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Posted September 10, 2010
Excellent Story! Very gripping.
This was provided for review by Hachette Book Group.
There were so many things going on in this one I don't even know where to start... It was such a good book. I can truly say that I didn't see anything coming.
The characters were pretty good. Being that this was an audio book I didn't get the same connection to the characters that I do when I read the book myself. But they were well developed characters none the less. Pendergast was an odd person, and that's putting it lightly. I liked Hayward the most I think. She seemed to be the most level-headed.
The story itself was fantastic. Right from the beginning the action starts and it doesn't really let up. Like I said it wasn't at all predictable. There were so many twists to the story that I was shocked by many of them. The twists weren't cheesy either. Each of them really added something to the story. It wasn't like they added a twist just for the sake of adding a twist.
The narrator was great. Rene Auberjonois did a great job with this one. I loved his voice, even when I used to watch Deep Space Nine I always liked his character, his voice was soothing then. Again he is fairly well known, but I didn't "see" his known characters while he was reading.
Again I LOVED this one. Although it was a little long I was kept drawn into the story the whole way!
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Posted June 22, 2010
Fever Dream; another success for Preston & Childs
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this suspense thriller. From the get go, the reader is thrown into exotic scenery, meticulous and vivid descriptions and a solid plot and story. There is no letting up as chapter after chapter, new clues are revealed and the main characters try to figure out how it all leads to the murder of Pendergast's wife. This is exactly how I like my suspense thrillers. You can't tell who's behind the murder until the very end. I enjoy it when the writer makes it that much harder for you to predict the next clue or to solve the mystery. Preston and Childs not only creates a challenge for the characters involved in the story but also for the readers as well and i thought that this is a testament to their excellent writing skill.
I have to admit that Pendergast was my favorite character in this book. He's a brilliant detective who often straddles the line between a good cop and a bad cop. In fact sometimes I feel as though he is more of the latter. He is also at times very arrogant and cynical but I think Preston and Child made this work in the character's favor.
Listening to the book was also a really nice experience. It did provide some variety in my reading. The narrator Rene Auberjonois (the guy from Boston Legal) was really easy to listening to. He provided just the right amount of excitement in his tone when necessary. The story was 70+ chapters long and while I thought that it was a bit too long the story maintained its intrigue up until the very end. I guess in a way that made up for the story being so long. Also the character Constance Green was not resolved properly in the story. She came in pretty late into the book and her purpose or her connection to the overall story was not well developed. When the book ended i still had no clue about her.
All and all, this is a great story that is worth the read (or the listen)
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