Among all the audiobooks, this one is in the center. I have read all the Pendergast stories, and this was not among my favorites. Rene Auberjonois is the perfect narrator for Pendergast's adventures. He is the voice of Preston and Child.
I would have reduced the battle sequences. They just went on and on, between the armies, the brothers, ad nauseum. I fast-forwarded many times to get by the details of battle and sadism. For me, detailing the gore of evil, the chasing, the punches thrown, and shots fired, provides fluff that adds only irritating length to the story. In addition, I would have reduced Pendergast's seclusion. I like to depend on my heroes to perservere, and Pendergast was not at his best personally, professionally or interpersonally.
Also there were two parallel plots that ran along with the story. With the prime story line, they provided some relief, although I often wondered where they were going.
My favorite scene, without giving too much away is when Pendergast stands with his family and friends.
I have loved this series and this one did not live up, although it did move the series forward with some new and interesting characters.
Probably if they like romances. If they prefer straight good story and mystery, without the sappy trembling female, no.
The story was compelling in that there were so many suspects, I wanted to find out which one did it. I really like Erica Spindler's mysteries and was excited that she had a new one out. Therefore, the disappointment was that she seemed to be back to her romance days, with the female victim/strong woman/always walking into the dark alley/talented/misunderstood/etc. There was a full cast of characters, all seeming to have as many motives as the crews in a Christie novel. That part was fun and I changed my mind frequently about who I expected to be the real perps.
I liked her portrayals of all the characters except the heroine. She "trembled" every time she talked or "fell into the arms" of her beau, who is, of course, the policeman. The trembles and creaky voices made Kat seem whiny and the opposite of a strong heroine. Her portrayal of the other characters gave them more substance.
Probably would not go see the movie, since I now know the story.
The story was fast paced and had several twists and turns.
I think my favorite was the reader.
She was great, making one get right into the character's heads.
I liked the end, so I won't say what it was.
At first I thought the heroine was a bit too sweet, but that was just the way she needed to be. I loved the story because it kept me wanting to hear more.
Slow, interesting, educational.
Logan watches and listens, but he's not a strong character.
He does well with the story.
It took awhile to get into the character development and human interactions. The setup of the dig was arduous, and I was beginning to think this was more of a lesson in archeology with minimal story line. I did get hooked and am glad I heard the entire book, as it turns out to be an interesting story, and quite an education. I love the Pendergast series and was expecting stronger characters.
It was pretty good and interesting. I thought the information about abuse was good. The story line held to its mystery.
Yes, because some behaviors were not characteristic.
I would recommend this book because it mixes fantasy with a great story line, drama and humor.
The history woven into the story line, and the humor, even in the presence of menacing forces.
He has an easy delivery, clear voice, and keeps the story moving.
Yes, it made me laugh and also created enough tension to make me want to keep hearing more until it was finished.
The villain was describing himself and I thought I was hearing a sci-fi, until it came together later. For some reason, it took me awhile to get into the story because the characters did not enter the story logically. It could be because I had not heard previous novels in the "Private" series. However, I did enjoy it after getting into the story.
Not right away. I'm thinking about it.
One of the best I've heard.
The story kept me listening all weekend. The long story with intricate plot lines are riveting. You never know if Elizabeth is going to save someone or not and it keeps you wondering and worrying. She has no favorites in age, gender, etc.
Tim's problems are so devastating.
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