I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (thriller) - This is my first book by these authors and I like their mixture of science and horror, but I would have liked more mystery and less action in this book. The story starts with a very intriguing premise but then turns into mostly just descriptions of strange noises and deaths in a museum with lots of action scenes. In the second half there is a special museum event which is attended by the general public and all hell breaks loose. FBI agent Pendergast, a few scientists and many museum guests become trapped in the museum with the killer. This is my favorite part of the book, as they try to figure out what they're up against and come up with a way to outsmart their foe. The book ends well, and what happens in the epilogue came as a total surprise and sets the scene for future books.
PERFORMANCE - Great effort at differentiating between characters and different situations. When characters were on a microphone or in a tunnel, they sounded like it. I am always surprised when performances like this are criticized. Was it perfect, no. Were a few accents way overdone, definitely. But this is Audible, not Hollywood, and I'd rather have a performance like this than a monotonous reading where every character sounds exactly the same. Good job.
OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - Recommended for anyone who enjoys fictional creatures, science, action and is okay with a sprinkling of gore. There is no sex, but the F-word occurs quite a bit during the more serious action scenes in the second half. Even though it is the first book of a series, the story stands alone.
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 am an energetic wife, mother and grandmother with a busy life and tired eyes. I love being able to listen to books while doing chores, etc.
I felt that the accents were over the top and it took away from my ability to stay with the story. Also the dramatization of phone and walkie-talkie type conditions turned me off.
I knew I had heard the title before and then I read an earlier review that it has been a movie. This was a much better experience. It even explained a few holes that the movie simply left out. Plus, this was fun!
OMG I'm going to be so sad when I finish book 15 and have to wait for book 16 to come out,and hopefully it does and soon!!.. I read Relic many years ago in paper back,I remember it as a really good book,it stuck in my memory as all really good books do for me...So when I joined Audibles and ran across Relic I decided to get it.What I didn't realize when I decided to listen to it is I had no idea there were 2 other books relating to Relic,book 2 Reliquary" and book 3 "Cabinet of Curiosities" plus many other books with the awesome character of Special Agent Pendergast, I was elated to put it mildly!! lol. I'm on book 8 at the moment, I couldn't tell you how many times I've stayed up all night saying to myself, "just one more chapter, just one more chapter" over and over and end up staying up all night because I just couldn't stop listening to these books! I do though recommend listening to them in order,although you can if you want to listen to them out of order as each book is a stand alone story. But many of the main characters in each book carry over to the next book and new story line..To get the most out of the books and to really understand the characters and who they are than I recommend listening to them in order beginning with book 1 "Relic". These books are well worth your time, keeping in mind they are stories meant to entertain with twist and turns that make you go GASP!! lol It doesn't matter if they are plots and story lines that's not apt to happen in real life, they are meant to entertain,and they certainly do the job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, drawing you right into the story and make you feel like your part of the story and know each of the characters personally. At the ending of each book your begging for the next book, Preston&Childs are awesome writers!! I give my rating in "Overall, Performance. and Story" all 5 Stars and if there were more options for Stars I'd give MORE stars. I'm on my 8th book and it will also get all 5 stars..I'm going to be upset when I finish book 15,hopefully by the time I start book 15 book 16 will be out and maybe book 17,I'm keeping my hopes up and fingers crossed!!
I love the Pendergast mysteries. This is my second trip through the whole series. Pendergast is such a weird yet utterly likable, dare I say, believable, protagonist. The set of characters and situations that will appear in later books are nicely set up here.
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FBI man Pendagraf is for sure a very different and interesting character. Not typical...kind of an amneican Sherlock Holmes ... I think I'll be reading this series off and on for quite sometime. These adventures seem to move around quite q lot with unusual twist and turns to the plots I have read to date
I found the characters to be just that, not living people, with the exception of the female protagonist who is more distinctly developed.
i will definitely not be buying anything by these authors again.
Pendergast, as portrayed by David Colacci, was the most interesting but he emerged late into the book and was not really involved in any dialog which might have given us a better understanding of Pendergast the person.
No cuts to the scenes would infuse the amount of blood into this story to make it live. It was like watching an old TV movie while half asleep on the couch. It never woke me up.
These authors must have done an enormous amount of technical background research to prepare for writing this book. I am sorry that I could not enjoy it.