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Relic Audiobook
Relic
Written by: 
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Narrated by: 
David Colacci
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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    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 Listener Since 2008
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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.

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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    BarelyAudible Paris, TX 10-09-13
    BarelyAudible Paris, TX 10-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Texas

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    "Out dated story - don't bother"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who's really into dinosaurs


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. It seemed like lazy story-telling at times.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio recording sometimes used cheap audio effects, like adding echo if the characters were in a basement. I guess the narrator/producer thought this would enhance the reading, but I actually found it a distraction. The use of these "special-effects" was not an enhancement.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-06-13
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "sort of like X-files meets CSI"

    I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this book, and the other reviews were mixed, but I had a pretty good time listening to it. If you enjoyed the X-files, then you'll probably like the book. For a thriller, I found it quite technical at times. I appreciate that the authors really know their stuff (from science and biology to technology to forensics) but all the detailed jargon sort of bogged it down at times.

    As for the narration, I have to say that the overall critiques are pretty fair. The 'special effects' of radio static and echoing voices was unnecessary and somewhat annoying at times. The accents were all pretty exaggerated. It all depends on how much you let it bother you. I've heard worse.

    The plot was definitely more on the sci-fi side rather than thriller. Adding a bunch of science doesn't necessarily make it anything other than a sci-fi book. Anyway, my criticisms would be that sometimes plot points were repeated again and again rather unnecessarily. Don't worry, we get it, we got it the first nine or ten times. More than that, I was really hoping for something more. It never delivers the twists or unexpected turns that I expect from a first rate thriller. Yes the science stuff that provided the backing was cool and hard to guess at, but the straight out heroes need to escape from/kill mysterious beast side of the plot was a bit bland. The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad and get whats coming to them, everything wraps up nice and tidily (except for the strand which will provide the plot for the sequel). It was never unexpected. I just wish there had been a bit more substance on the plot/character side to flesh out all the science backing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 10-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The beginning of Pendergast, don't miss it!!"

    This is a great series, and introduces us to the eccentric Agent Aloysis Pendergast , which I grown to love. I need not say more, other than this series has to be about my favorite. So if you love a good scary mystery, with great characters, lots of action and surprises, then this book and series is for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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