Rene's reading of "Two Graves" comes across flat. His tonal quality leaves much to be desired. The reader should put more character infliction in the reading to be more enjoyable.
I enjoy all of Child's books.
Yes, the flat reading was like emotionless narration quite often.
No, I could not listen for long due to the narration.
Yes I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery, or just reads lot of the Douglas Preston Lincoln Child books.Its fast paced ,compelling and hold your interst throughout the book. Rene Auberjonois is great narrator especially for the Pendergast series.
I've listened to quite a few narrations by Rene Auberjonois al are excellent
When Pendergast Loses Helen for good
I would rank it 9 out of ten. I enjoy the reader. He really manages to add to the characters.
I was so surprised to discover the identity of the murderer. Showed another dimension of Spec agent Pendergast. I love all the twists in this book. I love to read about the very unique characteristic of Pendergast and his ward. I have gotten addicted and can
Not wait for the next book!
I thoroughly enjoy listening to this narrator. He really makes the characters come to life and is very masterful In his depiction of Pendergast.
I think these writers manage to strike at all your emotions. I was mainly on the edge of my seat wondering who was going to survive this one. Pendergast and his many idiosyncrasies always make me laugh.
This entire series of books would be great fodder for a book club. Several of my friends read these books and we talk about them all the time!
The first one I read was Still life with crows. I couldn't put it down. The series has gotten sillier with each book after that. What would be wrong with the quirky FBI agent solving crimes like in crows.
Read a different book
all of them
This was a classic case of a 16-hour book that should have been 10 or 11 hours. There were way too many distractions and side trips, plus I felt like the storming of the island and fort in Brazil took up half the book. And we all knew what the outcome would be.
yes. He is a good reader -- the only saving grace.
cut the "boys in Brazil" segment down to about an hour
I used to love Pendergast (I've read them all) but this book was just too tedious to finish.
Why, yes, I am an author
I love the Pendergast novels, but for some reason I had trouble following this one. I think it's because I did not read the two that immediately preceded it. As a result, I found myself re-listening to chapters to make sure I had the information I needed.
The book starts off with the murder of Pendergast's wife, Helen ... who has, unbeknownst to the agent, given birth to his son. There is a subplot involving the daughter of an accused bank robber, and another involving Pendergast's aunt Cornelia and her claims to be more than 140 years old. The son, Tristram, is the source of another plot reminiscent of "The Boys from Brazil."
All in all, it was a little confusing. However, I enjoyed Rene Auberjonois' narration so much that I gave this audio book four stars regardless of the bizarre plot line(s).
I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.
I'm a big fan of Preston & Child and this latest book in the Agent Pendergast series does not disappoint. All my favorite characters appear in this one and the plot advances their story lines so you gain deeper understanding into their backgrounds and motives.
I didn't like how the last book ended on such a dire note for his former assistant, Corrie Swanson, who was trapped sneaking into the Nazi headquarters all alone and wondered why it took so long to get back to that scene in this book but it did steer back there so that was one of three threads for Two Graves. Pendergast's mysterious wife, Helen, and her background are finally revisited in this book so we learn her true past and her trilogy (Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance) is finally closed with this book.
In this novel, a fresh serial killer is on the loose in NYC and the murders seem to be directed at Agent Pendergast. Tracking the murderer brings him deep into S. America where a Nazi refuge has been established to conduct human experiments in secret. (Second thread)
There are two big surprises in this book that will ensure many more plot twists in the future books of this page-turning series.
We learn more about the enigmatic Constance Greene in this one and part of her story arc is resolved through the third story thread which involves her smitten psychiatrist, Dr. Felder.
If you're already a Pendergast fan, this one won't disappoint. If you're new to the series, I recommend starting earlier on (perhaps at Fever Dream) as this one is the end of the Helen Trilogy. I already can't wait for the next one. Aloysius Pendergast is one of the few main characters that I never tire of.
Rene Auberjonois is the BEST narrator for the Pendergast series. Scott Brick did his best on the earlier books in this series, but nothing compares to Rene Auberjonois who nails Pendergast's charm, intelligence, aloofness, and Southern style.