The book doesn't really pick up until the second half, but when it gets rolling it's hard to stop listening. I immediately started listening to the second book in the "Pendergast series", The Reliquary, on the strength of Agent Pendergasts portrayal in, The Relic.
My main complaint is that the narrator's voicing of some characters, for example the scotsman, is annoyingly cliche. Also, some descriptions of technology circa 1996 are a tad overdone in the style of the movie "Hackers".
Finally, let me just say that there is a great payoff in the last few chapters and epilogue. I highly recommend listening all the way through this book.
Stunning, fantastic and gripping sci-fi in the format of a frame narrative ala The Canterbury Tales. Hyperion is a masterwork and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
"The Reliquary" is a satisfying continuation of the characters and events in "The Relic."
Agent Pendergast is further developed as a flawless character, a sort of Gumbo-eating James Bond, couture martial arts master. The setting in New York's underground is compelling and its inhabitants are certainly interesting. I did feel that the last quarter of the book failed to reach the exciting crescendo hinted at by the first 3/4. This is because the big revelation dropped towards the novel's climax was a bit too far-fetched, even by standard of unbelief set in "The Relic."
Despite its shortcomings, "The Reliquary" is an entertaining installment in the Agent Pendergast series.
Pausch's steady optimism in the face of terminal illness is the highlight of "The Last Lecture." Unfortunately, his life lessons generally consist of obvious and often trite axioms that are often used, seemingly, to occasion Pausch's self-promotion. While I didn't learn much of anything, I was bewildered by apparently overlooked paradoxes in his simplistic lessons. For example, after commanding the reader to ignore what others might think about oneself, he exhorts the importance of apology and of expressing one's appreciation of others through personal gestures of gratitude. To be honest, Pausch's not infrequent moments of righteousness are grating.
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