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.
Odd that The Cabinet of Curiosities, the 3rd book in the Pendergast series, wasn't released in audio until after #11... now the only missing audio is Still Life with Crows (#4). The Cabinet of Curiosities is my favorite of the series. I read it a while back but, to me, the Pendergast books are more gripping in audio. Also hearing the visuals makes them more vivid. The Cabinet of Curiosities is not lacking in descriptions of the cubbyholes of the imagination.
For a while I was put off by Jonathan Marosz's narration because of his Pendergast. I prefer the more refined & aristocratic Louisiana accent of Rene Auberjonois, my favorite Pendergast narrator. Jonathan Marosz also has a deeper voice. However the story is enthralling, and at some point I stopped noticing the things that bothered me at first. Anyway, it's just a matter of taste.
I definitely recommend this book, even if you read it in the past.