Utopia

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Written By: Lincoln Child

Narrated By: Eric Stoltz

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: December 2002

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Fasten your seat belts–the white-knuckle thrills at Utopia, the world’s most fantastic theme park, escalate to nightmare proportions in this intricately imagined techno-thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.

Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation. But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenaged rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park’s robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track.

On the day Warne arrives, however, Utopia is caught in the grip of something far more sinister. A group of ruthless criminals has infiltrated the park’s computerized infrastructure, giving them complete access to all of Utopia’s attractions and systems. Their communication begins with a simple and dire warning: If their demands are met, none of the 65,000 people in the park that day will ever know they were there; if not, chaos will descend, and every man, woman, and child will become a target. As one of the brains behind Utopia, Warne finds himself thrust into a role he never imagined–trying to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the minutes tick away, Warne’s struggle to outsmart his opponents grows ever more urgent, for his only daughter is among the unsuspecting crowds in the park.

Lincoln Child evokes the technological wonders of Utopia with such skill and precision it is hard to believe the park exists only in the pages of this extraordinary book. Like Jurassic Park, Utopia sweeps readers into a make-believe world of riveting suspense, technology, and adventure.

UTOPIA -- Where technology dazzles–and then turns deadly!


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  • Anonymous

    Boring. Put me to sleep and I normally love this Author.

  • 45 minute commute

    Hard to believe that only one person was reading this story. The story is pretty good too - just a bit quick. A few times, logic would have directed a different direction, but overall, it is believable.

  • Lee Werley

    Nice ride through the park. Good story. The book is a great place to visit with your imagination. Credable job. Enjoyed it.

  • Michael

    The book was a little slow at times, but I did enjoy it. The plot was somewhat unique. I have read many books by Lincoln Child and Doglas Preston, this was the first one I'd read of Child without his usual co-author. It's just not the same.

  • Jeffrey Marino

    It's really refreshing to see Lincoln Child make a break from his usual writing partner (Douglas Preston) and give us something fresh. I really enjoyed this ride (pardon the pun). The characters and situations were just believable enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. I think the abridged version did a great job of filtering out all the techno-babble that could have caused this story to bog down. And unlike the Preston-Child books, this one had a great ending that actually made sense! Eric Stoltz narration was understated, but effective.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn't take long for Utopia to grab you and take you for a thrilling ride. The plot is not outrageous considering the technological advancements in today's theme parks, and the characters deal with the terrorists/extortionists without resorting to unbelievable means that vaporize from nowhere. Steady pace; great resolution.