Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work
The ending is a bit weak but the rest of the book is very enjoyable. It is very well narrated.
I have read most of the Pendergast series, which I love. I was disappointed in this book and story. Not nearly enough character development and I missed many of the other characters that often appear in the Pendergast series. Scott Brick is a fantastic reader and did an great job.
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While it was great to finally get this book in full, unabridged format- a big mistake in choice of narrator. Scott Brick is awful as Pendergast, and doesn't come close to the wonderful voice of Auberjonois -who brings Pendergast to life. The story is really good, and of course keeps up the suspense to the end, but I struggled to get past the voice. I would have given this book a 5 star rating if not for the narration- - -
I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy the same book, although considerably longer, again. However DP and LC have never let me down. The vivid description of the land (who new corn could be described so eloquently) and the off beat motley group of characters, narrated by the man behind the curtain the Great Oz himself, Scott Brick was brilliant.
I should have known better but I love Preston and Child. Why did they ever let Scott Brick get a hold of this book? I thought I'd give it a shot even though I could never finish one book narrated by that man. But no...I didn't last more than 15 minutes as that familiar sarcastic way of speaking and making every single sentence sound as if he's delivering a line from a Shakespeare play! That's it for me folks. If I see Brick's name on any book from now on I'll simply pass it by.
This was my first child/preston novel and I liked it. The main character Pendergrast is very interesting. Had to skip past some of the more gory details of the murders but other than that it was a good mystery. Well written.
This was a well-researched and enjoyable listen. These guys know how to tell a story and the main character - Pendergast - is intriguing. Narration by Scott Brick is first-rate, as usual.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
There is the Diogenes series, the series involved with searching for his wife's killer, two original books introducing Relic/Reliquary, & a couple books that involved friends of XP... but this particular book is as close as a stand alone book involving our favorite funeral director dressed FBI officer from N.O. This book is not only a great tale, its a bit of a let down that one of Pendergasts later novels uses the formula of the killer in 'Still Life' to create a later killer.
This book introduces a Corrie who ends up being a character we like from this small town being terrorized by an unknown killer. After all the books that are in this series I look back & see that this is the top 3 easily in overall quality & also narration, although Rene is much better than Brick, Brick is much better than the two different narrators for Relic & Reliquary.
If for some reason u have not read this book & u enjoy a good mystery... This is an excellent one!
Character development is important to me in a book. The Characters in this book were very real and interesting. A very good read.
Love Scott Brick!
I'd say it was time well spent as I enjoy the work of Preston and Child, along with Scott Brick's above average narration. I wouldn't say this was my favorite in the series thus far (I'm listening to them all in order) but it wasn't a terrible read. I was able to predict much of the "surprise" of the story relatively early on. Whereas previous Pendergast books kept me on the edge with suspense, this story seemed to have me more focused on the character interaction since I was never really awed or intrigued by the storyline.
I enjoyed the interactions between Cory and Pendergast. I thought their relationship developed nicely and there was a certain amount of chemistry between the two that was enjoyable to follow along. The least interesting was, sadly, the story behind the killings. I thought it was not very suspenseful and while this is a book of fiction, I found myself being unable to suspend disbelief enough to truly enjoy it.
Without Scott Brick there's a good chance this book ends up as a 2 star for me. He does a great job of giving each character a unique voice, at least to me.
I'd go see it just because it is a Pendergast novel. I might not say I loved it afterwards, but I'd give it a try.
If you have listened to other Pendergast novels I'd say this one is a safe bet and worth the credit.