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"...Intriguing thriller..." (Publishers Weekly)
Big question: why an abridged version only and why a change of reader?
I am a big fan of the adventures of Agent Penderghast and have enjoyed the previous audio versions, all unabridged and read by the same narrator. Until now. why?
I'm not sure if the story was just ordinary or if it was let down by the fact it is an abridged version with loads of detail missing. I'm not sure if this was the reason it took longer to listen to than it did the others even though they are 10 hours longer. Was it because it seemed rushed? Was it because the reader was, well, boring?
Also, having the great John Lee introduce the book, only illustrated what we were missing.
I had to listen to this to continue the series but it was a chore, an anomaly in the series which usually is excellent entertainment. Hopefully the rest with revert back to the way it started.
"Dance of Death"
This was my first one. And I wanted to stay in the car, listening to it. since downloaded two more and each just keeps getting better and better. I don't know what I will do when I have heard them all.
You have to listen to this one.
Yes, but I am a fan of A X L Pendergast.
A good listen, not the best, but not bad. Relic was my favourite.
Always consistently good.
No, Relic would be good though.
"Diogenes is back and he has a score to settle"
Dance of Death is a fast-paced thriller that never lets up and keeps the reader turning pages, so to speak.
Pendergast is back, but this time his evil brother is out to finally extract his revenge on the FBI Agent. Targeting those close to Pendergast (friends and colleagues), the evil Diogenese embarks on a quest to methodically murder them while framing Pendergast and while planning on carrying out the "perfect" crime.
I can't say more without giving away important plot points, but I will say "read this book!" You will not be disappointed.
"good for the abridged version"
I was surprised that the story did not suffer to much being abridged. It's not as good as other Pendacast stories as its missing the more super natural accepts of other stories but its still very good.
"Not as good as Brimstone."
Preston and Child, absolutely; Mr Auberjonois, maybe.
I'm undecided. Obviously if I wanted to listen to the book badly enough, I would tolerate
Mr Auberjonois's delivery, but there are better narrators out there.
The story did hold my attention, but I felt it was let down a little by the narration. I understand Scott Brick is in high demand, but I thought he brought something special to other books I've read by the boys, especially Riptide, Ice Limit and Brimstone. Nevertheless, don't let the narration put you off this story; it's still a very good yarn.
"Odd little sub plot"
This story started out strong. The main character's diobolical brother is planning the crime of a lifetime and our intreped heroes must stop him. Creative murders, taunting clues. Good stuff. Every once in a while, however, the story shifts to a debate about the fate of some native american masks at a museum. These two plots never intersect and it just feels like filler. I still think that seventy-five percent of the book is very good and the narrator does an excellent job as usual.
I've been reading these guys since Relic. This was not a disappointment. I listened to it in two days.
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