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Publisher's Summary

Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast.

When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.

Prolong the suspense: listen to the first book, Relic.
©2008 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

The netherworld of New York City...proves as shuddery a setting for the authors' latest scientific monster mash as the American Museum of Natural History did for their bestselling Relic, to which this is the sequel. (Publishers Weekly)
"This should do for the New York subway system what Jaws did for Long Island beaches." (Booklist)
"Dick Hill's reading of this fascinating sequel to Relic builds the suspense and horror." (AudioFile)

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Narration a real problem.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Not the Audible version, anyway. A friend who had read the Pendergast books highly recommended them to me, but if it weren't for that then the narration alone would have caused me to stop. Dick Hill sounds like he needs to clear his throat and spit...and the "effects" are really distracting.

If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

The production is equally as bad as Relic.

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

He isn't consistent with his vocal characters so it becomes very difficult to keep dialog straight. His mouth has a lot of reverberation which makes it sound like his dentures are loose...I don't mean to be mean, but it is so distracting.

Could you see Reliquary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

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Love the series, not the narrator.

I read most of this series back in the 90's and early 2000's and look forward to listening to the audio version.

Child and Preston do a great job of incorporating historical elements into X-File type stories.

Dick Hill is probably my least favorite narrator of audio books. His choice of accents and general tone for characters is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I'm glad that other narrators took over after this volume.

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Didn't hold up to the first one

I was excited when I listened to book 1 thinking "I found a good series!" Then I listened to the 2nd, the performance was lacking compared to the 1st: good voice changes and giving each character depth, this book had none of that, sometime hard to remember what character you following. Story was lacking something not sure what but it jumped around and made it hard to concentrate. Overall I was disappointed and only finished it because I was hoping it would eventually pull out for a good ending.

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Really enjoying this series so far!!

Great story with amazing narration which really helps the engaging and relatable characters all come to life and inspire me to follow their progress through the series. Thanks again for a great read

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Must read!

This is an epic series! You don't have to read relic to appreciate this book but it just makes it that much better when you are invested in the characters.

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On the edge of my seat!

I have always been pleased with how quickly I get drawn into the Pendergast stories. I am thrilled that the ending was a surprise!

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I found The tunneling echo effect of the narrators' voice when reading character thoughts to be a bit annoying

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Love the Pendergast series

I have both read and listened to all of the books in the Pendergast series several times. The stories are always gripping and keep the reader wanting to come back to this world.

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this title and Dick Hill's performance. While some of the portrayals, like the couple getting engaged, had that shrill quality other reviewers complained about, it wasn't a pervading tic of the narration. As with Relic, there were multiple storylines to follow that all wove together in the end, plus a dramatic climax that immediately segued into a wrap up of what happened. It was an enjoyable story through and through.

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a little hard to follow sometimes.

a very interesting sequel to Relic. there were many characters in this novel and sometimes the Epic was a little difficult to follow. I repeated some chapters two or three times. all in all it was exciting and an adventure period especially since the setting underground New York tunnels is real. it makes you wonder.