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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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    Dana 01-14-13
    Dana 01-14-13
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    "starts silly gets ridiculous"

    Are all New Yorkers stupid? This book would have you believe that officials in high places and New York's smartest high achievers all panic at the sight of a dead body and make 1 stupid decision after another. And that FBI supervisors are untrained with the emotions of tween-age girls. You have to overlook a barrage of unlikely and stupid choices to enjoy this book. POSSIBLY A SPOILER alert: And you will come up against another common pattern for this genre, where a clever creature that has maintained a secret existence suddenly has a death-wish at the time the book's narration begins.
    If you are able to dismiss a series of unlikely events and characters with simplistic mentation, you will have nearly 2 hours of suspense and thrills at the end of this book.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    VAreader 11-10-12
    VAreader 11-10-12
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    "Contrived, reads like a B-movie script"

    Without wanting to spoil "plot" details, this reads as a highly contrived story with cardboard characters, and it's almost as if the authors were primarily aiming for a movie deal. There were several points in the story where you just have to say "..ah, come on.. give me a break!". Also, the worst Scottish accent effort by the narrator you are likely to hear. But light listening if you have something else to do at the same time.....

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. K. Williams 11-01-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Clever story; terrific narrator"

    I listened to Relic over a couple of long trips in the car recently. I would describe it as Michael Crichton meets Sherlock Holmes, and the story is engaging.

    However, the narrator, David Colacci, turns a good listen into a great listen. He makes the characters come alive. You love Pendergast, root for D'agosta, and want to see Coffee flayed alive. Colacci may be the best Audible narrator I've ever listened to. I was crushed to see the sequel, Reliquary, is narrated by someone else. AUDIBLE, DO US A FAVOR AND BRING BACK COLACCI AS PENDERGAST IN RELIQUARY!

    Last, the conclusion to Relic is clever and caught us totally off guard. As soon as the book ended, my wife and I went back to the first chapter to pick up the clues we missed the first time around. An excellent listen.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 05-18-16
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 05-18-16 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "Say WHAT?!?!"

    I bought this book on the repeated recommendation of a friend, an esteemed colleague on whose normally solid judgement I can usually rely. During the first hour or two, I thought, "Hey, he was right! This is a pretty interesting little thriller-slash-museum mystery!" After six to eight hours, I was happily driving to and from work each day thinking, "Hey, this isn't great literature or even close to on a par with a really GOOD sci-fi thriller like The Girl With All the Gifts, or even 14 or The Fold or Ready Player One, but it's kind of perfect for driving or doing housework, because you don't really have to listen to it; you don't even have to care who's who or who's talking at any given moment; you can just sort of let it flow over you." By hour ten, I had long since mentally downgraded it from four stars to three, and was composing the title of my review ("Cheesy as Aged Camembert") in my head as I drove. By hour eleven or twelve, my husband had been making jokes for some time, wondering aloud just how long it was going to take this mysterious murderous beast to finally show itself and eat the brains of all these stuffy museum administrators. By hour twelve and a half, I had speeded the book up to 1.5 speed just so I could get to the end, see the big reveal, declare the book finished and move on. Then hour thirteen came, and I kid you not, I literally screamed "WHAT?!" In my car and rewound the chapter to see if perhaps the conclusion could actually be said to make sense.

    It doesn't. Suffice it to say that I ought to have heeded those reviewers who pointed out the multiple logical flaws in the early chapters, such as a wheelchair-bound scientist who is independent enough to hold down a museum directorship and a full teaching schedule but too weak to push his own wheelchair; a journalist/author who is still conducting research and interviews for his in-house book on a museum's upcoming blockbuster exhibition--LESS THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EXHIBITION OPENS; and outrageous caricatures of most law enforcement, managers and directors as clueless, self-serving and inept. Given these outrages, why should modern-day scientists willing to crazily experiment on and tinker with their own genetic structures in violation of all research ethics and common sense seem at all surprising?

    Add to all this the author's tendency to drop his voice to a near-whisper for any female character or any character who is actually supposed to be whispering and you get the idea. Tinkering with the volume controls constantly while driving was maddening and was made worse by the sound effects, which were all the more bizarre for being so limited. It was as if the producer had found an old echo-n-static noise box in a closet and plunked it down in front of the narrator's mic, saying, "Hey, as long as we already own this, we may as well get some use out of it. Could you please just talk into this whenever a character is said to be in a tunnel or basement, or on a walkie-talkie?" I've never heard anything more preposterous in an audiobook. And the editing is abysmal; some words and occasionally whole sentences are cut short.

    Much as my friend would like me to keep going and read further into the Pendergast series, I just don't think I can do it. I give this book two and a half stars, only because it was just interesting enough to make me want to finish it.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-20-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 02-20-09 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Hopefully soon I'll find a 4+ star book"

    The narration is well done... characters are narrated consistently and distinctly.

    The characters are fairly realistic and fleshed out but the story itself is pretty lame. I read scifi and thrillers/detective stories and thought this would be a blend of the two but it doesn't really hit the mark as either.

    You have to accept the existence of a monster, which is fine. But you also have to accept that a museum would not shut down as soon as there were a series of atrocious and unexplainable murders inside it. Then you have to accept that a graduate student would be the "detective" and the "real" detectives more interested in... I'm not sure what they were doing, but they weren't doing any detecting.

    I got this book on sale so give it 3 stars. If I had paid full price I would have been disappointed...

    Thr3e and any of the Harry Bosch stories are better thrillers. Altered Carbon is a better blend of sci-fi and detective. Artifact is a better "monster" story. Now I just wish someone could point me in the right direction because this is audiobook number 4 in a row that I finished only because I had paid for them.

    21 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 04-27-11
    Library Volunteer Oklahoma City, OK United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2008

    A Book and a Cat: Nothing more

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    "Can't muster the enthusiasm others portray"

    Perhaps this is just not my genre--mixing science fiction into a thriller. If that juxtaposition doesn't bother you, you may love the book. My larger complaint is the overbearing Southern accent used for Pendergast. As a native Southerner, I find that the exaggerated dialect and mannerisms of the Pendergast character make him less credible, and frankly quite annoying. I won't be back for more of this series.

    22 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-25-08
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 07-25-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy Horror tale! Loved it"

    This audio novel was just the right blend of creepiness and science fiction. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I particularly liked Dr. Frock and the revelation about the monser was intriguing. I'm picking up the sequel Reliquery.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy R 11-29-15
    Nancy R 11-29-15 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can't think of anyone who would be able to take this series of books seriously. It is a stretch even for those more forgiving souls who enjoy complete escapism.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't know. Total rewrite? The characters are sadly cliche and not developed well.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did what he could with what he had to work with. Pretty good reader.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Relic?

    Not sure exactly - probably would have reworked the last half thoroughly.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is interesting at the onset, gets pretty far fetched by the end of the first book, then dissolves into complete idiocy right from the onset of the second one. Every aspect of this series is written with no concern for realism or the laws of nature. Unfortunately, I purchased 1 & 2 together. To be honest, the only reason I started the second book book was my curiosity about just how bad it could get. I put it down in disgust after the second chapter.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 08-13-08
    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 08-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I Didn't Think I Would Like It"

    After reading the Monster of Venice, I wanted to check out other books by Douglas Preston and came across Relic. After reading the summary , I dismissed it because I do not like supernatural-themed books. I bought it on sale, not realizing what I bought and almost didn't listen to it. But I gave it a chance and I really liked it. The authors are talented and the characters are interesting. They make something that is unbelievable, believable. The narration is good, too.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    SSMITTEE 02-04-11
    SSMITTEE 02-04-11

    Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!

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    "I DELETED THIS BOOK"

    THERE WAS FAR A TOO MUCH PROFANITY I DONT KNEED THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE TO ENJOY THE STORY LINE

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "A great character & creature novel"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. I'm compelled to dive right into the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    6/25/13
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    "Okay listen"

    My major gripe here is that the description I found to be misleading.
    Not a bad book. I did finish it unlike others I have left others half way through as I found them appalling. This was average in every way. I wanted a thriller not a slightly absurd fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DP
    Wokingham, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "A great book with a great twist"

    There are few books that really make you want to read them again and again, and few that make you want to buy the audiobook as well! This is one of them.



    The story has pace, the narrative intense, and the twists are quite remarkable.



    Many years on since I first read this, I continue to be entertained by the story. A great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    12/24/12
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    "Rip roaring Boy's Own yarn"

    Great fun to listen to, like an aural version of an Indiana Jones film. A ripping yarn you can't wait to get back to listen to!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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