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The Cabinet of Curiosities Audiobook

The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.
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Book 3 in the series. In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

©2012 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Paul United States 02-21-14
    Paul United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "Great story, poor narrator"
    What did you like best about The Cabinet of Curiosities? What did you like least?

    I really liked the fact that this where Pendergast came into his own and he became the protagonist of the series. It was interesting to get more of the story on some of the other recurring characters in the series and a few sneak peaks as to what is to come. I think my least favorite part of this book was the narration and I think the dream sequence lasted a little too long.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast because we really got to see and experience how he works and comes to his conclusions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Marosz?

    Scott Brick or Rene Auberjonois. This guy used too monotone a voice to really deliver a good performance. He grew on me over the course of the story, but it still wasn't all that good.


    Do you think The Cabinet of Curiosities needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A direct follow-up, no, but the series does continue on with more of Pendergast's adventures with his friends.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the mysteries, this book stands on its own, and is a great starting point for the character, but it's a better read than audio book due to the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 09-12-13
    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 09-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating (and who doesn't love Pendergast?)"

    I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Tahlequah, OK, United States 02-18-13
    Susan Tahlequah, OK, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not


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

    Yes listening to the series


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Marosz?

    Maybe


    Was The Cabinet of Curiosities worth the listening time?

    I listened to the first two books and enjoyed the characters and their development. I felt the first two novels were told from Margo's perspective. Lt DiCosta was a great sidekick to Pendergast but they are left out of book three. Further the plot becomes very challenging to believe.


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    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 03-30-14
    mark l gostine East Grand Rapids, MI USA 03-30-14 Member Since 2002
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    "This book should be 12 hours tops"

    There is a lot of fluff in the story that really bogs it down. The authors need an editor. I skipped all the sections not relevant to the main story line and that helped some.

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    Old Man Parker 03-05-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Jack the Ripper vs Pendergast"
    Where does The Cabinet of Curiosities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What other book might you compare The Cabinet of Curiosities to and why?

    The Relic, the Reliquary... also H.P. Lovecraft's "The Terrible old Man": of the mysterious old man with a terrible power for murder, & "The Shunned House": with it's long family history of strange happenings and deaths, & "the Hound": with it's horrific collection of strange things and the terrible fate of the collectors. But maybe Lovecrft's "Herbert West-Reanimator" with it's gruesome surgery/magic and underground tunnels and horrific out comes.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Marosz – was your favorite?

    Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast; he is the Elric of Melnibone of the F. B. I. - in this tale he becomes more pale (nearly albino), more strangely alien, and wizard-like. The story passes from a New York dectetive noir story and veers towards becoming a sword and sorcery adventure. Quite exciting, and very twisted! Pendergast is revealed to be even stranger than thought, with some VERY strange family, and he's becoming less human and more like Elric with each book.


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

    Yes, however... it was too long to get it all in...it's a wonderfully twisted tale that gets weirder and more twisted the more you hear...and yet retains it's brilliant wit and it's ever so smart human questions on "just really what would you do if..."


    Any additional comments?

    These horror/crime stories reach nearly insane Lovecraftian madness, but, unlike Lovecraft, Preston saves us from falling into insanity with a hero of such power as to match the terror & alien-other-ness of the weird-crimes echoing ghostly step for step. I thrill to these books with their very creepy "Tales from the Crypt" pre-code grotesque and chilling violence. But most of all, what these are really about is that I love the ultimate X-files investigator - the one man who could face such mind-bending horrors and win - our hero: Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast. The more I read and discover about him, the more questions there are about his shadowy past, and the stranger he becomes, but the more heroic and awesome. He's one of the all time great anti-heroes. He is Sherlock Holmes & Elric of Melnibone & Carl Kolchak & Bela Lugosi (as a southern gentleman) all transmogrified together into a dreadfully delicious tall, black-clad, ice-cold, albino Vincent Price of a man: Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Winterrowd Bluffton, IN USA 04-21-16
    Alan Winterrowd Bluffton, IN USA 04-21-16 Member Since 2008

    Boomcoach

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    "Good story, narrator and audio less so"

    The 3rd book in the Pendergast series finally lets us into Special Agent Pendergast's mind and history and gives us an interesting look at the history of natural history, in New York at least.

    A suspenseful and eerie tale, it does drag for a little while, but in the end, is worth the time to listen.

    the narrator was OK, at best. The majority of his sentences are uninflected and end in an abortive vocal fry, almost like he is trying to sound uninterested. The audio was clearly taken from audio CD files and not all of the repeated lines at change of disk have been removed.

    On the good side, there are none of the weird echo effects used in the previous book to signal a character thinking rather than talking, so that is a positive.

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    Dale Osceola, Indiana 04-21-16
    Dale Osceola, Indiana 04-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent story "

    great stand alone entry in the Pendergast series. I really enjoyed it. Pendergast is a excellent detective/special agent.

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    Lindee Goodall 03-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    Where does The Cabinet of Curiosities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say. I enjoy listening to books while working on some projects, it helps speed the day. This is third book I've listened to in this series and I find them an entertaining break from the usual nonfiction fare I listen to.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Marosz – was your favorite?

    Pendergast, but it's more from the authors than the reading. Enjoy his cleverness.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many segments in this recording that are repeated and interrupt the flow for listening.

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    Karen Grants Pass, OR, United States 02-29-16
    Karen Grants Pass, OR, United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    No, not if I can help it. I don't like his style of narration at all. He ends his sentences as if they are questions and it was very distracting. I barely got through the book.


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    Russell 02-10-16
    Russell 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "worth the listen"

    the story is consistant Preston / Child. Riviting to the end.
    The reader does a SUPERB job when he's reading the character's roles - perfect accents and inflection, really believable. But when doing the narrative parts he seems to be deliberately boring.

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