I wish I had a bright high school kid teetering on the edge of a scientific career to give this book to. Dedication, courage and integrity from scientists, law enforcement and even quality journalism triumph over the evils forces of self-serving public relations, law enforcement and museum management. The book's introduction of forensic DNA was undoubtedly quite fresh at the time Relic was written, but now reads a bit like an historical novel. Still clever and interesting, but most of us have been there, read that. Yet, the doings in the catacombs of the museum, although reminiscent of the approximately contemporaneous Poseidon Adventure, are well paced. David Colacci's great reading, with just a touch of irony during the most melodramatic passages, makes this a fun, if not memorable, listen.
This was the first audio book my husband has heard. He found it wonderful. He loved the story line and was worried a couple of times that it went off in different directions but all the story lines kept coming together well.
This may be the best series of this genre ever written. I can't read these books fast enough and have had to pace myself so I don't catch up too quickly and run out of new books to read!
I am not usually a fan of collaboration when it comes to authors but Preston and Child pull it off masterfully. Their story telling is rich and full of twists and turns. Their characters and scenes are so well described you can imagine being there in the middle of what's going on. And although this and the second book of the series "Reliquary" are a bit fantastical the story line is very believable.
David Colacci is also an excellent narrator but just wait until you get to some of the later books with Scott Brick (love him). I was a little bummed when they switched to Renee Auberjonois but he still does an ok job.
If you are thinking about buying this book - do it! You won't be disappointed.
This book is horrifyingly gripping, and it never seems to let you go. Even during the calm parts of the book, I was always on edge waiting for something terrible to happen.
A superb storyline. I have not enjoyed a book this much in a long time.
The narration is excellent and adds a great feeling of atmosphere to the book.
This was a great read/listen kept me interested and couldnt wait to get back to it.
There was nothing disappointing about the story or of the pacing
The performance of David Colacci was entransing
I would not make any changes
Avid Reader when not teaching, being a Mommy, or gamer. Loves just about anything!
Scientific creep fest!
The way the authors pulled in multiple points of view to give the reader of a vastly divergent experience from the major players involved.
What wasn't to like? His performance made me feel like I was listening to a multiple cast recording rather than a single narrator.
I would probably listen to Relic again because I was turning the pages so fast that I am sure I missed some of the details. I didn't see the movie and from what I have read in the reviews, it probably is a good thing I missed it.
I liked the strong characters within the story. However, it was the epilogue that did it for me because it answered every question I had during the story. I can't think of a question that wasn't answered. I have read books where the story ended and I'm asking, "yeah, but what about....?" That isn't the case in this book.
Another thing I liked about the story was that this book could have really been a gory piece of literature. Certainly people died in a very unpleasant way but the details of the gore were left to the imagination of the reader. I have really grown tired of authors who think that they must explain every detail of a story.
I would love to listen to more books read by David Colacci. He kept the suspense and tension of the story balanced. He didn't over dramatize the scary moments which added to the story. He enhanced the story by allowing the words of the author to carry the tension. I thought he didn't a fine job.
I liked the first couple of chapters, the young boys, Margo trying to escape certain death and the book making her desperation so clear. There were many moments which moved me.
Love books, grandmother
No comparison first book I have listened to of this kind.
No just a good read
David colacci narrative was great I enjoyed his tone with the book
This is the book that made me a Preston and Child fan. I reread it periodically just for the pleasure and excitement. I have read all their books, but still like this the best. I live right next door to the American Museum of Natural History and often imagine the fictional happenings in the Museum. The audio version does complement the written nicely. I have actually listened to the audio while in the Museum. Spooky, although the authors did take some liberty with Museum geography. This is a new class in the genre.
As an archaeologist, I like the archaeology/anthropology and scientific explanations given throughout the story. I also enjoyed the subplots of scientific grant competition and the internal politics of the "scientific life". The main plot however, does have a momentum that is compelling.
I have not heard this performer before, but his work here (particularly with changes in voice) make the story very enjoyable, by allowing one to track the character dialog.
Yes, but I am afraid life does not afford me that much leisure. I did look forward to my listening time each day.
First class work. I hope all the Preston & Child work are available. Highly recommended.