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)
This was a little too predictable - scary monsters, lightning, rain, panic, obviously bad police decisions, brave civilian heroine...
I love the Pendergast series so this was somewhat of a let down from the story perspective. The reader also made Pendergast a little more harsh sounding than he is in the other books; not as cool and collected.
Not a bad book (not a 1 star for example), it was just not up there.
I have no idea how I ended up listening to this book. Audible must have had some special going on . . . the story was absolutely unbelievable, the science completely bogus, and the characters were not very interesting. The narrator was great, but that's the only positive comment I have to make.
I bought this book because of a $4.95 sale and could not have been happier with the result. I've listened to a couple other Preston and Child books and enjoyed them so I figured their series was worth a try. It was exciting, funny, suspenseful, dramatic, and kept me coming back for more! I liked the quick pace of the story and never found myself trying to force my way through a slow or boring part. But what I loved best here was the narration! David Colacci created a believable world and characters that truly brought this story to life.
Seeing as this was the first book in the Pendergast series, I was expecting Pendergast to take the front seat. However I was surprised at how balanced the attention to characters was. The different perspectives of all of the characters gave some nice depth and helped build the suspense.
His narration gave life to the characters. It was easy to forget that it was a single man narrating this story, not a team of narrators.
In a word, yes!
Only paid $4.95, but well worth a credit!
I hated myself for not just stopping. "Seriously", "you've got to be kidding me", "unbelievable"-all words I uttered out loud more than once while listening to this. I had to laugh at the ridiculousness of it. The narration and effects were horrendous! The descriptions of the museum were the only redeeming qualities. Of course, in the last 10 minutes they throw in a tidbit to make you curious about the next book. I wanted to find a series to get into, and see reviews that some prefer later books in the series. I think I'll have to shop around before I give in to my curiosity and continue the series.
Many explorations and adventures await!
Probably not, story is sub-par entertainment. Surreal and un-realistic plot. Slightly exciting, but narration was terrible.
The story was fair and probably would have been best if a narrator like Scott Brick or Dick Hill read this story.
NO (not for this type of story anyway)
Just terrible narration. Sound quality of voice is echoey and high pitched. Sound effects were horribly annoying and I had to turn down the sound many times because of this annoyance. The story was fair and probably would have been best if a narrator like Scott Brick or Dick Hill read this story.
The movie wasn't bad. Was surprised to see the huge differences in the 2 stories.
Yes. I just love a good creature feature.
The assault on the museum.
Now with pentagrast! Not sure why you would not keep the main character?
I'm using audio books while walking for exercise. I couldn't wait to get out and walk so I could listen. I walked EXTRA so I could hear more! GREAT book!
I'm a father of four and a husband of one. I am a big fan of The Pendergast series by Preston and Child as well as Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books. James Rollins' Sigma Force series is also one that I am always anxious to see. My favorite author of all though is easily Bill Bryson.
The story was really great. I recommend it and all of the Pendergast novels. The naration wasn't up to par with the later novel's though.
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