Well, after reading a few reviews about this book, i expected a lot more in this book. I am very very disappointed. The writers have not only created a superhuman hero who has all the tools and tricks at all times ready as if he knew it all beforehand but also a very unrealstically interwoven plot. I cant imagine a burnt down house that lies unattended for twelve years has still some papers aptly retreived by our super hero and reads them and finds clues out of it. And people not concerned with the story do remember clearly what happened 12 years ago. It sounds totally impractical and improbable.
I have learnt one thing though - not to give much weightage to the reviews while selecting my next book.
The plot did keep me intrigued simply because more and more about Pendergast's history was revealed. Much of his character is based on mystery but this book does a great job of revealing much, while not revealing all about who Pendergast is and what makes him tick.
Not Scott Brick
I was let down by the two books prior to Fever Dream in the series as it seemed almost like the characters were only the same in name. Part of it could have come from the change in the narrator and the fact that I have listened to the books within months of each other. I'm not sold completely on Rene Auberjonois as I think his Pendergast is not as believable as Scott Brick's. The honey like Southern accent just isn't there. The story is more enjoyable though which has set to rest my concerns about the direction of the series. I expect to not love every book, but when two in a row were let downs, I started to become concerned. Thankfully Preston and Child picked it back up with Fever Dream.
Get Scott Brick back
Good story line
Rene hurts book for me.Scott gave them personality, Rene well hes just horrible for this series. He doesnt do Pendergast justice, its made series less appealing.but im a fan and guess ill suffer
Bring Scott brick back
I did not like this book. For one it turns out that there are other books in the series which I was unaware of, perhaps that would change my opinion if I read them first.
The main character is obviously a knock off of a sherlock homes character, the type of character that is 10 steps ahead of the reader, and does not explain how he got to the conclusion of his reasoning.
There are also characters in this book that make no sense. They add nothing to the story, and their personal story has no conclusion either. Maybe it gets wrapped up if there is a book after this one.
The reader does a good job, but in my opinion makes the main character seem like a 1900's gentleman in a modern world. Perhaps this is how I would pictured it if I had read the book myself. Regardless, I feel it doesn't fit the story and is a little "hacky".
The book does have some good points to it and it not overall terrible. It has some good twists and turns but I feel some times it just feels like the author makes this feel forced.
Overall, if you want to read about a 1900's FBI agent that has a man servant, who runs around looking for clues about who killed his wife 20 years ago, with some very obvious plot holes then this is your book. It will kill some time but I think your credit can be spent better.
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.
The story line sounded great; however, the book was not. I could barely make myself finish listening. Finally, I did not feel that the book "wrapped-up" the story line.
The plot was a big stretch for me; victim is a doctor who works like international-without-borders-teams in third world countries, but she is also an African big game hunter, guns and ammo and everything? Who is then eaten by a lion with henna dye job in his mane, but it's actually a murder.(?) okay... Then the main character was a rich southern gentleman "b-hole" really, who's sidekick is a cop who will follow him on a revenge killing, didn't quite make a compelling match, the connection was weak, the rest was laughable with crazy lady who's over 100 and a cliff hanger. Now for the good news, they use an inordinate amount of 50 cent words and the narrator Rene Auberjonois is so worth the price of admission, his voice is butter. I would listen to him sweep through a verbal maze of difficult dialog and he never missed a beat or fell into a cadence of the tongue twisters he read. He'd keep the pace with the story. His female voices are great! So many times male narrators (good ones) sound like they turned into a ventriloquist act when they hit the female voices, you can probably tell I wasn't a fan of Mrs. Doubtfire. Bravo Rene! Loved him in Boston Legal, but I really have to give him a big xo for saving my entertainment dollar here. Thank you Rene.
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!