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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.