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Blue Labyrinth Audiobook
Blue Labyrinth
Written by: 
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Narrated by: 
Rene Auberjonois
Blue Labyrinth Audiobook

Blue Labyrinth

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Publisher's Summary

A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body...and may well end with his death.

©2014 Douglas Preston (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The best Pendergast book yet - a collision between past and present that will leave you breathless." (Lee Child - White Fire)

"Preston and Child have created a terrific mix of mystery and the unexpected that will keep you reading into the late hours of the night. They promise a great read and they have delivered." (Clive Cussler)

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 11-13-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 11-13-14 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"

    This novel opens with a surprise on Pendergast's doorstep. This novel explores the Pendergast tree and dig into his history. I liked this aspect. I like that Constance green is back in the picture. The whole series is a modern day Sherlock Holmes series of stories (with many different Watsons). Rene Auberjonis is the long time narrator and does an outstanding performance.

    If you have not read any of these novels, you really have a great deal of work ahead of you. I love these novels because they are heavy on thrill and very light on blood and gore. I recommend you read this latest, more of the Pendergast story is always interesting.

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. Green 11-15-14
    D. R. Green 11-15-14
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    "Pendergast novels just keep getting better"

    I am a huge fan of this series and have enjoyed all the books, some more than others. However, this one is absolutely my new favorite. This story will be most meaningful for those of us who have read all the Pendergast novels and can keep track of the characters. The authors pull characters and events from the past into this story so well. I really enjoyed some of the "old characters" back again in a new adventure. Constance was wonderful. This story is full of the usual action, but very moving also, as Pendergast deals with facing death himself as well as the violent death of a family member. The relationship between Pendergast and Constance becomes clearer. The narrator, as always, was great. You will love this book and it will be especially meaningful for you if you know the characters. Now I have to wait for the next Pendergast novel! Hurry up guys!!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Elkay 11-18-14
    Elkay 11-18-14
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    "Bizarre, Outlandish, Wonderful Fun"

    One does begin to wonder how many homicidal billionaires bent on exacting some sort of multi-generational revenge there can realistically be in the world - but of course, if you're a fan of P&C, you're probably pretty comfortable suspending disbelief so you can enjoy the spectacular ride.

    As a fan since "The Relic," I found this story really satisfying - a deliciously twisty mystery that takes us from an abandoned resort town in California to the slums of Rio de Janeiro to the basement of the New York Museum of Natural History. And of course all the unusual suspects are here as well: irascible curators, intimidating Brazilian drug lords, exotic poisons, and clues that lead back into the Pendergast family's sinister past...

    I've actually read positive reviews of this book by people who haven't read any of the previous entries in the Pendergast series, but it's hard to imagine reading this as a standalone - there are so many favorite characters from previous novels and references to earlier events. Those who have followed the many adventures of Pendergast will be thrilled, though - I certainly was. The best of this series in a long time!

    Rene Auberjonois is, as always, marvelous.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 11-26-14
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 11-26-14 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Yes! Pendergast is back."

    This book is much more like the Pendergast of old than either of the last two books. I had to go back to Two Graves and refresh my memory of the events that brought our beloved character to this point in his life. But it feels now like things are back on track to be good.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 11-16-14
    Hannah Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 11-16-14 Member Since 2015

    I have been a consistent, possibly obsessed audiobook listener since 2003. My listening ranges from suspenseful mysteries to science and technology, but I return again and again to the unexpected depth and breadth of books which fall into the "Mysteries and Thrillers" category.

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    "A walloping surprise in an already great series"

    If you already love the Pendergast books this will knock your socks off. How these guys (Preston and Childs), can have rejuvenated this series so far into their ongoing story, is completely amazing and unexpected. Blue Labyrinth is rich and surprising and totally satisfying. Just read it.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    William 12-03-14
    William 12-03-14
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    "hoped for more but glad I listened"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Labyrinth to be better than the print version?

    Only because I enjoy listening as my eyes fail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Constance being active in the story, but was disappointed some past characters were just given lip service.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Rene just seems to knock this and the other books in the series, out of the park.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rankin 08-28-15
    Rankin 08-28-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Ridiculous escapism"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It can't decide if it's a police procedural (a bad choice, because the authors know nothing whatever about police procedure or criminal law and everything they say about it is nonsense) or a thriller (also a bad choice, because it's not thrilling.)


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to three-quarters of the book, and I am engaged enough to want to see how it ends, but just barely. In the broad outline, it's an interesting, complex mystery with several connected protagonists and plotlines. (Minor spoilers follow.) But the big elements are assembled to an incoherent mishmash. The protagonist is an independently-wealthy FBI agent with, apparently, no FBI duties but who still carries a badge and calls on law-enforcement resources as he wishes. The story relies on overused thriller elements, like the supercompetent villain with a burning thirst for revenge and abundant spies and henchmen, and an absurd sort of poison that could only be invented by someone ignorant of rudimentary chemistry or biology. The characters struggle to figure out some things that are completely obvious, but confidently reach other conclusions that require information that they don't have and which don't make sense anyway. (Psychic powers masquerading as mystic Tibetan meditation probably help with the latter.) This is my first foray into this series, and I won't try a second. As silly as it was, it would be even sillier if the protagonist had such bizarre adventures on a regular basis, which I assume is the case.
    Rene Auberjonois does a decent job with a huge list of hard-to-distinguish characters.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Buck Rocklin, CA, United States 12-28-15
    Michael Buck Rocklin, CA, United States 12-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator brings the story to life!"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Labyrinth the most enjoyable?

    The narration and the various accents/characters really brought the story alive. The listener must really be present in any of the Pendergast stories. The storyline is quite complex. The narration and really makes or breaks a story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Labyrinth?

    When Constance Green was eluding the bad guys through the Arboretum. Amazing dialogue and storyline.


    Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Oh Yes!! Well done! Bravo!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    oh geez. Would have to think about that one.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep Mr. Auberjonois as the narrator for ALL of the Pendergast series. He is amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marvin R. Taylor Oakland, CA> 05-08-15
    Marvin R. Taylor Oakland, CA> 05-08-15
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    "Did not want it end!"

    This is one of the best works I've enjoyed by him and hope there will be continued works for a long time coming!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    az_homes Arizona 04-05-15
    az_homes Arizona 04-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Glad I read this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Labyrinth the most enjoyable?

    I was a bit hesitant about ordering this book. I have always loved Preston & Child's books, but they have gotten more and more dark lately. Away from the totally unique and fun books such as Relic, Reliquary and Cabinet of Curiosities (for the Pendergast Series) and Riptide, Thunderhead and the Ice Limit for non Pendergast. This book, while still immersed in his family, had a better all around feel. Very interesting and exciting. I would still rather they not delve into the family history, and stay to more unique crimes... but did like how this book ended.


    What other book might you compare Blue Labyrinth to and why?

    Hard to say what I might compare this book to. Very unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to ruin the book, but loved the incredible interaction with Sgt. D'Agosta, Dr. Margo Green and Constance Green toward the end of the book. Incredibly exciting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was hard to put down


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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