I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
This is suppose to be the third book in the series, but if you want, I believe you can skip it and I suggest you do skip it. It is a stand alone book, so reading the previous two is not necessary, but since they are better then this by far, you should read the first two (Relic and Reliquary). This is advertised as being another under the city of New York book, but that has very little to do with the book. It is mostly a Mad Scientist type book.
Included in the book is a putting down of the NYPD. Either Child or Preston must have gotten a parking ticket that upset them, as they do all they can to make the NYPD look like a bumbling bunch of fools. The many segments about the NYPD, not only was a put down, but did not really have much to do with the story. The mundane detailed descriptions of the cops and there administration, just made the story longer and more boring. If I want to read about cops, I will buy a book about cops, it is not like there are not a million of them out there. I go to Preston and Child for Thrilling off the wall type stories. I already have the next three books in this series in my audible library and book 7 on CD. I hope this is not what I am going to be hearing.
We also learn a lot more about Pendergas in this book. Why he does not wear a cape and a mask I don't know. The parts about Pendergas veer into comic book stuff. He is slender, but muscular. He plays chess and bridge in his head. He never plays bridge with real people as they can not come close to beating him. He is his only real challenge. I am not making that up, that is word for word what they said. When being operated on, he will not let them put him under. He needs his brain to stay alert. In another part of the book, he operates on himself. One way he solves the crime, is by traveling back in time in his brain, back to before he was born. It was never explained how he did that. In his head he goes back in time and walks streets and goes into homes he has never been in before and he watches events happen, that he has never witness before. He also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.
The book does have some good moments. With all P&C novels you get some history. Did you know that in 1871 there were 28,000 homeless children in NYC?
Typical Pendergast, if you follow. New twists and turns. Historically intriguing. Our hero gets personally involved in this one. Nice to know our steely nerved stoic has a soft underbelly. For those of you who have not read any of this series before, there WILL be blood. It's not for the squeamish, but not overdone, and it is a good mystery.
Put this at the top, no, actually, at Number 2, of your reading list. You MUST read RELIC first! Terrific narration coupled with a great story makes for wonderful reading!
Trying to select a particular memorable moment is far too difficult - the book holds your interest on every page. All of the moments are packed with detail, excitement, sometimes dread and anticipation.
This is the first time that I listened to him. But, I will definitely look for books that he has read. He was excellent!
I didn't laugh OR cry. I barely breathed! I read in the car for the most part. I prayed for red lights.
Tell us about yourself!
Preston, Child, Pendergast: always a winner.
The fun in this series is that the totally improbable fits nicely into the real world. Pendergast is unorthodox and the mysteries are weird, but it all seems to come together for an entertaining book.
This was the one missing piece in my Pendergast audible library. I look forward to each new installment.
Jonathan Marosz performed the narration well.
The Pendergast novels are fascinating on so many levels. I can't get enough of them!
Part history, part science, a lot of crime and the amazing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the Pendergast novels. Jonathon Marosz's narration is very good. Especially when it comes to Pendergast's voice.
because I know and love these characters. They are a part of my family. Pendagast is wonderful as usual. I missed Digusta(spl?) but I really know these characters.
Pendagast of course, because he is from the south like me, and because he is so unstopable and fragile at the same time.
I loved most of his reading but I wish he would have had a bit more Southern Gentleman to his Pendagast voice.
Yes when Pendagast went to see his crazy old aunt.
I am a 55 year old mother and grandmother, and avid reader and an elected official in the deep south.
Superb scientific suspense!
Scene description and character development
Good character transitions
Living forever has a price. Murder and madness.
I have all of the Pendergast series including the abridged ones. I really prefer unabridged in general. My only regret is not having Auberjonois as narrator. A recurrent pet peeve of mine is switching out narrators in a series. Marosz is competent, but he doesn't have the smooth southern accent of Auberjonois. Still very enjoyable.
He killed off one of my fav's ! Where's my hobbling equipment?
This is a good read. I titled this review "second best" because The story line got into
the "unbelievable" realm quite a bit.. Nothing against fantasy, I read quite a bit if Terry
Brooks, but I kinda have a hard time mixing fantasy and reality into a single book. Still,
there's plenty of mayhem , Pendergast is up to the task.
The surprise villain revealed..
Nope, the whole story was a mover.
Buy the book. It's a good read, even if it does stretch the credulity just a bit.
I was hoping this would come out in audio eventually and here it is. I read the paperback a while ago and really liked it, so was curious how the story would be read to me instead of my own voice. The story is good. Pendergast to a tee. The weirdness that surrounds him shadowed in wonder and mystery. Great character. The supporters in the rest of the story are well rounded and you get to know them pretty well. The story itself is one of the really good creepy ones that Preston and Child are known for in this particular series. I'm not a fan of the narrator tho. I find his accents sort of irritating and Pendergast himself is nothing like he should be. I do like Scott Bricks narrations way better ( listen to either and you will see what i mean) and he sounds like Pendergast should sound. He also seemed a little flat and not very into the reading. I don't really want to listen to another of his narrations.
It does tend to be a little too descriptive tho. Too long winded in the scenarios and happenings, They could tell what they are trying to tell with half the words they tend to use. Think that about most of these books. You do find yourself daydreaming until you get on to another, more interesting happening or part.
But do buy the book. It is one of their best and you won't be disappointed in it.