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Relic Audiobook

Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

Prolong the suspense: listen to the sequel, Reliquary.

©2007 Douglas Preston; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With its close-up view of museum life and politics, plausible scientific background, sharply drawn characters and a plot line that's blissfully free of gratuitous romance, this well-crafted novel offers first-rate thrills and chills." (Publishers Weekly)

"Wildly cool....Thrill hounds couldn't ask for a creepier environment....a thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    stephen Kerrville, Texas United States 02-20-14
    stephen Kerrville, Texas United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Entertaining."
    What did you love best about Relic?

    I really enjoyed the narrator and the use of sound effects in phone conversations, the tunnels, basement, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    D'Agosto. Thought he was a good solid cop character, smart and caring, yet still tough. In contrast to Pendergast, who I liked, but he seemed a bit untouchable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the build of the whole story, knowing that there would have to be a showdown between the beast and the protagonists. I especially enjoyed the "payoff" at the end. Didn't see it coming...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again the payoff was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a great book, in terms of a classic, but very enjoyable. Will read another in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 02-11-14
    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great movie, great book"

    I really like this movie! :) And I really enjoyed this book. Its a little formulatic with stock characters and plot, but its got good scenes, exciting suspense, fun setting and a great monster.

    The characters might be stock characters types, but there can be something satisfying with stock characters if done well, a reader can know them, understand them, they are familiar, and yet there are quirks and personalities to make them interesting and fulfilling. I cared about the characters and worried about what would happen to them.

    The setting of a museum built on a catecomb of old, unmapped, dark, dank drainage and sewer pipes seems hard to believe at first, but it was very well done, and made for a great environment for this spooky monster story. I especially liked the details of museum life and employees, archeology digs and scientists. It made everything vivid and real. Great details that added to the story.

    I usually like books better than the movies, but I really enjoyed the movie and the book both. The book added a lot with great, funny, enlightening internal dialogue and commentary. I found this book entertaining, humorous, suspenseful and thrilling. I laughed out loud at work. I listened in my car on my way home unable to put it down. I listened at night and skipped one of my favorite shows. I would recommend this book to others.

    In addition, the narrator does a great job. Voices seemed right on. Sarcasm comes through perfectly. A joy to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea UPTON, MA, United States 01-26-14
    Andrea UPTON, MA, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "An average read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys scientific details. At a point in the book it started to drag on.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not go into as much of the scientific details as they had.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Story development was very good. The best part of the book was the ending which was very thrilling. The character descriptions were excellent as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have liked to see more of Agent Pendergast.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 01-24-14
    James 01-24-14 Member Since 2015

    I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!

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    "Not a standout"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think that it was so so... It could have been better.. the story dragged on in the final third.
    It had me at my most in the beginning- and taking the artifacts to the museum.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needed more counter plot - the final third of the book drudged on.. the only spark was the hint that one of the biochemist was synthetizing a new plant form.. and that could spark more monsters.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Sorry- nobody outstanding.. Dr. Margo Green? maybe.


    Could you see Relic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uh- daah... how old is this website? Who is running this ? Movie was made back in 1997!
    IMDB gave it5.6 stars out of 10.. starring Penelepe A Miller and Tom Sizemore..
    This is 2014!!! tsk tsk.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    april 01-13-14
    april 01-13-14 Member Since 2016

    my favorite hobby

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    "excellent start to a fantastic series."
    What did you love best about Relic?

    The details about the museum and characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Relic?

    can't pick one its been a while ...


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he's OK but I prefer Scott brick


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and I did ....I listened in my car at work and at home .


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the whole series read reliquary next !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Reed 12-28-13
    John Reed 12-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "This performance is above all others"

    The story is great. It has the requisite intrigue (who is the murderer?), a smidgen of politics, the local cops and the FBI and of course the culture war that is rob ably endemic in museums. The star is undoubtedly the narration. The voices of David Colacci and the very appropriate use of sound effects (echoes and radio chatter for example) to dramaticize the reading is just fabulous. I already have book two and although I thoroughly enjoy Dick Hill in the Jack Reacher books, I hope he matches the intensity David Colacci projected into Relic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    amy sauceda EDGAR SPRINGS, MISSOURI, US 12-08-13
    amy sauceda EDGAR SPRINGS, MISSOURI, US 12-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Edge of your seat"
    What made the experience of listening to Relic the most enjoyable?

    I liked the character development. The motives behind their actions. Also the threads and tid bits of information that seen unimportant until you find out how it all plays together.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Margo.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to it while cleaning house, cooking, and as I took a walk.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen and/or read the rest of the series. Don't see how I have missed these all these years!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 11-25-13
    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 11-25-13 Member Since 2012

    book-worm

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    "Impressive New Old book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to any mystery-thriller reader. In fact, this book was recommended to me by my brother and I greatly appreciate the recommendation as this is a series I will continue to read/listen to in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo Green as an inexperience investigator who has to put the pieces together, and is a doctoral candidate working in a museum in which people are being killed, so along with her advisor she works to put the pieces together as to what is killing people and why. Even though this book was an introduction into the Pendergast character I felt the star of this book was Margo.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    David did an amazing job at making each character separate from other by the way he inflicts his voice and adds accents to those who in reality would have an accent i.e. Pendergast and one of the museum curators.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A mystery, an enigma, and serial killer lurking in the shadows, come and enjoy the museum exhibits at your own risk.


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    Kathy 11-23-13
    Kathy 11-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow,what a difference a different narrator makes !"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or David Colacci?

    Preston and Child - NOT Colacci.


    Has Relic turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not in the slightest.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Colacci?

    Scott Brick.Absolutely the best for me.Can "see" everything he narrates very clearly.And I'd say he also has alot to do with my fondness for the characters.Esp.Pendergast and D'Agosta.I jumped into this series by listening to "Still Life With Crowes" first.Then "Cabinet of Curiosities","Brimstone","Dance of Death." Racing through them, they were ALL SO good ! But the constant references to "the museum murders" made me decide to start from the beginning.Which I'm suprised and dismayed to find it not only incredibly boring with the VERY long and far too many scientific explanations,but also I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Scott Brick's perfect voice of what I would expect Pendergast to sound like.As well as D'Agosta and Smithback -sp.? too.I am sorry to say this Colacci fellow continuously sounds like he's trying to do an impression,and his voice unfortun. is very grating to me,so I have 5hrs left.Just trying to get through it,so I can get back to my "honey voiced" Pendergast in "The Book of The Dead.And tough talking,loyal D'Agosta.I hope Colacci doesn't read this-no offence just not for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sorry to say I haven't found any.Like I said,I have 5 hrs left.But the pace is night and day from the other books I LOVE.The science is grueling, and there's far too little Pendergast.And when he "speaks" I don't know him.I just can't see anything happening in the last 5hrs that would keep me glued to every minute of the story,as the other books did.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry,this one's not for me.But will continue to race through the others - have hung on their every word.Including "Cabinet Of Curiousities" which although was not Scott Brick,I think has been my favorite story so far - it was just so bizarre.Would've liked to hear from Pendergast's relative who lived so very long.Told my boyfriend not quite science fiction-within the realm of what could be possible.But was very,very sad that the police officer helping Pendergast perished in that house of horrors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. 10-15-13
    M.W. 10-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting Premise"

    This was an interesting, though gory, premise. I did thoroughly enjoy the Pendergast character. The plot points were pretty "out there," and I definitely had to ignore my disbelief to finish the story. But in all, I'll probably look into another Pendergast novel.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Daryl
    BRADFORD, United Kingdom
    8/29/11
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    "Gripping Plot and Gritty Characters"

    This is the first boom in the Pendergast series and introduces the listener to many of the characters used in future 'Pendergast' books. The plot twists and turns right from the beginning and leaves you wondering where it will go next. Gritty characters and great narration will get your pulse racing and biting your lip in anticipation of the next twist. Follow this up with Reliquary, then Preston's other 'Pendergast' books, they are all as gripping!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • S. Brown
    United Kingdom
    11/19/11
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    "Excellent book"

    This book was a different genre to what I normally listen to so I was unsure if I would like the book or not. However, Relic was a pleasant surprise. The story was gripping from start to finish and the final part of the book was breathtaking. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sondrasbooks
    Halifax, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Brilliant. I loved this book"

    This book was brilliant, with a wondefully gripping story that really draws you in. This story is so good you will want to read Pendergast book 2. Sci fi, adventure, murder, suspense, what more can you ask for. The story is also well read and this book ensures hours of pleasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    2/12/13
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    "Should have been left in the museum"

    Predictable, cliched "dark corridors, something down there" novel. Couldn't get in to it, didn't believe in it, bored by it and couldn't relate to the cardboard characters. Very disappointing given the quality of previous Lincoln Child output. Did he just put his name to it?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen C Cooper
    St. Neots, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
    7/26/16
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    "Good story, but worst Scottish accent"

    The story is enjoyable and in the main part well narrated. However the attempt at a Scottish accent was woeful. That said the story line and the characters shine through and make this a good companion for road trips.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    9/21/12
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    "Penderghastly at points"

    In the round, it's not a bad book but some parts are pretty tough to swallow. It's not until you get right to the end that there's a revelation which makes some of the more far-fetched parts of the book slightly more plausible. Not sure I'll go back for more from Preston and Child.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. Mooney
    Leicester, England
    9/22/16
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    "A great character & creature novel"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. I'm compelled to dive right into the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne
    2/19/16
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    "Chilling"
    Where does Relic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the scariest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margot, because she made an excellent female protagonist.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    Clear and menacing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if it hadn't been so long!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It was very scary, very compelling, and there is a high degree of plausibility about it. Who really knows what goes on with the lost tribes of the Amazon?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Stewart
    UK
    7/18/13
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    "Keeps you on the edge of seat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    Definitely,and narrated by David Colacci - he is just brilliant


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prendergast- I imagine him as Sherlock Holmes


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The jungle, the basement, the escape and the ending


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Excited - could wait to finish


    Any additional comments?

    A good action thriller - plenty of suspense and gore

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    6/25/13
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    "Okay listen"

    My major gripe here is that the description I found to be misleading.
    Not a bad book. I did finish it unlike others I have left others half way through as I found them appalling. This was average in every way. I wanted a thriller not a slightly absurd fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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