I enjoyed it but wouldn't say that it's the best book that I've read.
The narration was reasonable and the story a bit predicable.
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.
Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!
The only reason I gave this book 3 stars is because I found the horror beyond belief. Still, great character development and narrative.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The narration is well done... characters are narrated consistently and distinctly.
The characters are fairly realistic and fleshed out but the story itself is pretty lame. I read scifi and thrillers/detective stories and thought this would be a blend of the two but it doesn't really hit the mark as either.
You have to accept the existence of a monster, which is fine. But you also have to accept that a museum would not shut down as soon as there were a series of atrocious and unexplainable murders inside it. Then you have to accept that a graduate student would be the "detective" and the "real" detectives more interested in... I'm not sure what they were doing, but they weren't doing any detecting.
I got this book on sale so give it 3 stars. If I had paid full price I would have been disappointed...
Thr3e and any of the Harry Bosch stories are better thrillers. Altered Carbon is a better blend of sci-fi and detective. Artifact is a better "monster" story. Now I just wish someone could point me in the right direction because this is audiobook number 4 in a row that I finished only because I had paid for them.
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 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.
This was an interesting, though gory, premise. I did thoroughly enjoy the Pendergast character. The plot points were pretty "out there," and I definitely had to ignore my disbelief to finish the story. But in all, I'll probably look into another Pendergast novel.