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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781594839405
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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 been mysteriously 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 2/8/2014

    " Got really tired of Pendergast being preternaturally wise and omni-observant, but it's a good page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 2/2/2014

    " Not my favorite of their books. For some reason, this one seemed to fantastic, which is stupid since all of their books are a bit unreal, but I had a hard time accepting the "monster" in this one. A disappointment to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 2/2/2014

    " This series totally rocks my socks! Another great installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/1/2014

    " I have a soft spot for Pendergast (the FBI agent hero of the book) and his semi-mystical slant on life and detection. He is a great character if one suspends disbelief at the range and breadth of his extraordinary talents, from card counting to fine art, from physical prowess to lock-picking. His side-kick, Constance, is less enthralling, but who knows may develop in future titles. This novel at times has the feel of a blockbuster disaster movie, but it rattles along quite nicely, as do all P&C novels. A diverting way to spend a wet afternoon or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashok Raghupathy | 1/24/2014

    " Good suspense that keeps the reader engrossed. I did not enjoy the smoky ghost part etc -- makes it feel its an utter fantasy. Overall a good casual read at the cottage or beach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/19/2014

    " By the end of the book, I was hoping Pendergast would retire or ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micah | 1/17/2014

    " Pendergast scared me silly in this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Niles | 1/15/2014

    " I enjoy the books Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child write together. It's a little scientific, ancient religons, mystery and they have no problem having the good guys die, which can be emotional. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Yelverton | 12/22/2013

    " 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 Tami | 12/2/2013

    " Another very good read keeping the thread of FBI agent Pendergast. "

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

    " This was a great read - good story and engrossing plot line. Though there were some inconsistencies in the plot, they weren't fatal. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sawaj75 | 11/25/2013

    " I like this series with Agent Pendegrast. very well written, and they keep me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andie | 11/14/2013

    " I read part of this during Christmas break and finished the rest in about 2 days last week. Fun, but I wish crazy Diogenes wasn't dead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/30/2013

    " I really got addicted to all the Pendergast series books and read them one after the other. . .enough said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gray | 6/11/2013

    " almost in the 'abandoned' pile, one would think that spies, military and the occult is just what I like but somehow it just sits there, on the bathroom counter at page 54... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Kronowitz | 4/29/2013

    " This was my least favorite of the series. It was definitely over the top in what I could believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avaneesh Srivastav | 2/3/2012

    " good for reading on a plane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Richardson | 1/31/2012

    " Not as easy to read as the previous books. Still good, just not what I usually expect from Preston/Child...Personally, the story was just not as interesting to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Smith | 12/17/2011

    " It was ... okay. The authors seemed to have gotten away from the characters themselves. Halfway through, the story just became chaos. No structure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Minnie | 10/9/2011

    " Ik heb al betere boeken gelezen over Pendergast vond ik. Veel heeft natuurlijk te maken met de locatie, op het schip Brittania. Maar dan nog, de manier waarop Pendergast omgaat met dit probleem is ook anders vind ik. Maar ik blijf wel benieuwd naar het vervolg! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 7/14/2011

    " Meh. Good paperback to read at the lake. I burned through it in two days and I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy it, but it's awkwardly written and the plot is clunky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daryl Healey | 6/21/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 6/21/2011

    " This book was a complete flop; I have no idea what was going on! It defiantly was not about a missing artifact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 5/23/2011

    " I really enjoy the Pendergast stories....this one was no exception! "

  • 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.