I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
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 thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.
Yes listening to the series
I listened to the first two books and enjoyed the characters and their development. I felt the first two novels were told from Margo's perspective. Lt DiCosta was a great sidekick to Pendergast but they are left out of book three. Further the plot becomes very challenging to believe.
There is a lot of fluff in the story that really bogs it down. The authors need an editor. I skipped all the sections not relevant to the main story line and that helped some.
The Relic, the Reliquary... also H.P. Lovecraft's "The Terrible old Man": of the mysterious old man with a terrible power for murder, & "The Shunned House": with it's long family history of strange happenings and deaths, & "the Hound": with it's horrific collection of strange things and the terrible fate of the collectors. But maybe Lovecrft's "Herbert West-Reanimator" with it's gruesome surgery/magic and underground tunnels and horrific out comes.
Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast; he is the Elric of Melnibone of the F. B. I. - in this tale he becomes more pale (nearly albino), more strangely alien, and wizard-like. The story passes from a New York dectetive noir story and veers towards becoming a sword and sorcery adventure. Quite exciting, and very twisted! Pendergast is revealed to be even stranger than thought, with some VERY strange family, and he's becoming less human and more like Elric with each book.
Yes, however... it was too long to get it all in...it's a wonderfully twisted tale that gets weirder and more twisted the more you hear...and yet retains it's brilliant wit and it's ever so smart human questions on "just really what would you do if..."
These horror/crime stories reach nearly insane Lovecraftian madness, but, unlike Lovecraft, Preston saves us from falling into insanity with a hero of such power as to match the terror & alien-other-ness of the weird-crimes echoing ghostly step for step. I thrill to these books with their very creepy "Tales from the Crypt" pre-code grotesque and chilling violence. But most of all, what these are really about is that I love the ultimate X-files investigator - the one man who could face such mind-bending horrors and win - our hero: Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast. The more I read and discover about him, the more questions there are about his shadowy past, and the stranger he becomes, but the more heroic and awesome. He's one of the all time great anti-heroes. He is Sherlock Holmes & Elric of Melnibone & Carl Kolchak & Bela Lugosi (as a southern gentleman) all transmogrified together into a dreadfully delicious tall, black-clad, ice-cold, albino Vincent Price of a man: Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.
I liked the narrator from relic the best. This guy was not awful but not good either. He didn't ruin the story at least. It is definitely still listenable. Some narrator have forced to give up on books I know are amazing. Why don't these production companies realize that???????? Pay for a good narrator =sell more books.... It pays for itself and then some
I loved how the authors were able to take the supernatural and convince you it could really have happened.
As I have said before, these authors know how to weave a tale that grips you. Because I emotionally identify with Pendergast, I have difficulty when reading scenes where he could die. This story goes beyond that and fully immerses you in gripping detail scenes out of a nightmare. Having said that, i can't wait to start my next book.