The story is very flat and there is no suspense at all in the whole book. The narration is also not very good. The narrator creates unique voices, but the recording quality is not that good either. Especially, the sound effects for direct speech are very bad (e.g. echo in the cellar, walkie-talkie voices). It hurts in the ears when listening on an iPod. All in all, not a good book. The newer Pendergast stories are much better, especially considering that Pendergast is not the protagonist in this book and some book catalogs do list this book not as a Pendergast book.
I cannot compare the audio with the print version because I have not read the print version.
The plot was exciting from the first page. I do most of my reading in the car, and I found myself gripping the steering wheel! Most of my reading is non-fiction, but I occasionally take a break and read a novel. What a great find! I am so happy that I am reading this.The story is unusual in setting as well as plot. It is great to listen and imagine the people, trapped in the Museum of Natural History, and the fear that they are feeling.
So much! Colacci is by far the best reader that I have listened to! He reads so well, and adapts his voice to the different characters, that it is like I am listening to a play rather than listening to a book.I will now do searches specifically for books that he has narrated.
It made me scared and excited! I forget everything and become immersed in the plot.
The Relic is the first of a series. Start here and keep reading!
It kept me on my toes and guessing, I was never sure what was coming, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I'm not sure what to compare it to, I've never listened to or read another book like this one
I don't know if I had a favorite part, I enjoyed the whole book other than the end here the mad scientist was growing more of the weeds and selling it as drugs, that part was a bit disturbing
No, it was not that kind of book for me
Preston and child are my favorite duo, they never disappoint
After reading Cabinet of Curiosities and loving the writing style of Preston and Child I had to start from the beginning and was not disappointed. I loved the first Pendergast book and cannot wait to continue with the rest of the series. Being a huge James Patterson fan, it has been refreshing to really enjoy a completely different writing style that has kept my attention. Looking forward to the rest!
I enjoy Smithback's character because he is completely obnoxious, but you grow to love him because beneath it, he is is a decent guy, but the subtle comedic relief of the book.
I loved how he portrayed each character's voice and took great detail to account for the sounds that the voices would make in various rooms (such as a deep basement, or over a walkie talkie)....the attention to detail makes the narration one of the best I've heard.
I really enjoy reading the bits of history and facts that are sprinkled in the plot of the story.
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
This was my first Agent Pendercast novel. Luckily, it looks like this is the first book in the Pendercast series. I fully plan to listen to the entire series. I am already a die-hard Pendercast/ Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child fan!!! These authors have done an excellent job writing this novel together.
Relic is a suspensful and terrifying tale of a mysterious and hungry creature living in the basement of a popular muesem. No one knows what exactly is causing the murders in the muesem, why they seem to be occurring with greater frequency, and how to stop them from continuing. Agent Pendercast is introduced as a wise and talented Federal agent who helps bring the adventure to life.
I was literally at the edge of my seat throughout most of this book. It had my full attention and interest! Normally, i will listen to my audiobooks in the background while attending to mindless tasks - but i could not do anything else while listening to Relic. I was completely engrossed in the excitement. I am sure that i will listen to this book again and again, but i doubt it will ever be as thrilling as the first time through. I highly recommend this book - but if you scare easily, maybe you should only listen during the daylight!
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
There was excellent character development. You came to know the characters. I like thrillers where you don't know what is goingto happen (no foreshadowing) and what does happen is believable and unexpected.
Margo Green is a kick butt heroine. She is fearless. Also, this is the introduction to Special Agent Pendergast.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
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.
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
The only reason I gave this book 3 stars is because I found the horror beyond belief. Still, great character development and narrative.