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Cemetery Dance

Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
Series: Pendergast, Book 9
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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William Smithback, a New York Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was their strange, sinister neighbor - a man who, by all reports, was already dead.

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

©2009 Grand Central Publishing (P)2009 Hachette

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  • Samantha
  • 31-05-2009

Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers

I liked the beginning of this book, however the graphic nature and shear sadness of the animal cruelty really turned me off. Be forewarned some content is hard to take.

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  • Grendel Noir
  • 10-06-2009

Here's a suggestion...

Don't give away major plot elements in your reviews!

It is very easy to write a review without ruining the book for others by giving away the major events.

Please try to be more considerate of others who have yet to read the book.

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  • rebecca
  • 23-09-2015

Not All Pendergast

Novel doesn't evolve so much around Pendergast; instead I loved listening to all the mysterious events. Shocked with first murder. Totally unexpected

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  • Marla
  • 10-05-2014

Zombies in Manhattan

What made the experience of listening to Cemetery Dance the most enjoyable?

Both the story and the fine narration were excellent. One was glued to one's seat waiting and wondering what the next chapter would bring.

What did you like best about this story?

The story had you believing zombies were real.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any of the scenes with the zombies. I loved the action, sounds and fear.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was so sad for the lost of a main character.

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  • Mel Aclaro
  • 03-07-2009

Still a fan...but they struggled with this one.

I pick up anything from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I'm a fan, have read all their books, and am waiting for their next novel.

That said, I couldn't help but feel Messrs. Preston and Child were struggling to pull all the loose strings together on this one toward the end. I guess it still worked. But, I couldn't say it's "up there" with their other works.

Would I still have purchased it, knowing what I know? Yeah. But, then again, I'm a fan.

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  • Chuck
  • 18-06-2009

Pendergast in Manhattan with Zombies

Could it be faster paced? Possibly. Could it be less gorey? Probably. Could it be more "up beat"? Perhaps. But then, it wouldn't be Pendergast. Add Rene Auberjonois and his New Orleans Southern aristocrat accent and prepare yourself for listening at it's best.

Haven't met Special Agent Pendergast? This is as good a place to start as any. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Eva Gannon
  • 11-06-2009

Fantastic!

This book reaches out and grabs you and doesn't let go. An excellent summer read. Rene Auberjonois' narration is top-notch.

I wanted to find out how it would end, but I was sorry when it did.

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  • Audible Reader
  • 14-06-2009

Disappointing

I am a huge fan of the Pendergast series. However, this novel and the one prior to it have not lived up to the quality of the other books in this series. I would give this one higher marks than "The Wheel of Darkness", but not much higher. Zombies? Really? It seems that Preston and Child have run out of ideas. The book did get somewhat better in the latter third of the novel, but not very good overall. The narration, however, was top-notch.

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  • John
  • 21-03-2010

We are going off the rails here...

I have loved this series so far, but this is an extremely weak installment. Full of zombies and voodoo, the whole thing is just a mess.

I would only recommend this one for the die hard fan.

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  • Eva Marie Achtemeier
  • 02-10-2018

love this series!

Yes, there is animal sacrifice graphically depicted in this novel, however there are still cultures today that perform these acts. It is better to be aware that these actions still exist rather than bury your head in the sand and pretend it doesnt happen. The sacrifices depicted are not gratuitous for the novel, they lend credence to the story being told.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-2018

Great reader!

As always, Rene Auberjonois did an amazing job. Highly recommend this book. Story was good as well.

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  • colleen maria peverell
  • 09-04-2018

Love your books

I can never put your books down. The twists and turns in the story make it impossible to put down
The characters are so real. Thank you for such great books

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  • Mark Steven Alan Thomas
  • 08-12-2016

Classic pendergast

Just like the good old books from before the Diogenes trilogy.
Surprises all through with a nice portion of karma at the end.

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  • Daniel
  • 18-06-2014

To Rene; that's the best Zombie sound bite ever!

Where does Cemetery Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not bad at all. I really enjoyed the Pendergast series so far as they are easy going and fun. and this one is no exception.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cemetery Dance?

It's a bit of twister and is set back in New York with some of the series most memorable characters. Another good yarn so no spoilers here just get involved.

What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

The impressions from reader Rene on the monster were brilliant. Well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. Again it would spoil it if I told you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-2009

poor

Found the book very difficult to get into. Is not very well written ,on a par with the Davinci Code.