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Cemetery Dance Audiobook

Cemetery Dance

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.
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William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was their strange, sinister neighbor - a man who, by all reports, was already dead.

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

©2009 Grand Central Publishing; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Jennifer WA, United States 05-19-09
    Jennifer WA, United States 05-19-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Pendergast, Vodou, and Zombies, Oh My!"

    In this latest incarnation of the Pendergast saga, Preston and Child bring together the usual cast of characters wrapped up in a new adventure about Obeah, the West Indian Zombi cult and all things evil. The story starts off with a bang, but soon slows to an imperceptible crawl as the plot is sidetracked by blood, gore, animal sacrifice, and zombie silliness.

    How many times can one read about suppurating sores, gobs of dribbling saliva, blood-imbued body parts, and lurching "man-thing" creatures. Well, apparently any number of times, because the same subplots are played out over and over again throughout the story. It becomes old real fast.

    Even Pendergast is portrayed a little flat in this story. Where his once quirky esoteric knowledge of the unusual, clever put-downs, and spiffy rejoinders were charming, they are stale and annoying here. Even Lt. Vincent D'Agosta seems to have dropped a few IQ points and is rendered as an angry buffoon.

    After listening to a few chapters in this book, you'll soon recognize "Still Life with Crows." It's the same story and the same monster, but not nearly as interesting the second time around.

    Utimately, Pendergast fans will like this book, but for me, this book feels like a bridge to the next Pendergast novel -- the one where Constance Greene has her baby in Tibet, Aloysius resumes his relationship with Dr. Viola Maskelene, and Diogenes returns from the dead to match wits with his frater. It's unfortunate that we will all have to wait several years for the book that should have been.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-13-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2015

    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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    "A Defiinte Pass -- Little redeeming value"

    This novel focuses on a story line that concerns itself with VooDoo and zombies mixed with a cult in Central Park. Some of our old friends Nora Kelly, Vincent D’Agosta, Captain Hayward and Bill Smithback are back but not Constance Green – apparently still hold up in Tibet having a baby. Within the first few pages they kill of a major character and you physically feel a tremendous loss to the entire series and to the novels to come. And do you want to know the reason they killed him off? Well it is so the wife of the murdered character can be spun off in another series! There are several small backstories that are introduced and fizzle and then get resolved that don’t add didly to the story. This novel was narrated by Rene Auberjonis; I felt the narration was not as good as the narration in the previous novels especially by Scott Brick et al. Finally, if you are an animal lover, just say no to this book. Taken together, I give this book a solid D+ – pass on it even if you are reading the series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William Stanhope, NJ, USA 01-26-10
    William Stanhope, NJ, USA 01-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining"

    While not up to the caliber of Cabinet of Curiousities or Brimstone this is a very entertaining book. The inclusion of NYC history added to the story.
    The narrator does a very good job.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LandsEndTraveler 06-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Phoning It In"

    I don't think these two authors even tried on this one. Almost a painful listen unless regarding the story as a comedic satire of Zombie films. Sorry guys - you blew it on this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 05-29-10
    Share Faerber St. Louis, MO, US 05-29-10 Member Since 2015

    I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!

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    "good but not great"

    This book is good enough that I had to finish it but I really object to guys writing books about smart women acting like compete idiots. If a zombie is coming across the room at you you don't just stand there and wait for it to come kill you!
    If you are locked in a room and the zombie is outside and can't get to you, you don't go out and chase it when it moves away from the door! Smart women don't do these things. Not even stupid women would do these things! And that was not all of the stpiditiy of these women! I strenuously object!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-26-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-26-09
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    "I Loved it!"

    Yes, I am a true Pendergast fan. There were parts where Pendergast did not come through with some of the kind of things we expect from him. However in the end I felt it was well thought and played out. I can't wait for the next installment and see what they are going to do with Constance and the baby.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 05-25-09
    Jacqueline 05-25-09

    . . .today is the first day of . . .

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    "booooooring!"

    I must start by saying I love the wonderful novels by Preson and Child's, and always look forward to their future collaborations! This novel had wonderful potential (ZOMBIES- what could be spookier?)- but it just didn't come through. What happened to Agent Pendergast? In this book he is just a, well- - an ORDINARY person. There was none of his "magical" sly maneuvers to get the ill-fated characters out of their predicaments! The story overall was not at all up to the usual suspense that permeated their prior novels. It was disappointing to settle in for a good, intelligent thriller, to only be bored to death. The one bright spot was the narrator- who was great as usual.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. B. Elston 05-20-09

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    "Masterful!"

    Preston and Child are better than ever in this one! The concept, the pace, the plot...all combine to sweep you along on a tale of tales! And Rene A's readings are always terrific...he does an especially good zombie voice!

    A fun, fast, fanciful read...best for a dark and stormy night!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anandasubramanian 02-09-16 Member Since 2009

    Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.

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    "One of the more interesting Pendergast stories"

    It's sad that Nora's husband dies.

    However, after listening to many Pendergast stories, it becomes easier to unmask the killer. In this case, the moment Pendergast lifted the receipt for a rack of lamb from Esteban's garage, i realized he was the killer. Pendergast should have resolved it quicker.

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    Adrienne 02-08-16
    Adrienne 02-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love this series. This particular installment was not favorite.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator whistled when he spoke words that end in the letter s. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. He narrated some of the earlier Pendgergast novels. I wish he did them all!


    Do you think Cemetery Dance needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is a follow up! Love the main character!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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