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Deception Point: A Novel

Written by: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery, a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a deadly team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.
©2001 Dan Brown (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the critics say

"Brown moves into new territory with his latest. It's an excellent thriller: a big yet believable story unfolding at breakneck pace, with convincing settings and just the right blend of likable and hateful characters. He's also done his research, folding in sophisticated scientific and military details that make his plot far more fulfilling than the norm." (Publishers Weekly)
"A dazzling high-tech adventure...Brown proves once again that he is among the most intelligent and dynamic of authors in the thriller genre." (Library Journal)
"This is pretty exciting stuff...and Brown certainly does have a knack for spinning a suspenseful yarn." (Booklist)

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The performer killed my experience.

Couldn’t even make it past the second chapter. After every line he read, he either swallowed a mouthful of spit, or was chewing a huge lip of chew. Totally grossed me out .

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Even better voiced

#Audibe1

I read this book years ago and fell in love with it. Having it voiced just makes it that much better!

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Still an excellent book!

I read this book many years ago and quite enjoyed it. It's still a great book and the narration is very well done. Dan Brown's writing is well-researched and he has a knack for suspense. Well done! #Audible1

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decent performance, plotline is.... ugh. spoilers.

this is quite possibly the worst Dan Brown novel out there. in the first two hours of this novel I'm fairly certain he used the phrase scientific discovery about 15 dozen times. We get that you're trying to delay giving us the plot decide, but find a new way of doing it. The writing style is close to Trump level.
While I enjoy the odd far fetched sci fi here and there and your near future type of stuff, and I do realize that this was written 15 years ago, the whole idea that NASA is the bane of all existence and that if you slash its budget in half it'll solve all the education problems in America.... Is beyond Trump absurd. Beyond Newt Gingrich wanting a base on the Moon by the year 2020. I understand this is fiction but I like believable fiction, I like it when the author doesn't treat the reader as a freaking idiot. Adding seven and a half billion dollars to the education budget by reducing the NASA budget by the same amount is going to solve all your problems? Good f****** luck. not once was the defense budget brought up and I believe that at the time that this was written that defense budget was 650 billion dollars. And it isn't audited at all. Not one goddamn mention of that bloated budget.
I get that the average voter isn't nearly as informed as we would like them to be, but the idea of using NASA as a scapegoat in this regard and that it's successful in getting the GOP nomination?
Clive cussler's novel regarding a hidden secret contract between the British and the United States where in Canada is actually the property of the United States is more believable than this bullshit.
as stated earlier, I get that this is fiction. But the National Enquirer is more realistic than this. Don't waste your credit on this and especially don't waste your money on this.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
  • 2009-03-06

Worth checking out!

In an attempt to get a feel for Dan Brown's other work I checked this out and enjoyed it. It had suspense and a mild political theme while incorporating science and exploration. His characters were interesting and the back and forth of the story kept me wanting more throughout the book. I recommend this to those who want a good read/listen and who have an interest in science, discovery, suspense, and want some excitement.

33 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • James R. Davis
  • Savannah, GA USA
  • 2004-06-29

Fantastic!

Dan Brown has another hit on his hands. My fiancee and I had a long drive over the weekend and couldn't wait to get back in the car to hear this book. I have listened to 5 books a month for the past 4 years and this book ranks in the top 5. The reader is also very skillful and easy to listen to. If you have a long trip to take somewhere, this is the book to take.

64 of 67 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark B
  • Allen, TX USA
  • 2005-09-01

Some people are too picky -- This is a must

I think some people are just too hard to please. I really enjoyed DaVinci Code because of the fast-paced suspense and the subject matter. I enjoyed this book for the same reason - maybe more because of the technology topic. I have listened to over 70 audio books and this is one of the most enjoyable I have heard -- It was difficult to put down. Sure, the heros get lucky a bunch through fortuitous events-- but what's a thriller without them -- Think James Bond movies.

The narrator sounds were sometimes noticeable, but not to the extent that it bothered me. I probably would not have thought about them had others not made a big deal of them.

49 of 52 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric Varsanyi
  • 2005-07-22

Good story, great narrator, bad recording

I enjoyed the story though it was a bit slow to get started (unlike Angels and Daemons and DaVinci). I got exasperated at the too frequent use of teasers in the beginning, after a while "... and then what she saw was amazing [end of chapter]" and "... he couldn't believe his eyes. [end of chapter]" got annoying rather than building more suspense. It felt like he spent the whole first half of the book making filler with teasers thrown on top for a little flavor.

One it got rolling it was a good ride though, the ending was somewhat surprising if you tried to forget the style of his other books and realize the misdirections along the way were there to make an unexpected finish. Overall quite enjoyable.

The narrator is exellent and was well directed, he gives great life to the characters, locations and events.

The recording was horrible, it sounded like they installed the mic inside the narrators mouth. The sounds of him breathing and swallowing were frequently distacting and downright disgusting at times.

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  • Sher from Provo
  • Utah
  • 2010-09-04

Too Predictable

It seems that when you've read one Dan Brown novel you've read them all. They all start out with a huge mystery that turns out not to be so huge at all. I like his writing style, and I did enjoy the book, but I probably won't be reading another Dan Brown book for a long time.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • apo, AR, USA
  • 2004-12-26

A Glass of water would make this better

Why a glass of water? Well, I have NO problem with the book itself. It's smart, and may be one of my favorites. Dan Brown rocks.
The glass of water would be used to wet the "whistle" of the man who read this book. What I mean is this. Take a Microphone-Place it to your mouth. Turn up the volume. Now, move you mouth. Smack your lips, stick your tounge to the roof, and let it slap around, stick your lips to your teeth, and pull then off over and over. Now try to speak, while performing these oral gymnastics, and you'll see what I had to listen to.
Book was excellent. After an hour, you don't notice the slurping noises, except when you stop the recording,and restart it.

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  • Stephanie Gray
  • 2017-10-12

Story was okay but studio needs audio engineer

With an author like Dan Brown I would think that any studio could afford an audio engineer who is talented at minimizing background sounds. However, I listened to this book with headphones on and I could hear WAY too many bodily noises by the narrator. Story was fine, nothing like the Robert Langdon series but has an interesting premise. It was just really hard for me to listen to the story with all of the noises from the narrator. I usually don't mind noises but this one really kept me from getting into the story.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Dwight, IL, USA
  • 2005-01-08

Edge of your seat thriller...

I listen to audio books while commuting back and forth to work. The first half of book was good - I like Dan Brown's style of writing - the second half of the book had me white knuckled, talking to the characters - yelling to the characters - and looking forward to my next commute.... Take me away Calgon.... Digital Fortess is next despite negative reviews. I listened to Deception Point despite negative reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Give it a try.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanna
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 2008-11-27

Same story, different characters

Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dan Brown's Deception Point. But after I finished listening to it I realized that it had the same cookie cutter plot as The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Brilliant world expert (on some highly specialized topic) becomes unwittingly immersered in a dangerous plot with world-altering ramifications, expert grudingly helps the good guys untangle a mystery while developing chemistry with another intellectual equal of the opposite sex, expert and sexy partner save the day, and end up fulfilling lustful desires as the story ends. The names and topic have been changed, and Dan Brown has still gone to his characteristic great lengths of research to explain highly technical information in such a way that it is easily followed. But I would have liked to have seen a digression from the Robert Langdon stories. It almost seems to me that Brown is writing his books with the hope of them being turned into a movie from the first words. Also, the narrator in this story was not the best. Every time he pronounced NASA as Nassau or nasah, it made me cringe. Also, I could hear him making sounds between pauses that were, shall we say, unpleasant? Something akin to wetting his lips. Also, he made little, if any, effort to give different characters different voices. Probably the only bad narration I have heard on Audible. Other than that, it was a fun story, cliffhangers galore, kept one sitting on the edge of one's seat or wherever, constantly engrossed. I freely admit I didn't want to turn it off until I listened to it almost straight through. Brown does a great job of engaging the reader/listener, and this book is no exception. Also, much better ending than Angels and Demons, so if you didn't like that, give this one a try. This will appeal to the techies and the reader who enjoys science and politics.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2015-01-24

Arctic is Greek for Bear

WHEN IN DOUBT SHIT IT OUT
If only school could have been this exciting. Number one priority for me is to be entertained. Number two is to hear or learn something I have never heard or learned before. Number three is for the story to be believable. By believable it is something that could happen, not necessarily something that would most likely happen. If everything you read was what would most likely happen then it would probably be boring. Brown scores five stars on all accounts. Arctic comes from the Greek, arktos, which means bear and Antarctic means no bear. Just one of those things I will always remember that I would not have remembered in a school setting.

AIR FORCE ONE, BIG DICK
Like most of Brown's books he hits the ground running. The entire book takes place in about two days. The book is very fast paced. It covers most of the sciences, Astronomy, geology, ocean, volcanoes, whirlpools, deep ocean, plate tectonics, ice cores, entomology, origin theories, bioluminescence, panspermia etc... Then there is all the politics and some things about the government you may not have known.

YOU WILL FIND PATIENCE, A VIRTUE
The book is not perfect, as the believability factor is stressed pretty hard in some places. I was also turned off by some of the teasers. In the beginning we are told of this great find in the Arctic, but we can't tell you, you must see it. It takes several chapters and about an hour to get to this great find, all the time being teased about it.

I thought the narrator was great.

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  • NORDEN G.
  • 2015-08-05

Suspens garanti jusqu'à la fin

Quelle histoire captivante ! Beaucoup d'actions et de rebondissements qui alimentent le suspens du début à la fin.

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  • Véronique E
  • 2017-04-15

Trop pressée

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J'étais trop pressée pour le téléchargement, j'ai enregistré cet ouvrage en anglais que je ne comprends pas. Tout ça parce que je voulais la version INTEGRALE.

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