I really liked the fact that this where Pendergast came into his own and he became the protagonist of the series. It was interesting to get more of the story on some of the other recurring characters in the series and a few sneak peaks as to what is to come. I think my least favorite part of this book was the narration and I think the dream sequence lasted a little too long.
Pendergast because we really got to see and experience how he works and comes to his conclusions.
Scott Brick or Rene Auberjonois. This guy used too monotone a voice to really deliver a good performance. He grew on me over the course of the story, but it still wasn't all that good.
A direct follow-up, no, but the series does continue on with more of Pendergast's adventures with his friends.
If you like the mysteries, this book stands on its own, and is a great starting point for the character, but it's a better read than audio book due to the narrator.
I have not had the opportunity to read the print version.
Smithback. I loved William Smithback's character since he was introduced in The Relic. Even though the books center around Agent Pendergast, Smithback has a tendency to steal the limelight with all of his crazy antics. He is always managing to get himself into scrapes that Pendergast has to get him out of.
I like all of the performance. Marosz does a very good job staying true to the voices he gave to each character. Not all narrators are able to do that.
If it had not been so long, I could very easily have listened to this book in one sitting.
This story was interesting from the first chapter through the end of the book, and I was never really sure where the twists and turns would lead. One of those crazy, believable novels that oozes historical accuracy, Cabinet of Curiosities will transport you to a completely different world and back again !! Great fun !!
The book is interesting and it keeps me wanting to return to it, even when I'm busy with other things like studying or working.
The author has introduced new characters while keeping some of the old familiar ones like the journalist.
His inflection is completely awful. He adds inflections in the wrong areas and does not have inflections in the right areas. He has this bored sound to his voice. The questions do not sound like questions at all. The sentences do not sound like sentences; they sound like thoughts he's not completing because he has this lilt at the end. It reminds me of the Priest in The Princess Bride, except without the silly accent. "Love... True Love.. Is what brings us... together... today." Yes, he sounds like he's ending every sentence in an ellipses with that stupid uplift to his tone at the end. Every time he does that inflection, I wince and it completely ruins my enjoyment of the story, and he does it VERY OFTEN. Most of his reading is like that; where he pauses for breath, he does that stupid uplift.
Additionally, he doesn't even try to distinguish between characters with his voice. He keeps the same monotone the entire time, and I have to go back and listen to see who is supposed to be talking.
In short, this was a great story that I was very interested in, but the narrator completely ruined it for me.
No, I had to take a break from listening to the narrator. I hate his inflection so much that my intense hatred needed a break to keep me from staying angry all day.
Get a new narrator and re-release the book before anyone else feels like gouging their eardrums out.
I like this series but this one I wish I had it in print so I could skip the irreleverent parts. I will finish it because I am hoping that it answers some questions about people that show up in other books
The authors stated that their books do not need to be read in order but they are wrong. There needs to be more explaination about the characters and some of the things that pop up.
No, I enjoyed it but it wasn't great.
The mystery. I also liked learning a little about the cabinets of curiosity.
I did not like the narrator. His voice bothered me and his various voices were not that good.
You never know what you'll find.
This was my first taste of the Pendergast series, and won't be the last.
The tale starts out with a grim discovery of a mass murderer's graveyard, hidden beneath a construction site in New York. It's quickly covered up, but not before FBI agent Pendergast gets interested. The somewhat illusive character employs the help of several people to help him delve in to the mystery of the bone discovery.
From then on, it's a roller coaster ride of suspense, murder, intrigue, and horror. No one is safe in this book, and you find yourself saying 'oh no, this can't be happening!'. What a thriller this is, and guaranteed to keep the earbuds on.
Typical Pendergast, if you follow. New twists and turns. Historically intriguing. Our hero gets personally involved in this one. Nice to know our steely nerved stoic has a soft underbelly. For those of you who have not read any of this series before, there WILL be blood. It's not for the squeamish, but not overdone, and it is a good mystery.
Put this at the top, no, actually, at Number 2, of your reading list. You MUST read RELIC first! Terrific narration coupled with a great story makes for wonderful reading!
Trying to select a particular memorable moment is far too difficult - the book holds your interest on every page. All of the moments are packed with detail, excitement, sometimes dread and anticipation.
This is the first time that I listened to him. But, I will definitely look for books that he has read. He was excellent!
I didn't laugh OR cry. I barely breathed! I read in the car for the most part. I prayed for red lights.
Tell us about yourself!
Preston, Child, Pendergast: always a winner.
The fun in this series is that the totally improbable fits nicely into the real world. Pendergast is unorthodox and the mysteries are weird, but it all seems to come together for an entertaining book.
This was the one missing piece in my Pendergast audible library. I look forward to each new installment.
Jonathan Marosz performed the narration well.