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I really enjoy Preston/Child novels however on occasion the endings are just insane. The ending of this book is once such example, if a one egg omelet is good a 5 egg omelet must be amazing!
I love the detail, the science research and the story lines but sometimes an ending doesn't have to be so over the top. This review could be of about 50% of their books.
This was to be my 4th Child-Preston audiobook. I really enjoy their books for my daily commute (Thunderhead! Awesome read!)
But Relic sounds HORRIBLE. It's feels like there's a sibilance reducer or compressor that's been set way too high. End result is half the time it sounds like he's talking through a pillow and half the time it sounds marginally ok - it comes in nauseating waves. I found myself turning all the bass down, the treble all the way up, the vocal booster on my ipod tuned on AND the volume 15% higher than I normally listen to books YET still fighting to comfortably listen and get into the book.
FWIW this is roughly my 20th book from Audible, and haven't run across this problem before. Just the same the "enchanced" audio format has the issue. It must be an older audiobook.... maybe they digitized it off cassette tapes (I'm only partially kidding!)
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
I do not get it. I read the reviews and they are mostly positive. I couldn't get into it past the first hour. the narration is dramatic and cannot carry a contrived plot. If the writing was strong and the plot less transparent and silly then the efforts at narrating might be worth it. For me it is a BUST.
This is a book you will get into and like and later when you try to tell someone about it it will sound silly. I think it is just one of those books to read just because its fun, has a quick plot and will make the commute happen much more quickly. I liked it and I am going to listen to the next one and probably the one after that too.
This was a little too predictable - scary monsters, lightning, rain, panic, obviously bad police decisions, brave civilian heroine...
I love the Pendergast series so this was somewhat of a let down from the story perspective. The reader also made Pendergast a little more harsh sounding than he is in the other books; not as cool and collected.
Not a bad book (not a 1 star for example), it was just not up there.
I have no idea how I ended up listening to this book. Audible must have had some special going on . . . the story was absolutely unbelievable, the science completely bogus, and the characters were not very interesting. The narrator was great, but that's the only positive comment I have to make.
I bought this book because of a $4.95 sale and could not have been happier with the result. I've listened to a couple other Preston and Child books and enjoyed them so I figured their series was worth a try. It was exciting, funny, suspenseful, dramatic, and kept me coming back for more! I liked the quick pace of the story and never found myself trying to force my way through a slow or boring part. But what I loved best here was the narration! David Colacci created a believable world and characters that truly brought this story to life.
Seeing as this was the first book in the Pendergast series, I was expecting Pendergast to take the front seat. However I was surprised at how balanced the attention to characters was. The different perspectives of all of the characters gave some nice depth and helped build the suspense.
His narration gave life to the characters. It was easy to forget that it was a single man narrating this story, not a team of narrators.
In a word, yes!
Only paid $4.95, but well worth a credit!