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Relic Audiobook

Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders.

Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?

Prolong the suspense: listen to the sequel, Reliquary.

©2007 Douglas Preston; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With its close-up view of museum life and politics, plausible scientific background, sharply drawn characters and a plot line that's blissfully free of gratuitous romance, this well-crafted novel offers first-rate thrills and chills." (Publishers Weekly)

"Wildly cool....Thrill hounds couldn't ask for a creepier environment....a thriller staged in the world's scariest building, with no room for the squeamish." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 07-15-14
    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 07-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my typical read, but couldn't stop"
    Where does Relic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very well developed.


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

    No, I had to take a breather every now and then. It was intense at times.


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    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 07-07-14
    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 07-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, slow start"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, although it started very slowly, once it gained speed it turned out to be a really good book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I had already figured out it would end that way. It's kind of the standard with this type of book.


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    Valerie O 04-10-14
    Valerie O 04-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "David Colacci is the voice of Pendergast !"
    What did you love best about Relic?

    I loved everything about this book and having listened to at least 2 others now makes me so appreciate David's voice so much more !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Relic?

    I'd tell you but then I'd have to kill you !


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

    this was the first and he has now defined the brand of pendergast for me


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

    loved it and i was shocked that i did , and now i'm a rabid pendergast fan


    Any additional comments?

    listen to the sample , and consider if you want another narrator in the later versions, i am having a big problem getting thru other later versions not read by this narrator !

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    Judy 04-03-14
    Judy 04-03-14
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    "It was ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to and from my drive to work but it wasn't interesting enough for me to listen to at home. There were a lot of characters and it was hard keeping track of who was who in the beginning. That may also have been because I didn't give it my full attention because it didn't grab me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the monster ate the annoying people.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I actually rented the movie for comparison. That was a dud.


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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-31-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Relic"
    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook. Science fiction meets crime procedural in Relic. In this first of the series, Pendergast himself doesn’t play a major role in the investigation. Most of the who-done/is-it sleuthing is done by museum employees, Pendergast a peripheral who ultimately saves the day. Preston and Child have bestowed some physic abilities to Pendergast, or must have, because much of the detail gleaned by the museum employees doesn’t involve him directly, but he seems to know. Nice job in defining characters to like and a few to detest.
    The story is adaquately read by David Colacci, however some of the New York City policemen sound pretty much alike, difficult, but not necessary, to tell them apart. Nice job with the brrrr of the Scottish scientist.

    Pendergast is very popular as a fictional character, but I don’t believe it is because of this book, at least in my opinion. This popularity is a reason to move on in the series and I hope the character becomes more developed.

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    B. Siemens Vancouver, BC 03-27-14
    B. Siemens Vancouver, BC 03-27-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect balance of creativity and listenability"

    Relic has an eminently creative plot, while still maintaining easy-to-follow excerpts. I enjoyed the interplay of attraction and offense between the dynamic, interesting characters that filled in the story. Sometimes I like to be a distracted audio book listener rather than a voracious reader; in those cases, any book like this one would fit the bill perfectly.

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    Pam 03-22-14
    Pam 03-22-14
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    "Good but.........."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Having been a fan of these authors for years I was excited to get this title in audio. Slow to start, long, long, long details of every tiny thing. I would recommend an abridged version to enjoy and not find it boring in spots.A decent listen but not many I know I would recommend it to.Many audio books I cannot stop listening to and would listen for hours.....this one however was easy to turn off and pick up when I had a few min. It just did not hold me spellbound.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit of a surprise ending.........


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Pendergast


    Was Relic worth the listening time?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    All authors have one book or two a reader does not care for. This for me was that book.

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    Michael London, ON, Canada 03-14-14
    Michael London, ON, Canada 03-14-14
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    "Pendergast is the new Sherlock Holmes............!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Relic to be better than the print version?

    The unabridged performance of this novel is well done and brings the characters created by Preston & Child to life in an enjoyable manner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Relic?

    The intensity of the story build throughout the novel and this is mirrored well in this production. The emotion and tension in the artists voice is great. The segments in the labyrinth of tunnels under the museum is memorable.


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

    This was my first and it was very enjoyable. I will be looking for more items by this person.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series of books and well worth following as the build upon a great base story-line that more color is added to with each installment. Please note the movie of the same name is great however its a completely different story for much of the film version.

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    James C. Blasius 03-07-14
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    "Excellent narration; thriller of a story"

    This story really moves. The characters are easy to like or hate, as the authors intended, and the mystery is interesting enough that you want to keep listening to it. At the same time it's not so intellectually demanding that it will disturb your driving. Excellent for what it intends to be.

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    stephen 02-20-14
    stephen 02-20-14
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    "Very Entertaining."
    What did you love best about Relic?

    I really enjoyed the narrator and the use of sound effects in phone conversations, the tunnels, basement, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    D'Agosto. Thought he was a good solid cop character, smart and caring, yet still tough. In contrast to Pendergast, who I liked, but he seemed a bit untouchable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the build of the whole story, knowing that there would have to be a showdown between the beast and the protagonists. I especially enjoyed the "payoff" at the end. Didn't see it coming...


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

    Again the payoff was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a great book, in terms of a classic, but very enjoyable. Will read another in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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