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Relic Audiobook
Relic
Written by: 
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Narrated by: 
David Colacci
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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    Suzanne 09-26-13
    Suzanne 09-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still excellent after all these years"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Bamber Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-07-13
    Amber Bamber Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2011

    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

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    "I just thought I couldnt believe the characters"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or David Colacci?

    I dont think so.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    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.


    Did David Colacci do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I believe that I have listened to his work before. He is decent but not great.


    What character would you cut from Relic?

    Dagosta added very little. Or kawakita


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra R. Marcil 09-05-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just okay"
    What would have made Relic better?

    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


    Would you recommend Relic to your friends? Why or why not?

    probably not. Will not continue the series. Glad I got this one on sale.


    What aspect of David Colacci’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought David Colacci did a fine job.


    Any additional comments?

    Pendergast was my favorite.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josephine Winfrey E. Orange, NJ 07-16-13
    Josephine Winfrey E. Orange, NJ 07-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Sucker for a Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agent Predergast is the truth! Funny but dry wit.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 06-27-13
    G.Monie Bethpage, NY, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2016

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Great book... Bad Narrator"

    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

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    Blue Wren 05-30-13
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    "EEK!"

    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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    Aileen Armidale, Australia 05-27-13
    Aileen Armidale, Australia 05-27-13
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    "Really fun story"

    This is my first Pendergast novel and I really enjoyed it. The story is good - not great literature by any means, but engaging, interesting, and it all hung together pretty well. The narration is good except for a couple of characters. Dude, if you can't do Scottish accents, don't try. Also really unclear why the Japanese American scientist is given a posh English accent. Other than those two characters, the narrator found a really good voice for the various characters that really worked well.
    I guess I could pick apart lots of the plot and characterisation, but really this is just a light thriller which shouldn't be taken too seriously. I enjoyed the insight into the workings of a museum and also the science was interesting - I have no idea if it was in any way credible or plausible, but it sounded convincing.
    I'd definitely recommend this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 05-26-13
    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 05-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great thriller"

    I really enjoyed this book! The action was a little slow at the beginning and you really had to pay attention to the facts to understand what occurs later in the story. Towards the end of the book, the 'climax or action in the story' lasts for quite a while so it redeems the slow start. I also liked how this is going to continue into a sequel. I am about to purchase the second book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-22-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Thrill ride on its own."

    This book is way more detailed than the movie. I know lots of people didn't like the movie, unfortunately I have a love for B rated monster movies so I like the movie. I like the book even better. I have worked my way through book 4 in this series now and I enjoyed all of them. This book was written over 20 years which makes it somewhat dated. There is a sit on the edge of your seat feeling throughout. Don't listen to the abridged version it sucks. Reliquary is an extension of this book, it starts off exactly where this one left off. Another awesome book by this author is The Timex, it is sort of a Indiana Jones type book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kellye 05-16-13
    kellye 05-16-13 Member Since 2015

    I adore stories and love to live in the tales I read!

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    "Awesome monster!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, if monsters are your thing you've made a wonderful creepy selection!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, at any moment you just know something crazy is going to happen.


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

    No, but he was very good. I would listen to his voice again,


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

    Yes and for the most part I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Daryl
    BRADFORD, United Kingdom
    8/29/11
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    "Gripping Plot and Gritty Characters"

    This is the first boom in the Pendergast series and introduces the listener to many of the characters used in future 'Pendergast' books. The plot twists and turns right from the beginning and leaves you wondering where it will go next. Gritty characters and great narration will get your pulse racing and biting your lip in anticipation of the next twist. Follow this up with Reliquary, then Preston's other 'Pendergast' books, they are all as gripping!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • S. Brown
    United Kingdom
    11/19/11
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    "Excellent book"

    This book was a different genre to what I normally listen to so I was unsure if I would like the book or not. However, Relic was a pleasant surprise. The story was gripping from start to finish and the final part of the book was breathtaking. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sondrasbooks
    Halifax, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Brilliant. I loved this book"

    This book was brilliant, with a wondefully gripping story that really draws you in. This story is so good you will want to read Pendergast book 2. Sci fi, adventure, murder, suspense, what more can you ask for. The story is also well read and this book ensures hours of pleasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    2/12/13
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    "Should have been left in the museum"

    Predictable, cliched "dark corridors, something down there" novel. Couldn't get in to it, didn't believe in it, bored by it and couldn't relate to the cardboard characters. Very disappointing given the quality of previous Lincoln Child output. Did he just put his name to it?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen C Cooper
    St. Neots, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
    7/26/16
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    "Good story, but worst Scottish accent"

    The story is enjoyable and in the main part well narrated. However the attempt at a Scottish accent was woeful. That said the story line and the characters shine through and make this a good companion for road trips.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    9/21/12
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    "Penderghastly at points"

    In the round, it's not a bad book but some parts are pretty tough to swallow. It's not until you get right to the end that there's a revelation which makes some of the more far-fetched parts of the book slightly more plausible. Not sure I'll go back for more from Preston and Child.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne
    2/19/16
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    "Chilling"
    Where does Relic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the scariest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margot, because she made an excellent female protagonist.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    Clear and menacing.


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

    Yes, if it hadn't been so long!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. It was very scary, very compelling, and there is a high degree of plausibility about it. Who really knows what goes on with the lost tribes of the Amazon?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Stewart
    UK
    7/18/13
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    "Keeps you on the edge of seat"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    Definitely,and narrated by David Colacci - he is just brilliant


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Prendergast- I imagine him as Sherlock Holmes


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The jungle, the basement, the escape and the ending


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Excited - could wait to finish


    Any additional comments?

    A good action thriller - plenty of suspense and gore

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    6/25/13
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    "Okay listen"

    My major gripe here is that the description I found to be misleading.
    Not a bad book. I did finish it unlike others I have left others half way through as I found them appalling. This was average in every way. I wanted a thriller not a slightly absurd fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DP
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "A great book with a great twist"

    There are few books that really make you want to read them again and again, and few that make you want to buy the audiobook as well! This is one of them.



    The story has pace, the narrative intense, and the twists are quite remarkable.



    Many years on since I first read this, I continue to be entertained by the story. A great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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