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I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it, either. Same formula as the others; grusome discovery leads to a police investigation with a supernatual bent to it. Same reporter, same museum curriator, same cops. The only thing new is the narrator. Different from the usual Rene Auberjonois but different isn't bad.
I absolutely LOVED Relic. So I was excited that there was a sequel. And though this is a good book, the switch in narrators did nothing for it. I was accustomed to the characters as portrayed by David Colacci (who did an excellent job) Dick Hill made the reporter sound like a whiney wimp....the narrator made all of the characters much less likable. Though I still liked this book- it doesn't come anywhere close to being as good as Relic.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
I listend to Preston & Child's "Relic", and I was puzzled. There were some unfinished threads in the plot. The disappearance of Greg Kawakita, a scientist with the New York Museum of Natural History, was one of them. That's not to say "Relic" isn't a satisfying read on its own - it was, and had a thoughtful end exciting end.
"Reliuary" is a great sequel to "Relic", and I definitely recommending listening to both of them in the proper order.
One of the most fascinating parts of "Reliquary" is its use of the New York Subway system as a major setting. In Preston & Child's narrative, it became not only a place, but a complex entity with some light and beautiful places and a very dark heart. It was a character in the novel.
The description of the subway system was so interesting, I read more about it and found photos of ghost stations and abandoned lines. There are a lot of resources available - if you decide to look, skip Wikipedia entirely and go to Columbia University's site and read Joseph Brennan's "Abandoned Stations."
The plot was fascinating, and it's a great way to see the development of Pendergast as the major protagonist he becae.
I liked the book so much, I finished listening two it over a period of two days. Great listen for a cold winter day.
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The first book, Relic, was very well written and performed. Reliquary was as good as the first, but if I had to pick a favorite, I'd pick Relic. The performance was good, but it was different than the first narrator. That lessens the performance in my opinion because you already have a sense of what the people should sound like and when the new narrator does a different voice/sound it doesn't feel right. Overall, it was a really good book.
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
In the beginning, I thought I would not enjoy this book, because it started really slow and just felt a little out of sync compared to the Museum murders book (#1 in the Pendercast series.) However, it turned out to be just a slow starter. Once it got moving, it was every bit as riveting as the prior book. The plot did feel a little repetitive, so hope the entire series is not a rehash of the previous books. It does give an interesting view of the "homeless" living in the underground world.
I probably wouldn't the story line is a little farfetched from reality. It's not bad, but it's just really out there. Borderlines on science fiction, which is not what I understood Pendergast novels to be.
I recommend the book, but if they've listened to any of the other audio books the narration for this one is really lacking.
It's a Pendergast novel for a reason.
When listening to Rene Aberjonois you hear individual characters, when listening to Dick you hear one person speaking for all the characters.