Since I own all of the books listed on audible written by Preston and Child, in hard cover, and have read them all, it is interesting to listen to them read to me. It does require more time to listen, than to read, but still interesting.
Good luck moving fast especially if you picked up from the previous novel. A lot of excitement adventure twists and turns . A lot of imagination was used in putting this book together.
This series always leaves wanting more. It's a fun read! There are a plethora of eccentric characters and the authors provide interesting details about the characters as well as the setting.
I love to read books but due to vision problems it is very hard. I have fond that listening is almost as good as reading them for myself.
This book more than met my expectations for Pendergrast is a wonderful character as well as his acquaintances and companions I look forward to following him in the next book and many more after that
I probably would as I like to get next in series and usually if a period of time goes by, I go back and listen to a previous book that leads in to the next in series
I love Degosta as he is always in trouble. I think Smithback is an entertaining character.
I loved the description of the tomb. I would love to tour one of the Pyramids.
I have enjoyed several of these books in this series, but I have to say Scott Brick is one excellent narrator. Wish he narrated more.
I've been re-listening to this series of DP & LC's every now & then for several years; they're great brain candy, take my mind off of the trials of life while I'm driving, gardening, whatever. I'd give this 3.5 stars for the story itself, if I could. It's not, IMO, the best of the series. The reasons I downgrade this particular book (all the judgement on this book --& the series-- is based on them being the aforementioned literary equivalent of cerebral gummy bears, not deathless literature):
1. The perfection of both Pendergast & his bro in all their endeavors stretches even my ability & willingness to suspend disbelief past the breaking point. These guys can do anything, be anything, & they know everything. They're masters of everything from hand-to-hand fighting to great literature (papyrus through Romantic poets to modern day), to gourmet food & wine, every science, computer programming, neurosurgery without a scalpel, morse & all other codes....these guys are incredibly proficient at absolutely everything. They can masquerade as someone else so successfully that people who've had close & extended contact with both characters remain totally clueless (despite the fact that another character notices that one of the brothers has an extremely unique 'personal scent', which goes unnoticed by other people who work with him for years & years).
The Superman-like abilities they have with absolutely everything just goes beyond absurd & reaches annoying this time out..
2. Some of the 2nd tier characters are simply loathsome, when (I think) they're supposed to be sympathetic characters. I'm thinking particularly of Bill Smithback here; he's arrogant, egotistical, devious, obnoxious, ethics-free, and a dreadful snob. Every time he appears in the books, since about 1/3 of the way through "Relic," I've been hoping somebody would kill him off & put him out of my misery. Several of the lesser characters, especially the cops/FBI guys, are so revolting & just so utterly, purely, total jerks that it even goes beyond my ability to believe (Capt Waxey [sp?] in the other book, Agt Coffey in this one).
3 This isn't the writers' fault, but this production has these really annoying, random moments of "mood music" that pops up at idiotic times. In several places they'll run up the music & stop the reader for a few moments, then let him continue, with the music playing under the narration. These gaps come right smack in the middle of scenes, not at natural break points. Far from enhancing the scary or thrilling mood, they totally kill it & aggravate the heck out of the listener. The director should quit audiobooks & go work in radio or movies, if what they really want to do is play with music. When they're working with audiobooks they should stick to audiobooks.
Scott Brick does an excellent job with this one. I wasn't wild about him the first time I heard him, but either he's gotten better or I've learned to appreciate him more. I just listened to his reading of "The Passage" (Justin Cronin), & thought he did an outstanding job, even better than any of his renditions of Preston & Child's books.
Without spoiling too much, there was a nice build up to the climax of the book that I enjoyed greatly. There was just enough tension and suspense that I wanted to find out what was going to happen. The conclusion was unexpected to me and it did not seem to take the expected path, which I actually enjoyed. I could imagine some would not like it, but personally I found it very real.
Am I going to once again say how well Scott Brick did bringing this story to life? Yes I am. If i'm ever on the fence about a book, if Scott Brick narrates it I figure "at least the narration will be solid" and everything usually turns out ok.
Don't read/listen to this without hitting up the first two in this sort of trilogy. The authors would say that each can stand on it's own, but I really think it performs better when taken in order.
Not their best
I found my mind wandering at times. This is a first while listening to these fine writers.