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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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    Jerry 01-26-13
    Jerry 01-26-13
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    "Why change a good thing?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have purchased all of the books before this and listened to the "trilogy" Brimstone, Dance of Death and The Book of the Dead. Scott Brick gave a FABULOUS performance, as usual, bringing all of the characters to life giving each their own "voice" and personality.
    Conversely Rene Auberjonois does Pendergast a terrible disservice and if it were not for my readings of prior books and Scott Brick I would never been aware of the refinement, bearing and personality of Aloysius.
    I will miss this series but will NOT be purchasing the current balance of the series performed by Rene.


    What didn’t you like about Rene Auberjonois’s performance?

    Pendergast


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    april 01-14-13
    april 01-14-13

    my favorite hobby

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    "thrilling . I love this series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wheel of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    To be honest I don't read I hate it but I love audio it suits my wander
    ing mind .I can listen and still do what I want .


    What other book might you compare The Wheel of Darkness to and why?

    This one stands out but deep storm was also a nautical thriller I guess you could say but that's the only similarity is the oceans.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When pendergast is not himself and he has to fight his own mind to reclaim his true nature it was so nail bitingly intense


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

    Absolutely and I did as I went on about my daily tasks.


    Any additional comments?

    I love pendergast and constantine please keep these stories coming Mr.Preston and Mr.Child

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph MIDLAND, TX, United States 12-17-12
    Ralph MIDLAND, TX, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pendergast as never seen before"

    If you think you have seen all sides of Pendergast you have not read this book, Rene Auberjonois does an excellant narration

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    Cynthia K New York State, USA 12-11-12
    Cynthia K New York State, USA 12-11-12
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    "Farfetched but a fun read"

    Another in the Prendergast series, with enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. The storyline was a bit unrealistic (aren't they all?), but enjoyable. This one seems a bit darker than some of the others, but not hard to listen to even when alone at night. If you like the series, this is a good one to include. Rene Auberjonois is the ideal reader!

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    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 10-19-12
    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 10-19-12 Member Since 2008

    I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author

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    "I Love Penergast"

    Preston and Child write fresh and heart stopping books. I cannot get enough of them

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    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 07-10-12
    Gary POPLAR GROVE, IL, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "On the list but far down"

    The book wasn't bad and it was entertaining yet it wasn't great. It was the first book I read in the Pendergast series and that could explain why. Yet I have to admit the other books from this series are on my wish list but far behind so many others. I'm also not really in to mysteries so this could also explain why I didn't love this book.

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-07-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-07-12 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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    "Plot fails to interest"
    What disappointed you about The Wheel of Darkness?

    Over the previous series of novels, you are slowly introduced to greater depths to the Pendergast character as well as other important characters -- you ear eager to lean more about each of their lives and pasts. In this novel, very little character development is offered and the plot is akin to Ghost Busters meets Titanic: really, the North Star Line authors? Aside from the very anemic plot and not quite baked villan(s), the plot was plain bad. Although Constance Green continues in a sidekick role, she needs much more depth. I will avoid spoiling it, but the theft and retrieval action constitute 99% of the plot with the remainder moving the series story further ahead. The fact is, when I finished the book, I didn’t feel a connection with Green or Pendergast.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    This novel was more of a revisiting of things discovered in the past novels. After the climax of the previous trilogy and the loose ends the trilogy left open, a furthering of the backstory was is in need.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the very begininng of the novel Constance Green is leaning how to use the same meditation techniques as Pendergast. I had hoped for greater involvment on her part but sadly that was not to be.


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    crystal ST LOUIS, MO, United States 07-04-12
    crystal ST LOUIS, MO, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "STRANDED ON AN OCEAN LINER!"
    If you could sum up The Wheel of Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    SUSPENSE, PANIC, MYSTERY


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wheel of Darkness?

    I was pretty frightened for the teen being pursued. Catching scenes really keep me in suspense.


    What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really love his many voices, and he has a nice calmness about him. Great for the monks.


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

    Well, I listened to this in 2 days more or less. It really does hold your attention.


    Any additional comments?

    As with many of the other books in this series ....there is a great mystery to solve, usually in a very urgent manner and at the very end, it's all wrapped up nicely. I did like all the description about being on an ocean liner since I never have myself. I also loved the addition of all of the characters in this book and how they each have a little history added.
    I felt a little of it dragged in some parts but maybe that was just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Boise, ID, United States 02-23-12
    Amazon Customer Boise, ID, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Surprisingly Scary"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wheel of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    Rene Auberjonois does a wonderful job narrating this book, changing characters, male and female voices, without sounding too much like dramatic acting. I haven't read the book in print so can't compare. He does GREAT accents!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the story kept several


    Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

    The main character, Agent Pendergast, followed by his niece, Constance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ELSA 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia, Canada 12-29-11
    ELSA 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia, Canada 12-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "enthralling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    definitely would recommend - it was well read and great in the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of it


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

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no - great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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