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I have read most of the books by Preston and Child and all of the Pendergast novels--a few more than once. Aloysius is unique and somewhat weird, as is his brother Diogenes and that is part of what makes most of these books fun. That is, until this story that renders the brothers uninteresting. I actually forgot I had this book loaded on my phone because there is nothing compelling about this story and I found it a chore to finish listening. AXLP started losing his mystique after we were introduced to his wife Helen, who was duller than mud. Each novel since then has lost a bit of sparkle and now, he is given little to do in Obsidian Chamber and his decision to allow his nutso brother to walk makes me cringe at the thought of another boring soap opera story with these once-fascinating people. Diogenes is almost a different character and is completely unbelievable. Constance, her long dresses, and pretentious vocabulary have grown tiresome. The engaging Proctor started with a bang, then becomes part of a howler of an ending. He arrives back at Riverside Drive looking emaciated, filthy and bloody. Did he find a heretofore undiscovered land bridge and walk from Africa to New York? No. We are to believe he actually got onto a plane or maybe a boat covered in his and lions' blood and did not eat, drink, or rest the long journey across the ocean just so he could collapse on the floor after a tedious buildup before the nervous Mrs.Trask finally opens the dang door.
Rene Auberjonois is great, as usual, but even he cannot save this one. This is worse than Beyond the Ice Limit. yikes
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Feels like someone else wrote this book...
I couldn't even finish it. I'm sad.... where did Pendergrast go, where did Diogenes go ?
Weak and sappy
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If you could sum up The Obsidian Chamber in three words, what would they be?
Always great storyline
Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Only listened to the Prendergast books read by this narrator and this one is as good as the others
Any additional comments?
I've listened to all the Prendergast and really enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters, however I'm disappointed that the two previous books in the series are not yet in audible and feel I've missed out on the story.
High standards as usual from this writing duo. Didn't think I was going to engage with the story at first, but I should've known better. Not been disappointed yet. Where can we go from here??
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I always love a Pendergast book, so yes, it was time well spent, but compared to the rest of the series, this is certainly one of the lesser efforts from two authors who are usually guaranteed to deliver the goods.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Much of the book sees the story meandering around in search of a strong unifying theme. IT reads like a first draft in places (not because of spelling and grammar problems, but because there are so many places the story could be tightened up and made more impactful).
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I honestly can't, offhand, think of one scene where I went, 'Wow, that was great!' Unlike their previous efforts, this book is a cliche in search of a greater purpose.
Do you think The Obsidian Chamber needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Well, yes, it needs a follow-up, because I want the story of Pendergast to continue. I hope, though, the writers go back to their usual standards and not mail the next one in. One more effort like this and I'll let Pendergast rest in peace.
Any additional comments?
Maybe hold off buying this until the next in the series comes out, in the hope you can follow a mediocre story with something much more enjoyable.