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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Cussler Narrator: Scott Brick, Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The NUMA Files Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781101154342
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Polar shift: It is the name for a phenomenon that may have occurred many times in the past. At the very least, it disorients birds and animals and damages electrical equipment. At its worst, it causes massive eruptions, earthquakes, and climatic changes. At its very worst, it would mean the obliteration of all living matter, and if that happens—exit Earth.

Sixty years ago, an eccentric Hungarian genius discovered how to artificially trigger such a shift, but then his work was lost, or so it was thought. Now, the charismatic leader of an antiglobalization group plans to use the work to give the world’s industrialized nations a small jolt, then reverse the shift back again. The only problem is, it cannot be reversed. Once the shift starts, there is nothing anyone can do about it. 

Austin, Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team certainly have faced dire situations before, but never have they encountered anything like this. This time, even they may be too late.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/2/2014

    " First time I listened to this on CD. 2nd time I read the book. I like the story. The concept of polar shifts. I like the inclusion of mammoths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaroslav | 1/28/2014

    " this fiction could be a reality in no time...:-I "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/27/2014

    " I liked this one because it taught me just a little bit about the history and science of polar shifts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/14/2014

    " Cussler is almost always a good read. This was no exception -- there is the usual lunatic who is going to destroy or conquer the world. Of course Austin saves the day and gets the girl and what would a Cussler book be without a car chase. Just a fun easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, it was a fun adventure story with great characters that were bright and hard working. Although the science was probably not accurate, it made for a fun and scary "what if" scenario with lots of plot twists, but not enough to distract from the main story and woven together nicely to provide a satisfying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jebin | 12/9/2013

    " I never knew that such a thing as a polar shift existed until I read this book. What with the giant whirl pool inside from which Dirk saved Paul and Gamay Trout an the antics of the whales and the Kovacs theorems that held the power to destroy the world...........this is a book worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/8/2013

    " Very Cussler in style. Science-laden (or inspired) manly action, science heroes saving the world, and beautiful ladies. What else would you want? Some evil criminals who want to reverse Earth's polarity with insane plans... outrageous action sort of like Robert Ludlum, but way more action and science oriented than Ludlum (which would be more super evil and conspiracy oriented). Cheesy? Perhaps, as a genre, the same way James Bond would be. But just the type of read I enjoy at pool, or for a holiday. Very good for that genre and need, 3,5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 12/3/2013

    " This is the book that got me reading. Never finished a book till I picked this up on the way back from holiday and the rest of the books are history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricardo | 10/31/2013

    " The book is entertaining because it's an adventure/thriller but like I've read before in reviews about Cussler, once you've read one of his books, you've read them all. This one in particular had an extremely low credibility factor and a really flimsy plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Cline | 10/26/2013

    " Action packed and a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/16/2013

    " This is a white knuckle story, very fun! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 May | 8/31/2013

    " It was enjoyable, but not as much as other Cussler works. Also - the plot and storyline are kinda out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie Murphy | 8/5/2013

    " too predicitable "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 8/4/2013

    " abandoned after a few chapters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LeAnna | 5/21/2013

    " Audio book. Interesting ideas about the shifting of the Earth's magnetic poles. Doesn't get too deep into the science, but it's designed to be more of an adventure book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 3/28/2013

    " Really great!! Awesome Cussler adventure, with all sorts of twists and new environmental turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 thewanderingjew | 3/19/2013

    " As company for a long drive, it served its purpose. It was entertaining and exciting. However, it is not a book you will think about once you have read it. It would be a good beach book or better yet, company for a plane flight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Kee | 11/30/2012

    " I really like this series of Clive Cussler's books and how he starts with scientific and historical fact and then stretches right into the realm of fiction in such a way as to be so believable to make a great story. "Polar Shift" succeeds at doing this and I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 11/18/2012

    " I enjoy listening to the Cussler books with my husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 9/23/2012

    " Another good book by Cussler. He has to be one of the top authors for co-authoring books. This has the Cussler winning formula of a multi-threaded story that starts off with a twist on an historic event. Lots of action with plausable if unlikely scenarios. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 9/11/2012

    " Amazing! Cussler has really outdone himself in this book, I've read a lot of his books but this one will really take you on an amazing adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 8/7/2012

    " We listened to this and it was interesting but had quite a bit of swearing and a pretty unbelievable main character. Fun though and a crazy theory! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 6/15/2012

    " Great adventure book. A little far out as far as believability, but still fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reed | 6/6/2012

    " While the story line is interesting, the characters and plot are superficial. Felt more like a kids novel. I doubt I will read any more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/6/2012

    " more road trip ear candy - I always grab any Clive Cussler book that is new to me off the audio book shelf at the library. Scott Brick reads them all and he does good accents, except that his Russian lady scientists sound exactly like his Russian KGB bad guys. LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 8/9/2011

    " Great book, good story, lots of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne Hitchcock | 6/17/2011

    " A little bit hard to believe, but a good listen on my ride to/from Connecticut recently. I love Clive Cussler in general, so it's not a bad book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 5/21/2011

    " Very quick fun read. Perfect to take to the beach. Interesting writer with a lot of adventure in his stories.
    Definetly recomend to people who love this kind of adventures and wanna try something diferent!

    it's a 3.75 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/15/2011

    " I like the NUMA series, as well as its cousin, the Dirk Pitt series. Both of them, however, are more Bro-mance than real mystery. And, they certainly have an environmentalist agenda. Each novel speaks to a specific environmental issue. But, they are fun reading, and the characters are well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/10/2011

    " Este autor nunca desilude, acção a rodos! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 thebutterflycastle | 12/22/2010

    " My second BEST fav from this author. I like it because the ties with history to current conspiracy which seems very plausible and I love how everything develops and gets resolved. A really good read.. takes over your imagination! Enjoy it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/11/2010

    " I liked this one because it taught me just a little bit about the history and science of polar shifts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/15/2010

    " This is a white knuckle story, very fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 9/12/2010

    " Amazing! Cussler has really outdone himself in this book, I've read a lot of his books but this one will really take you on an amazing adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 8/18/2010

    " Another excellent book offered by Clive Cussler! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 5/10/2010

    " a great twist on then end of World war II, and our future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DeeW | 5/5/2010

    " Very repetitive. Story was silly and predictive, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaroslav | 4/11/2010

    " this fiction could be a reality in no time...:-I "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 4/10/2010

    " Undemanding adventure story of neo-anarchists trying to bring about world change by affecting the polar regions and the heroes who stop them. "

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