I started this series with BRIMSTONE and quickly devoured 5 of the books. I thought I should go back and start at the beginning. I'm not sure it was a good idea. I liked the middle books so much and this older one showed that the authors improved over time.
I didn't care for the narrator. My first exposure to the Pendergast saga was read by the fabulous Scott Brick so it's hard to live up to that talent.
But the Epilogue knocked me for a loop. The story was good; a little slow at times. But, man, I didn't expect the conclusion.
I have listened to well over 300 different audio books.... This ranks in the top 5 best audio books I've ever listen to!!!
if you like scary, drama-filled, edge of your seat mystery novels... Then this is the book for you... I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down... And in the prologue, it has one of the best twist endings to any story I've ever heard!!!
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 a good solid science (biology) fiction lark, with just enough detail to seem plausible-ish, and enough suspense and sympathetic characters to fill in the gap. One drawback ... Since this is set in New York, I suppose the narrator really couldn't avoid using various New York accents to portray, and enliven, certain characters. But he didn't have to make them the most over-the-top caricatured accents for the "hard boiled" New York detectives. A minor complaint. This book is a good start to a solidly enjoyable series.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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!