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.
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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?
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.