I listened to Relic over a couple of long trips in the car recently. I would describe it as Michael Crichton meets Sherlock Holmes, and the story is engaging.
However, the narrator, David Colacci, turns a good listen into a great listen. He makes the characters come alive. You love Pendergast, root for D'agosta, and want to see Coffee flayed alive. Colacci may be the best Audible narrator I've ever listened to. I was crushed to see the sequel, Reliquary, is narrated by someone else. AUDIBLE, DO US A FAVOR AND BRING BACK COLACCI AS PENDERGAST IN RELIQUARY!
Last, the conclusion to Relic is clever and caught us totally off guard. As soon as the book ended, my wife and I went back to the first chapter to pick up the clues we missed the first time around. An excellent listen.
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because it is an abridged version. The narrators do an excellent job of personifying Ron and Denver, and the story is moving and profound. You will be riveted, and if you let it, this memoir can make you a better person. I have also read "Same..." and don't understand why an unabridged version is not available, since the book is short.
I came to The Shack reluctantly, figuring any mass market book that sold through Target department stores would be spirituality light at best. I was wrong. The Shack is a riveting story of redemption, and the audio version is especially powerful. The narrator brings to life the pathos of the protagonist Mackenzie and helps the listener visualize Mack's hosts at The Shack vividly.
I have pages of quotes from listening to this audiobook and found the theology solid and compelling. I don't want to give away the story but will say that William Paul Young more successfully accomplished in The Shack what John Milton attempted to in Paradise Lost (Book I, line 26 in P.L.)
If you are spiritually inclined at all you will relish this book.
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