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The Wheel of Darkness | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

The Wheel of Darkness

FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.
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Publisher's Summary

FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she's missed. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search.

The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria, the world's largest and most luxurious passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

Investigate more of Agent Pendergast's cases.

©2007 Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Lincoln Child; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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    Cindy 10-05-14
    Cindy 10-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Pendergast So Far"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was a little bit mysticism, a little bit police procedural, a little bit disaster movie. I started listening last night and finished this afternoon. I put off buying this book because the publisher's review made is sound sort of frivolous and societyish but that was misleading. There weren't any boring parts and I didn't want to stop listening. If I had been reading the book I'm sure I would have read until it was finished last night. Sometimes I get frustrated because Audible books are so much slower than when I read and my mind can drift. In this case I was sorry to have it end so soon.

    Rene Auberjonois (now I know how to pronounce his name) did an excellent job of narration. I could distinguish voices, and I wasn't put off when he did female voices. He has a nice smooth voice that was pleasing to listen to and easy to understand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery T. Harris 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Least Favorite of the Series Thus Far"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Some of the characters just didn't fit for me. Preston and Child generally make very believable and intriguing characters although this was not the case for me with The Wheel of Darkness. It also felt that one recurring character, who I won't name to avoid spoiling anything from previous books, seemed to have some personality changes that just did not fit with the character established in previous books. Again, where consistency was the norm, The Wheel of Darkness felt quite abnormal for me.


    Would you recommend The Wheel of Darkness to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd only recommend it for friends that are fans of this series. I'm not one who can listen to random books throughout a series but have to listen to them all in order. So personally I couldn't skip over it although I think some people might be able to.


    Did Rene Auberjonois do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I actually thought a few of the characters sounds pretty close and having spent the last few books in the series listening to Scott Brick, there is a difference between the two narrators and I prefer Scott Brick. My bias likely sways my feelings on Rene Auberjonois but others that loved Brick's narrations with this series as I did may feel like this performance was not up to par.


    Did The Wheel of Darkness inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to grab the next book in the series hoping it is better than this one.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy the Pendergast series, I'd say you are safe to give this one a go. Besides, out of the many books in the series, there are just some you are bound to not enjoy as much as others. For me, The Wheel of Darkness was one of those I did not like as much, but not enough to deter me away from continuing on with this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 06-26-13
    Donna 06-26-13

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    "Not up to scratch"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Wing Redlands, CA United States 06-20-13
    Kathleen Wing Redlands, CA United States 06-20-13

    I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.

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    "A good (not great) story - bad narrator"

    This wasn't the best in the series so far, but it was a good story. The biggest problem with the audiobook is the narrator who has a voice that just puts you to sleep. Scott Brick does a much better job than Rene Auberjonois as a narrator for the "Pendergast" novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabe Strrum, WI, United States 05-14-13
    Gabe Strrum, WI, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Im awesome at listening to books.....your welcome world.

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    "Best Pendergast So Far"
    Any additional comments?

    Preston and Child finally take the setting out of new york city and the natural history museum. Its very refreshing for any die hard pendergast fan. New narrator gives the audio a less comical/campy feel than the first 7 books. Preston and Child improve their writing craft with every novel. This one was less predictable. Worth a credit if you are in the mood for easy fun fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-19-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow but got there in the end. UNEXPECTED ENDING!!"

    The fact that they are not using Scott Brick as the narrator is apparent in this book. It does not feel the same. Scot Brick did an amazing job and even though Rene Auberjonois is nice, the narration just doesn't measure up. On the plus side you get used to it after a while especially when the story picks up. The story is a lot slower than the previous Brimstone trilogy mainly because it takes place largely in one location but I must admit it ends with an unexpected bang. You will not expect it, TRUST ME!!!!. It requests your patience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 10-29-12
    Cayce Atlanta, GA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Hard to maintain the velocity..."

    I love the Pendergast books and I applaud them for their creativity in moving the series to different locals to keep it fresh, but this one didn't quite reach the level for me that others in the series have. It was entertaining, but felt like a side trip from everything we've gone through with Pendergast to date. There are a few important bits that move the story forward, but mostly it's a standalone story.

    I know everyone doesn't agree, but after listening to Scott Brick's Pendergast, Rene Auberjonois was a disappointment. It appears I should get used to it, because he seems to be narrating the books now, but it's just not the same for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doreen Broomfield, CO, USA 10-28-07
    Doreen Broomfield, CO, USA 10-28-07
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    "The Wheel of Darkness"

    Great book! I enjoyed every minute of it. A very well read book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 10-18-07
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 10-18-07 Member Since 2014

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "Holy sinking ocean liners Batman!"

    As the first reviewer and several after have noted this story is excellent, fast paced and very well narrated. I've read a couple (not all) of this duo's work and this one does not disapoint.

    I believe that the reviewers who found the premise and storyline unsatisfactory are the same type of people who find no redeeming qualities in any fantasy or science fiction. They cannot suspend disbelief.

    Along with Scott Brick, George Guidal, Paul Michael and a few others I can now add Rene Auberjonois to my list of favorite readers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Brentwood, TN, USA 09-13-07
    Ron Brentwood, TN, USA 09-13-07 Member Since 2006
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    "loved it"

    If you are a fan of this series they you will love the book. I hated that it ended; I would have liked to have another few hours. There were a few segments that went long, but it did not change my desire to hear more. Can’t wait till the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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