Take one from Column A (aimless) and One from Column B (borrowed plot) and you have a not so savory cold and flat addition to this great series.
As a big Preston/Child fan, I looked forward to “Two Graves” and have come to the conclusion that the authors are running out of steam. While I saw glimpses of the usually surprising yet eccentric Pendergast, they were few and far between. The borrowed plot was unforgiveable for writers of this caliber.
Among all the audiobooks, this one is in the center. I have read all the Pendergast stories, and this was not among my favorites. Rene Auberjonois is the perfect narrator for Pendergast's adventures. He is the voice of Preston and Child.
I would have reduced the battle sequences. They just went on and on, between the armies, the brothers, ad nauseum. I fast-forwarded many times to get by the details of battle and sadism. For me, detailing the gore of evil, the chasing, the punches thrown, and shots fired, provides fluff that adds only irritating length to the story. In addition, I would have reduced Pendergast's seclusion. I like to depend on my heroes to perservere, and Pendergast was not at his best personally, professionally or interpersonally.
Also there were two parallel plots that ran along with the story. With the prime story line, they provided some relief, although I often wondered where they were going.
My favorite scene, without giving too much away is when Pendergast stands with his family and friends.
I have loved this series and this one did not live up, although it did move the series forward with some new and interesting characters.
The story line was okay, but the narration was very hard to tolerate. Rene Auberjonois came off as being a little too bombastic and the reading was too flowery for a tough guy role such as this one.
I could see it coming.
Does a great job with the voices and pace of narration.
I love the earlier Pendergast novels where they are at the history museum chasing monsters. Pendergast's family just doesn't interest me as much, and quite frankly, I found the monster story lines more believable.
Yes & Yes, just when you think the last book was over the top, but now comes this one. They are the best writing team I've read!! I suggest getting the whole series, I've been giving the series as Xmas gifts in books. Everyone raves, marvels and are hooked to the characters.
When Pendergast's son appeared at the Dakota!
Everything!!!!!! His audio trumps his TV performances hands down. We love his voices.
Pendergast's love and caring for his unknown son.
Where can they possibly go from here?
The Pendergast stories are always a highpoint for me. Two Graves is no exception, an exciting, stimulating novel. Although totally absorbing for the most part, it has a couple of quirky and dismal disappointments.
The uprising in the jungle is formulaic and silly. But most irritating is Mr Aberjonois's appalling German pronounciation. This is a surprise as Rene Aberjonois is the most perfect of narrators for the Pendergast series, in English.
I still recommend this audiobook highly and without the two criticisms mentioned I would have given it a 5/5
Yes, I enjoy this series. Good thriller, maintains your interest even with some of the fanciful storylines.
Agent Pendergast of course. HE is the reason for the books.
I enjoy his narration, easy to understand and not boring.
at the end when Tristan revolted, wonderful.
Some old storylines were tied up which made me wonder if the series will continue. Did miss Lieutenant D'Agosta, not much involvement. Thought the storyline with the girl and her father was a bit out of context of the story. Felt like some of the storyline was right out of Boys From Brazil.
First, Rene Auberjonis is PERFECT in all of the Pendergast books. What James Marsters is to Harry Dresden, Rene is to Pendergast.
The plot here certainly strains your "suspension of disbelief" limits, over and over. Pendergast sometimes seems more like James Bond than Sherlock Holmes.
But when all is said and done, it's a fine conclusion to this 'trilogy'.
"Cold Vengeance" left us all wondering what happened to the rest of the book - it seemed like it was missing at least a few chapters at the end. "Two Graves" picks up right where "Cold Vengeance" left off and answers a lot of questions we've had throughout the whole series. Although I was frustrated, even annoyed, at a few points in the book, overall it was a perfect example of a semi-fantastical Preston/Child thriller and certainly worthy of Pendergast's latest appearance and, as always, I enjoyed being in his company throughout the book. This is a must read for any Pendergast fan!
Auberjonois has typically done well with other Pendergrast novels. This time he should have spent a minimum amount of time getting the Portuguese pronunciation CLOSE to correct. I almost stopped listening each time he tried to pronounce the Portuguese words. Seemed ok with the German but...