I absolutely love the books written by Preston & Child, especially the Pendergast series. Therefore I was very surprised that I was so disappointed by this novella. The story is flat and strange and feels unfinished. However, one unsatisfactory story will not keep me from reading more of their novels.
It's the perfect length for a quick Pendergast fix.
Pendergast is the star of the series, and of this short story. Too bad Vinny wasn't it as well.
He does Pendergast perfectly- and I can't imagine anyone else being able to pull that off.
No one- they're all nuts!
I hope they do more of this type- the longer adventures are great- but this is a nice break in between.
I double and triple checked to make sure I had not somehow neglected to add the final chapters of this short story.
Calling it a story is an exaggeration since it was at most a snippet of a story. When it abruptly ended I was very surprised since it was such a non-story.
Even at this reduced price this is a rip-off.
I LOVE the Pendergast character, but this is so short and so shallow it is a total waste of time. First, the narration ends a full twenty minutes before the recording does, so the story itself is less than 40 minutes long; its a cheesy trick to sell this as an hour plus recording of a short story. Second, the plot and storyline are so facile, its hard to believe it is written by the same people who wrote RELIC, RELIQUARY, etc. I bought this to tide me over until the next book, but there was nothing there. Nothing.
Pendergast is among my favorite characters ever. Short story or long, the authors paint a picture that captures the imagination.
With a longer story, if you don't catch a detail here or there, you can make it up in context by listening to the rest of the story. Sadly, I missed a detail towards the end and realize the short story was over. This was complicated by the fact that at the end of the story and credits, part of another Pendergast novel plays for about 15 minutes. The middle of one of the other books. Did someone fell asleep at the engineering board and no one has caught it? Is part of it missing?
I'll give it another listen from beginning to end and it will probably make sense--it will only take about 48 mins--not the 67 mins Audible states.
Someone please check this.
For most children, the idea of a Tooth Fairy is a pleasant one, but in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the reality is much darker than any children’s tale. For instead of leaving their tooth under a pillow, children must deposit their tooth in a small bowl on the porch of a recluse’s mansion lest the old man Dufour come after what’s rightfully his.
For years, young Aloysius Pendergast has always viewed this ritual with scorn and derision, and he’s horrified when his younger brother, Diogenes, adamantly insists on honoring the superstitious tradition. Determined to teach his brother a lesson, Aloysius retrieves his brother’s offering and discards it.
But when Diogenes disappears the next day, Aloysius begins to wonder if the legends might be true…
Set between Cold Vengeance and Two Graves, this creepy, little gem of a story provides valuable insight into the relationship between FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and his brother, Diogenes. Although Diogenes didn’t become unhinged until later in life, it’s easy to discern how Aloysius’s actions unwittingly helped shape the monster Diogenes would eventually become.
As always, René Auberjonois' narration was excellent. The dulcet tones of Pendergast seem to come effortlessly to him, and I cannot imagine listening to anyone else bring our favorite Special Agent to life. It’s always a treat to listen to him slip between the characters and the narrator, and oftentimes, I forget I’m listening to only one person read the story.
Set at 30 pages, this audio short clocks in at a mere 67 minutes – easily finished within one or two day’s commute.
If, like me, you haven’t finished Cold Vengeance yet, take heart: this story can be read without fear of spoilers!
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A creepy, yet good little story to go along with their Pendergast series, This is actually only 49 minutes, with an addition from another book that I haven't read yet so I didn't know what it was.
The spinning of the yarn. Hearing about his relationship with Diogenese as a children.
The uncle was the hero, he did whatever needed to be done at all cost.
No one else could bring the characters to life in a manner that lets you crawl into their heads.