I liked the fact that they wrapped up some long standing loose ends in this book, however in very un-Preston & Child fashion there were several unnecessarily overly graphic areas where I actually stopped listening and even fast forwarded past them.
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Another installment in a much-appreciated series is always welcome.
I think I have read them all! So, I am invested in the next one. Would like to see one with the Cory character featured, in fact. She could be interesting with the Pendergast connection to add flavor.
Characters are always more fully fleshed-out when you can hear them speak rather than having to create the voice in your head. I do like Rene, and this was a challenging book with so many characters. He did a great job.
Yes, and I listened to it while I was doing some serious decluttering so I was able to listen to long stretches at a time. I skipped forward through the Brasil piece pretty fast...I think it would have played better in a movie, but was too long for listening. The pace seemed glacial for such an action part of the story.
If you are a fan, then you will read this whether or not it's the best in the series. In fact, I am now going to go back and re-listen to the rest of the series. I did find this rather like a sandwich made with tasty leftovers, though. A little D'Agosta, a spice of Caroline, a dollop of Cory, a layer of Helen (past her best-by date), and some lashings of Pendergast. His Japanese maid and his chauffeur/bodyguard were kind of like pickles, though. Interesting up to a point, but ultimately did not add much flavor.
It was incredibly imaginative. I would not have had a clue how some things would unfold.
I don't have another book to compare it to. I've read all of the Preston/Child books and this is one of my favorites.
I like how he is consistent with the characters in each book read.
Really well done. Will definitely listen again and again. I can't wait for the next book!
Narration and production are both excellent. Story is fast-paced.
I'm only about 60 minutes into the story, having just downloaded and started it last night. Sounds like it is classic Pendergast at his unique best. Can't wait to hear all the details and character development. Love this series. So sad when the books end.
So far, the discussion about tailoring and ties. Also the very fast ride in the Mercedes, with the technical driving details. But like I said, I have just started the book. I'm sure there is much excitement ahead.
Wish I could. If I were on vacation at the beach, definitely, I would listen to it in one sitting. Alas, I do not have that kind of freedom or time right now.
Have been looking forward to this book and have read or listened to all the others, most more than once. Sounds like it is going to be as good as or better than the previous books. Keep up the good work, authors. Love your work. Great job! Thank you.
Definitely, it is another great story
Any of the other Pendergast novels (obviously) but other than these, I cannot think of another book or series to compare "Two Graves" to as I think the Pendergast series is unique
Brilliant (1) and outstanding (2); especially his interpretation of Pendergast. However, I have given the performance only 3 stars due to the (in part) ghastly (3) pronunciation of the German lines. Hachette should be using (native) language advisors to avoid ruining a great book.That said, having listened to all the Pendergast novels, I cannot imagine a better narrator to perform these.
Looking forward to the next book in the series
I would not recommend it, and certainly not for anyone who has been following this series.
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connolly.. a Mickey Haller, and always look forward to this series.
Auboerjonois is amazing and in this instance his narration was the only thing I actually enjoyed about the audiobook. He is very natural in his ability to just slightly change inflection, accent, and tone to differentiate, even between male/female.
More than one, but in this case the whole storyline involving Dr. Felder and the young woman (so boring I don't recall her name). And more of Corey in the actual main part of the story instead of another insipid and unsatisfying side story....
All good things must come to an end, I suppose. After years of developing really great characters (D'Agostino, Nora, Viola, and Corey), it seems the authors have grown weary, and in turn became lazy and sloppy with all aspects of this book, plot, characters. It left me with the impression that the franchise of these books is more about profit, not craft. I have experienced this with other authors who wrote 20+ books in a series, ie Janet Evanavich, the Scarpetta series to name a couple.
I won't be buying anymore of this series.
"Two Graves" by Preston and Child is a wonderfully wicked novel that will leave any listener far from any digging utensils for quite some time. This long novel takes the listener on a mystery rollercoaster ride that will leave many fans looking at their garage or any neighbor carrying a gardening shovel in a entirely different way. Because charecter development is so deep, and Pendergasts' F.B.I. and personal veneer cracks so unexpectantly, any listener would have to be insane not to delight in, what I think is, P&C's, best novel of their careers. I would definitely listen to it again, especially because of the superb and wickedly delightful narration of Rene Auberjonois. He plays a huge part in this books success. He definitely brings this story to life.This new novel is so incredably complex that any P&C fan may need to listen to it more than once, if only to truly enjoy every delightful twist and turn. It is so thoroughly constructed that, despite the book's length, any new or old Preston and Child fan will delight in this convoluted and thought provoking mystery. It is so good that listening to the novel only once may not be enough for any fan. It is truly a wickedly delightful literary ride that many will remember for a very long time. A great listen.
Yes, because it was read by a great talent
It was a story that none of us should ever forget. The story had a great message akin to the saying what goes around comes around
He has a great speaking voice
That you should dig two graves, if revenge is your motive.
An excellent wrap-up to the so-called Helen trilogy by Preston and Child. There is so much packed into this novel that it would be impossible to write a good review without giving away some aspect of the plot. Suffice it to say that many story lines going all the way back to the Enoch Leng "Cabinet of Curiosities" book are tied up and explained. All of tho old characters are here - at least the ones who haven't been killed off in prior novels. And even one who ... Oops. Plus some new faces that had me saying, "Wait! Did I know these people??"
Rene Auberjonois simply IS the voice of A. Pendergast. His impeccable narration is the perfect complement to Preston/Childs' intricate plot and detailed writing.
A most enjoyable listen indeed.