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The Forgotten Room

By: Lincoln Child
Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Lincoln Child returns with a riveting new thriller featuring the charismatic and quirky Professor Jeremy Logan, renowned investigator of the strange and the inexplicable, as he uncovers a long-lost secret experiment only rumored to have existed.

Jeremy Logan (The Third Gate, Deep Storm) is an "enigmalogist" - an investigator who specializes in analyzing phenomena that have no obvious explanation. In this newest novel, Logan finds himself on the storied coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, where he has been retained by Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America. Just days earlier, a series of frightening events took place in the sprawling seaside mansion that houses the organization. One of its most distinguished doctors began acting erratically - violently attacking an assistant in the mansion's opulent library and, moments later, killing himself in a truly shocking fashion. Terrified by the incident and the bizarre evidence left behind, the group hires Logan to investigate - discreetly - what drove this erudite man to madness.

His work leads him to an unexpected find. In a long-dormant wing of the estate, Logan uncovers an ingeniously hidden secret room, concealed and apparently untouched for decades. The room is a time capsule, filled with eerie and obscure scientific equipment that points to a top-secret project long thought destroyed, known only as "Project S." Ultimately the truth of what Project S was...and what has happened in that room...will put Logan in the path of a completely unexpected danger.

One of his most thrilling novels to date, The Forgotten Room is replete with veiled, fascinating history and all the exhilarating action and science that are the hallmarks of a Lincoln Child blockbuster.

©2015 Lincoln Child (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Felt like some Chrichton style was channeled in.

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I have always enjoyed Lincoln Child's works and of course his collaborations with Douglas Preston. This new Jeremy Logan entry was fun in all the usual Lincoln thriller ways. Great atmosphere creation, eerie mysteries to be solved, A good amount of science for plausibility, and action to round out the thriller. Beyond the usual fun of Lincoln Child's works, two things in this particular novel made it all the more enjoyable.

First we get a lot more of Jeremy Logan's history shown to us as the story takes place at a think tank he was attached to about 10 years ago. I always love it when Lincoln Child does this with his characters. Similar to how Agent Pendergast eccentricities become almost endearing when we find out his back story, Logan's history with his start at Yale and current work seem to become become a sort of natural evolution of his character as we learn more about his time at the Lux think tank. Definitely one of the highlights of the book for me.

Second, the mysteries and sciencetific explanation while of course still being fiction are top notch. Mr. Child must have done a serious amount of scientific research to create this story. This particular book felt very reminiscent of Micheal Crichton's Andromeda Strain & Congo. Not that the storyline or setting is similar in anyway to those two books but rather how well the science is fleshed out for us. I found myself repeatedly getting sidetracked by looking up Wikipedia articles to understand some of science or history that is referenced in this book. Every so often in his books ("Utopia" for example), it feels like Lincoln Child is channeling a bit of Chrichton's style into this work. I was expecting a Lincoln Child story which I masterfully got and it feels like the Chrichton gap in left by his passing was partially filled by this book as well. This has been my personal favorite of the Jeremy Logan stories so far. I do hope Lincoln Child continues to use this particular talent of his every once in a while.

As for Narration, Johnathan McClain did another great job, just as he did in the Third Gate. Just as Rene Auberjonois is the voice of Pendergast and Ray Porter is the voice of Joe Ledger, Jonathan McClain is now the voice I hear even when physically reading Jeremy Logan. Getting used to his reading may have taken a bit longer for me since I was used to hearing Scott Brick in the other two novels Mr Logan appears in.

If your a fan of Lincoln Child this book is a must read. If not, i dare say this book will make you one.

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Bleh. Hard time finishing.

First, I would like to point out,this is not a stand alone novel. In fact, its 4th in the series. Would have been nice for Audible to indicate this. I have no intention of listening to the others. The book never picked up pace. The narration was ok, but voice didn't seem to suit the characters. In the end, i cannot put my finger on it, but the story just seemed bland....and ridiculous. Not worth the credit.

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Not his best

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I've read all of Lincoln Child's book and am a huge fan of him and his books with Douglas Preston (especially the older books). This one didn't read like a genuine Lincoln Child book. I kept thinking the writing was poor and wondered if maybe he had a ghost writer. Either that or he rushed this book off to the publisher and didn't spend much time in editing. The story and plot are okay but the writing really detracts. The gore reads in a very amateurish way and the dialogue is terrible and unbelievable. Overall disappointing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Might go old school with Jurassic Park.

What about Johnathan McClain’s performance did you like?

Solid reading. Well done.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good plot and story premise but poorly executed.

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Overwhelmingly detailed

What would have made The Forgotten Room better?

Certainly less irrelevant detail. The author overwhelms the reader with information that is related to the "mystery" but that does not add to the mood or further the plot. The central event becomes diluted in the detail so that the resolution is totally anticlimactic.

What could Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author evidently did excellent research. He needed to select the material that would help him create suspense....he needed to let the reader figure out certain things by herself.

What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s voice?

in this particular recording, the narrator does not manage to make a difference.

Any additional comments?

This book is the detailed, almost clinical narration of events that are not that interesting to start with. I did not see the point to it. I wanted this to be a mystery...but it was not. I cannot recommend it.

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A rollicking read

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

I would recommend this book to friends who enjoyed were prepared to lift the veil of reality to enjoy a bit of fun; for lovers of adventure which is tinged with a bit of historical intrigue and science fiction.

What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s performance?

Very, very good.

Was The Forgotten Room worth the listening time?

Yes, I enjoyed it and was not disappointed with using a credit to buy it. It was a light book and surely written with a young audience in mind. Definitely a bit of fun (as opposed to humour) in contrast to the recent gory thrillers I've listened to.

Any additional comments?

Not a literary masterpiece, but if you enjoy the genre and have enjoyed this writer's other books, you will enjoy this too.

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Story is great, performance is odd...

An excellent story from Child, full of misdirection and a very satisfying ending. however, McClain's reading of the story is unusual. McClain's other works don't share this trait, but in this narration, its seems almost as if he struggles with some of the words. I found it mildly distracting throughout the book.

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Perfect Summer Read

A book that starts with the Loch Ness monster has to be good! This is very different from Child's Reacher books, but in a very good way.

The story line is interesting and clips along, holding your interest from start to finish. It tells of an investigation by an "enigmologist," Jerome Logan. He's a sophistocated "ghost hunter" and his investigations in this book take place in an atmospheric old structure called Dark Gables. At times I wanted to scream "don't go into the basement"! There's even a hurricane.

The characters are sympathetic and well developed. The narrator does a great job.

I couldn't ask for anything more in a summer read. But don't skip the book if you can't read it during the summer, it's a terrific effort from Child and should be read, whenever. I hope Child writes more books in this vein.

You won't be disappointed.

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Interesting misdirection

A little slow to start, just when you think is one thing, it's another. Aside from a couple of Don't go into the dark room' scenes its an OK read

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Total miss by Child

1st and foremost a warning to ALL authors...DO NOT USE THIS NARRATOR...he reads every line as though it was the end of a child's horror story...I wanted to scream!!!
Ok now I really enjoy all of Lincoln Child's previous books and his collaborations. This book was horrible. The storyline was ridiculous, it was so far from Child's usual seemingly supernatural yet man made twists...it was just dumb.
After I suffered listening to that narrator I expected to at least be treated to a good tale...I suffered in vain
I'm sorry for bashing your work as I know all artists put so much into their work however this story was best left unpublished

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The" Enigmologist " gets better and better

What did you love best about The Forgotten Room?

I really like the premise that Jeremy Logan's calling is the investigation of enigmas. I also liked the settings of this one on one of the grand historic estates of Long Island.

What did you like best about this story?

I could never quite figure out where the story was going. Was it something supernatural or something else? Interesting twists and turns in this one. I like that Jeremy Logan has become more "fully fleshed" in this latest story in the series. He is a more dynamic figure and less reticent than in the last one.

What does Johnathan McClain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is great with the variety of voices and brings the main character to life. HIs voice is easy to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, but I enjoyed it. In fact, I listened to it all in one day.

Any additional comments?

I like pretty much everything that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have written and it is always nice to see them do their individual books, too. They have such unlimited imaginations. With this book, the newest character of Lincoln Child's, Jeremy Logan, is more developed. I also love the idea that the main character has a unique occupation as an "Enigmologist", investigating arcane and unusual happenings that no one has an answer to. I look forward to more books with this character in them. The beginning of the story was very fun. We are introduced to Jeremy as he investigates the Loch Ness Monster.

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  • R. J. Hunt
  • 07-10-20

Ok but he has done better

Found it a bit confusing in parts and the science behind the story a bit blurry... not as good as his others