All the characters are well done. Easy to follow this and other Preston and Child books
Good voice for characters. I use books when working our so reading is out of the question.
Looking for the next book from these authors.
Avid listener, fiction and non-fiction.
I have enjoyed most of the Pendergast stories, and this final is one of the best. They are set apart from other thrillers by the in-depth, descriptive background and thought processes of the characters that make them believable.
The psychotic brother, Diogenes is very scary. He lurks in the back of the mind as the story progresses. The revealed origin of his psychotic behavior in this book is so detailed it made the hair rise on my arms and I had to stop, wondering if I could really listen to the rest. Brother and FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast is further revealed as the caring, intelligent, deep thinking individual that everyone would like to know.
The complex plot, descriptive scenery, and compelling story made me wish the book was longer. I recommend reading earlier books Relic, Brimstone and Dance of Death - they set the stage for Book of the Dead. I look forward to more books from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Like other readers, I came on the third book in the trilogy without being aware of the other two so it took me some time to get into the characters and the plot threads.
Even without the investment of the Prendergast series, the novel stands by itself and is compelling reading BUT (and it is a huge BUT), some of the plot devices defied credibility, being heavily reliant on implausible technological brilliance, predictive human behaviour and just sheer out and out coincidence. Character development never rises above the superficial and I was unsure whether I was supposed to feel empathy with the protagonist Prendergast (I had no idea he was the protagonist until half way through the book). I feel no desire to go back and read any of the other books.
I enjoy this series so much. The listener really needs to listen to this trilogy in order starting with Brimstone, Dance of Death, then this one. The others (e.g., Cabinet of Curiosities, Still Life with Crows) can be read anytime, but these three must be done in order to really understand the plot. I got used to Rene Auberjonois in the earlier books and it's hard to shift gears to Scott Brick (whom I like and did an able job), but I thought Auberjonois really shined in his rendition. Glad to see he's back in the newly released Wheel of Darkness.
Okay..so the end got a little long winded and hokey - forget that....the entire book was like a fabulous dinner and Scott Brick like a rare wine...the combination made for a tremendous thriller, a great read and when it ended I felt sad to let it go.
This book is a FIVE (but Scott Brick must be a TEN!)
I've listened to over 30 audio books in the past 3 years. This book was one of the few that felt like the author was REALLY pushing reality. I say that, after listening to SiFi books!
Many times, it felt like they needed more information for an object in the story, and instead of doing complete research on the object, they just googled it, and copyd what the "i'm feeling lucky" tag said about it. I didn't get the sence they knew what those unique items were, but that they found them on a list of "hot and popular" items from a Wired magazine, and thought some crazy reader would relate. I thought it was silly.
I did finish the book, which says something. But I think it was 80% because Scott was reading. So at least the authors did something right in choosing a reader. ...or was that the publishing company.
If you are looking for a mature read...keep on looking. Maybe something from Shel Silverstein?
Several years ago I bought a copy of Cabinet of Curiosities and have been hooked on Preston/Child since. I found this latest installment to be somewhat of a rehash of Relic. My word, how does the New York Metropolitan Museum stay open? There is too much Diogenes, and he does get tiresome. I thought Corrie Swanson might make an appearance (loved her) as she had been summoned at the end of Dance of Death. She and Pendergast were a wonderful pairing. Maybe in the next one. An interesting listen. A must is you listened to Dance of Death.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
Preston and Child deliver the book I've been waiting for since last August. A thrilling conclusion to the "arc" started in Brimstone, and just when you think it's just about over, the bottom drops out and the story takes off again.
Clear your day because the last thing you're going to want to do is turn this off.
Anyone else think Sccot Brick's voice is like liquid sex for the ears?