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3.00005048187242 out of 53.00005048187242 out of 53.00005048187242 out of 53.00005048187242 out of 53.00005048187242 out of 5 3.00 (6,537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781607884712
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On a desolate island off the southern coast of Chile an incredible discovery is made: a gigantic meteorite, the largest ever found, entombed in the earth for millions of years.

Half a world away, billionaire entrepreneur Palmer Lloyd decides he must have it as the centerpiece of his grandiose new museum. He is willing to pay any price, in dollars and in lives. Getting it back to New York poses a particular challenge: It will be the heaviest object ever moved by humankind.

Fueled by Lloyd’s money, an audacious expedition takes shape. Disguising a state of the art ship as a rusted freighter, the expedition secretly heads southward with a fail-safe plan to steal the meteorite from Chile. Leading the group is an inscrutable engineer hired by Lloyd, and a world famous meteorite hunter whose career was shattered by a controversial theory.

Soon, in the grip of a frozen hell along the icy rim of Antarctica, the adventurers are confronted with a terrifying enigma about the origin and nature of the meteorite. It is a mystery they must solve if they are to escape with their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a big-boned thriller, one that will make a terrific summer movie as well as a memorable hot-day read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This natural thriller is not to be missed.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Full of cliff-hanging surprises and unexpected twists...If nonstop thrills and a genuinely satisfying adventure are what you’re after, then look no further.” 

    Providence Sunday Journal

  • “An ultra action-packed adventure that will thrill with its non-stop action. Preston and Child put the pedal to the metal…A real kicker.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Compelling…Riddled with subplots, treachery, and betrayal…Packs a series of surprise wallops.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s earlier collaborations, The Ice Limit tools along swiftly, blending nicely drawn characters, an…exciting narrative, and enough graspable science…to bring readers happily up to speed.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randall Decker | 2/20/2014

    " I was pleasantly surprised at how strongly this book captured and held my attention. Unique plot and the characters were amazing built. Suspenseful and full of surprises. I especially enjoyed Eli's character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/14/2014

    " If Glinn were all that organized, wouldn't he have made arrangements for someone else to have the code? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch Johnston | 2/13/2014

    " The Ice Limit didn't grab me as quickly as Preston & Child's other books. Took about 100 pages to really get into it. However, once it got rolling, I had a hard time putting it down (like all P&C thrillers). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riju Ganguly | 2/8/2014

    " It was a solid read for the holiday season, with adequate amount of suspense, thrill, poignance and mystery mixed with technology and "what if...." in general, and a good specimen of techno-thrillers from Preston & Child. The story involves the efforts made by a group of people (sponsored by a megalomaniac millionaire) to retrieve a mysterious piece of rock, and what happens to the gropu as well as the ..er... rock. However, after the standards set by "Relic" and "Reliquary" by the same set of authors, I was compelled to give ony 3 stars to the book in question. I hope that their subsequent efforts would be better, and closer to the standards of "Relic". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerald Hoskelis | 2/2/2014

    " moves very slow. Not worth the time it took to read it!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebel | 1/25/2014

    " Decent listen, but not nearly as good as Relic. Predictable at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginie | 1/19/2014

    " So far, this is the Preston and Child I have enjoyed the least,it was kind of boring and depressing.I usually am a fan and was disappointed by this one. "

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

    " Interesting, though many of the nautical situations went a bit over my head. Took a bit to get going, though it was tense enough to keep me interested. Overall, exemplary research, and good characters. Kept me guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jakub Nowak | 12/24/2013

    " Pretty decent thrill-flick. Could be a more dynamic with the begining but the set of characters was interesting enough. Plus a healthy helping of action and a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Gibson | 12/16/2013

    " Only one of the Preston/Child books I have read twice. The thriller plot is straighforward without a lot of science mumbo-jumbo and the characters aren't unbelievably heroic (i.e. Dirk Pitt). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bianca | 12/3/2013

    " Close to a 4 star... but for the ending. I can't believe they didn't initally intend on writing a sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/1/2013

    " Excellent book high sea adventure close to Antarticia "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/16/2013

    " The authors like to use the word jury rigged. Which I always thought it was jerry rigged. You learn something new everyday. But, seriously, this word is used a lot throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Pangelina | 11/11/2013

    " Really... that was the end??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey Chancellor | 10/5/2013

    " Definately one of the worst books by these two. Ok, by most people's standards, but not as good as their normal work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 8/18/2013

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori | 1/22/2013

    " The ending was a bit abrupt. Guess I'd better check out the "webilogue" on the authors' website. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandeep Deb | 10/3/2012

    " Prologue seems interesting.. let's see what the innards hold "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 9/19/2012

    " I think they phoned this one in ,,, maybe with the help of a tech writer. Scott Brick's must have been channeling Capt Kirk when he recorded it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renef Hurst | 7/9/2012

    " Not as good as the other books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Socha | 7/4/2012

    " I liked it very much. Good setting and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Britton | 6/23/2012

    " great book but leaves you hanging come on guys were the sequal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/7/2012

    " Another thriller from Douglas Preston and Linclon Child. The hunt for the largest inter-stellar meteor and the consequences when trying to brng it back to museum. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty | 4/25/2011

    " This was on Trenton's Book Club list and I really did try to read it....it was not well written and the plot was one I could not get into. It was about a murder mystery of 100 years where FBI agent was investigating old crimes. It wasn't a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 4/18/2011

    " These guys just get better the more I read! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to learning more about Pendergast and his peculiar bloodline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbe | 3/28/2011

    " I've now read all the Douglas/Child series; enjoy the Pendergast ones the most, riveting and scary! For me, miles above King and other thriller/scary writers, with the same knowledgeable detail Patrick O'Brian brings to his series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anandh | 3/25/2011

    " Far better than a who dunnit. Puts Agatha Christie to shame, combining the triple attractions of immortal life, murder and detecting. The ending(though responsible) simply blows you apart. A must read by any thriller lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 3/23/2011

    " Intriguing. My first introduction to the author and the characters, yet I felt I could relate to them throughout the book. Interesting plot, interesting concepts, intersting twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annamaria | 3/18/2011

    " full of adventure and so suspenseful
    not expected ending
    scared to imagine all setting at the story
    made me really scare to imagine while read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 3/15/2011

    " Second book I just finished reading where I thought it just suddenly stopped. Did I misplace 1/2 the book? I'm desperately in need of a good book after the last 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Incandragon | 3/12/2011

    " One of my favorite Pendergast books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " This book was recommended to me by a fellow avid reader, and it is very good. A good page turner with a twisted story. Anyone who likes a good thriller will enjoy this. I only held back a star because the next book in the series pales all the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/28/2011

    " a real page turner - I couldn't read fast enough! "

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