The Obsidian Chamber : Pendergast

  • by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by Rene Auberjonois
  • Series: Pendergast
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Tragic Disappearance
After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.
A Shocking Return
Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
An International Manhunt
Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.
But in a World of Black and White, Nothing Is as It Seems
And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred - and it may already be too late....

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Customer Reviews

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Fearful there is no where to go for the series.

I have always enjoyed the Pendergast series. However, I have grown tired of the cliffhanger endings. I find that I frequently have to go back to the previous book in an effort to understand why all this "stuff" is happening to Pendergast or Constance and now Proctor. The cloudy convoluted plots and the referenced past deeds are tiring.
Just give Pendergast cases to show his brilliance and close the door (for Pendergast it is doors) on the past. Leave Constance and her son (and undoubtedly the child she will now be carrying) with the monks!!!
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- Julie "Say something about yourself!"

Very disappointing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Who knows?


Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

I keep hoping they will get back to the intriguing mysteries that they wrote in their first 10 books. After that, when the novels got into Pendergast's "family problems" they seem to have gone down hill and don't have the humor and excitement that they once had. Pendergast is actually becoming a bit tiresome and the twists and turns and multiple story lines are pretty tedious. I am a big fan of Preston and Child's but have been less than entertained by them lately.


What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is always great and can do any kind of voice and accent very well.


What character would you cut from The Obsidian Chamber?

Diogenes should have remained dead. Constance is getting somewhat boring and seems a real twit in this one.


Any additional comments?

I so enjoyed the earlier Pendergast books when the Special Agent was solving mysteries of a bizarre nature. The ones where he teamed up with D'Agosta, Margo Green, and the great comic relief of Smithback, Wren and Mime, etc were fun and interesting and I couldn't put them down until the end. Now, they just seem to go around and around in circles and the whole Pendergast family drama is tiresome and boring. I'm not sure I even want to finish this. I'm 3/4 of the way through and thinking I might just return it and not finish it. It just doesn't seem that it even keeps my interest. I would love to have Preston and Child get back to the format that they used in the earlier books where the sharpness of Pendergast and his great dry humor ("it's a bad habit, but I simply cannot help myself" ) were fun and refreshing. He no longer has the aura of mysticism and invincibility he had in the beginning, at least for me. He now just seems like a endless victim who keeps falling into traps. The only refreshing part in this book is that Proctor, the mysterious butler, gets to play a major part. Unfortunately, at least as far as I've listened, he just sort of gets lost. These guys are great writers, obviously, judging by their popularity and their massive following. Maybe they are reaching too hard these days?

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- Blue Dragonfly "BlueDragonfly"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio