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Relic Audiobook

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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    J. K. Williams 11-01-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Clever story; terrific narrator"

    I listened to Relic over a couple of long trips in the car recently. I would describe it as Michael Crichton meets Sherlock Holmes, and the story is engaging.

    However, the narrator, David Colacci, turns a good listen into a great listen. He makes the characters come alive. You love Pendergast, root for D'agosta, and want to see Coffee flayed alive. Colacci may be the best Audible narrator I've ever listened to. I was crushed to see the sequel, Reliquary, is narrated by someone else. AUDIBLE, DO US A FAVOR AND BRING BACK COLACCI AS PENDERGAST IN RELIQUARY!

    Last, the conclusion to Relic is clever and caught us totally off guard. As soon as the book ended, my wife and I went back to the first chapter to pick up the clues we missed the first time around. An excellent listen.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-25-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-25-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy Horror tale! Loved it"

    This audio novel was just the right blend of creepiness and science fiction. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I particularly liked Dr. Frock and the revelation about the monser was intriguing. I'm picking up the sequel Reliquery.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 08-13-08
    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 08-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I Didn't Think I Would Like It"

    After reading the Monster of Venice, I wanted to check out other books by Douglas Preston and came across Relic. After reading the summary , I dismissed it because I do not like supernatural-themed books. I bought it on sale, not realizing what I bought and almost didn't listen to it. But I gave it a chance and I really liked it. The authors are talented and the characters are interesting. They make something that is unbelievable, believable. The narration is good, too.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    James R. Spitznas Purcellville, VA United States 07-31-08
    James R. Spitznas Purcellville, VA United States 07-31-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Not as good as rest of Pendergast series"

    I was very glad when Audible offered this title as I've greatly enjoyed the rest of the series. While the story is good and captivating, it's not quite as good as the others in the Pendergast series. My biggest complaint, though is the narration. I've found the "special" effects added to the voices annoying and distracting -- the tunnel voice, the telephone voice, the intercom voice, the thinking to yourself voice. The voice being used for a specific character also abruptly changed on a couple of occasions. Overall, I'd give the story 3.5 stars and the narration 2 stars.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-20-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-20-09 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Hopefully soon I'll find a 4+ star book"

    The narration is well done... characters are narrated consistently and distinctly.

    The characters are fairly realistic and fleshed out but the story itself is pretty lame. I read scifi and thrillers/detective stories and thought this would be a blend of the two but it doesn't really hit the mark as either.

    You have to accept the existence of a monster, which is fine. But you also have to accept that a museum would not shut down as soon as there were a series of atrocious and unexplainable murders inside it. Then you have to accept that a graduate student would be the "detective" and the "real" detectives more interested in... I'm not sure what they were doing, but they weren't doing any detecting.

    I got this book on sale so give it 3 stars. If I had paid full price I would have been disappointed...

    Thr3e and any of the Harry Bosch stories are better thrillers. Altered Carbon is a better blend of sci-fi and detective. Artifact is a better "monster" story. Now I just wish someone could point me in the right direction because this is audiobook number 4 in a row that I finished only because I had paid for them.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 08-01-15
    AudioAddict 08-01-15

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Monster in the Museum?"

    STORY (thriller) - This is my first book by these authors and I like their mixture of science and horror, but I would have liked more mystery and less action in this book. The story starts with a very intriguing premise but then turns into mostly just descriptions of strange noises and deaths in a museum with lots of action scenes. In the second half there is a special museum event which is attended by the general public and all hell breaks loose. FBI agent Pendergast, a few scientists and many museum guests become trapped in the museum with the killer. This is my favorite part of the book, as they try to figure out what they're up against and come up with a way to outsmart their foe. The book ends well, and what happens in the epilogue came as a total surprise and sets the scene for future books.

    PERFORMANCE - Great effort at differentiating between characters and different situations. When characters were on a microphone or in a tunnel, they sounded like it. I am always surprised when performances like this are criticized. Was it perfect, no. Were a few accents way overdone, definitely. But this is Audible, not Hollywood, and I'd rather have a performance like this than a monotonous reading where every character sounds exactly the same. Good job.

    OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - Recommended for anyone who enjoys fictional creatures, science, action and is okay with a sprinkling of gore. There is no sex, but the F-word occurs quite a bit during the more serious action scenes in the second half. Even though it is the first book of a series, the story stands alone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    The Whole Truth Central Valley of CA. 03-19-14
    The Whole Truth Central Valley of CA. 03-19-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Dusty Old Bones"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found the characters to be just that, not living people, with the exception of the female protagonist who is more distinctly developed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

    i will definitely not be buying anything by these authors again.


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

    Pendergast, as portrayed by David Colacci, was the most interesting but he emerged late into the book and was not really involved in any dialog which might have given us a better understanding of Pendergast the person.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Relic?

    No cuts to the scenes would infuse the amount of blood into this story to make it live. It was like watching an old TV movie while half asleep on the couch. It never woke me up.


    Any additional comments?

    These authors must have done an enormous amount of technical background research to prepare for writing this book. I am sorry that I could not enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 08-02-12
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Story: Good +. Audio: Bad -. Very, very bad!"

    This is my second Preston/Child Pendergast book. I jumped in at Number 5 - "Still Life with Crows", and I was left scratching my head after that one. My final thought was "Huh?" i'm still thinking "Huh", but I would define that word as 'too many holes in the plot, too inexplicable, too implausible' But I loved the description of the town, and Dick Hill's audio performance was haunting. I am sure I will listen to Part I of "Still Life" again soon, when the leaves turn and are thrashed from their branches by the Santa Anas.

    When I finished this "Relic", I thought "What if . . . " Not really likely (or probable), but "What if?" I'm still thinking that. The sense of place was intriguing, although sometimes a little hard to map in my mind. I remember the computer technology from the era discussed, and it's accurate. Yes, Virginia, computers used to have black screens and green letters - no other colors, no graphics.

    That brings us to the audio, which is the worst that I've heard on Audible. The problem wasn't the difference between David Colacci (Relic) and Dick Hill (Still Life). It took me about ten minutes to make the transition, but I got used to it.

    There were two major problems I never got over: the 'special effects' and Gilligan's Island.

    Audio special effects are like text special effects - just because you can throw in 26 point Comic Sans into a paragraph of Times Roman 12 point text doesn't mean you should. It's jarring, messy, breaks the flow, and your reader will just ignore that comically blaring point you are trying to make.

    With audio books, ust because you can throw in echoes and the sound of someone transmitting on a walkie talkie doesn't mean you should. That happened in this performance, and I wished I could have skipped over all of that. I would have missed part of the story, but it was that annoying. I would have rather missed part of the story than hear it.

    I was willing to attribute the intrusive 'special effects' to bad editing and production - until Thurston Howell III showed up. One of the characters had THIII's voice, and I am not kidding. Every time Colacci performed that character, I looked for the Minnow, shipwreked on a beautiful beach.

    I will listen to another Pendergast book, just to fix my bearings on this . . .

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    john carrot creek, AB, Canada 12-23-12
    john carrot creek, AB, Canada 12-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Didn't see that coming!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Relic the most enjoyable?

    It kept me on my toes and guessing, I was never sure what was coming, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


    What other book might you compare Relic to and why?

    I'm not sure what to compare it to, I've never listened to or read another book like this one


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if I had a favorite part, I enjoyed the whole book other than the end here the mad scientist was growing more of the weeds and selling it as drugs, that part was a bit disturbing


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

    No, it was not that kind of book for me


    Any additional comments?

    Preston and child are my favorite duo, they never disappoint

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelsey Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-13-12
    Kelsey Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-13-12
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    "Found my new favorite authors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    After reading Cabinet of Curiosities and loving the writing style of Preston and Child I had to start from the beginning and was not disappointed. I loved the first Pendergast book and cannot wait to continue with the rest of the series. Being a huge James Patterson fan, it has been refreshing to really enjoy a completely different writing style that has kept my attention. Looking forward to the rest!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy Smithback's character because he is completely obnoxious, but you grow to love him because beneath it, he is is a decent guy, but the subtle comedic relief of the book.


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved how he portrayed each character's voice and took great detail to account for the sounds that the voices would make in various rooms (such as a deep basement, or over a walkie talkie)....the attention to detail makes the narration one of the best I've heard.


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

    I really enjoy reading the bits of history and facts that are sprinkled in the plot of the story.


    2 of 3 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!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • S. Brown
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    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.

    4 of 4 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.

    1 of 1 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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    12/24/12
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    "Rip roaring Boy's Own yarn"

    Great fun to listen to, like an aural version of an Indiana Jones film. A ripping yarn you can't wait to get back to listen to!

    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
  • Janet Stewart
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    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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