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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (23 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: December 2012 ISBN: 9781611134230
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"Two Graves " is a thriller by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, accomplished writers both individually and as co-creators.

FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast has been living with the knowledge that his wife was dead for the last twelve years. At first he thought her death an accident, but then he heard she had been murdered. Upon learning that his wife, Helen, is alive, he arranges a glorious reunion only to have her snatched from him once more.

Now that he knows she is alive, he devotes his every effort to finding her again and rescuing her from the clutches of her abductors.

Audiobook listeners will admire Agent Pendergast. He is a little like Sherlock Holmes, but he is also intensely focused, highly intelligent and a little eccentric to boot. He provides a lovable character with whom readers and listeners alike will identify. Nothing will put him off the trail of his beloved wife, not even when he is caught up in a chilling serial killer hunt in New York containing shades of the supernatural.

Pendergast's hunt takes him deep into the forests of South America, where he will confront evil incarnate.

There are a number of layers to this chilling, suspenseful thriller by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

About the authors: Douglas Preston was born in 1957 in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1955 and grew up near Wellesley. He attended Pomona College in California and studied in a variety of areas, finally settling on English and literature. He worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and has taught writing at Princeton University.

Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut. Following a childhood love of writing, he attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where he majored in English and eventually wo rked as a publishing assistant with St. Martin's Press in New York City.

For twelve years, he believed she died in an accident. Then he was told she’d been murdered. Now, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife Helen is alive. But their reunion is cut short when Helen is brazenly abducted before his eyes. And Pendergast is forced to embark on a furious cross-country chase to rescue her.

But all this turns out to be mere prologue to a far larger plot: one that unleashes a chillingly, almost supernaturally, adept serial killer on New York City. And Helen has one more surprise in store for Pendergast: a piece of their shared past that makes him the one man most suited to hunting down the killer.

His pursuit of the murderer will take Pendergast deep into the trackless forests of South America, to a hidden place where the evil that has blighted both his and Helen’s lives lies in wait, a place where he will learn all too well the truth of the ancient proverb: 

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The mystery tantalizes, and the shocks throughout the narrative are like bolts of lightning. Fans will love the conclusion to the trilogy, and newcomers will seek out the authors’ earlier titles.”

    Associated Press

  • “Rene AuberJonois’ narration in the latest Pendergast adventure is a magnificent accomplishment. He faces the challenge of a myriad of accents, nationalities, ages, etc. and proves that he is up to the task…AuberJonois is present and on target with every character, fully inhabiting each emotional scene. One cannot imagine a fuller, more nuanced reading of this thriller, which rarely lets the listener relax.”

    Soundcommentary.com (starred review)

  • “The action is constant and starts with a bang…There is a major plot twist for the series that will intrigue fans and promises a long line of possible books.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “A high-adrenaline…thriller…An intelligent suspense novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Auberjonois masterfully, almost breathlessly, projects the urgency of the action-driven plot while personalizing the heartfelt story. His husky-voiced Pendergast comes across as a man of action with deep emotions. He convincingly portrays the large and diverse cast, reading in a rich American accent for Pendergast and a German accent for the neo-Nazis. Auberjonois sustains the edgy intensity of the story, keeping us riveted, even through some dense descriptive passages. New listeners may want to start with Fever Dream and Cold Vengeance before tackling this conclusion of the trilogy.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Auberjonois’ versatile performance matches the ambitious and well-paced plot.”

    AudioFile

  • Two Graves provides readers with exactly what they would expect from a Preston and Child novel—thrills, high adventure, treacherous plot twists, and well-researched scientific intrigue. The story is never predictable, and Pendergast is a multi-layered personality who keeps you guessing throughout.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 2/20/2014

    " Whew. Helen is really dead this time. Really. I think. Does anybody really die in this series? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/19/2014

    " Oh Aloysius, you never fail to surprise and delight, but even this time there were times when it was a wee bit of a stretch even for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 2/17/2014

    " Despite a questionable, motorcycle start, Pendergast discovers some fascinating truths - about himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Romanowski | 2/14/2014

    " I loved the book..... And so good ending, closing a lot of story lines...... And leaving an opening for the next trilogy....... I love agent Pendergast! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 2/8/2014

    " At this point I'm not sure how many more Pendergast victory laps I can hang on for, but some deep seated part of me wants to keep coming back to see if they can come up with something outside the well worn tropes of the series. "

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

    " Curiously, this highly-anticipated book wasn't as good as previous books in this series. I oftentimes found myself confused by references to past occurrences (which evidently have slipped my mind). I also found Agent Pendergast to be less likeable in this outing. Nonetheless, it was a fairly entertaining read, especially since it answered at least as many questions as it raised. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jcurtis | 1/23/2014

    " This book marks the end of a very long story between Pendergast and his wife Helen. All I can say is that I truly wished that it would have ended better for Helen and Aloysius. Pendergast is a great person and deserves to be happy, he has helped a lot of people. It has come to our attention that Helen had kept many secrets from Aloysius with the help of her brother Judson. I don't know why Helen could not have been honest with Pendergast, if only she could have confided in him all of this would not have come to past. Pendergast is a very resourceful person and would have put the end to the "Der Bund" long ago. Whenever Nazi's are involved you can be certain that no good is being done. As we know from our history books the Nazi's did experiments on their prisoners of war, so for them to perform all of these experiments on twins in their continued search for the "Superior Race" fit right into the story line and was very believable. Can you imagine the thoughts in Pendergast mind when he finds out he not only has a son but two, and they are twins. Alban the superior one and Tristram, the name given by Aloysius. I would have like to know from where Aloysius came up with the name. So much time has past with the publication of this trilogy (Fever Dreams, Cold Vengeance,and Two Graves)that I will have to reread them once again now that I have all three of them and can read one right after the other. This will allow me to follow the story line more completely and most likely answer some of my questions, I have need for answers. I was totally surprised by Pendergast physical trials throughout this novel...the chase of Helen and the finale at the end where he brought down the Der Bund once and for all. I was asking myself as all of this was happening, how old is Pendergast? And how long can he keep this up? As far as the way he handled Helen's death, with the drinking and the drugs and the self imposed quarantine from his friends and family, I would not have thought that Aloysius would have handled it quite this way. I found myself wanting to reach out and help him through with his grief. Shouting the whole time get up and get moving! Get the bad guys! Once again Preston and Child have out done themselves in giving us another great Pendergast Novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blaine | 1/22/2014

    " This is the first Preston and Child book that I've found disappointing. Strange side plots with Constance and Corrie. Almost no involvement from D'Agosta. Helen's backstory was borderline ridiculous. And the villains? It's been 70 years. Maybe it's time to stop using the Nazis as villains. Oh well. Pendergast is never dull. Hopefully the next book will get back on track. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/14/2014

    " One of their best. For best results start with the first Special Agent Pendergast in the series. It will help you understand the nuances of the characters in this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 1/12/2014

    " Not the best of the Pendergast series (That award, for me, goes to "Cabinet of Curiosities"). However, this was certainly not the worst in the series. It did take me a long time to get through this book with its wandering, and sometimes dull and monotonous plot points. Oh well, I shall read on... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Wendy | 12/17/2013

    " I. Love. Pendergast. Great book, lots of suspense, and some loose ends are tied up towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny Bernier | 12/12/2013

    " Not a bad book but the formula is getting old...may be time for Agent Pendergast to turn in his badge and gun and spend some time on a beach someplace "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Bruno | 12/11/2013

    " I'm a huge Preston/Child fan & I particular love the Pendergast novels. "Two Graves " didn't disappoint. Lots of action. Lots of plot twists & turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/9/2013

    " Love me some Pendergast.. As always his charm and wit are entertaining and carry him into an almost impossible escape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Monroe | 11/4/2013

    " Great book! I was disappointed several times but the possibilities to propel story has been laid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Bridges | 6/25/2013

    " It's fine. No better than that! Stretches the imagination a tad too much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Klose | 4/13/2013

    " This was a fantastic read. I'm saddened I've finished it. I'm curious now as to the next adventure in this. Can't wait to read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Stuteville | 4/12/2013

    " Classic Pendergast! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Pilipow | 2/22/2013

    " 5 stars isnt enough. This is single handly my favorite Pendergast book to date. So many twists and turns. Kept me up all night at the edge of my seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Goh | 2/11/2013

    " Preston & Child really know how to write a page-turner, though the sub-narratives feel like short stories interspersed between the main plot line to break up the momentum. Still, it is a compelling story which will keep you up all night, to the detriment of your non-leisure activities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/29/2012

    " Best so far:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hughes | 11/11/2012

    " Pendergast is back and there are Nazis. Can't go wrong with that combination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica W. | 11/11/2012

    " This book was the best book in the series. It was awesome! I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. A true suspense thriller that does not disappoint. "

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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.