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The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel | [Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child]

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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    Jeffery T. Harris 06-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Background of Pendergast"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed learning a little more about who Pendergast is and where he came from. His origins are still mysterious and I'm guessing more will be revealed over time. I found there was a nice balance of a focus on the individual story as well as some development of Pendergast as a character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite was O'Shannessy. Although he was somehow the only NYPD officer who had some common sense, I enjoyed his quick retorts and sense of humor. He was probably the only NYPD character that you could really like so perhaps I was cornered into it but gladly so.


    What aspect of Jonathan Marosz’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm not sure what it was, but I wasn't a huge fan. He was not bad by any means, but he wasn't amazing. Books like these need a strong narrator, which the first two in the series had. This performance on it's own is good but compared to the first two it feel short.


    Any additional comments?

    A few others mentioned it but thought I would too. The editing in this book is poor. There were at least 5 occasions were a line was repeated. It often came at times where there was a long character narrative which really threw me off. I can forgive one or two, but it is a little frustrating to have half a dozen in there.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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 Raleigh, NC, United States 09-12-13
    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.

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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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    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-05-13
    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.

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    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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    Justin Meier 06-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite books."

    This is one of my favorite books I have read and heard this altogether about five times. I highly suggest listening to it you won't regret it.

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    Amanda Walker 06-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    Story may be okay, but I can't separate my dislike and frustration with the narrator from the story itself. Could not recommend it.

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    kiwimec Jakarta, Indonesia 06-08-15
    kiwimec Jakarta, Indonesia 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    A great reading of a gripping and gruesome tale. This is my 6th or 7th Douglas Preston and I'm still loving them.

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    Southern Bibliophile 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator didn't do the story justice."

    I personally didn't see the villain coming but the whole story was erie, suspenseful , and sad. I hated that one of the side characters I really liked was killed.

    Now as for the narrator, a more monotone, voice u couldn't have found. his intonation at certain plot points was off! I only finished the book because the story was that good.

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    GathersBrothersArms 04-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Dude, this one was surprisingly good!"

    I have jumped around this series bc I hate using a credit on bad books. There have only been a coupon from this series that I've not cared for but the 3 top Pendergast books make up for a couple ok ones. This one, ranks at probably 4th / 11 of the 14 I've read.

    My top 3 :

    1. feast with crows #1 all day

    2. Brimstone - my 1st Pendergast I read and been hooked since

    3. Blue Labyrinth

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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