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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lincoln Child Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2002 ISBN: 9780736697057
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Fasten your seat belts—the white-knuckle thrills at Utopia, the world’s most fantastic theme park, escalate to nightmare proportions in this intricately imagined techno-thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.

Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation. But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenaged rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park’s robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track.

On the day Warne arrives, however, Utopia is caught in the grip of something far more sinister. A group of ruthless criminals has infiltrated the park’s computerized infrastructure, giving them complete access to all of Utopia’s attractions and systems. Their communication begins with a simple and dire warning: If their demands are met, none of the 65,000 people in the park that day will ever know they were there; if not, chaos will descend, and every man, woman, and child will become a target. As one of the brains behind Utopia, Warne finds himself thrust into a role he never imagined—trying to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the minutes tick away, Warne’s struggle to outsmart his opponents grows ever more urgent, for his only daughter is among the unsuspecting crowds in the park.

Lincoln Child evokes the technological wonders of Utopia with such skill and precision it is hard to believe the park exists only in the pages of this extraordinary book. Like Jurassic Park, Utopia sweeps readers into a make-believe world of riveting suspense, technology, and adventure.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gevera Bert | 2/19/2014

    " What a creation! I so wanted this park to be real as I read the book. I don't know what kind of research he did, but the park seemed completely real and plausible and a great place to visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I liked the thriller part as much as I enjoyed the description of the amusement park itself. Very entertaining read "

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

    " I expected a bit more from Utopia. Usually Child's books are sinister and exciting but this one somehow was neither. I didn't get to like the characters as much as usual and there was no rush to turn the page over. Just a standard thriller with a predictable ending. Not much mystery - that's one of the reasons I didn't really enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krobertson | 1/30/2014

    " Wonderfully entertaining, futuristic theme park. Good suspense, great imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita Gallion | 1/25/2014

    " OMG! I will never be able to go to an amusement park. Great book about artificial intelligence robots and even scarier, human terrorists. Could not put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Schiavone | 1/12/2014

    " Whether with Douglas Preston or by himself...I always love his books. Although 65000 people at one theme park and only a 45 minute wait? MUST be futuristic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Mansfield neecarn | 1/11/2014

    " Abit on the technical side but still so very enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debdanz | 1/7/2014

    " interesting premise but so porrly written/edited that it was annoying to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aja | 12/10/2013

    " Actually the very first book that introduced me the beautiful world of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. a quick read but all to consuming. i tend to easily get sucked into books and this one was a can't put down. have read it three + times and i always come back to it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 12/7/2013

    " Meh. Clearly not Mr. Child's best work. Flat characters, predictable plot, a yawn of a denoument. May I just say if you are going to write about robots in an amusement park that "Westworld" is the definitive work, you will always have to top that. I would not recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B. Barrow | 10/25/2013

    " I wanted to like this book. I really did. But the long drawn out descriptions really got to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariola Clark | 9/7/2013

    " I didn't expect to like this novel as much as I did. I would love to go to Utopia and experience the park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/27/2013

    " This theme park sounds amazing! Other than the probs it has. The story moved along for a while and kept my interest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herb | 4/8/2013

    " Although this book had more technical info about the workings of an amusement park and robotics than I cared for, it was still better than most other Lincoln Child books that he wrote on his own that I've read. The story kept me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/5/2012

    " A little predictable, but still an enjoyable read. Child is better when he teams with Preston! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Totsch | 11/2/2012

    " As usual, Mr. Child knocked it out of the park! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shabazz | 6/23/2012

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. That is not an exaggeration. It never connects and is quite ridiculous. No offense to the author, who along with Douglas Preston, has written some very good books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Palmer | 4/24/2012

    " This was a great book. It took a little while to get through it cause of the summer months being so busy but if your a lover of theme parks, rollercoasters and mysteries/thrillers - then this is for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 4/8/2012

    " Die Hard in an Amusement Park. Where's the wit of Hans Grueber when you need it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 12/5/2011

    " Interesting storyline and good action in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss | 10/12/2011

    " Good thriller but I'd rather read a Preston/Child collaboration. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.P. | 7/17/2011

    " The best parts of this book are the descriptions of a futuristic amusement park. Short on suspense and there isn't much character development "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " Where is the movie?!!! Great read "

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

    " Audio Book. Dr. Andrew Warne designed the meta-net (artificial intelligence) to control a theme park full of robots. There are problems at the park so he goes to try and fix it on the same day that terrorists (who were the cause of the meta-net problems "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lavinia | 3/26/2011

    " This book is a great read. Full of thrills and excitement, one has to keep turning the pages until it ends. A keeper. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude | 11/23/2010

    " One of Lincoln Child's best books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl | 8/30/2010

    " Some nice ideas. Characters are more than a little too sparse and simplistic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil | 7/14/2010

    " Entirely predictable and generic. Fairly entertaining with the descriptions of a futuristic amusement park, but I had higher hopes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/17/2010

    " Great excitement and thrills. Roller coaster of ups and downs with lots of technology thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 4/15/2010

    " I randomly picked this book of my library's shelf and thought it was good. Now whenever I listen to a certain style of electronic music I think of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shabazz | 3/25/2010

    " One of the worst books I've ever read. That is not an exaggeration. It never connects and is quite ridiculous. No offense to the author, who along with Douglas Preston, has written some very good books. "

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About the Author
Author Lincoln Child

Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of The Forgotten Room, The Third Date, Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fever Dream.

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.