The science involved in the story was really interesting. The development of multiple "smart characters" (rather than just Pendergast) was a great addition. Some of it was a little to graphic for my taste.
The scenes in the lab figuring out how the genes worked together were really interesting.
I needed to take breaks to keep all the information separate.
Some parts of the story just seemed to go on and on. In between the yawns, there was a terrific story.
It is different from the other audiobooks I typically listen to, but in the best possible way. The images evoked by the authors' words is striking, from the jungles to the musuem, you can see the settings and experience the action and terror.
The end of the novel is non-stop and white knuckled suspense. You cannot help but wonder how in the world this is all going to be resolved. And once again, the detail used by the 2 authors to describe what is happening is superb.
Pendergast is by far the best character, but D'Gusta is really cool, too. Every character was very, very well performed by Mr. Colacci. I really appreciate the time and effort he put into giving every single character their own voice, and it sounded so perfect. Most definitely now my favorite narrator.
Great novel made even better by the man narrating the tale. If you have not checked it out, please do!!!
I usually listen only during my commute, but kept this on even after my drive was over.
It's very suspenseful! If you listen at night, it will give you nightmares.
Yes, with classic Preston and Child terror simmering, lurking and building at every turn. It's what their audience loves!
His voices and characterizations are quite colorful.
Get ready to scream!
Varied taste in books from classics to Sci-Fi to books on psychology and science. I'm a quantitative and a qualitative reader.
The book starts a little slow, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The story of Anthropologists who discover an artifact and a mysterious beast, and a killing spree in the Museum of Natural History in NYC. After a third individual has been killed in the Museum, we meet Pendergast a New Orleans FBI agent who recognizes the killers M.O. and has come to New York to investigate. Thus begins a roller coaster ride to solve the mystery as bodies counts soar.
The ending was satisfying and the characters human enough and interesting enough for 'brain candy' type reading. The introduction of Pendergast however, is like a tease as he is enigmatic, polite, intelligent and thinks outside the usual parameters. The glimpse we see of the man makes you want more and has even caused me to get the next book as to satisfy my curiosity.
Want books to keep me on the edge of my seat. I commute a lot and love being engaged in a mystery thriller.
I just might
Ecxellent vocie and character imagery thur voice
As always Pendergast
En excellent read / listen love the series
Lower half of the lot.
Can't think of any.
The second half was entertaining.
Made the hard to believe seem real.
Love this book as I love all of the Pendergast based novels. They are mysterious up to the conclusion and I love the story lines by Preston and Child.
I often knit while listening to recorded books and I find I knit faster as the suspense intensifies
The presenter of this book does an excelent job of holding my attention with his voice inflections and artfully placed pauses.
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Super-Natural History Museum
It's the first book in a series. It's a smart and clever, historically wise, X-files-like detective tale with a great moody, gothic and creepy back drop of the NY Natural History Museum - 3 thousand gloomy rooms full of bones, 200 miles of dark corridors lined with glass cases of strange things.
Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast - he is the Elric of Melniboné of the F.B.I.
They did make a film - mixing in book 1 & 2, taking 2 really excellent books and making one not so good monster movie. But, I still love Stan winston's Amazing and frightening Kothoga monster.
Here you get to meet Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast - the Vincent Price of the F.B.I. - He's a fantastic character, his adventures are thrilling, and the book gets smarter just when you think it'll run out of steam... plus it really is a wonderful monster. A classic monster. and how many of those do you get to enjoy in the genre? Did you like the move? You'll LOVE the books!
Having read, and loved Preston's later book in this series - Cold Vengeance, I looked forward to starting at the beginning of the series. I enjoyed the premise of the story line - mysterious, gruesome deaths in the Museum of Natural History, but was bogged down by the pacing of the book - laboriously complex and layered. Don't get me wrong - I love long complex novels - Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is one of my favorites and it is nothing if not complex.
But this novel took so much time developing cartoon-like antagonists, while leaving the murder lightly defined until the climax. The blood and gore was aplenty - that's fine, it is a part of the genre.
I will try one more of Preston's books, but not with relish after this unappetizing starter.