I only started Relic because I read book 4 of Pendergast's series and fell in love with the characters. I was not expecting a story that was borderline science fiction. It was well written science fiction, but the plot was a little bit too far from reality for me.
I would have to say this book ranks in the top five audio books I've read. With a library of over 800 books and counting with Audible, plus a personal library of several hundred, this will tell you how much this book impressed me.
The science is interesting, but doesn't bog down the story; the characters are fascinating and well developed. The progression of the story is excruciating in detail, seducing the reader like a seasoned lover; promising satisfaction and taking it away again and again until it explodes in some gruesome, grisly fashion. *shivers*
The narrator has just the right touch to bring to this low key wild ride. His voice just demands that you pay attention, lest you miss an important detail.
This is the kind of book that you take on a long trip in your car alone, lest you bark at someone to ShutTheHellUp while wearing your bitch face.
I'm hooked. I'm going for the series. I see that there's a sequel. See you in the stacks!
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
Initially, I thought the book would be too slow. It seemed to drag through each event with more boring detail than was necessary. However, each time, it left just enough of a teaser to make me keep going. My curiosity about a "curse" kept me wondering if there was a logical explanation or if there really was a curse, leaving it's mark on all who dared to investigate. It really picked up about 2/3 of the way through the recording and by the end, I was sitting in my driveway listening for a long time after I finished my drive home. Pendercast is an interesting character, but he did not overshadow all of the other characters. I would certainly recommend this book to all who have even a slight interest in unexplained events and characters who come together to make an exiting story.
READING this book would be time well spent. I can't really say that listening to it was, purely because of the silly narration.
This really is a fun story, blending sic-fi and thriller genres. It's not to the level of a Michael Crichton novel -- the evolutionary science is vague and not well researched -- but it is certainly better than James Patterson Zoo.
Never. He was 100% the WORST narrator I've come across, after listening to hundreds of audiobooks.
This book was a movie... a very very terrible movie. Read the paper copy of the book, and avoid putting yourself through the movie.
I'm actually a fan of this book - in written form. I wanted so badly to get into the story, but found it nearly impossible to do so because my brain was continuously fighting the cartoonish accents and poor narration of David Colacci. The whole performance was SO over the top, which just doesn't work for a book that walks the line of sic-fi/fantasy, such as this one. Almost every character was given an outlandish and poorly executed accent. So disappointed... I just need to get through the sub-par narrations to get to the books performed by Scott Brick and Rene Auberjonois.
"Monster" books usually are far from the usual books I enjoy but this book was very well written with a scientific explanation for the monster which made it believable. It was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. It maybe started off a little slow but it picks up before you know it. I was pleasantly surprised! Will definitely be looking forward to purchasing the sequel now.
I generally liked the story - the museum angle was definitely good.
The casual way every female character is helpless and stupid, needing to be rescued by much smarter men, makes me realize how dated this is - and how glad I am that culture has evolved away from that portrayal being acceptable!
I liked the reader himself, but this book was excruciating to listen to with all the echo effects, bursts of music - it's not a performance but it's not just a reading, instead it was just painful. I finally started fast-forwarding every time someone's dialog echoed or was disorted to indicate phone calls, internal monologues, or walking in tunnels. Again, that part is probably dated back to the early days of books on tape; and thankfully we have evolved past it.
I'm hoping this is the start of a series that grows past the fledgling efforts. First books are hard, and I want to keep going with this series to see it improve.
I was hesitant to purchase but took a gamble and it paid off!! Very good storyline, you can distinguish characters from others. Mr Pendergast was by far the most enjoyable!
Take a risk you will be thankful you did!!
Say something about yourself!
Yes, because it was so captivating, but also... no, because I know what happens. That's the beauty of this story, the suspense.
It was smart and intelligent. Love the scientific additions, especially the genetics and modern testing techniques. But it was also a really good mystery!
Pendergast, hands down.
It made me a little creeped out by odd noises at night.
Loved how the writing kept the twists and turns unpredictable. When one has read as many books as I have, sometimes stories are too predictable. I lost myself in this story, without finding myself analyzing the writing and knowing what was going to happen. I truly did not do that with Relic; I just listened and suspended my disbelief.
after reading Brimstone some time ago, I became enamored with the Pendergast books and Preston and Childs way of blending reality, science and fiction into an almost believable mixture. I had to go back and see where it all began. having gotten used to Rene Auberjenois' skillful portrayal of the characters of Pendergast and dagosta, I didn't know how I'd feel about another narrator and hesitated getting Relic. After a few chapters, I got used to Colacci... real good job, though I like Auberjenois' characterization of Pendergast better. I definitely recommend anyone give Relic a listen... starts kind of slow... but ends up being a real barn burner!!!!!