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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston Narrator: René Auberjonois Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendergast Novels Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781607881957
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Revenge is not sweet: it is essential.

Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen’s tragic death, only to make a stunning—and dreadful—discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now Pendergast learns that her rifle—her only protection from the beast—had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead … and why?

With Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta’s assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife’s murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past—where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle—the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou—he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A calibrated thriller from two masters of the craft.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • René Auberjonois...lends the proper air of gravitas to his performance. With the underlying story featuring zombies and the undead, it takes the sober Auberjonois to help maintain the credibility of the plot. His sincere delivery is perfect for a strange story that is more than a little creepy. AudioFile Magazine on CEMETERY DANCE
  • [A] suspenseful tale of urban terror...this taut page-turner can only add to the authors' growing fan base. Publishers Weekly on CEMETERY DANCE
  • Narrator As Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife kept a myriad of secrets, Auberjonois's characterization dramatizes the special agent's confusion over his wife's loyalty. AudioFile
  • René Auberjonois...lends the proper air of gravitas to his performance. With the underlying story featuring zombies and the undead, it takes the sober Auberjonois to help maintain the credibility of the plot. His sincere delivery is perfect for a strange story that is more than a little creepy. AudioFile Magazine on CEMETERY DANCE
  • [A] suspenseful tale of urban terror...this taut page-turner can only add to the authors' growing fan base. Publishers Weekly on CEMETERY DANCE
  • Narrator As Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife kept a myriad of secrets, Auberjonois's characterization dramatizes the special agent's confusion over his wife's loyalty. AudioFile
  • “Once again, the bestselling authors show they have few peers at creating taut scenes of suspense. Their restraint in the book’s early sections make the payoffs all the more compelling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Odd but brilliant...Narrator René Auberjonois is equally adept at portraying Pendergast’s upper-crust Southern origins and New York cop Vincent D’Agosta’s brusque directness. With Auberjonois’ consistent narration, the quirky threads of the story...eventually come together to create an intriguing premise. As Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife kept a myriad of secrets, Auberjonois’ characterization dramatizes the special agent’s confusion over his wife’s loyalty.”

    AudioFile

  • “This is no dream; it’s the authors’ best book in years...Not to be missed by either newcomers or die-hard fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers of previous Pendergast novels will welcome this installment starring the exceedingly peculiar FBI special agent. Stylish, dark, and tense.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2014

    " Great addition to the series; loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David France | 2/5/2014

    " This book had Agent Pendergast doing his black suit wearing, rolls driving, mysterious family background stuff as usual. A nice diversion for the summer if you like the Preston-Child formula. This book was much less supernatural than the last few books they have put out. No evil Tibetan whirling dervishes flying around a cruise ship in this title. Thank-God! I had about given up on them after the last book, but decided I may stick with them after this latest work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 travelerblue | 1/28/2014

    " Another page-turner by Preston and Child. Really, you can't go wrong picking up a Pendergast book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrie | 1/21/2014

    " This book had potential but fizzled out 3/4ths of the way through. Disappointing ending. no resolve "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ravis Harnell | 1/14/2014

    " Think I'm losing my Lincoln & Child buzz just a bit ... not bad at all, Pendergast is always good for a little Holmesian satisfaction, but I recently re-read The Relic and the last few books just can't hold a candle to its momentum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Doyle | 12/25/2013

    " An excellent Pendergast story... Surprisingly emotional for him. The ending was left open for the next novel. Not all loose ends were tied up, so it has left me waiting for the next adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 11/22/2013

    " All of Preston and Child's Pendergast books are brilliant, but this is my second very favoritest (after Cabinet of Curiosities). It's suspenseful...and it has THE best revenge scene I have ever read. There are times I'll pull it of the shelf just to read that bit again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/15/2013

    " One more in the Pendergast series. This one is better than the last couple in the series as we see a much darker and driven side of the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena | 12/26/2012

    " Pretty dull story. I read it out of loyalty, I think. It wasn't horrible, just not very exciting or interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 8/25/2012

    " When Prendergast discovers that his wife's "accidental death" in Africa was a murder, he begin to pursue the ghosts of the past and find out what really happened on that safari. Everyone around him is placed in danger "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacy | 8/11/2012

    " Loved it. Agent Pendergast is hands down one of the best literary "heroes" out there. This is an excellent ride, and super fascinating. If you have not read any of the Pendergast novels, I highly recommend them. I would say to start at the beginning, but truthfully they are all fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 5/24/2012

    " I always have to give Preston & Child novels 5 stars!! Fast paced, action packed and SMART!!! Their plots are always well thought - giving me no option but to continue reading until my eyes blur!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 3/25/2012

    " First in the Pendergast Helen series. Pendergast discovers that Helen was murdered, not mauled by a lion. The hunt begins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 3/21/2012

    " WOw-I love the way these guys write. I could not put it down! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Almeda Riley | 12/5/2011

    " This is a real shoot-em-up. Lots of murder, revenge, tracking the bad guys, all with very intelligent lead characters who are trying to solve a 10-year-old murder. Setting: Africa, Deep South, New York. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/30/2011

    " A good who done it book, keeps you guessing up to the end and then you find out the plot goes on to the next book Cold Vengeance due out this summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 7/22/2011

    " Great beach read- I blew through it, and was left with many questions and a desire to get my hands on the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 5/22/2011

    " Not a bad Pendergast book, but probably not as much action as some previous books. I did like the idea of Pendergast having a wife and of her having a secret that he did not know about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 5/21/2011

    " Left me hanging, must get the next one in line! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/19/2011

    " This was OK, not great but a decent read. Perfect commuter book with short chapters.

    If you are a fan of mysteries, this is a decent one. Nothing too new or revolutionary
    in the telling of this tale, but solid work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/19/2011

    " I love these books, they are fun and intense and supsensful and scary- this may be one of my favorites, partly because it gave a lot of background for Pendergast which we haven't gotten before. This is a good one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 5/14/2011

    " I'm a huge fan of the Pendergast novels- glad to see more are coming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 5/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed this prequel to the other Pendergast books. I did not expect the twists to be so very sharp. I am eagerly anticipating the next which releases in Aug 2011. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/10/2011

    " This is one of my favorite series to read. I cannot get enough of Preston and Child! Fever Dream was just as good as all the prior novels in the series and was impossible to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " Best Pendergast book in the series. Great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 5/1/2011

    " Preston and Child may not go down in the annuls as literary giants, but they do crank out some fun reads. This one is no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 4/30/2011

    " Wow...made me want to start at the beginning again!! The BEST! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 4/29/2011

    " This one was pretty good...I think the bloom is a bit off the rose with the Pendergast/D'Agosta novels, but they are still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 4/28/2011

    " I love Pendergast! 1st in a trilogy dealing with his wife's death. If you like Preston Childs and their erstwhile FBI agent, Pendergast, you will love this book! 4 and 1/2 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Molly | 4/28/2011

    " Post-surgical reading; needing something with no consequence to paying close attention. Pretty awful, but close to what I needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 4/24/2011

    " WOw-I love the way these guys write. I could not put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 4/24/2011

    " Best of the Pendergast series since RELIC. Part one of a three book story, and I can't wait for part two! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 4/23/2011

    " Maybe not as terrific as the other Pendergast novels (e.g. the Diogenes trilogy), but it still delivers. Unlikely turn of events with Hayward, and a major mystery (Constance) unanswered to lead us into the next one.
    I can't wait until August for the continuation !! "

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About the Author
Author Lincoln Child

Lincoln Child is the New York Times bestselling author of Terminal Freeze, Deep Storm, Death Match, and Utopia, as well as coauthor, with Douglas Preston, of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fever Dream. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morristown, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

René Auberjonois is an American stage, film, television, and voice actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University, he acted with various theater companies, including San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. In 1969, he earned a Tony Award for his performance as Sebastian Baye alongside Katharine Hepburn in Coco. Since then, he has acted in a variety of theater productions, films, and television series, in addition to being active in radio drama.