Bookworm who frequently drives distances or has long travel times. Lover of furry pets.
To begin, I stumbled across this book while looking for something to be creepy enough to get me through the 6 weeks before Halloween.
It took me several minutes to catch on to what the opening expedition and boys playing in the museum was about. I did repeat this first part before continuing. (This was the only time I did this though.)
David Colacci, makes a great narrator for this book and while there are some extra sound affects, the overall performance was great. There are 3-4 sections where you can tell that David started reading again on a new day or after a long break because his voice will suddenly become stronger in the middle of a chapter. Considering the year it was recorded though, not bad.
While some of the plot details would be considered "way out there" even today (2011), I believe that because this is a Science Fiction/Horror Novel, these details are acceptable. If you believe that genetics can be manipulated to change a specimen after full development or a master destructive species when the current population is too big, then you will be fine with this book. If you can't, then you probably won't be able to swallow all the sci-fi theories thrown out in the book.
This book is written in a braided style, so you do alternate between characters view points. Not many authors have impressed me with the ability to do this well, but Preston & Child have mastered this style to a point that the plot still flowed in the right direction when there was a switch in views.
I finished this book in 2 days by staying up because I couldn't stop the book long enough to sleep. (I did have work, so there were some times that I couldn't listen and I was so antsy to get back to the book.) I can't wait to start my next Pendergast novel if the plot is just as addicting.
Maybe I'm just not into this kinda thing but these characters were so cookie cutter and bland. The audio performance was obnoxious. I would have preferred all the characters have the same voice as the narration if he is going to make all those horrible accents. The story is lackluster. The suspense is not there. Characters make ridiculous decisions to force catastrophe...The whole thing is just a big hot mess of a story that was made more unbearable by the cheesy accents from David Colacci, who I won't be listening to again.
I am one for enjoying a good sci-fi/supernatural type tale...this story was just...blah.
This book seemed like a movie, in a way. It was written well -- good dialog, vocabulary, and the like. But the plot was just very movie like. I guess that's not a bad thing.
The narrator was outstanding!!!
Overall, I think it was entertaining, if a tad long.
Overall, I thought the book itself was very good. I enjoyed the narration and the premise for the book was great. The only part where it started to get dry was when they were hunting the "monster" in the museum. I think it could have stood to be a bit shorter. Otherwise, I highly enjoyed the book!
I love mysteries, but generally do not read "monster" stories. I can't remember why I purchased "Relic," but I did, and it was a very pleasant surprise.
However, I should warn you that it doesn't start out too well. For the first hour of listening, I was disappointed and very nearly turned off my iPod. But I decided to listen halfway before giving up on this book. As soon as the character of Pendergast was introduced, my enjoyment of the book increased dramatically. There are many secondary characters that are not well-defined; it is an overarching weakness of the book. But Perdergast, the main police character, and two of the museum characters are very well written and engaging.
I thought the narrator was just OK.
The drama of the "monster" was also well written and grabbed my attention. I definitely experienced tension and fear.
The biggest surprise (no spoiler ... read on!) was the epilogue. Do not miss that, when you finish listening to the last chapter.
There is absolutely nothing original here. Relic is basically the kind of book Michael Crichton would have written if he had suddenly lost most of his talent. There are a lot of uninteresting, one-note characters who serve to just move the incredibly predictable plot along. It does turn into a decent gory horror novel at the end. (Trust me. I'm not spoiling anything here. You see it coming a mile away.)
The narrator really hams it up. Which makes this silly story sound even sillier. Don't bother.
A light hearted fun and entertaining listen. Yes it's very predictable and follows the same formula countless other novels follow but it just works. It's a bit science fiction ( think Godzilla in a museum), a bit drama, and a little scary. I was afraid to go to sleep alone afterwards. I loved the characters and the novel wasn't too long that it didn't hold your attention.
They made this novel into a movie but the book is defiantly better. The movie is quite different to the novel and *spoiler* some characters are not in the movie.
Dont forget the sequel, Reliquary. You will want to keep reading about these characters and their adventures.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
The only reason I gave this book 3 stars is because I found the horror beyond belief. Still, great character development and narrative.
Totally addicted to Audible.
Just scary enough to be entertaining and just far enough into science fiction to let me sleep after listening. I liked the characters a lot.