I've listened to all the Pendergast books by this team and a couple from each of them individually, and this is the first time I have been genuinely disappointed. I have a little over an hour left to listen to, and I don't know if I will even finish...I just want all the characters to die and have it be done.
One of my big complaints is that they've taken a page from George Lucas' exposition manual: Instead of things happening, let's just have a random character show up and tell us about things happening...and this character will, with nearly no encouragement, spill all the secret information that this other character happens to need.
Let me save you a credit/some money: This thing happened...then this happened, then this other thing happened...and this implausible thing happened...and there were some people talking...and the people formed deep personal relationships in 5 minutes for no reason...and then some stuff happened.
John Glover has a great voice, once I managed to not hear him as Lionel Luther from Smallville, but he doesn't have a particularly wide range of character voices, so everyone tends to sound the same. Combined with the writing style, which at times is simply lines of dialog alternating between characters, I found it hard to keep track of who was supposed to be saying what. But in the end, it's fine, because they are all the same character anyway.
Did I mention that I did not like this book? :)
Really interesting how the author weaves stories and other research into each of the case studies he makes. Plus, there's a bonus interview with the author at the end. Well worth a listen!
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