• Valhalla Rising

  • A Dirk Pitt Adventure
  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (805 ratings)

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Valhalla Rising

By: Clive Cussler
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
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Publisher's Summary

It is July 2003. In the middle of its maiden voyage, the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin suddenly catches fire and sinks. What caused it? Why didn't the alarms go off? What was its connection to the revolutionary new engines powering the ship?

NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue the passengers and investigate the disaster, but he has no idea of the bizarre events that are about to engulf him. Before the next few weeks are over, Pitt will find himself confronted by an extraordinary series of monsters, both human and mechanical, modern and ancient. He will tread upon territory previously known only to legend. And, at the end of it all, though many lives will be lost, and many saved, it is Pitt's own life that will be changed forever....

Filled with dazzling suspense and breathtaking action, Valhalla Rising is Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.

Take another thrill ride with Dirk Pitt.
©2002 Clive Cussler (P)2002 Penguin

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Unabridged is better

Great book , not enought detail like in the unabridge version. Would you add that to your list of books.

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Will never buy another abridged book - loses too much of the author’s intentions !

I have thoroughly enjoyed the other Clive Cussler novels including the Dirk Pitt series, but not this one. I went back several times thinking I had missed something and realized it was because of the abridged version leaving out important information. The transitions are not always good and too much of the book is missing. I would love to listen to the unabridged version when and if it is ever available.

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

Disappointing after reading the book. the abridged missed key areas

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

Reading was good short on content.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment because I was sharing the experience

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Abridged version

Unfortunately this is the readers digest version of a great book. Poor transitions, confuse the listener. Felt like what. What about. Ect. This is one to miss. Book was great

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Another great distraction from a Master

Suspension of disbelief required when you enter the world of Dirk Pitt. You also have to love the style, structure and familiarity because the stories are so formulaic. Once you embrace those minor details you are in for a classic action packed story with damsels in distress and heroic feats of "Derring-do". One where the good guys win every time and hidden wonders await.
Enjoy!

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Abridged books are horrible

This is my favorite Clive Cussler book, read them all... was so excited to finally listen.... to my utter chagrin was only 5 some odd hours... more like a news broadcast than a book!! Ugh!!

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great stuff

I loved it the storytelling was a Cussler great as always and the aspects that I learned of viking history made me want to look at this more as well

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stop with the abridged versions!

when I buy an audiobook I'm looking for 18 hours at least of listening time! it's very unjust to do the first 12 books in a series on a bridge and then to jump to an abridged version.

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unabridged

need on a bridge versions of these books. what is the point and having an abridged version of a book series that has a vast majority of unabridge readings. there are only two abridged versions in the entire dark pit series and all the others are unabridged but you just refuse to make these unabridged as well?

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A mystery finally made clear!

The ending was eye opening. I eye now understand where the instant family in later book came from. As always I remain a fan searching for more Cusler treasures.