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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Rollins Narrator: Paula Christensen Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780061967450
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Louisiana state veterinarian Lorna Polk stumbles upon a shipwrecked fishing trawler carrying a caged group of exotic animals. Yet something is wrong with these beasts: a parrot has no feathers, a pair of Capuchin monkeys are conjoined at the hip, and a jaguar cub has the dentition of a saber-tooth tiger. They also all share one uncanny trait—a disturbingly heightened intelligence. To uncover the truth, Lorna must team up with a man who shares a dark and bloody past with her: United States Border Patrol agent Jack Menard. Together the two must hunt for a beast that escaped the shipwreck while uncovering a mystery tied to fractal science and genetic engineering, all to expose a horrifying secret that traces back to mankind’s earliest roots.

But can Lorna stop what is about to be born upon the altar of Eden before it threatens not only the world but also the very foundation of what it means to be human?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mach-speed mayhem…Drum-tight in its execution…I read Altar of Eden in two sittings (yeah it’s that good)…A terrific writer.”

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This latest James Rollins offering, a science-based thriller, brings his fans the fast pace and violence they’ve come to expect.”

    AudioFile

  • “Rollins is as sure-footed on new ground as he is in the familiar Sigma Force world.”

    Booklist

  • “Rollins gets the details right in this exhilarating page-turner. The main characters are intriguing, and he does an admirable job balancing character development with the mayhem. Rollins’s career is on the rise, and this further solidifies his reputation.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Rye godsey | 2/17/2014

    " I've read all of James Rollins' books and in my opinion this on is the BEST! He takes the "what if" factor down a whole new avenue. Couldn't put it down until I was finished. If you even think you like James Rollins read this book first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 2/13/2014

    " Not as good as his Sigma Force books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " I've never read anything by James Rollins before but I shall be checking out some of his other work after enjoying this. It does involve some suspending of disbelief and there's a might too much action and adventure but it really had me hooked almost from the first page. I didn't hate the female character and the villains weren't too one-dimensionally evil *mwuahahaha* and I thought the whole pace of the thing was good. The plot whizzed along and I didn't find myself bored or not interested in reading further on any occasion. I highly recommend if you want an action-packed thriller that skirts the edge of too much then this is for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerome | 2/5/2014

    " Over all it was OK, but I found parts of it a bit to contrived for my taste. The ending reminded me a bit of a James Bond novel, Dr. No. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois Abigail | 2/2/2014

    " Bloody brilliant book. I found the reading experience rather worthwhile. Truthfully, I abhor science fiction novels, but after this I might even consider stripping the genre of the title. Anyway, Rollins did a spectacular job with this one. Totally recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Greenhalgh | 1/23/2014

    " Definitely another riveting page turner of Rollins'. The characters are pretty easy to wrap yourselves around and care about and, in true Rollins style, the action jumps out from the get go. The premise is compelling, allowing the author to draw on his veterinary experience, and, all in all, it's a worthwhile read for those looking for adventure and intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 1/7/2014

    " Pretty good thriller sort of what could happen if crooked military sorts play with genes in order to build a better weapon, human or animal. Fast read, lots of action and an interesting take on the basic plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/6/2014

    " Fascinating in a scary way. The whole concept of genetically altering animals and especially humans definitely questions where you draw the line between science and morality. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and reading about the Louisiana bayou. Overall, a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 12/22/2013

    " Omg! What a read! I love, love, love Rollins novels and this one is a real page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Madsen | 12/16/2013

    " Another great book by James Rollins. It is Fast Paced and action packed from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 11/13/2013

    " Good plot, good characters, good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gideon | 10/6/2013

    " It was an entertaining, fast read. Not much depth, but still fun. Likeable characters. No disappointments "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 6/3/2013

    " Not bad really. Not as good as the Sigma Force series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Gerlach | 5/26/2013

    " Absolutely spellbinding. Read in two days, it was so fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Zimmeri | 4/27/2013

    " Great fun! Like all of Rollins' books, the pages fly by as you devour the action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 7/14/2012

    " Another good stand alone book. This one has a vet as the main character. Makes you think about what makes people do certain things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Kinder | 3/29/2012

    " Some parts were disturbing but you actually become compassionate for humanity because if you research some of the things mentioned, you find out that a lot of it is actually true. Another great one by Rollins! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Mayer | 3/17/2012

    " Though this isn't my usual genre, for James Rollins I step into the world he's created. A perfect blend of science, theology, adventure and suspense, easily this is my favorite of his books. Not unlike Criton, Rollins brings you into his characters world and you begin to believe in the impossible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/6/2012

    " It was like watching an action-packed thriller, non-stop explosions and scary bits all through the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Simmons | 6/28/2011

    " Good book, really liked the storyline and the pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 6/20/2011

    " I really like James Rollins' thrillers, and this one definitely did not disappoint. Nonstop action from the very beginning, and a really interesting concept. I ended up reading too late into the night - "just one more chapter...." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " Good stand alone novel. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shantel | 5/6/2011

    " WOW was not expecting to like this book. It was a pick from one of my book clubs and is not something I would have chosen myself. I was very VERY pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! It was very interesting. Keep me wanting more. Hard to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 5/5/2011

    " Reminds me of something Michael Crighton would have written. A fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 5/4/2011

    " Seeing as though I am a big fan of technothrillers and find myself missing Michael Crichton, I decided to give James Rollins a try. It was perfectly entertaining in an almost Michael Crichtonesque way. Alter of Eden will never win extreme critics, but it does capture your attention for a few days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/3/2011

    " I've read it before but want to read it again! I found parts of it disturbing (like many of his books) but I can't seem to stop thinking about this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/28/2011

    " Despite the reality base couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to truly get in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobi | 3/28/2011

    " Better than other Rollins books. Still had the same formula but the Science Fiction was more fun and I love a book about super animals... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 3/25/2011

    " Not bad. It was not nearly as good as his other books, but it was entertaining, if not predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marfa | 3/19/2011

    " Very Crichtonesque. Learn something while being entertained by genetically engineered animals. "

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About the Author
Author James Rollins

James Rollins is the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins has a knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality that has been hailed by critics and embraced by millions of readers around the world.

About the Narrator

Paula Christensen was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Michael Howard Studios in New York City, and the Antaeus Company. Christensen is a graduate of Amherst College, where she received her BA with honors in theater, dance, and anthropology. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she teaches dance and continues to work on both stage and screen.