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.
This is the best in the series. You see the human side of agent Pendergast. He is not the wall of all knowing steel he has been in previous books. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I wish Audible had a program where they would alert subscribers of new additions of their favorite authors. Preston and Child would be on the top of my list. Bravo to you both!
My husband and I share this account as a way to "read together". We're both educators; I'm an English professor, and he's a K-5 teacher.
To begin, I'm a big fan; I've read or listened to virtually everything Preston and/or Child have/has written. Additionally, I have the utmost ability to "suspend my disbelief" and go along for the ride. Try as I might, though, I couldn't accept the silly premise, the structure, the surprisingly bad writing, or the new narrator.
From the beginning, Preston/Child left their tried and true formula of bringing us a shocking event and then leading us to a face-to-face encounter with what we fear. Instead, we glide into the story at an unhurried pace and never find the emotional energy to care about what unfolds.
Without giving anything away, the preposterous scenes aboard ship -- everything from physics to emotional verisimilitude are toyed with -- left me groaning. Oddly, the supposed scientific basis for the central horror is actually introduced in the epilogue. By that point it was far too late.
Plot structure isn't the only weak element. Even the writing-editing is faulty. Occasional misuse of the language is a tiny complaint compared to the consistent derogatory portrayal of all of the elderly characters. Preston/Child never miss an opportunity to describe the distasteful appearance of "sagging" older characters. This juvenile perspective made me wonder if P/C let their kids write some of the chapters.
And it didn't help that a "new" narrator has been brought on board. He's a fine reader -- even a decent voice actor -- but when there is no new ground broken in Agent Pendergast's character, one can at least hope for a familiar New Orleans drawl to make it OK.
Skip this one.
Im awesome at listening to books.....your welcome world.
Preston and Child finally take the setting out of new york city and the natural history museum. Its very refreshing for any die hard pendergast fan. New narrator gives the audio a less comical/campy feel than the first 7 books. Preston and Child improve their writing craft with every novel. This one was less predictable. Worth a credit if you are in the mood for easy fun fiction.
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.
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child are the writing team of the century. If you have yet to read any of their collaborative works, your in for a real treat. They take the reader to the ends of the earth in vivid Technicolor style writing.
If your new to the Agent Pendergast series start with “The Dance Of Death” then “The Book of The Dead” and finish with“ “The Wheel of Darkness” to complete this unbelievable 35 hours of bone chilling, edges of your seat entertainment that you will not soon forget. Pendergast along with other colorful characters will become your friends for life and even if you take a break between novels each book picks up where the other leaves off.
Thank you Douglas and Lincoln for helping me get thru the day, and allowing me to lose myself and travel with you, wherever you decide to go.
The hero is just too good (as is the heroine), the baddies are particulrly bad and the story is just a little too bizarre. I also found the reader a bit hard to take at the start. But with all that negativism, (I clearly need to meditate and get back to my innerself) I have to admit that I listened right to the end and that once into it, I mostly enjoyed the trip into Tibet, the wild sea journey and the moral overtones about our decaying society.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
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.