Odd that The Cabinet of Curiosities, the 3rd book in the Pendergast series, wasn't released in audio until after #11... now the only missing audio is Still Life with Crows (#4). The Cabinet of Curiosities is my favorite of the series. I read it a while back but, to me, the Pendergast books are more gripping in audio. Also hearing the visuals makes them more vivid. The Cabinet of Curiosities is not lacking in descriptions of the cubbyholes of the imagination.
For a while I was put off by Jonathan Marosz's narration because of his Pendergast. I prefer the more refined & aristocratic Louisiana accent of Rene Auberjonois, my favorite Pendergast narrator. Jonathan Marosz also has a deeper voice. However the story is enthralling, and at some point I stopped noticing the things that bothered me at first. Anyway, it's just a matter of taste.
I definitely recommend this book, even if you read it in the past.
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This is suppose to be the third book in the series, but if you want, I believe you can skip it and I suggest you do skip it. It is a stand alone book, so reading the previous two is not necessary, but since they are better then this by far, you should read the first two (Relic and Reliquary). This is advertised as being another under the city of New York book, but that has very little to do with the book. It is mostly a Mad Scientist type book.
Included in the book is a putting down of the NYPD. Either Child or Preston must have gotten a parking ticket that upset them, as they do all they can to make the NYPD look like a bumbling bunch of fools. The many segments about the NYPD, not only was a put down, but did not really have much to do with the story. The mundane detailed descriptions of the cops and there administration, just made the story longer and more boring. If I want to read about cops, I will buy a book about cops, it is not like there are not a million of them out there. I go to Preston and Child for Thrilling off the wall type stories. I already have the next three books in this series in my audible library and book 7 on CD. I hope this is not what I am going to be hearing.
We also learn a lot more about Pendergas in this book. Why he does not wear a cape and a mask I don't know. The parts about Pendergas veer into comic book stuff. He is slender, but muscular. He plays chess and bridge in his head. He never plays bridge with real people as they can not come close to beating him. He is his only real challenge. I am not making that up, that is word for word what they said. When being operated on, he will not let them put him under. He needs his brain to stay alert. In another part of the book, he operates on himself. One way he solves the crime, is by traveling back in time in his brain, back to before he was born. It was never explained how he did that. In his head he goes back in time and walks streets and goes into homes he has never been in before and he watches events happen, that he has never witness before. He also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.
The book does have some good moments. With all P&C novels you get some history. Did you know that in 1871 there were 28,000 homeless children in NYC?
I enjoyed book 1 & 2. 3 with the exception of the narrator occasionally repeating a line here or there, was excellent. At parts it was a little too gory, I could have done with less vivid descriptions in some places and still got the same sense. The story however was intriguing and I did not expect the out come. Where as in 2 I had figured it out. But also this one gives you a much more in depth look at Pendergast and you learned more about him which is great, as his character is the reason I keep reading them. Beyond him only one other character from the first 2 books.
This is the first of the Pendergast series I have read, finally read it because my boyfriend would not stop talking about them, and the synopsis of this one seemed pretty up my alley.
He was fantastic, I kept picturing Benedict Cumberbatch with a Southern Accent and it was the most interesting character. And I really love for the first time... almost ever... the smartest man in the book was the southern one.
It was eerie suspenseful I was actually guessing along with the book. I hate it when books are too predictable and you figure it out immediately and i hate even more when the book gives you nothing to go on and you are lost even after the conclusion.
This was perfect, enough hand holding so you know whats going on, and usually come to the same conclusion the character does right before they say it.
The part where O'shaunessy makes sandwiches out of the party foods at the museum ball
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Between a learning experience, a thrill, a twist, a turn I found The Cabinet of Curiosities one of the most captivating books I've read. From finding out what a "Cabinet of Curiosities" was to the culture of those times, to Pendergasts' involvement. It was excellent in every way. It was full of surprises! I highly recommend this one!
The story is enjoyable, and although being somewhat predictable, it's a good listen
HOWEVER multiple times during the book a line or two, or in once case almost half a paragraph is repeated - bad editting....
Makes me wonder if these repeats were left in, what did they take out instead.
The story line was good, kept me guessing. Was surprised at the end. Did not like the reader. The tone and style of reading for me were not good. I can usually get used to most readers after getting into the book, but not him. Other than that, I did like the book.
My favorite of the series so far..fast paced, well narrated.
Caught myself talking to them..out loud!
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Truly enjoyable to listen to, the narrater is excellent and adds much to listening pleasure.
Story line is as always strong leaves the listener with all the info it takes to understand what happened through out the story. Love these stories and characters.
No, I would not. The audio version had many editing problems where it would repeat sections. It happened 5 or more times during the books and was very disrupting.
The plot was very enoyable. It was exciting and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next.
No. I did not enjoy his perfomance of the book. There was very little difference in the characters, even when switching from male to female.
No. While it was a good book and I enjoyed it. I was not happy with the editing and the reading and I had problems listening for any long length of time.