Audiobook. Science fiction meets crime procedural in Relic. In this first of the series, Pendergast himself doesn’t play a major role in the investigation. Most of the who-done/is-it sleuthing is done by museum employees, Pendergast a peripheral who ultimately saves the day. Preston and Child have bestowed some physic abilities to Pendergast, or must have, because much of the detail gleaned by the museum employees doesn’t involve him directly, but he seems to know. Nice job in defining characters to like and a few to detest.
The story is adaquately read by David Colacci, however some of the New York City policemen sound pretty much alike, difficult, but not necessary, to tell them apart. Nice job with the brrrr of the Scottish scientist.
Pendergast is very popular as a fictional character, but I don’t believe it is because of this book, at least in my opinion. This popularity is a reason to move on in the series and I hope the character becomes more developed.
Relic has an eminently creative plot, while still maintaining easy-to-follow excerpts. I enjoyed the interplay of attraction and offense between the dynamic, interesting characters that filled in the story. Sometimes I like to be a distracted audio book listener rather than a voracious reader; in those cases, any book like this one would fit the bill perfectly.
Having been a fan of these authors for years I was excited to get this title in audio. Slow to start, long, long, long details of every tiny thing. I would recommend an abridged version to enjoy and not find it boring in spots.A decent listen but not many I know I would recommend it to.Many audio books I cannot stop listening to and would listen for hours.....this one however was easy to turn off and pick up when I had a few min. It just did not hold me spellbound.
A bit of a surprise ending.........
All authors have one book or two a reader does not care for. This for me was that book.
The unabridged performance of this novel is well done and brings the characters created by Preston & Child to life in an enjoyable manner.
The intensity of the story build throughout the novel and this is mirrored well in this production. The emotion and tension in the artists voice is great. The segments in the labyrinth of tunnels under the museum is memorable.
This was my first and it was very enjoyable. I will be looking for more items by this person.
This is a great series of books and well worth following as the build upon a great base story-line that more color is added to with each installment. Please note the movie of the same name is great however its a completely different story for much of the film version.
what, me worry?
This story really moves. The characters are easy to like or hate, as the authors intended, and the mystery is interesting enough that you want to keep listening to it. At the same time it's not so intellectually demanding that it will disturb your driving. Excellent for what it intends to be.
I liked the set up of this book and most of the first half as the mysterious situation developed, but once the mystery was lessened and the action got started, the book devolved.......the dialogue got cheesier, the narration got worse, and the circumstances got more contrived. Many of the characters were fine in small bits, but as they were used more, it became obvious how wooden and unrealistic they were.
I did not like the technologically-augmented narration, with added reverb (for conversations in a tunnel) or static (for dialogue over a walkie-talkie) - I found rather than adding to the effect of the narration, it detracted from it, pulling me out of the story rather than further into it. I also found some of the accents to be a little over-the-top (particularly the Scottish burr).
All in all, a good start wasted. I know Preston and Childs write popular books, but this will be the last of theirs for me.
I really enjoyed the narrator and the use of sound effects in phone conversations, the tunnels, basement, etc.
D'Agosto. Thought he was a good solid cop character, smart and caring, yet still tough. In contrast to Pendergast, who I liked, but he seemed a bit untouchable.
I enjoyed the build of the whole story, knowing that there would have to be a showdown between the beast and the protagonists. I especially enjoyed the "payoff" at the end. Didn't see it coming...
Again the payoff was well done.
Not a great book, in terms of a classic, but very enjoyable. Will read another in the series.
I really like this movie! :) And I really enjoyed this book. Its a little formulatic with stock characters and plot, but its got good scenes, exciting suspense, fun setting and a great monster.
The characters might be stock characters types, but there can be something satisfying with stock characters if done well, a reader can know them, understand them, they are familiar, and yet there are quirks and personalities to make them interesting and fulfilling. I cared about the characters and worried about what would happen to them.
The setting of a museum built on a catecomb of old, unmapped, dark, dank drainage and sewer pipes seems hard to believe at first, but it was very well done, and made for a great environment for this spooky monster story. I especially liked the details of museum life and employees, archeology digs and scientists. It made everything vivid and real. Great details that added to the story.
I usually like books better than the movies, but I really enjoyed the movie and the book both. The book added a lot with great, funny, enlightening internal dialogue and commentary. I found this book entertaining, humorous, suspenseful and thrilling. I laughed out loud at work. I listened in my car on my way home unable to put it down. I listened at night and skipped one of my favorite shows. I would recommend this book to others.
In addition, the narrator does a great job. Voices seemed right on. Sarcasm comes through perfectly. A joy to listen to.
Someone who enjoys scientific details. At a point in the book it started to drag on.
Not go into as much of the scientific details as they had.
Story development was very good. The best part of the book was the ending which was very thrilling. The character descriptions were excellent as well.
Would have liked to see more of Agent Pendergast.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
I think that it was so so... It could have been better.. the story dragged on in the final third.
It had me at my most in the beginning- and taking the artifacts to the museum.
It needed more counter plot - the final third of the book drudged on.. the only spark was the hint that one of the biochemist was synthetizing a new plant form.. and that could spark more monsters.
Sorry- nobody outstanding.. Dr. Margo Green? maybe.
Uh- daah... how old is this website? Who is running this ? Movie was made back in 1997!
IMDB gave it5.6 stars out of 10.. starring Penelepe A Miller and Tom Sizemore..
This is 2014!!! tsk tsk.