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)
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.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This is where it all it began for A.X.Pendergast, I wish they would record this book again with another narrator, with such a unique horror/thriller/detective genre
The only things are that this is prob the least well written book in series & could be so much better with right narrator
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
This book is a little strange in that you have to almost think of it as a bit of science fiction. There is an unknown creature living in a museum that starts killing people. Agent Pedergast comes in to work the crime.
He is an enjoyable character who deals with burocratic administrators and arrogant New York City FBI agents in an amusing and understated way.
There is a planned event for the musuem that, of course, the big wigs at the museum won't cancell despite the murders. A new FBI agent from New York is brought in and takes charges from Pendergast. He is a complete blowhard; I did find his overbearing style and narrow mindedness a bit much. I would hope someone that difficult would have been fired along time ago!
Anyway, of course the beast in the basement wreaks much havoc durint the event! It is an entertaining story as the museum patrons try to escape the creatures wrath.
The ending is also quite chilling.
I will listen to the next one in the Pendergast series.
Draws you in like a vacuum. Don't read it if you have to sleep or have to meet somebody. It won't happen. Enjoyed it thoroughly but the last few pages got a bit predictable after it was all resolved.
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