Some of the characters just didn't fit for me. Preston and Child generally make very believable and intriguing characters although this was not the case for me with The Wheel of Darkness. It also felt that one recurring character, who I won't name to avoid spoiling anything from previous books, seemed to have some personality changes that just did not fit with the character established in previous books. Again, where consistency was the norm, The Wheel of Darkness felt quite abnormal for me.
I'd only recommend it for friends that are fans of this series. I'm not one who can listen to random books throughout a series but have to listen to them all in order. So personally I couldn't skip over it although I think some people might be able to.
I actually thought a few of the characters sounds pretty close and having spent the last few books in the series listening to Scott Brick, there is a difference between the two narrators and I prefer Scott Brick. My bias likely sways my feelings on Rene Auberjonois but others that loved Brick's narrations with this series as I did may feel like this performance was not up to par.
It inspired me to grab the next book in the series hoping it is better than this one.
If you enjoy the Pendergast series, I'd say you are safe to give this one a go. Besides, out of the many books in the series, there are just some you are bound to not enjoy as much as others. For me, The Wheel of Darkness was one of those I did not like as much, but not enough to deter me away from continuing on with this series.
I've read all the previous Pendergast books and this one just wasn't that good. The plot wasn't credible and there were many loose ends with peripheral characters that just felt like laziness on the part of the writers. The reader was also not as good as previous ones & didn't appear able to do a good New Orleans accent at all, and most of the characters sounded the same.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
This wasn't the best in the series so far, but it was a good story. The biggest problem with the audiobook is the narrator who has a voice that just puts you to sleep. Scott Brick does a much better job than Rene Auberjonois as a narrator for the "Pendergast" novels.
The fact that they are not using Scott Brick as the narrator is apparent in this book. It does not feel the same. Scot Brick did an amazing job and even though Rene Auberjonois is nice, the narration just doesn't measure up. On the plus side you get used to it after a while especially when the story picks up. The story is a lot slower than the previous Brimstone trilogy mainly because it takes place largely in one location but I must admit it ends with an unexpected bang. You will not expect it, TRUST ME!!!!. It requests your patience.
I love the Pendergast books and I applaud them for their creativity in moving the series to different locals to keep it fresh, but this one didn't quite reach the level for me that others in the series have. It was entertaining, but felt like a side trip from everything we've gone through with Pendergast to date. There are a few important bits that move the story forward, but mostly it's a standalone story.
I know everyone doesn't agree, but after listening to Scott Brick's Pendergast, Rene Auberjonois was a disappointment. It appears I should get used to it, because he seems to be narrating the books now, but it's just not the same for me.
As the first reviewer and several after have noted this story is excellent, fast paced and very well narrated. I've read a couple (not all) of this duo's work and this one does not disapoint.
I believe that the reviewers who found the premise and storyline unsatisfactory are the same type of people who find no redeeming qualities in any fantasy or science fiction. They cannot suspend disbelief.
Along with Scott Brick, George Guidal, Paul Michael and a few others I can now add Rene Auberjonois to my list of favorite readers.
If you are a fan of this series they you will love the book. I hated that it ended; I would have liked to have another few hours. There were a few segments that went long, but it did not change my desire to hear more. Can’t wait till the next one.
You can enjoy this if you have read all the previous Pendergast books.
No too long.
I was surprised at how well this narrator comes across, as I've been happy with Scott Brick's narration in the past. The narration is good, even though the story isn't.
It's an older stand-alone story and there's really nothing worthwhile to add.
I've read most of the Pendergast books, albeit out of order. This "stand alone" story is an odd attempt to throw together story lines of Tibetan study and meditation, mysticism, and shipboard mystery/crisis. The characters were not well-developed and an enormous amount of time and ink was spent on details related to transatlantic ships (albeit maybe necessary to the story). If you are a Pendergast fan and enjoy the intellectual elements of his books, I think you'll be quite disappointed with this one. It's a stand-alone, so you aren't missing any elements of a series by skipping this one. I would if I had it to do again.