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)
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.
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.
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.
A mystery, an enigma, and serial killer lurking in the shadows, come and enjoy the museum exhibits at your own risk.
Preston and Child - NOT Colacci.
Not in the slightest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Someone who's really into dinosaurs
disappointment. It seemed like lazy story-telling at times.
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.
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.
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.
Still a timely, well told story. A great introduction to Pendergast and D'Agusta. A creepy setting with a scary monster and you have all the ingredients for a perfect Preston/Child novel. Still one of their best.
Mother of twins. No time to read, started listening to books 'n changing diapers at the same time. Been in love with audible ever since
I dont think so.
The dialogs between characters aeemed the most improbable thing about this story. And that's a strange thing when you are talking about fiction. So many times I founs myself rolling my eyes because the characters were so long winded about simple things and I felt that when there is a genetic throwback trying to get at your brains a little brevity might be called for. The writing was very counter intuitive and it prevented me from enjoying this otherwise intriguing storyline.
I believe that I have listened to his work before. He is decent but not great.
Dagosta added very little. Or kawakita
Say something about yourself!
Book started slowly. Almost gave up several times. Way too much blather that was not necessary. Probably would have enjoyed the abridged version better. Kept having thought of The Poseidon Adventure, long drawn out adventure while cast is slowly killed off. Just not my cup of tea
probably not. Will not continue the series. Glad I got this one on sale.
I thought David Colacci did a fine job.
Pendergast was my favorite.
I started this series on a recommendation from a friend. It wasn't that bad. The lead in was a bit slow but once the story got going it was pretty good. If you like sci-fi, this would be a good book for you.
Agent Predergast is the truth! Funny but dry wit.
Same as the book.
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