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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrator: René Auberjonois Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendergast Novels Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781594839429
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A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence; an ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning; an FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most: himself.

FBI Special Agent Pendergast is taking a break from work to take Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour, hoping to give her closure and a sense of the world that she’s missed. 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 mysteriously been stolen. As a favor, Pendergast agrees to track and recover the relic.

A twisting trail of bloodshed leads Pendergast and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Britannia, the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner, and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderfully entertaining…a brilliantly claustrophobic setting for a twisty plot that coils tighter and tighter…These Preston and Child books are hard to classify; the name Indiana Jones will come to mind—but Pendergast is a deeper, realer character that Indy.” 

    Sullivan County Democrat (NY)

  • From the opening page to the shocking last, an amazingly claustrophobic and terrifying reading experience awaits: this book does for cruise ships what Jaws did for summer beach resorts. One of the best thrillers of the year; essential for all popular fiction collections. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Douglas Preston and Lincold Child are the dynamic duo of supernatural thrillers...The Wheel of Darkness is a fast, fun an action-filled adventure. Chicago Sun-Times
  • The exciting eighth thriller from bestsellers Preston and Child. This entry shows why the authors stand head and shoulders above their rivals. Publishers Weekly
  • “Entry still shows why the authors stand head and shoulders above their rivals in this subgenre.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of the Pendergast series expect an intricately plotted thriller with eerie supernatural overtones, and this is one of the best. Auberjonois’ reading is first-rate, a brilliant performance full of dramatic shadings and edge-of-the-seat suspense. He has a splendid voice, nuanced and richly textured, and he turns this excellent novel into a one-of-a-kind listening experience.”

    Booklist

  • “In a coolly understated performance, René Auberjonois subtly heightens the ever-increasing tension as Constance and Pendergast board the luxury liner Brittania on its maiden voyage, searching for the madman bent on world destruction. Auberjonois’ deceptively ordinary voice pulls listeners into Preston and Child’s world, where science, mysticism, and melodrama reign supreme. Lots of fun!”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 2/17/2014

    " My husband and I made the mistake of reading this book before a cruise. Not a good idea because it is a thriller on a cruise ship with weird and crazy murders and happenings. Great read, it will just cause you to question the cruise you might take in the near future! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 2/15/2014

    " Basically this was a mystery with an Asian influence. Carter picked it for me based on the cover art and it was fun to read and engaging. The ending was somewhat disappointing because it was too fantastical and convienient for the tone of the book. I also didn't realize until half way through that the authors have previous books that tie into this one, sort of like Clancy books featuring the same main characters. I can't decide if it was good enough to go back and read the preceeding books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Doyle | 2/8/2014

    " Run of the mill thriller. Needed a change of pace and got it. Nothing special here, but I enjoyed the quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Yelverton | 2/8/2014

    " This book seemed so good, and so full of promise and it was just a pile of junk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lecia | 2/7/2014

    " Very good book, not your run of the mill mystery. I listened to the audio book. The narrator is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 1/22/2014

    " My least favorite of the Preston/Child novels, though it did have some rather hilarious Pendergast moments in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/20/2014

    " Oddly felt like the details were a little forced, but the story was very enjoyable and the twists entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beautifultruth | 1/14/2014

    " My least favorite of the Preston/Child books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 12/15/2013

    " This book started out a little slow, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The twists and turns in this book kept me entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Thomson | 12/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was very different and interesting. I bought it intending to read and then sell, but I am keeping it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Derla | 11/30/2013

    " I did not like this book at all - the first I'd read/listened to in the Pendergast series written by Douglas Preston. It was way too 'dark' for me and the reader wasn't easy to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/28/2013

    " Good read!! I really enjoy Pendergast as a character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryLee Young | 7/25/2013

    " This one needed a 4.5 star. If you are an Aloysius Pendergast fan, you'll love this book. Great intrigue, mystery and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dash Watson | 5/20/2013

    " Mind over matter... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 3/1/2013

    " So much fun...I love these guys. Great characters, exciting stories, and the kind of can't-put-it-down action that comes with anything Pendergast. It's fluff and it's mindless fun, but it's a fun indulgence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 1/19/2013

    " Liked most of it then it got too unbelievable. Borrowed the smoke monster from Lost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/14/2012

    " What more can be said ... not enough superlatives. Another in the great line of Pendergast books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 7/12/2012

    " So, I will say that this book is not as good as I was hoping. It made me want to take a cruise and that is just about it. After "Dance of Death" the last two Preston/Child books haven't been quite as good. I wait until a new Pendergast book comes out to see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia Eugenio | 3/26/2012

    " Great. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 3/18/2012

    " Here the detective faces his most terrible enemy...himself. Really enjoyed reading this one but not my favorite in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 12/31/2011

    " This was a lot more magical and mystical than other Pendergast novels but I still liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aynge | 12/13/2011

    " It was nice to revisit Pendergast, even if he was becoming a highly improbably character. But the whole tulpa thing was a bit much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitch Johnston | 11/30/2011

    " While not as good as Reliquary, Cabinet of Curiosities, or Still Life With Crows, this Agent Pendergast adventure was intricate and enjoyable. Preston and Child always deliver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sezin | 5/19/2011

    " Fantastic! I loved the scenes in Tibet and so cool that the bulk of the story took place on an ocean liner. So much enjoyment and inspiration for American Monsters II here! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/18/2011

    " this was the first book that I read by these authors. It was a good story but did have a few slow moving moments. But interesting enough that I will read other books by these two....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn & Matt | 4/16/2011

    " The hidden monastery and the gigantic cruise ship are alone full of intrigue, but once Pendergast and the smoke monster are added, the ride is scary yet fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry B | 3/24/2011

    " If you like a fast paced, action packed book this is one for you. It was easy to follow and easy to read plus it kept my attention thourghout the book. The main setting of the book helped intensify the mystry and excitment of the story. This was a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " While I can't pinpoint the problem. This Pendergast installment just didn't grab my attention or even hold it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/18/2011

    " It had a lot of supernatural elements that were just out there "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeline | 2/15/2011

    " I really do like Preston and Child's books but this was a little too absurd. Also, way too much technical details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daryl | 2/4/2011

    " Yet another Preston and Child book that was too intense to put down! When these two write together, they make it work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/3/2011

    " This one holds the distinction of being my least favorite of all the Pendergast novels. It had some parts I enjoyed, but overall could not immerse in it near as much as the other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriella | 2/3/2011

    " It ws okay until it went into the supernatural - - that stuff doesn't excite me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/16/2011

    " Intense! Remind me not to go on a cruise anytime soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/12/2011

    " So much fun...I love these guys. Great characters, exciting stories, and the kind of can't-put-it-down action that comes with anything Pendergast. It's fluff and it's mindless fun, but it's a fun indulgence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 12/13/2010

    " It was pretty good....about a ship at sea and people being possessed by demons "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madhu | 12/7/2010

    " "Intellectual thriller" is what I would classify this book as. Page turning read with oh so many facts thrown in. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

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.