I just completed reading/listening to Brimstone for the second time. I love Scott Brick as Pendergast and wish he did them all ~ R. Auberjonois is ok but his narration is so bland. The story is in true Pendergast tradition ~
I expect his voice with each book.. I can almost see Pendergast..
it was difficult at times to turn it off and save for later
I commute 2 hours daily and could never do it without audio books. No one comes close to Audible's selection and features.
Way too long with hardly any action. I quit listening to this, but I did put it back in after listening to a different book. Hope it ends finally.
I do like the pendergast series, but this is disappointing.
Too long, no action
I'm still planning on more Pendergast novels
Knowing these characters from the previous novels, nothing they did was out of character. Their characters continue to gain depth. Their were a few times that I think Pendergast's character was just too over the top to be credible, but it still worked.
I cant wait for the next book.
Scott Brick really brings the story to life. His narration is just shy of incredible.
If this book were film, the tag line would be Devil's Play.
If you are enjoying this series for its most twisted, intricate windings, this one is great fun!!! Its long, stretches believability as far as you can possibly stretch, and even has a fun side plot going on. Loved it!
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
YOU GOT QUITE A SENSE OF THEATRE
This is the fifth book in the series, but it is okay to start here. They bring back some characters from previous books, but it is not like they do much character development. Most of the people in the book are there to be straight guys to Pendergast.
Even if you don't like the story there are some interesting facts about Alfred Noble, Italy and spontaneous human combustion. The Noble story was especially good. I liked this book better then the previous two. Relic is still the best of the group.
A statement was made by a character that he does not read books written today because of the sex and violence, he would just read his bible. I have heard this before. The old testament is full of sex and violence.
VEGAS AND L.A. WERE MERELY A SIDE SHOW TO NEW YORK.
Another small town and small town people take a hit in this book. At least the whole book was not a put down and they kind of apologized for saying it, but still said it.
This book had a real made for TV movie feel to it.
I am not a fan of Brick, but he does a fine job in this one. Matter of fact he is perfect for the writing style of these two guys.
A surreal series of supernatural-appearing murders is merely part of the appeal for this Pendergast/D'Agosta tale. This book is a worthy prelude to the Diogenes trilogy.
Another very credit-worthy addition to the Pendergast collection and also works well as a stand-alone novel for those new to Preston & Child.
Didn't like to see my hero, Pendergast, "die".
When the Count gets his comeuppance.
LOVE Scott Brick!
Oregon Forester, audio book addict
Once again an engaging well researched and fast paced book. I haven't been reading the series in order of publishing but it's worked just fine, each book stands well on it's own including Brimstone. This book brings you right to the edge of your seat and holds you there white knuckled for hours. The ending is gratifying and leaves the reader wanting another tale of Agent Pendergast.
Only Still Life With Crows affected me more -- but on a personal and emotional level. Brimstone was good for many other reasons. Lots of terrific "what ifs," the always intelligent vocabulary, equal amounts of suspense and exclamations of "of course..." -- a little supernatural, but always human!
AXP and D'Agosta are not cut from any other cloth. Sure, there are the ridiculously convenient lucky breaks and Hand-of-God sort of things, but so what? The gracious nod to Wilkie Collins and Poe enlarged the other literary, musical, cultural and geography references making this an immersive experience.
This one differed (for the better) from some of the series for NOT including long, somewhat-boring chases in caves and tunnels. The chases occur above ground. Still there is enough going on beneath castles and mansions so that when you come up for air, the whole thing stays with you.
It's a feel good and a breath-holder. I read this out of order, so I knew the future effects and consequences this book would set up. But even knowing what was coming, the story and its pacing were so good, it did not matter.
Loved "Buck," and the authors' delicate handling of his well-intentioned but misled efforts. That character and his story border on political-religious "preaching." So subtly handled, the message and the warnings are kind and clear.
If there is a theme in all of this, that applies to every character, including AXPm it might be:
Get thee behind me, Ego!