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.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
This is the third Preston & Child Pendergast book I have listened to. I started out with "Still Life with Crows". The performance by Scott Brick was mesmerizing and the description of places were so artful I felt I could feel the chill wind of autumn and hear the dying leaves on trees as they rattled and fell to the ground. The plot - no so much so. It strained credulity even for fiction.
The second was "Relic". The plot was good, and the characters were consist. The audio was so terrible that if the story hadn't been so good, I would have returned it to Audible.
"Fever Dream", the first in the Helen Trilogy, got it right. The plot was good, the characters were carefully developed, and the audio, by Renee Aberjonois, was well performed.
I realized when I decided to listen to a third book that I wanted to know more about Aloysius Pendergast, the preturnaturaly pale FBI agent, New Orleans native and wealthy gentleman who always wears black. I pick up tidbits in each book. For this book and the last, I've wondered just what he is. I don't know yet, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
I especially liked how the book discussed a major historical figure with familiarity. It's the best use of historical fiction: it brought that person into sharp focus, and I could imagine what his day to day life was like. There are books on this individual, but those don't put you next to him as he works like this book does.
I really liked the treatment of one of the characters, a woman lieutenant from the NYPD. The authors avoided the jaws of stereotype and the acid of cliche, and developed a complex character who changed along with the events in the book.
This was well worth the listen. Although I purchased it through one of Audible's $4.95 sales, I'll be others in the Pendergast series with my credits.
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.