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.
I thought this book was an ok detour from our "normal" Pendergast novels. However, as usual the authors were able to put a great story together that started really slow, I was ready to stop listening, but picked up the pace very quickly. The climax wasn't as great as the build up but U still enjoyed the book!
The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.
I did not like how the book was interrupted by music on a regular basis. I understand the music at the beginning and end but not throughout the entire book!
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.
This book was a huge disappointment, I expected much more from an Author I loved.
The Harry Potter books were such a well spun story with surprising twists and turns, but when I started to listen to this book I actually fell asleep a few times. The story is mismatched and all over the place. the characters were well developed but the book just dragged on.
I will admit I simply couldn't make it through the entire thing. I stopped somewhere in the middle and really have no intentions of listening to it again.
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When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey named Beatrice and Virgil and the epic journey they undertake together.
Yann Martel has gotten something here. I had heard all the hype and read all of the reviews for his earlier book, "Life of Pi" ands decided to give a listen to a book a listen less known.
I was plesantly surprised by this book. His use of Animals as people brings a whole new feel to the story. The animal may say something politically incorrect but the listener does not come to a quick judgement because after all its just an animal.
He integrets the humans into the story by expertly letting the animals tell the story. The conclussion of the story is nothing you may think, it took me by surprise.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, that is nothing like anything you have ever read.
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