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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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    Don Cram 09-19-14
    Don Cram 09-19-14
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    "Production Problems"

    The story captivates but the narration and production fail the authors. Not only are there a half dozen times when whole paragraphs are repeated, but the narrator's delivery has a uniformity of cant that makes every character seem withdrawn and even sarcastic.

    And, something that the authors never intended with the written word, one of the voices used by the narrator gave away the ending of the book halfway through.

    Better production and narration next time, please?

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    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 08-08-14
    Laura EVERETT, WA, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Why so many negative reviews?"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I've listened to the first two books, and have grown to enjoy the characters, the strange yet somehow familiar and facinating settings and plot lines. This story in particular, was an unexpected history lesson in the strange and the facinating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was set in the book's past, envoked by a letter written by an owner of a curiosity cabinet in 1870 (I think it was), the horror, the vivid descriptions, the tangible suspence, and the morbid facination was riviting.

    And, I rather enjoyed all of Pendergast's manners and the ease with which he manipulates and deflates the arrogant poeple who get in his way. It never failed to be satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    I missed the characters from the first two books. Pendergast and Smithback was kind of a more minor character in the first two, but they are the only two left in this book in addition to a new female scientist character that while interesting and likable was new and not what I expected. I miss the main characters I had grown rather attached to from the first two books.

    In addition, the narrator does a great job. I read some pretty terrible reviews, and almost didn't buy this audio book. I must have the same narrator, but I kept thinking that couldn't be so, because I quite enjoyed his reading. Some complained of an uplift in tone (as if asking a question) at the end of sentences that weren't actually questions. I anticipated this, waited to be annoyed by this verbal affect, but honestly, I didn't notice the narrator doing this AT ALL. Unless, of course, he really was reading a question. There were a few, very few, technical mistakes where a sentence was repeated twice in a row, but it was only a few seconds, and happened so infrequently, it didn't in the least take away from the overall story. I am rather baffled by those reviewers who professed that these things completely ruined the book for them, because it was really no big deal at all for me.

    I know a change in narrator can be irritating. I felt the same way when a book in Butcher's Dresden Files series was narrated by a different person, and it completely ruined the book for me. So, if you've listened to any of the other books in this series, I would recommend to listen to the sample first. But I encourage you to give this book a chance. I almost didn't and I'm glad I did. I would have missed out on something great if I had passed it by.

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    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 07-28-14
    Brenda Widener Enterprise, OR USA 07-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Old bones...New people"

    A pile of bones is found and Pendergast shows to look into the find. This is the 3 book in the Pendergast saga and even though the storyline is a little out there the whole book was an enjoyable and delightful listen. I have enjoyed getting to know Pendergast even though these books are a little on the old side I am new to the series. They are not your standard, run of the mill mystery/murder novels which is a good thing. So if you can get beyond the out bounds type of storyline you should enjoy this book and if your already a fan of Pendergast you really wound be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah J. Frey Chicago, IL USA 06-04-14
    Sarah J. Frey Chicago, IL USA 06-04-14 Member Since 2009

    Illini fan and bibliophile

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    "Excellent Story/Narration Marred by Technicalities"

    Preston & Child do an excellent job of crafting a story that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. The narration by Marosz does an equally compelling job of bringing life to the words and enveloping the listener in the world of this mysterious thriller. However, at least a half dozen times, I was ripped out of the hunt for the historical serial killer Leng and his modern day copy cat, the Surgeon, by substandard production. In each instance, the story would repeat itself - a sentence or two would be read, and then the same sentence or two would be immediately repeated. Even more jarring, at times it came at the height of suspense. It's not frequent enough to skip this excellent entry into the Pendergast series, but it was just frequent enough to disappoint and substract from what would otherwise be a five-star review. Similar to how books are edited, I'm also disappointed with audio publishers, who fail to do this simple quality control.

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    Dianne Canada 03-17-14
    Dianne Canada 03-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, if a tad predictable"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    Perhaps. I enjoyed the tale although this one seems to be a bit formulaic in that certain characters have been reanimated from the previous volume in the series under new names. They all seem to be caricatures of the bumbling overweight dumb cop, that have become too plentiful in this kind of story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the museum descriptions even though they do jump the shark from time to time.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator has a good voice, however he mispronounces a number of words that he should have gotten right. They certainly aren't that obscure.


    Could you see The Cabinet of Curiosities being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yeah, it would be another in a long line of movies with similar story lines.


    Any additional comments?

    A fair bit of fluff for entertainment, not overly intelligent or challenging, but a time passer while doing other things.

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    Michael London, ON, Canada 03-14-14
    Michael London, ON, Canada 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I love this story!"
    If you could sum up The Cabinet of Curiosities in three words, what would they be?

    This exciting and twisting tale of intrigue provides hours off great entertainment. The story has many twists and turns offering your mind a major gymnastic workout!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast is the best and the evil villain of the story is a creepy silent character skulking around behind the scenes


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    Very nice performance. This performer got the story and was in love with the characters. It shows throughout the body of work.


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

    The ability of Preston and Child to interject mystery into the everyday ordinary things of life is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite books of all time. I have read this at least three times and will listen to it multiple times in the audio-book form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 01-05-14
    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 01-05-14
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    "Preston and Child does it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cabinet of Curiosities to be better than the print version?

    I have not had the opportunity to read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Smithback. I loved William Smithback's character since he was introduced in The Relic. Even though the books center around Agent Pendergast, Smithback has a tendency to steal the limelight with all of his crazy antics. He is always managing to get himself into scrapes that Pendergast has to get him out of.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    I like all of the performance. Marosz does a very good job staying true to the voices he gave to each character. Not all narrators are able to do that.


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

    If it had not been so long, I could very easily have listened to this book in one sitting.


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    James 12-27-13
    James 12-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating story..."

    This story was interesting from the first chapter through the end of the book, and I was never really sure where the twists and turns would lead. One of those crazy, believable novels that oozes historical accuracy, Cabinet of Curiosities will transport you to a completely different world and back again !! Great fun !!

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    April United States 12-04-13
    April United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Can NOT STAND the narrator!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities the most enjoyable?

    The book is interesting and it keeps me wanting to return to it, even when I'm busy with other things like studying or working.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author has introduced new characters while keeping some of the old familiar ones like the journalist.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

    His inflection is completely awful. He adds inflections in the wrong areas and does not have inflections in the right areas. He has this bored sound to his voice. The questions do not sound like questions at all. The sentences do not sound like sentences; they sound like thoughts he's not completing because he has this lilt at the end. It reminds me of the Priest in The Princess Bride, except without the silly accent. "Love... True Love.. Is what brings us... together... today." Yes, he sounds like he's ending every sentence in an ellipses with that stupid uplift to his tone at the end. Every time he does that inflection, I wince and it completely ruins my enjoyment of the story, and he does it VERY OFTEN. Most of his reading is like that; where he pauses for breath, he does that stupid uplift.

    Additionally, he doesn't even try to distinguish between characters with his voice. He keeps the same monotone the entire time, and I have to go back and listen to see who is supposed to be talking.

    In short, this was a great story that I was very interested in, but the narrator completely ruined it for me.


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

    No, I had to take a break from listening to the narrator. I hate his inflection so much that my intense hatred needed a break to keep me from staying angry all day.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new narrator and re-release the book before anyone else feels like gouging their eardrums out.

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    Raymond Scelzi 10-04-13

    k9 trainer

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    "tedious"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    I like this series but this one I wish I had it in print so I could skip the irreleverent parts. I will finish it because I am hoping that it answers some questions about people that show up in other books


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The authors stated that their books do not need to be read in order but they are wrong. There needs to be more explaination about the characters and some of the things that pop up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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