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  • The Bone Labyrinth

  • Sigma Force, Book 11
  • Written by: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the deepest trenches under the sea to the rocky craters of the moon, in New York Times best-selling author James Rollins' groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history to mankind's next great leap - but will it mark a new chapter in our development or our extinction?

A series of strange events throws the world into turmoil. As a manned Chinese rocket explodes upon launch, three American astronauts, each separated by thousands of miles, are murdered. Then an archaeologist in Croatia uncovers a new cavern system that reveals elaborate primitive paintings by a tribe of Neanderthals. The artwork, painted in blood, illustrates an immense battle between the Neanderthals - joined by Homo sapiens - and frightening shadowy figures. Who is the ancient enemy depicted, and what does it mean?

The search for answers will take Commander Gray Pierce of Sigma Force 50,000 years back in time. As he and Sigma trace the evolution of human intelligence back to its true source, they will be plunged into a war for the future of humanity that stretches across the globe - and beyond.

From ancient tunnels in Ecuador that span the breadth of South America to a millennia-old necropolis holding the bones of our ancestors, from the lost archives tied to the sunken continent of Atlantis to the first moon landing, Sigma embarks on its most harrowing journey ever - and faces off against its greatest threat: an ancient evil resurrected by modern genetic science, strong enough to bring about the end of man's dominance on this planet. Only this time Sigma will falter - and the world we know will change forever.

©2015 James Czajkowski (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great listen

This is a great book! If you love an up a down story with a touch of humour and interesting facts. It’s tough to stop listening once you start. To all Rollins reader if this is next then don’t hesitate you’ll love it! The performance was awesome a voice for all characters clean and clear dialog, I loved it and can’t wait for the next listen.

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Awesome story teller

The narrative is amazing you get lost in his voice and can detect all the chapters by his change of voice and accents. I also love that it is the consistent voice on this series of books

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  • Tyler
  • 2015-12-16

Best audiobook I've heard so far

I haven't even finished listening, but felt the need to strongly recommend this book. The plot is exciting, evenly-paced and avoids the cheesy, schmarmy tropes that these sort of books often fall victim to. Rollins seems back on track with this one.

More importantly, the narrator is incredible. I'm picky. Sometimes when I hear a bad accent or a narrator poorly fleshing out a character's voice, it pulls me out of the story and detracts from the overall experience. Christian Baskous effortlessly switches from accent to accent -- Italian, French, Eastern European, British, subtle American regional dialects -- and gives each character their own rich flavor that I haven't come across in another audiobook yet.

10/10 would recommend taking a listen to see for yourself.

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  • Matthew
  • 2015-12-28

Someone needs an editor!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Clearly you would need to be into Rollins, Sigma Force and whole sheebang. Otherwise this one is overly long, overly messy and some spark was missing.

If you’ve listened to books by James Rollins before, how does this one compare?

Not in the top 10 list. Well researched perhaps,but almost too much in fact. The story is thick with information, and needs editing badly. Not his best IMHO.

Have you listened to any of Christian Baskous’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I like this performer, but he seemed to lack focus and energy in this outing. Likely the fault of the material as much as anything, but still not the best outing.

Do you think The Bone Labyrinth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Ha. No. This is it.

Any additional comments?

OK I like the Sigma group, and I like Rollins, but this one did not do much for me. It just seemed to drag on. Maybe my issue, but I think it needed editing and more energy than I experienced. Not recommended, unfortunately.

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  • L. Graham Bufford
  • 2015-12-27

The story was good, but...

Ok, so I've been a Sigma Force series fan for a long time and this plot does not disappoint. However, Christian Baskous,the narrator of this story, really ruined this for me. The guy sounds like Brain from "The Pinky and the Brain" cartoon! :-(

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  • Kat Kruse
  • 2015-12-26

Another good read from Rollins

I've always enjoyed Rollins' writing . The stories are adventurous and thought provoking. The Bone Labyrinth is no exception. As I always do with Sigma novels, I stopped often to research the science, I love how muck I learn about current science when reading Rollins.

The narrator tells the story wonderfully. The only reason I didn't give the performance a 5 is for the editing. This story switches POV often yet the editing didn't take any breaks when switching. This meant I was frequently lousy for a few moments when an event was happening in one POV and then, as if in a single break, the story would be somewhere else. Reading this in print there would have been a paragraph or section break that would have made it a little less confusing. I often had to rewind a minute to figure out where I was.

But don't let that put you off, it's definitely worth a read.

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  • DobieChuck
  • 2015-12-16

Quite a Romp

This book was a very good edition to the series... As usual the adventure and scientific intrigue was exciting and compelling... I particularly enjoyed Kowalski and his once again finding himself mixed up w/ monkeys and apes... Good stuff and w/ more than a bit of humor and "aw shucks" moments...Bokko too was an excellent character, and so touchingly portrayed... He and Kowalski make quite a team... The whole combo of origin of species, Atlantis myth re-imagined and inner humanity, or lack thereof, were weaved well, and at times quite cunningly... The foreign villains were suitably despicable, but a little over the top, kinda cartoonish at times, but a good contrast to the good guys and mirroring of the monstrous creations... Narration was adequate to good depending on your preferences... The ending was thrilling, heartwarming, and mysterious... The epilogue has me wondering how soon before some of those questions get answered... Worth the credit...

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  • Renita Allen
  • 2016-01-08

Boring!

The narrator totally turned me off. I became less and lesd interested in the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-01-07

Loved the book, thought the narration was horrible

I found my mind wandering trying to keep my attention on the story. The narrator's voice droned on and on. Kowalski's voice did NOT sound like a NY accent, Saichen sounded as though she had a stick up her you know what. The rest of the character's voices seemed to meld. I love Rollin's way of leaving you hanging in one impossible situation while switching to another impossible situation and then back again. But, I think that I might go back to reading his books instead of listening, unless Peter J Fernandez is brought back as the narrator - I thought he was great.

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  • Barbara
  • 2016-01-05

No idea what this story was about

Maybe this was due to the narration, which had an odd cadence throughout, but I could not keep track of the story. There were too many plotlines, and really a silly premise. I usually will buy a Rollins book straight away (unless he pairs with Rebecca Cantrell when it becomes more romance than action), but maybe will think twice next one.

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  • Blair
  • 2016-01-27

not good

I usually love books by James Rollins but I just could not get through this one. the narrator was awful and the story just wasn't very good.

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  • David
  • 2016-01-23

Struggled to enjoy it

A disjointed, story line sprinkled with far fetched, contrived action scenes that detract from its credibility. Some OK character development made me finish, but I found myself wishing it would end long before it did.

Not a fan of the narrator either.

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