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Relic: Pendergast, Book 1 | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

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.
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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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    Librarian OK, USA 07-09-12
    Librarian OK, USA 07-09-12

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Recommended by a friend, took a chance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would now recommend to another friend and to you. This is stepping out of my usual English country house mystery and I totally took my friend's recommendation on faith and I am glad I did. The story was good with twists and surprises. The narration was great!


    What other book might you compare Relic to and why?

    A similar story I'd compare this to is "Raiders of the Lost Ark".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The finale, the wrap-up.


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

    I prefer a well thought out story that intrigues me but that I can listen to in convenient pieces. This story suited me well. And it surprised me. I would definitely listen to the narrator David Colacci again and look for another Preston & Child book.


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    Tammy 05-01-12
    Tammy 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I am a new fan of this author."
    Would you listen to Relic again? Why?

    I don't usually listen to anything exactly like this, but I LOVED it. I have gotten several more from this author since.


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    ejkal 04-25-12
    ejkal 04-25-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awful"
    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    This was a trite, ridiculous story. I cannot believe I wasted a credit to listen to this. I love mystery/thriller/adventure stories. This was none of those, mostly because it was a cobbled together copy of every other story out there, complete with the stereotypical characters.

    I was totally irritated by the second chapter, and 1/4 of the way through had figured out everything that was going to happen next. Really poor writing all around.


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    Keisha 03-28-12
    Keisha 03-28-12
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    "It was OK"

    I thought the book was just OK, not horrible at all. I wouldn't specifically recommend to anyone. I didn't care about any of the characters. They were each just one dimensional. I didn't care too much about how it ended either. I didn't realize this was a series. Not much in it I could see eagerly anticipating in follow up books. It read like a really good B movie to me. Something you'd watch on cable on a Friday night with friends and enjoy. The last few chapters also seemed to drag on a bit longer than they needed to. The audio was slightly over produced as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-27-12
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Much better than reading in text!"
    Would you listen to Relic again? Why?

    i had originally read this book in text many years ago; listening was much, much better. there were many moments when i sat in my driveway because I wanted to continue listening.
    Davis Colacci does a fine job at narratiion; at first i thought he was trying too hard to get inflections and feeling across but a few minutes in & he won me over.
    I will surely download the rest in this series.


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    Jennifer Warrenville, IL, United States 03-21-12
    Jennifer Warrenville, IL, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Quite Silly"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or David Colacci?

    Perhaps


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

    This book is quite silly and not even believable.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a boring listen and quite silly. While the narrartor does a good job it just does not cut it...I did not even make it through to the end!

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    Vanessa Victoria, Australia 03-21-12
    Vanessa Victoria, Australia 03-21-12
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    "A great listen!"

    I bought this hoping for a good story I could listen to whilst at the gym and enjoyed it so much I found myself listening every chance I had.

    It was odd to come across a book where I couldn't care less about any of the characters, yet I just had to keep listening. It's a clever story which saves a few good surprises for the end.

    Nicely narrated although one or two of the characters' "voices" irritated slightly. Still, who cares? It is a ripping yarn and I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 03-14-12
    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Chiller! Don't visit the museum after dark!"

    I'm in it for the thrill, and easy to please. I love this book. They build it up till you can't stand it anymore, and then change the channel. This book definately kept me awake on the early morning commute to work, and I was very happy to have a well lit parking lot to walk through on my way home.

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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 02-25-12
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 02-25-12

    I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.

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    "Just not that exciting."

    Pretty well written for this genre fiction. But there's actually very little mystery. We know the nature of the Relic early on, and it takes a long time and many characters to head toward a climax. The result: there's just not a lot of suspense.

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    Sean 02-22-12
    Sean 02-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't make it past an hour. Dang"
    Any additional comments?

    This book bored me. It might have gotten better later, but I was so bored at the one hour mark I moved on to my next credit.

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