Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I like this series, and have listened to many of them. They are basic crime stories with Agent Pendergast solving the crime aka Sherlock Holmes style. This book was outside the typical in that it had a supernatural aspect which was okay. The basic problem of the book is that it takes place on a cruise ship (largest in World), where the entire ship is hijacked by one person. No one is able to stop ship as it heads for almost certain destruction. One person, a ship with 3000 passengers and they can't stop a ship? Sorry a ship runs on fuel, just turn off the fuel line. The supernatural aspect comes into play ( I won't give it away) to resolve the problem. I know it is just a novel, but I can only suspend so much belief.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
Enjoyed this storyline with Pendergast and Constance. Got to know her so much better. Also lots of twists and turns that need to be read to keep up with the series. I can't get used to the new reading for Pendergast. Miss Scott Brick, wish he would come back. I enjoyed this book. Would highly recommend it and feel it is a must read to keep up with the twists and turns. Well worth a credit.
No, hate the narration! I only keep listening for the continuation of the story!!
No, only Pendergast novels just to finish the series!!!
Murder on the high seas
This series was perfect with Scott Brick, ruined by Rene Auberjonois!!!
I really miss the Scott Brick's reading. He brought life to Pendergast, in my opinion. Rene seems to lack the quality and depth that Scott brought to the books.
Pendergast. For all the usual reasons
I have a hard time enjoying his reading and his voice.
Actually I think the content of the books are highly unrealistic, a bit foolish and easy to see through, but I've never been able to get ahead of story or guess the end of the story. Despite all that I am addicted.
Yes, the story was riveting and had me from Chapter one.
Yes. The 2 main characters were unusual but believable. The plot was built perfectly and I thought I could figure out the ending but it caught me totally off guard.
Yes, but one must work to live so I had to settle for listening sporadically.
Memorable characters, a fast-moving and delightfully esoteric plot, and one of the more interesting investigators in recent memory make for a credit well spent.
Plus, Rene Auberjonois may be the best reader I've heard yet on Audible...and that's quite a compliment.
I can't wait to dive into my next Pendergast book.
The beauty of this series is AXP's interest in and contribution to the story; in this one he opened and he closed the story, but the plot was so fragmented that it was hard to decide if this book was about Constance or Pendergast. At the end, even though Constance's role is revealed as being as key, I found this episode weak and not believable.
But the story itself is what lacks the ability to hold interest. There is a monastery, there are monks. There are trusts made and broken. AXP takes off and leaves Constance at the monastery to question the most secluded monk... too easy, really. An important and dangerous artifact is stolen from the monastery and the monks ask Pendergast to retrieve it.
Then there is an ocean voyage and many red herring bad characters. There is an apparently prime story line about the ship's captains, but those also relate to the found/missing artifact. There are ghostly characters, cliched sea characters, a luxury liner about to go Titanic and a half dozen or so odd deaths -- all in service to the missing artifact.
So, the crime is solved, but not before AXP falls under its spell and "disappears" -- by becoming bad AXP ---- for way too long. Constance tries to guide him back to his good self and ultimately AXP's strong thoughts of home and a visit from his dead(?) brother bring him back around to sanity. The ship is not lost and the bedeviled characters regain their sea legs. There is a reappearance of a former nemesis, and the book closes with suggestion of greater devastation to come. Lots of people die.
It is disappointing on many levels. I think that when AXP disappears early on from his own book, you can expect it to be a poorer cousin of the better books. It's as if the star of a series dies mid-season and they have to absent him and make an explanation -- like it was all a dream or some such thing. Except for a rather enjoyable chapter where AXP plays blackjack to foil the card counters on board, it was mostly without Pendergast's usual charm.
I feel I wasted my credit. I would rather have paid $5-6 for this and saved a credit. It was not a "good purchase."
STill, if you follow the series, the story does offer information necessary to go forward to the next, hopefully realistic and harrowing adventure.
This is the 8th book in the Pendergast series.I am only in the third chapter and so far, the storyline seems fine.
Very much. Had I not listened to the previous, much superior narrations of Pendergast books, I would create a completely different image of Pendergast and the other characters. Rene Auberjonois seems to ignore the fact that Pendergast is from New Orleans. He only starts to make a feeble attempt at a Southern/NO accent several hours into the story, after a conversation reveals that Pendergast is from New Orleans. The fact that P is from NO is major aspect of the persona and has been a much appreciated feature of previous narrations. Rene A's effort is a horribly botched one, I am sorry to say.
Similarly unfortunate is how he adopts an annoyingly high-pitched, affected voice when talking on behalf of Constance. Good grief. I am listening as I type and just heard the "Eastern European accent". It sounded like no Eastern European I have ever known.
Unfortunately, we are stuck with this narrator for the remainder of the books. I can only hope that his performance improves based on feedback or if he actually realizes what this character is all about. I wish I knew what went into the decision to hire this new narrator and give him a multi-book contract, especially when perfectly good and talented narrators have done a superb job on earlier projects.
Just in case Audible can put pressure on the publishers of audiobooks, here's a thought. I would recommend sticking with the "Don't change it if it ain't broke" adage. Previous narrators in this series were fine, and there was no need whatsoever to change to an inferior voice actor and give him a contract for all the books.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Yes I like the way the authors come up with such good story plots. They never sieze to surprise me.
Any of the Pendergast books
Thye were great & so was this one
sure, but can't stay awake that long
yes, it will keep you on the edge of your seet
seems so real
yes, its one you can't put down to the end
all of the books from Preston are great and exciting, keep writing