I just finished listening to the Audible.com version of "Fever Dream" by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston. Fantastic fiction! This was a great murder mystery - definitely the best I've read in the past year - with great characters and a story filled with mystery and intrigue. I can't wait to read (listen to, actually) more of their books in the Pendergast series.
I didn't realize this was part of a series until well into the book, but that didn't matter, the book stands on its own.
I find only two minor faults, one with the story (blame that on editors, not authors) and one with the narration by Rene Auberjonois. Auberjonois doesn't know how to pronounce "New Madrid", MO, which is mentioned a dozen or so times in the book; this was annoying. The only weak point I found with this otherwise wonderful book is one instance where the reader is able to figure out what happens next before the protagonists do; this was obviously not intentional. 5 Stars anyway!
I simply cannot imagine how anyone could not enjoy this book, unless it is a result of not fully understanding it because of the diction. When reading a Preston Child the first few times, it's helpful to have a dictionary handy. After the first two or so reads, you get up to speed.
I was anxiously anticipating the latest installment from these awesome guys and I was not disappointed. I've read everything they have ever written (and increased my vocabulary in the process) and this particular book is one of the best. The best books (in addition to this one) are Still Life With Crows, Cabinet of Curiosities, Relic and Reliquary, although everything they have written is very good. My only complaint is that they don't write faster, and more movies are not made based on their books, although I get why since the plots are somewhat complex. You realize that they wiped Pendergast completely out of the movie Relic? Whaaaaat?
Anyway, ignore all the poor reviews on this book or any of their other ones. They rock.
I know Pendergast can be a little over the top but he is such a fun character. This is great as always and I am looking forward to the sequel.
The unabridged version meanders some and seems drawn out at times. The story is great and could easily be a movie. Lots of action. The narrator is too old for the character.
when I found out that I had to read a second book to see what was going to happen I stopped reading this one because it was already tedious and the thought of having to do another was not inviting; do not recommend, besides the story was stupid in the beginning.
This is my first read by these authors. I found the writing to be overly descriptive to the point of being tedious. Some events were too silly to be believable (the shotgun attack, the gator attack, the wilderness med facility, etc). The main character was so full of himself as to be very annoying. I put my iPod on fast speed to get through the book. The overall the story was interesting.