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
Things are not well thought out. Audiobook narrator not good.
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)
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illini fan and bibliophile
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.
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.
I enjoyed the museum descriptions even though they do jump the shark from time to time.
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.
Yeah, it would be another in a long line of movies with similar story lines.
A fair bit of fluff for entertainment, not overly intelligent or challenging, but a time passer while doing other things.
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!
Pendergast is the best and the evil villain of the story is a creepy silent character skulking around behind the scenes
Very nice performance. This performer got the story and was in love with the characters. It shows throughout the body of work.
The ability of Preston and Child to interject mystery into the everyday ordinary things of life is amazing.
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.
I have not had the opportunity to read the print version.
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.
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.
If it had not been so long, I could very easily have listened to this book in one sitting.
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 !!
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.
The author has introduced new characters while keeping some of the old familiar ones like the journalist.
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.
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.
Get a new narrator and re-release the book before anyone else feels like gouging their eardrums out.
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.
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