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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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    Jennifer Rosenlieb 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "ADDICTION"
    If you could sum up The Cabinet of Curiosities in three words, what would they be?

    THIS BOOK STARTED ME ON THE ENTIRE WANT TO READ THEM ALL.


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

    WHEN U REALIZED THERE WAS TWO MURDERERS AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MUSEUM,


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

    PORTRAYED TO THIS BOOK VERY WELL.


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

    IN PROLOGUE WERE U KNEW SOMETHING IN HOUSE WAS MORE............


    Any additional comments?

    I ADORE THE PENDERGAST BOOKS.

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    S. Sauter 02-19-15
    S. Sauter 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story --Insufferable narration"

    I wanted to stop listening to this book a dozen times but my curiosity about Agent Pendergast won out and I made it to the end.
    The story was a good one although somewhat belabored at times. The narration made it SO much worse. It felt like the narrator had but one level - dull. I love this series and hope this is the only one he narrates.

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    Richard Highland Park, Illinois, United States 02-09-15
    Richard Highland Park, Illinois, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Clearly getting better"

    The first two are interesting and this is the first one that it seems the pieces are starting to come together that make a worthwhile series.

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    Sharon Grove, OK, United States 02-03-15
    Sharon Grove, OK, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Bad Editing"

    This had some really bad editing and was a bit off-putting. The narrator repeated lines more than once, several times. Why do they keep having different narrators for this series?

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    successify Sarasota 02-01-15
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    "They saved the worst for last."

    It is hard to call the series by the authors a trilogy since only two characters are present in all 3 books. This was the longest, drawn out "story" I've endured inn all the years I've been an Audible listener.
    Not only was the editing job horrible with several minutes of narrative repeated but the narrator changed accents and I often lost track of which character was speaking. Many times I fast forwarded to get to the end.

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    Mark 01-29-15
    Mark 01-29-15
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    "so engaging that it's hard to put down."

    real page turner. difficult to put down from the start.. plenty of suspense. authors do an amazing job painting word pictures. I am looking forward to the next book in this series


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    Kindle Customer 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "started slow"

    the story started slow and was thinking that it would be hard to finish. but once it picked up it was very good

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    Pamela 01-09-15
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    "Great story"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    Not if I don't have to! He is terrible. I couldn't figure out quite what he was doing besides reading in a sort of monotone, but another reviewer got it right in that he ended the sentences wrong. The world could have been ending with everyone bleeding to death and he said it like he would say he's going to the store to buy some bread!


    Was The Cabinet of Curiosities worth the listening time?

    Yes. It's a great story that over rode the narration. Love Pendergast and will read the rest of the series since there is a different narrator for the rest.


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    Shannon M Hofmann 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite Pendergast novels"

    This book scared the crap out of me. From the discovery of the charnel pit to the creepy Riverside Drive mansion this book is engrossing. Plus I love the visits to the museum and library - good old fashioned detective work is always so much fun. The narrator is pleasant to listen to, although not as good as Aubergenois in later works. Highly recommend.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-28-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "2 ½ stars. Careless logic."

    Things are not well thought out. Audiobook narrator not good.

    MY PROBLEMS:
    Too much stretching things out at the end. The bad guy catches victims, you know they are going to die, but the authors interrupt the scenes too much. Example: Someone wakes up and finds themselves in chains. Scene switches to other. Bad guy talks to the prisoner. Scene switches to other. Bad guy injects something into prisoner. Scene switches to other. It was too manipulative for me.

    I was bothered that not enough details are shown when the bad guy catches victims. Authors don’t show how he avoids being seen and how he drags heavy victims from public places to his dungeon. In one case a trap is set, but we don’t see how it worked. Victim sees bait. Next scene has victim in chains in a cell.

    I don’t mind suspending disbelief if it makes the story fun. But here it was used instead of logic. That’s not a good reason. For example: a dead woman is found and taken to the medical examiner. There’s been nothing in the papers. So how does Pendergast know that she exists and that she is the Surgeon’s latest victim? He shows up at the medical examiner’s lab and tells the examiner to look at her back. Some kind of Super Knowledge? Later Pendergast operates on himself without a pain killer (more Super Something?)

    The cell phone problem: It is current day New York City. Cities have good cell phone coverage. There are several scenes where someone needed help, but they didn’t have a cell phone. It made me think the authors couldn’t think of a better way to create suspense so they got rid of the phones.

    The authors had an argument for the ending, but I did not like it. (See Spoilers)

    CAUTION SPOILERS:
    I was angry when someone destroyed something. This was similar to if you had an inexpensive-easy-to-make cure for cancer would you destroy it?
    The bad guy was killed due to bad luck. I’d rather see Pendergast plan the thing that killed the bad guy instead of passively being saved.
    END SPOILERS.

    I LIKED ONE LINE.
    Pendergast was talking about opera: “I loathe it. Opera was the television of the 19th century – loud, vulgar, and garish, with plots that could only be called infantile.”

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    I was unhappy with Jonathan Marosz. You know how young adults end sentences on an up note like a question? Jonathan Marosz is the opposite. He ends sentences on a down note, which normally appeals to me. But the way he does it sounds like he’s reading a SHOPPING LIST. It is not good. He is not “acting” the story. He’s reading a list of sentences.

    A second problem was editing. At least three times a section (a few sentences long) was read twice in a row – repeated.

    Genre: mystery suspense.

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  • Sue Dale
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    "Terrible narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Loved the previous books but the narration of this book leaves a lot to be desired. Had I not wished to follow this series I would have given up within 5 minutes.


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

    Anybody !


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