Love the story, love Pendergast. HATE Dick Hill. He is just a terrible narrator. Avoid him at all costs.
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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An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I liked Relic ... a lot. But Reliquary is even better because of the details about the underground (literally) life in NYC. Pendergast is back in his usual great form. Other characters return and are even more clearly drawn. I highly recommend this book. I'm now officially working my way through the entire series.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Yes. I love the way characters are performed. To me, performance gives life to the novel in a tangible and memorable way.
Margo Green continues to kick butt. She even out shines Pendergast. I am going to miss her in later novels.
At the climax of fining the mastermind, just they way it was laid out, i was surprised and sadened.
These books are all starting to sound the same to me. The stories are not different enough (from Relic to Reliquary) to interest me enough to listen to the rest of this book. I like Special Agent Pendergast and would like to see him have more presence as as does in later books. Sorry ... not for me.
Hill is a good choice to narrate this follow-up to Relic. His voices for the most part are less cartoonish than Colacci's, except for a few characters such as Margo Green who despite being born in Boston sounds like she is from the Bronx and never left. Bill also sounds like a bad impression of Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Another annoying feature of the production on this book is the sound effect used when people are thinking, it sounds just like when they are talking in the tunnels. Over although this is a satisfying sequel to The Relic and an enjoyable listen thanks to Hill.