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Crucible

A Thriller
Written by: James Rollins
Narrated by: Christian Baskous
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the number-one New York Times best-selling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting-edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semicomatose state and cannot speak - until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history - a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?

©2019 James Czajkowski (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Terrible narration

Please stop using this narrator. Completely ruins the book. Clearly the narrator, have not pre-read the book prior to recording. Intonation is completely wrong in places. Accents sometimes mixed. Sudden drops in voice level , bordering on whispering cause you to miss some of the story parts. Sudden changes in tempo, in not always appropriate places. Please use another narrator. Rollins books are huge best sellers. Please stop diminishing their value by using such mediocre narration.

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Good Story, Hard to Listen!

I enjoyed the story line. I felt I learned things about AI that I didn’t know before. However, the narrator dropped his voice in many places, and then was screaming in others. It was dangerous listening in the car as I was constantly turning the volume up to hear, and then down to protect my ears. Surely, when producing an audio book there is some quality control that guarantees consistency in the listening experience. I didn’t find the performance in this audiobook to be consistently of high quality. Sorry to say.

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Great fictional and non fictional story on AI

this is a great story based on the latest advancement made in the development of artificial intelligence.

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Get Ready, it's Coming!

If you are brave enough to learn something about the evolution of artificial intelligence, robotics, and medical practices that sound like sci fi, then read this book. The technical side is brilliant, the story itself no so much. It's a loose knit string of events so implausable it almost throws the science into no-way land.

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Narrator is terrible IMO

I have been reading the sigma force for years and to reflect Gray’s voice as it was just didn’t fit. It was so wrong I had trouble finishing the book. If they continue to use this narrator this will be the last book from this series I will purchase.

The story is good as the characters continue to develop.

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Captivating

Highly recommend. Based in science, thought provoking and never a dull moment. The narrator is fantastic too. Really liked this one!

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I love this series. Intense,action packed <br /><br /><br />

Great series with good caracters ..they keep you wanting more until the end. love it!

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  • Michael J. Herzog
  • 2019-01-27

Thriller? Maybe a Third of One

There were parts of this story that I found exciting enough to carry me through. Unfortunately, these parts were only about 1/3 of the story. There are a lot of subplots and side-diversions that drag on. The reader Christian Baskous, is fine. I think this may be the first book I've had where he is the narrator. I think under other circumstances, I would enjoy his reading. I just found this book to be too boring to push through. This is just my opinion. I'm kind of stuck in a thriller-only mode these days. If every page isn't burning or exploding, I can't do it.

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  • mike
  • 2019-03-11

this is the most boring book I have ever purchase

this is not worth the time. i listen to all of his books but this one was awful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-04

Volume

Story was great. Performance was good but constantly going from shouting to whispering a problem. I had to adjust the volume continuously.

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  • Mike Jeffery
  • 2019-01-26

Wow....wow.....wow

I'm rarely ever really scared by a story, but this one has me SERIOUSLY spooked. So good.

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  • j. simmons
  • 2019-01-25

yet again another gem from mr. Rollins

this book is thought provoking and suspenseful! yet another gem from mr. Rollins. can't wait for his next one!

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  • rosella
  • 2019-01-23

and he scores again

Mr Rollins has the perfect way of combining action with detailed science and history. I had a hard time putting this one aside.
I would add that the narrative goes a long way in making this happen .

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  • Clarie DeWayne
  • 2019-01-24

Not Sci Fi, but would have been 20 years ago

An intriguing dilemma for Sigma Force and the real world, complete with cutting edge technology, history and plenty of intrigue from secret societies and evildoers. While characters from previous books are included, this book can stand alone outside of the series.

The narrator is annoying at times, as if his voice is more important than the story he's reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-25

AI is now even scarier

love the way James incorporated fact into fiction making the fiction even more believable! GREAT BOOK can't wait to see what he does next!

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  • Steve Manke
  • 2019-02-04

Amazing

An absolute home run. Rollins never fails to disappoint, but this Sigma adventure was a real treat. The technological aspects of this novel were pivotal to its success and the detail captured was comprehensive without being overdone. Something not easily achieved. Writers hoping to deliver an exceptional techno-thriller tend to either overindulge in the tech aspects of the tale, or skimp to the point where they lose credibility. Rollins continues to walk this delicate line with precision and finesse to deliver a spellbinding thriller that keeps the pages flying by from begging to end.

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  • KS
  • 2019-11-09

Best narrator. Period.

Those other Rollins books narrated by the guy who talks like he’s jus breathed in a bunch of ultra fine dust every time he changes character are HORRIBLE! Christian Baskous—for my liking—is the best narrator of all Rollins, Jack Reacher, Tom Clancy and other such books of this genre. Well done, Christian!