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The Ice Limit

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At 4,000 tons, this treasure seems impossible to move.

New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die. A frightening truth is about to unfold: The men and women of the Rolvaag are not taking this ancient, enigmatic object anywhere. It is taking them.

©2001 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

What the critics say

"This is a big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific summer movie as well as a memorable hot-day read." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Good story, believeable and appeared researched

I think what I like about this story the most was a few months after I finished it I periodically think about it. It had a nice mixture of science, naval and construction components. The characters were believable and it was paced well enough to listen to while long distance running.

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What was the point of this plot?

Long to get going. When it did, it was a let down. Not one of of Preston & Child’s best.

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  • Lyn
  • 2010-08-10

Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner

These authors certainly did their research! Prompted me to Google certain topics mentioned in book for more information because the items were fascinating: Roaring 60's in Southern Ocean; Panspermia Theory; South Georgia Islands; and some mechanical engineering.

This book is extremely well written and Scott Brick does a wonderful job reading. The characters well developed with plot moving smoothly. It is the best AudioBook I have listened to.

The story is about a billionaire, Palmer Lloyd, who hires a crew of scientists, engineers, and others to retrieve an extremely heavy object from an island off the southern tip of Chile. Lloyd has an oil tanker converted and disguised to sail to Chile to accomplish this task. The object is the scientific find of the 21st century and puts the entire crew who sail in peril...and more.

114 of 120 people found this review helpful

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  • Doug L
  • 2010-08-19

This book just cries for a sequel

I've listened to 435 books from Audible so far and I would have to put this one in my top 10 list. Preston & Child are favorites of mine to begin with but they have scored big time with this one. Like one of the other reviewers I found myself googling locations and topics mentioned in the story as well as following the course of the ship on Google earth. Interesting and exciting from beginning to end. I also liked the addition of the news reports at the end of the book but it just reinforced my feelings that this book must have a sequel.

In respect to the narration by Scott Brick I must disagree with Sandra's review. One of the things I search for on a regular basis are books read by Scott. No ridiculous accents or over blown dramatics or pretending to do female voices, just solid steady narration. His inflections and timing are subtle but effective and the tone of his voice is pleasant whether on earphones or speakers.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Emanuel
  • 2011-11-12

Good Listen

After reading the mix of reviews, I decided to give this one a try and I enjoyed this. True the story is slow but only if speed is what you are after. The story still keeps you holding on. This is a great first book to perhaps another book or trilogy.

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  • Mike From Mesa
  • 2011-09-13

So what?

I have a serious weakness when it comes to Audible book sales. I tend to browse and, often, buy. Sometimes I find a gem this way, but often the result is a book that falls into what I consider to be the "Who cares?" category. This book is one of those.

It is well written, and Scott Brick, as normal, does an excellent job. But the plot seems very, very thin. Yes, there is a meteorite. Yes, people want it. Yes, there is an individual who cares about nothing but getting the meteor and has too much power for this to end well (I do not believe I am giving anything away to say that). And, yes, this is the story about how they go about trying to get it. But nowhere in the story did I feel that this was an important thing to be doing or that the subsequent loss of life was worth the result.

It was clear to me about 20% into the book how it would end and, about 50% into the story, why their pursuer was so dogged about this chase. For me it was an effort to finish the book and even the ending did very little to redeem the effort.

If I had it to do over again I would have skipped this sale item.

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  • Steven Merrick
  • 2010-08-21

A very fun read

I really enjoyed this book up to the end, although I was a bit frustrated by the ending. I had to knock off a star from my rating because the authors went way beyond their expertise when it came to superconductivity and electrophysics; there were a few really big groaners in this area speaking as an electrical engineer. The story and narration were so good, any small plot holes were entirely forgivable and I ended up staying up way into the night listening. Well worth a listen!

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  • debra starr
  • 2017-03-18

Fantastic book!

This was an E-ticket ride. Well written and outstandingly performed, I couldn't put this one down. The ending was somewhat transparent, but still enjoyable nonetheless. This is a story about an ego-centric billionaire industrialist's ill-fated expedition to bring back the largest meteor ever discovered, complete with set-backs and danger at every turn. This is probably Scott Brick's best performance to date. He is unparalleled as a narrator! This book would be best enjoyed by adult readers. There is minimal language and/or sexual situations, but the science-heavy dialogue would likely bore all but the most scholastically-sophisticated young-adult readers. I highly recommend this book. Happy Reading!

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  • CBDC
  • 2011-09-07

Bad

I gave two stars to the story as there must have been something that kept me listening, however ambivalently. Scott Brick manages to turn a bad story to melodrama. Unfortunately, I believe I already purchased another by these authors and by the narrator, but going forward - I won't.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Katja
  • 2010-08-16

A great thrill ride!!

I read this book a few years ago and loved it. To find it finally on audio, well I just had to listen. It was as good the second time as it was the first! Preston and Child are good separately but are fantastic together. I'm going to have to listen to all of the books I read years ago just to get those thrill rides.
The only thing is I wish the narrator would add a little more excitement to his voice. He comes off as monotone. But the story is excellent!

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  • R. O'Hare
  • 2010-09-04

This rock didn't rock me

I didn't find the rock and the quest for it nearly as exciting as the characters did. I got through the book, but I wouldn't say it was fabulous. Scott Brick is a good reader during exciting, tense scenes. But his directors should encourage him to lighten up when introducing characters, getting through small talk, etc.

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  • avoidthelloyd
  • 2011-08-04

Couldn't make myself finish it...

The plot on the description sounds pretty exciting...but I found that it was taking way to long to get to anything in the description! I want to get to know some interesting characters pretty quickly and get to the dang alien substance or whatever! I don't care about political and military threats in a book that's supposed to be about a dangerous, life threatening unknown substance! Seriously, i hate to not finish a book when i use a credit for it, but I found myself skipping hours ahead just to hear something about the dang rock! Do NOT get this book. It might be interesting to someone with nautical knowledge, but didn't work for me.

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