This book started reasonably well but quickly became completely bogged down. It was a good premise - old mystery, modern connections - which appears to be the only type of story Robert Goddard writes, but it was clear to me from the first few chapters exactly what the "mystery" was and it seemed to take forever to have this confirmed. It was a struggle to finish and the only reason I did was because I listen when travelling and it didn't require any thought processes.
I found listening to this book an incredibly good way to fall asleep. One of the narrators in particular spoke in a low drone that was like white noise. I found no purpose to the story - it was boring basically, with whole hours devoted to how to behave like a courtesan. I didn't really like any of the main characters and this is probably why I didn't enjoy this book.
If ever a story cried out for editing this is it. At one point over 40 mins was devoted to an inventory of a basement - food, expiry date, date purchased, purpose, position in the shelf. I kid you not. The reading was monotonous, but the dialogue was abysmal. I had some long flights otherwise I wouldn't have bothered, and it mostly sent me to sleep. Apart from anything else, it was so unbelievable - who takes their 15 & 12 year old kids out of school indefinitely and then lets them play xbox all day for 5 months?
I thought this story was one of Kay's best. It wasn't long but the characterisations were excellent & while it might have been a bit predictable I was caught up in the performance. Very enjoyable & crying out for a sequel or prequel or both!
I've read all the previous Pendergast books and this one just wasn't that good. The plot wasn't credible and there were many loose ends with peripheral characters that just felt like laziness on the part of the writers. The reader was also not as good as previous ones & didn't appear able to do a good New Orleans accent at all, and most of the characters sounded the same.
Still early days with audiobooks but this was very good
Very good with the voices, it was clear who everyone was and I loved the tone of his voice
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