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4.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 54.00009732360097 out of 5 4.00 (10,275 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: 9781607884750
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Archaeologist Nora Kelly is adrift in her career and her personal life when a violent, inexplicable incident leaves her in possession of a mysterious letter.

Written sixteen years before by her father, who vanished without a trace in the remote desert, the letter points to a mythical place hidden in southwestern Utah: Quivira, a city of gold and wonder, the lost city of the Anasazi Indians.

Convinced that her father found Quivira before he disappeared, Nora puts together an expedition. Supported by the head of a well-funded archaeological institute, Nora will take a team up Lake Powell to the mouth of Serpentine Canyon.

What lies ahead in the harsh labyrinth of canyons and Slickrock desert is more than she could ever have expected. It is the answer to both her greatest hopes and her deepest nightmares. For hidden in the shadows of the sunbaked cliffs are untold treasures, the answer to the greatest riddle of American archaeology, and implacable, suffocating death.

From the colossal fury of a savage desert storm to the sunlight penetrating a mass grave for the first time in a thousand years, Thunderhead is a tale for anyone who has ever searched for clues to the past. In the masterful hands of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Thunderhead becomes an epic tale of discovery, human deceit, and a desperate struggle for survival in a place that has guarded its extraordinary secret for centuries and will not let go without a devastating fight.

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  • “Chilling…Redefines ‘page turner.’” 

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “The authors know what buttons to push.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spellbinding as ever.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is a story filled with excitement, a sense of place, and personable characters, delivered in a quick-paced race against evil, humankind, and the tremendous forces of nature.” 

    School Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 2/10/2014

    " This was another solid book by Preston and Child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther Rigby | 2/3/2014

    " I liked this book because it was set in a place that I am familiar with. It did have a bit of swearing, but not as much as some of his other books. It wasn't too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Applegate | 1/29/2014

    " This book involves a character from "Relic" and is actually a prequel to "Relic". I liked it but the end was anticlimatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheer Papworth | 1/22/2014

    " I really liked this book....Preston/Child always write about really interesting topics. I found the information regarding Native American ruins and the Anasazi fasinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Weber | 1/21/2014

    " An excellent mingling of fact and fiction with a liberal sprinkling of freaky terror. I liked this a lot. I've never been to the Southwest but after reading this, I kinda feel like I visited a small part of it. I would definitely read another novel by these authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 1/21/2014

    " Nora Green receives a 16-year old letter from her deceased father about the existence of a lost Indian tribe city hidden in a wild, remote canyon. Nora and a team of archaelogists head off and battle witches protecting the site from discovery. As good/thrilling as Child/Preston's Pendergast series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cera Williams | 1/16/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book. It had all the right ingredients: anasazi, southwest etc... The ending was great. But for some reason, this book took me sooooo long to finish. They could have cut out part of the middle and would have been fine. Good book, but the middle kindof dragged on and on..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 1/16/2014

    " Favorite book I've read in the last .... ? years. Need to re-read. Suspense - will keep you reading deep into the night. Couldn't put it down. May not be elite reading, but this is the kind of genre I really enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/15/2014

    " Didn't get the hype behind this one. Seemed a little odd, like it didn't know what kind of book it wanted to be (e.g., archeological adventure, mild supernatural thriller). I wanted to like it, as it has an interesting premise, but it just ended up being okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Ingels | 1/15/2014

    " Not as good as the Pendergast series but still worth the read. I liked riptide and ice limit better when it comes to their other books. "

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

    " I enjoyed this fast paced archeological mystery, especially since we have been to Lake Powell and southern Utah and walked through a slot canyon like the one featured in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walt | 1/10/2014

    " The adventure is marginally higher than the suspense in Preston and Child's sturdy new tale....Fans of the authors' similarly inspired, and similarly metronomic, scientific textbooks-cum-thrillers should find this one much to their taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 12/28/2013

    " This is a good read; quite exciting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff P | 12/17/2013

    " Preston by himself, set in the southwest. I think this book made my wife want to move to Arizona. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/15/2013

    " Great mystery. Nora's dad disappeared I to the desert 16 years ago. A letter comes from her dad, telling her were a great ruin is. As an archeologist she decides to lead a group to discover the city. Skinwalkers, evil witches, try to stop them. Bad things happen between the group. Very exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Schultz | 12/9/2013

    " Another awesome Preston and Child book. I have recently become interested in the Anasazi following a trip to the Southwest so this book was particularly interesting to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince | 3/10/2013

    " This is a different kind of book for me, and so enjoyable it was! The Utah geology and all the archaeological reference was wonderful. Well written and fast paced. Thanks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 2/7/2013

    " It is a book that is hard to put down, so I read it fairly quickly. It all the essential ingrediants that make a good book, but doesn't contain the magic to make it great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Vollwerth | 12/18/2012

    " I always love their books. They base the story on truth but then expand. You never know what you are going to get. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 8/20/2012

    " Read this book several times---Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 7/18/2012

    " I've read this book three times and have enjoyed it all three times. I really like the Nora Kelly character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 6/17/2012

    " This is my favorite book. Held my attention and was very informative about the Annazi Indians "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/4/2012

    " Even without Pendergast, this is a good read. And it connects with characters from the Pendergast books, which is interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dougw | 2/15/2012

    " Great book.....this is the only book I've rated 5 stars....I was saving the 5 star for a stellar read and I think this deserves it..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Robbins | 11/25/2011

    " Good read! Very suspenseful and loved that it was based in southern Utah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Hendrickson | 9/25/2011

    " This book is so scary I can barely read it if I'm in the house by myself! I LOVE these authors - have read everything they've written jointly and everything they've written as solo acts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/16/2011

    " Pretty standard adventure story, but still good. "

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

    " Audio Book. Abridged. Archaelogists searching for the lost city of gold. It was good with some monsters, skinwalkers, like an Agent Pendergast book but Nora Kelley was the star. She made a lot better character in this book than in Pendegast books I've "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 4/28/2011

    " A story that moved at breakneck speed throughout and had a very satisfying conclusion that tied up all the knots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 4/12/2011

    " This was a great read! Full of adventure, archeology and conspiracy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 3/16/2011

    " Pulp fiction with just enough Southwest buzzwords to suck me in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/7/2011

    " A great story about modern people finding out why the Anasazi disappeared.

    It is relentless about moving through the canyons of New Mexico.

    Interesting characters. "

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

    " I've read this book it seems in the wrong order. this is the reason I did not find it as fascinating or perhaps as thrilling as relinquiary. Nevertheless, they delivered on the promised blend of the supernatural and mundane. As always I did enjoy the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " Have already read this twice. It give us our introduction to the Smithbacks that appear in many Pendergast novels. I throughly enjoyed the characters and the story. A great page-turner. And it lost nothing in the second reading, even knowing the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/23/2011

    " Drove home my dislike of the Nora Kelly character. Boring as hell but it was nice to see Smithback again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alanna | 1/20/2011

    " Although this is not a book that I would typically choose, I read this on the recommendation of a friend. I found it to be a real page-turner and a great vacation book. I enjoyed the Anasazi Indian background and the setting in southern Utah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 1/20/2011

    " Another thrilling book (that I somehow missed previously) from Preston and Child. Kind of creepy, but fascinating and action-packed...which wasn't helpful when I was trying to go to bed at a timely hour for work the next day but instead was compelled to finish!

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/20/2011

    " I accidentally put his on Sarah's account, It is a good supence book, but has some bad language and a intimate scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2011

    " Has some language and a sex scene, but it is a good thriller. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.