Audible is better than TV
This story was a cliche' but well done. It kept me listening even though the overall story arc is known to any xfiles or 1950's creature feature fan. This does not mean that it was not a fun romp if you like this type of thing, which I do.
What I really enjoyed was the building of the Pendergast character. You gain insights throughout the story, but he is still quite the mystery, and very interesting.
If I were to judge this on the story alone I would not continue the series, but I am interested in the character Pendergast and will give the next in the series a shot just to see what happens to him.
I normally enjoy thrillers with unlikely or impossible science, and I'm not super picky about them. This one, I enjoyed the premise, but poor characterization left me wishing it would just end. The authors relied a bit too heavily on prototypes, I think, especially for the less likeable characters, of which there are many. The reading made almost all of the characters annoying-to-obnoxious with overblown accents and women's voices that sounded weak and whiny, even the heroine's. Consequently, what should have been a suspenseful final third of the novel just seemed interminable because I didn't really care about or care to spend any more time with any of the characters. The production added some cool things like echo and a couple of other subtle sound effects, but it wasn't enough to overshadow my desire to tell almost every single character, even the one's we're supposed to like, to shut up at one point or another.
Since this was the first time, I can not rank this audiobook although I did enjoy it. The story was exciting.
Please get this book! It's a great story that reminds me of the old Boris Karloff movies of The Mummy and it scared the heck out of me.
If you like a girl with d scary movie, pick this up. Audible and writers did a great job. Loved it!
I am a trucker, and I keep myself occupied behind the wheel by consuming audiobooks. I lean towards series and sci-fi and fantasy, with an occasional dip into thrillers.
Relic as a standalone novel is gripping and very good at keeping one's attention. As others have mentioned, what would normally be an implausible monster story is bolstered by the evidently careful and detailed research by Lincoln and Child. The best thing about it though is that it serves as a great opening into the world of Pendergast. Aside from the man himself a couple characters who feature heavily in later books are introduced here as well. If you intend to dive into the rest of the series you'll recall Relic with fondness during later listens.
The narration isn't anything special but by no means detracts from the story. There're actually some interesting effects thrown in there that I found added to the suspense and realism of the plot.
I had Relic sitting in my WishList for very long time and I'm glad I finally took the plunge. I am now well into the world of Pendergast, and haven't looked back.
Great easy to follow good book with more background and info than the movie of course, great if you like science and history and a little gore