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Crimson Shore Audiobook

Crimson Shore

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A secret chamber.

A mysterious shipwreck.

A murder in the desolate salt marshes.

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated - and sinister - than Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated.

Pendergast, together with his ward, Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.

Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an ancient transgression kept secret all these years. But they will discover that the sins of the past are still very much alive. Local legend holds that during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, the real witches escaped, fleeing north to Exmouth and settling deep in the surrounding salt marshes, where they continued to practice their wicked arts.

Then a murdered corpse turns up in the marshes. The only clue is a series of mysterious carvings. Could these demonic symbols bear some relation to the ancient witches' colony, long believed to be abandoned?

A terrible evil lurks beneath the surface of this sleepy seaside town - one with deep roots in Exmouth's grim history. And it may be that Constance, with her own troubled past, is the only one who truly comprehends the awful danger that she, Pendergast, and the residents of Exmouth must face....

©2015 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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  • M. Jacobs
    US
    20/11/15
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    "Something's off"

    I've been a longtime fan of this series, and I'd swear someone else wrote this. Pendergast and Constance have gone from a sophisticated pair to unbearable snobs. I'm not even all the way through the book yet and now there's hints of romance starting, that seems totally out of place. Suspense is lacking as well. I just don't know what to think. Please bring back the real Pendergast! What's going on?

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Nan Holt
    15/11/15
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    "They Jumped the Shark!"

    I have loved the Pendergast saga and read every story. This one was as good as the others, up to a point. When Constance left the Inn, the story left the tracks. I listened, but it was as if someone other than Preston and Child took over. What on earth were they thinking? As usual, the narration by Mr. Auberjonois was flawless.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Huntsville, Alabama
    13/11/15
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    "Way below expectations"

    These two writers are amazing. So over the years we readers have very high expectations from their Pendergast stories. From anyone else, this would be a thrilling read, and it is really very good.

    But there is a plot twist in this book that has been faintly foreshadowed in the last two books, and when it finally comes to fruition in this book everyone I know reading the Crimson Shore nodded sagely. Oh yes this makes sense. But the rest of the plot surrounding it is really contrived. This sort of thing does not bother me so much in lesser stories of grim reapers, vampires, were wolves etc., but these authors have been so consistently above this sort of cliff hanger, and twisting the current plot so that it is not really obvious that what is happening is just a reworking of plot points already worked to the point of fraying.

    It will work too, because those of us invested in the weird world of Pendergast and his companions will not give up on these books.

    But I am so prejudiced against cliff hangers, even ones like this that I can predict what will happen, that before I buy the next book, or any book I will pay close attention to reviews. I think I am especially angry about this one, because the writing flowed so consistently to the very end, that I spent time a great deal of time on this book.

    I am just reminded that a a cliff hanger, by definition comes at the end, so I can't complain that I didn't see it coming. But like I noted before, if these were lesser writers, I would have seen it coming, and I could have done something less aggravating with my time.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • GH
    Sherborn, MA, United States
    11/11/15
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    "Eat it up with a Spoon - Fantastic"

    A. X. L. Pendergast is back in a big way. This next installment starts off with a innocuous crime (wine theft) to be investigated. As always the story-line opens into a much wider, deeper and dangerous yarn within the first thirty minutes of listening. Preston and Child jump right in, just like that you are caught like a hapless fly in the story's web. Not only is the story fantastic, you get to have Constance Green in the story. I had been hoping to have a story with Constance as a main contributor again. It's been quite a while, she has been languishing as supporting character for a while, but she is in here big time.

    Auberjonois IS the voice of Pendergast and did a fantastic job as always. His voice pulls you in and makes you believe. You see the images, feel the tensions, just what you want. Anyone who loves Sherlock types of stories will love it. You could read it standalone, but go back and read the first fourteen is my advice.

    In this novel, the sleuth we love and all of his mannerisms are back. After dealing with his poisoning in the last novel and then the whole trilogy concerning his wife, I was greatly excited to see him focus on a story that pits he and Constance against external forces. Ok, so Exmouth, Massachusetts doesn't exists, I live in Massachusetts but I wish it did. Again, always at the edge of strange and exotic, evil lurks and puts our favorite hero through his paces. Also, does Pendergast start to put the moves on Constance as hinted in the last couple of novels? You will have to listen to find out. Your must listen. I give this book my uber-thumbs up and a great next addition to the series.

    34 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Anne K
    Montana
    17/11/15
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    "A huge let-down"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been a fan of Special Agent Pendergast for years, and always pre-order and avidly await the next in the series. This one was awful. The plot was thin, as though the authors were bored with the series and just churning another one out. It had none of the suspense and complexity of earlier books in the series. Even though it ends on a cliffhanger, I'm not inclined to listen to the next one.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Renee Noelle
    Idaho, USA
    17/11/15
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    "Fish or cut bait please!!"

    I've been a long-time fan of the authors. Long. Time. And the entire length of this book my main response was "fish or cut bait". We've been strung along for several books now with the Pendergast/Constance Green subplot. If you want to call it that. Meanwhile Diogenes is back? Seriously. This reads like a slightly uninteresting story until the last 3 hours of the recording. Then we finally get to the meat of the book. And without warning we are in an episode of Days of Our Lives from the 1980s. I thought Pendergast was "back" in his last two stories. Apparently I was wrong. It's just Stephano Demera.

    22 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/11/15
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    "Tiresome, gross, generally disappointed"

    To my suprise I found Pendergast and Constance's behavior and attitudes towards others tiresome and irritating in its excessive superiority. The initial storyline was interesting but went off the rails in the end. It felt like it was excessively graphic in its violence. Bringing the brother back feels like a cheap plot device. I've been dissatisfied with the last few books and am unlikely to purchase the next one. I've been a loyal reader and I'm a bit sad.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Casandra
    Bay Area, CA
    12/11/15
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    "Crimson Shore"

    This is a very engaging book. as usual lots of twists and turns,. i stayed up all nite listening to it. I am shocked at the ending!!! to leave us hanging. when is the next book coming out to continue this story????

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • sonia
    woodbridge, va, United States
    11/11/15
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    "First 3/4 GREAT!!! Last 1/4 not so much"
    Would you listen to Crimson Shore again? Why?

    Probably


    Would you recommend Crimson Shore to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would but. The last part was stupid. I can not believe I'm saying this about Preston and Child. I was so excited and then...I would still read it and it's definitely worth the credit.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    His reading is like music! I absolutely love him, he's perfection!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Yeah, no. I can't see this as a movie much less what to name it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very disappointed, it's such a great story and then it hits a wall.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Roman
    Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
    14/11/15
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    "Major Disappointment"
    What did you like best about Crimson Shore? What did you like least?

    The first 80% o the book was pretty good---up to the high standards of the Pendergast series, but then it fell off the cliff. The last 20% was poorly transitioned---I almost felt like I was listening to a different book---and the ending was atrocious.


    Do you think Crimson Shore needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, due to the shabby ending, we will definitely see a follow-up book. I'll probably read due it to my infatuation with this series, but if I see this trend in subsequent books, I'm done.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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