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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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    B. Siemens Vancouver, BC 03-27-14
    B. Siemens Vancouver, BC 03-27-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Perfect balance of creativity and listenability"

    Relic has an eminently creative plot, while still maintaining easy-to-follow excerpts. I enjoyed the interplay of attraction and offense between the dynamic, interesting characters that filled in the story. Sometimes I like to be a distracted audio book listener rather than a voracious reader; in those cases, any book like this one would fit the bill perfectly.

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    Pam 03-22-14
    Pam 03-22-14
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    "Good but.........."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Having been a fan of these authors for years I was excited to get this title in audio. Slow to start, long, long, long details of every tiny thing. I would recommend an abridged version to enjoy and not find it boring in spots.A decent listen but not many I know I would recommend it to.Many audio books I cannot stop listening to and would listen for hours.....this one however was easy to turn off and pick up when I had a few min. It just did not hold me spellbound.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit of a surprise ending.........


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Pendergast


    Was Relic worth the listening time?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    All authors have one book or two a reader does not care for. This for me was that book.

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    Michael London, ON, Canada 03-14-14
    Michael London, ON, Canada 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Pendergast is the new Sherlock Holmes............!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    The unabridged performance of this novel is well done and brings the characters created by Preston & Child to life in an enjoyable manner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Relic?

    The intensity of the story build throughout the novel and this is mirrored well in this production. The emotion and tension in the artists voice is great. The segments in the labyrinth of tunnels under the museum is memorable.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first and it was very enjoyable. I will be looking for more items by this person.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series of books and well worth following as the build upon a great base story-line that more color is added to with each installment. Please note the movie of the same name is great however its a completely different story for much of the film version.

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    James C. Blasius 03-07-14

    what, me worry?

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    "Excellent narration; thriller of a story"

    This story really moves. The characters are easy to like or hate, as the authors intended, and the mystery is interesting enough that you want to keep listening to it. At the same time it's not so intellectually demanding that it will disturb your driving. Excellent for what it intends to be.

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    stephen 02-20-14
    stephen 02-20-14
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    "Very Entertaining."
    What did you love best about Relic?

    I really enjoyed the narrator and the use of sound effects in phone conversations, the tunnels, basement, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    D'Agosto. Thought he was a good solid cop character, smart and caring, yet still tough. In contrast to Pendergast, who I liked, but he seemed a bit untouchable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the build of the whole story, knowing that there would have to be a showdown between the beast and the protagonists. I especially enjoyed the "payoff" at the end. Didn't see it coming...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again the payoff was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a great book, in terms of a classic, but very enjoyable. Will read another in the series.

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    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 02-11-14
    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great movie, great book"

    I really like this movie! :) And I really enjoyed this book. Its a little formulatic with stock characters and plot, but its got good scenes, exciting suspense, fun setting and a great monster.

    The characters might be stock characters types, but there can be something satisfying with stock characters if done well, a reader can know them, understand them, they are familiar, and yet there are quirks and personalities to make them interesting and fulfilling. I cared about the characters and worried about what would happen to them.

    The setting of a museum built on a catecomb of old, unmapped, dark, dank drainage and sewer pipes seems hard to believe at first, but it was very well done, and made for a great environment for this spooky monster story. I especially liked the details of museum life and employees, archeology digs and scientists. It made everything vivid and real. Great details that added to the story.

    I usually like books better than the movies, but I really enjoyed the movie and the book both. The book added a lot with great, funny, enlightening internal dialogue and commentary. I found this book entertaining, humorous, suspenseful and thrilling. I laughed out loud at work. I listened in my car on my way home unable to put it down. I listened at night and skipped one of my favorite shows. I would recommend this book to others.

    In addition, the narrator does a great job. Voices seemed right on. Sarcasm comes through perfectly. A joy to listen to.

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    Andrea Croton on Hudson, NY 01-26-14
    Andrea Croton on Hudson, NY 01-26-14 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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.


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    april 01-13-14
    april 01-13-14

    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 !

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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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