I'm not sure how to review this one.....The action was great the narration was excellent, but the plot was so so. Kind of out there a bit.
I cannot believe I listened to the same book as most of the reviewers; many of whom I have been in complete agreement with regarding other books. My guess is that Preston and Child spent way too much time watching Scooby Doo reruns during their first four or five semesters as freshmen in college. Anything in this book that is not predictable is moronically improbable. Every sentence of dialogue is a head shaking cliche; how about "that fool, that damn fool', she said". Wow. I am really at a loss to explain the appeal of this book.
Well this is certainly a very great listen. Preston and Child are some of my favourite authors and again they hit jackpot with this very thrilling story of a serial killer loose in New York. Rene is a fantastic narrator and even though this isn't as good as Still Life With Crows (which was damn near brilliant), this is a great audio book.
Very suspensful, pulled me along the whole way - listened to the whole book in just 2 days. Liked Pendergast in this one better than in "Still Life With Crows" (although I really enjoyed that story too)- he seemed more in his own environment here, and his connection to the murders was more relevant than in the other story. Terrific narration enhanced the characters. It was well paced, enough detail to follow the thread along with Pendergast - I just wonder what was left out by abridging the story?
I loved listening to this book. I can't remember the last time I had to turn off an audible book or put a book down because it was getting to creepy, but I had to with this one. This was a great combination of history and mystery, two of my favorites. This one is worth a try. I can't wait to start my next Preston & Childs book. I hope Audible gets more from these authors.
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
A good story that gives some insight into the New York City of the 19th century but a gimmicky,predictable ending mars a four or five star rating.
This work is completely predicable. The authors envoke the the "b-movie" anthem that makes all people who either earn a lot of money or are in a position of power to petty evil beings who step on everyone on their way there.
If being somewhat believable is the basic element of good fiction, this misses the mark by a mile.
After 6 or 7 novels, I really should stop attempting to enjoy the books written by this pair. My last outing was "Tyrannosaur Canyon" which was written by Preston alone, and it was MUCH better than anything he's written with Child. In this manner I was lured back to their shared efforts, and so I wound up enduring yet-another under-the-streets mystery which never becomes anything near gripping or frightening, only a little bit gross. The writing is labored, the characters wooden and irritating.
I rarely purchase abridged books, but I can't imagine this one could have been helped by being LONGER, and I'm just as happy that Audible only had the abbreviated version available.