Light listening. Doesn't require focused attention. Constant action. Shallow plot. Would remain neutral re. recommending.
The connection of the murderer to the town
Disappointing this time.
Usually Scott Brick can make a recipe interesting but not with this book. His interpretation of the characters didn't seem to match the personalities described by the author. Good thing Scott Brick is my absolute favorite reader so it is possible to overlook his performance with this book. This book seems to be an "adult scary story" that would be told around a campfire on a camping trip.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I purchased this as an Audible "paperback" special. Figured if I didn't like it, I wasn't out that much. The problem was I did like it, and now I'll have to buy more of the series at regular price!
Brick is an awesome narrator, and there's a reason he is one of the top (or THE TOP) Audible narrator. Loved his Southern accent and the way his pronounciation made one syllable words into two or three syllables.
The atmosphere of the story was evocative, and I think fans of Stephen King's "Salem's Lot" will appreciate the carefully drawn small town and its people.
The plot was chilling, but got messy at the end - I was left wondering huh?
Here's hoping I don't think "huh?" when I go back and start with #1 in the series.
Warning: Don't start listening to this book if you have anything else to do for the next 16 hours. It grabbed my attention right away, and I hated to pause it even to go to the bathroom or fix something to eat.
I could not even begin to guess what was going on until just before it was revealed. There were a lot of surprise twists, but there was no "cheating." In other words, there were a few times when I thought, "What the heck? I thought that...Oh! I see."
I loved the main character, Special Agent Pendergast. I have a fondness for protagonists who are unruffled and do what they have to do no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.
I had never read anything by these authors before, but I will be looking for more. Scott Brick was excellent as always. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes edge-of-the-seat thrillers/mystery/detective stories.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
This had some truly nightmarish scenes and characters ... yet I listened on with fascination. Preston/Child have the ability to describe a scene such that you can clearly see it. The narration by Scott Brick was nuanced and wonderful. I surprised myself by loving each horrific moment and plot twist. My 4 vs 5 stars for the story was solely because some of the scenes had me heading for the Tums bottle.
The series continues to be propelled by the narration. You've grown accustomed to Pendergasts voice and mannerisms. It's easy to see his movements in one's minds eye.
The final chase through the underground caverns was a lot of fun. Turned it off a couple times to slow myself down and remind myself it was only a story.
Pendergast recreating a battle in his mind. Very entertaining.
other than suspense, not really.
If you're already hooked on the series, keep it going with this book. It won't let you down.
This book ranks high in the suspense genre and I'm glad to have discovered another strong series of detective serials. Scott Brick always elevates any story he reads so that may be a bias on my part but his presence tends to elevate the material in a big way.
The initial crimes and their set up was great but the star of the story is really the lead character, FBI agent Pendergast. Unique, odd and capable he reminded my of a serious more disturbed Monk. He is aided by another vivid character in the form of a misfit goth chick who craves adventure but doesn't know it. They were a great team.
Clearly Pendergast. He inhabits the character fully and you can tell he's having fun doing it.
No crying but there were some good surprises that made me smile.
This was my first Pendergast listen, and the plot had me right away. Pendergast seemed to me a fascinating blend of Jack Reacher and Jeremy Brett's deeply odd Sherlock Holmes. All the bad, incompetent, foolish characters were caricatures, you knew they were going to be brought low at the end. But the 3+ hour climax was a confusing mess. It went on so long with so many folks tearing around that it was impossible to visualize. Poor Scott Brick had to sustain a marathon edge of the seat narration which must have worn him out.
Think I'll get another Pendergast book at the library before spending more points.
Pendergrast is such on odd character with odd quirks and I warm to him more in every book. I had to go back and read the Cabinet of Curiosities as (it's not on audible in unabridged form and that's an unacceptable format for me) where we finally learn some of Pendergrast's back story. In this story we don't get more back story but you do get more of a sense of who he is. We also get a great story with great twists and turns. I just really love this series and I'm so glad that from here on out all the books are available on audible unabridged.
Scott Brick does a fine job as usual. He very rarely, if ever disappoints.
Later in the series they change to a different narrator and Rene Auberjonois takes over. I of course know his voice from TV and like it, but it takes more than a great voice and I'm looking forward to seeing if he can do it justice.