sean mangan.

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  • matthew
  • 04-11-2012

i just could not stop listening

What did you love best about Seven Ancient Wonders?

this would have too be one of the best matthew riley books around beaten only by scarecrow thank you matthew riley

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

YES most definatly it had me hooked

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  • Lizzy
  • 24-12-2011

Great Story

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.

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  • Owen
  • 08-02-2010

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".

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  • Robyn
  • 18-09-2009

Lots of Adventure

Well put together with really interesting information . . .really good fun read

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  • lonegunman
  • 23-11-2008

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!

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  • anthony
  • 08-11-2016

Great.

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.

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  • Sue
  • 21-08-2017

Entertaining Preposterous Stuff

What can I say?
I may not be the target audience for this.
It runs like a computer game inspired by Indiana Jones and Dan Brown.
The pace is relentless as the team races around the world rescuing treasure in a period of 7 days.
The history is interesting, although questionable, but I do feel inspired to go away and read up on it.
It kept me entertained in the same way a film like National Treasure does. It's undemanding but fun.
I doubt I'll bother with the rest of the series but who knows, I might need a bit of Boys Own rip-roaring escapism on a winter's day one day.

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  • siany
  • 23-03-2019

loved it

loved it immensely
2nd time round for me reading all the way from 7AW thru to 3SC

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  • Peddlar
  • 04-03-2019

Sort the narrative!

Read the book years ago.
It's still good but the narrator has sort of ruined it. You can hear him as of he is habu g a coffee while reading.

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  • Alison Laura Goodman
  • 11-08-2017

A good tale about the 7 wonders

Overall it is a great story and I would have given it a full 5 stars if if wasn't for the overly loud music playing over set scenes during the story.
This was mainly when they started a new mission, but it made it hard to hear to talking during those parts.

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  • Erica
  • 25-06-2017

Lots of action and entertainment

The book was filled with action and was entertaining to listen. It was easy to listen while cooking or at gym (didn't require 100% attention to the story).
What disturbed me was the music at the beginning and between sections. For non-native English speaker it made it bit hard to follow.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2017

Needs a good editor

What disappointed you about Seven Ancient Wonders?

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.

Has Seven Ancient Wonders put you off other books in this genre?

No, I love this type of book.

What about Sean Mangan’s performance did you like?

He is able to cope with several different people and accents. Plus his female voices don't sound childish or falsetto.

What character would you cut from Seven Ancient Wonders?

No characters, just their ridiculous 'call sign' names.