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.
"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)
There were a few stupidity parts (below). But I was willing to accept them because overall it was a good read.
1. The good guys know the beast has an acute sense of hearing. They are hiding behind a door which has an opening covered in cardboard. The beast is on the other side of the door. Why are they whispering? The beast can hear them.
2. There have been murders. All museum employees are told never go anywhere alone and leave the building at 5 pm. So why does one female go somewhere alone after 5 which puts her next to the beast?
3. A security guard calls on the radio asking for backup because he heard a noise. The dispatcher laughs at him and makes fun of him saying are you scared? Of course the guard gets killed.
AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - David Colacci was good.
Genre: science fiction suspense thriller.
This is book #1 in the Pendergast series. So far there are 14 books in the series.
The narrator did a good job of differentiating the characters' voices. I also enjoyed the special sound effects.
One of the most memorable moments was the discovery of the actual killer and the resulting shock.
My favorite scene is nonspecific --it's when the beast is known and running amuck.
Between the Eyes
This is one of the best books I've listened to.
The characters are very well developed.
No, I had to take a breather every now and then. It was intense at times.
Yes, although it started very slowly, once it gained speed it turned out to be a really good book.
I had already figured out it would end that way. It's kind of the standard with this type of book.
I loved everything about this book and having listened to at least 2 others now makes me so appreciate David's voice so much more !
I'd tell you but then I'd have to kill you !
this was the first and he has now defined the brand of pendergast for me
loved it and i was shocked that i did , and now i'm a rabid pendergast fan
listen to the sample , and consider if you want another narrator in the later versions, i am having a big problem getting thru other later versions not read by this narrator !
I love a good supernatural story with good content, especially from authors that don't feel the need to add smut.
I listened to and from my drive to work but it wasn't interesting enough for me to listen to at home. There were a lot of characters and it was hard keeping track of who was who in the beginning. That may also have been because I didn't give it my full attention because it didn't grab me.
When the monster ate the annoying people.
I actually rented the movie for comparison. That was a dud.
Audiobook. Science fiction meets crime procedural in Relic. In this first of the series, Pendergast himself doesn’t play a major role in the investigation. Most of the who-done/is-it sleuthing is done by museum employees, Pendergast a peripheral who ultimately saves the day. Preston and Child have bestowed some physic abilities to Pendergast, or must have, because much of the detail gleaned by the museum employees doesn’t involve him directly, but he seems to know. Nice job in defining characters to like and a few to detest.
The story is adaquately read by David Colacci, however some of the New York City policemen sound pretty much alike, difficult, but not necessary, to tell them apart. Nice job with the brrrr of the Scottish scientist.
Pendergast is very popular as a fictional character, but I don’t believe it is because of this book, at least in my opinion. This popularity is a reason to move on in the series and I hope the character becomes more developed.
Relic has an eminently creative plot, while still maintaining easy-to-follow excerpts. I enjoyed the interplay of attraction and offense between the dynamic, interesting characters that filled in the story. Sometimes I like to be a distracted audio book listener rather than a voracious reader; in those cases, any book like this one would fit the bill perfectly.
Having been a fan of these authors for years I was excited to get this title in audio. Slow to start, long, long, long details of every tiny thing. I would recommend an abridged version to enjoy and not find it boring in spots.A decent listen but not many I know I would recommend it to.Many audio books I cannot stop listening to and would listen for hours.....this one however was easy to turn off and pick up when I had a few min. It just did not hold me spellbound.
A bit of a surprise ending.........
All authors have one book or two a reader does not care for. This for me was that book.
The unabridged performance of this novel is well done and brings the characters created by Preston & Child to life in an enjoyable manner.
The intensity of the story build throughout the novel and this is mirrored well in this production. The emotion and tension in the artists voice is great. The segments in the labyrinth of tunnels under the museum is memorable.
This was my first and it was very enjoyable. I will be looking for more items by this person.
This is a great series of books and well worth following as the build upon a great base story-line that more color is added to with each installment. Please note the movie of the same name is great however its a completely different story for much of the film version.
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