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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 03-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Completely frightening! Loved it!"

    This was my first taste of the Pendergast series, and won't be the last.
    The tale starts out with a grim discovery of a mass murderer's graveyard, hidden beneath a construction site in New York. It's quickly covered up, but not before FBI agent Pendergast gets interested. The somewhat illusive character employs the help of several people to help him delve in to the mystery of the bone discovery.
    From then on, it's a roller coaster ride of suspense, murder, intrigue, and horror. No one is safe in this book, and you find yourself saying 'oh no, this can't be happening!'. What a thriller this is, and guaranteed to keep the earbuds on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Duluth, GA, United States 03-25-13
    Laurie Duluth, GA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, POOR editing."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cabinet of Curiosities to be better than the print version?

    No, I would not. The audio version had many editing problems where it would repeat sections. It happened 5 or more times during the books and was very disrupting.


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

    The plot was very enoyable. It was exciting and kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next.


    Did Jonathan Marosz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. I did not enjoy his perfomance of the book. There was very little difference in the characters, even when switching from male to female.


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

    No. While it was a good book and I enjoyed it. I was not happy with the editing and the reading and I had problems listening for any long length of time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-22-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Slender, but Muscular"

    This is suppose to be the third book in the series, but if you want, I believe you can skip it and I suggest you do skip it. It is a stand alone book, so reading the previous two is not necessary, but since they are better then this by far, you should read the first two (Relic and Reliquary). This is advertised as being another under the city of New York book, but that has very little to do with the book. It is mostly a Mad Scientist type book.

    Included in the book is a putting down of the NYPD. Either Child or Preston must have gotten a parking ticket that upset them, as they do all they can to make the NYPD look like a bumbling bunch of fools. The many segments about the NYPD, not only was a put down, but did not really have much to do with the story. The mundane detailed descriptions of the cops and there administration, just made the story longer and more boring. If I want to read about cops, I will buy a book about cops, it is not like there are not a million of them out there. I go to Preston and Child for Thrilling off the wall type stories. I already have the next three books in this series in my audible library and book 7 on CD. I hope this is not what I am going to be hearing.

    We also learn a lot more about Pendergas in this book. Why he does not wear a cape and a mask I don't know. The parts about Pendergas veer into comic book stuff. He is slender, but muscular. He plays chess and bridge in his head. He never plays bridge with real people as they can not come close to beating him. He is his only real challenge. I am not making that up, that is word for word what they said. When being operated on, he will not let them put him under. He needs his brain to stay alert. In another part of the book, he operates on himself. One way he solves the crime, is by traveling back in time in his brain, back to before he was born. It was never explained how he did that. In his head he goes back in time and walks streets and goes into homes he has never been in before and he watches events happen, that he has never witness before. He also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

    The book does have some good moments. With all P&C novels you get some history. Did you know that in 1871 there were 28,000 homeless children in NYC?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 02-23-13
    Andrea Canaan, NH, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Pendergast book"

    Typical Pendergast, if you follow. New twists and turns. Historically intriguing. Our hero gets personally involved in this one. Nice to know our steely nerved stoic has a soft underbelly. For those of you who have not read any of this series before, there WILL be blood. It's not for the squeamish, but not overdone, and it is a good mystery.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Hicksville, NY, United States 02-20-13
    Helen Hicksville, NY, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

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

    Put this at the top, no, actually, at Number 2, of your reading list. You MUST read RELIC first! Terrific narration coupled with a great story makes for wonderful reading!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cabinet of Curiosities?

    Trying to select a particular memorable moment is far too difficult - the book holds your interest on every page. All of the moments are packed with detail, excitement, sometimes dread and anticipation.


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

    This is the first time that I listened to him. But, I will definitely look for books that he has read. He was excellent!


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

    I didn't laugh OR cry. I barely breathed! I read in the car for the most part. I prayed for red lights.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 02-05-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Finally an unabridged audio version!"

    Preston, Child, Pendergast: always a winner.

    The fun in this series is that the totally improbable fits nicely into the real world. Pendergast is unorthodox and the mysteries are weird, but it all seems to come together for an entertaining book.

    This was the one missing piece in my Pendergast audible library. I look forward to each new installment.

    Jonathan Marosz performed the narration well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Midlothian, TX, United States 02-01-13
    Holly Midlothian, TX, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2010

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    "One of the best Pendergast novels"
    Where does The Cabinet of Curiosities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Pendergast novels are fascinating on so many levels. I can't get enough of them!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Part history, part science, a lot of crime and the amazing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the Pendergast novels. Jonathon Marosz's narration is very good. Especially when it comes to Pendergast's voice.


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

    Pendergast!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-24-13
    Janet North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I LOVE PRESTON AND CHILD!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities the most enjoyable?

    because I know and love these characters. They are a part of my family. Pendagast is wonderful as usual. I missed Digusta(spl?) but I really know these characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendagast of course, because he is from the south like me, and because he is so unstopable and fragile at the same time.


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

    I loved most of his reading but I wish he would have had a bit more Southern Gentleman to his Pendagast voice.


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

    Yes when Pendagast went to see his crazy old aunt.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a 55 year old mother and grandmother, and avid reader and an elected official in the deep south.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel 01-23-13
    Laurel 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the suspense."
    If you could sum up The Cabinet of Curiosities in three words, what would they be?

    Superb scientific suspense!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Scene description and character development


    What three words best describe Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

    Good character transitions


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

    Living forever has a price. Murder and madness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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