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The Cabinet of Curiosities Audiobook

The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

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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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    Paul United States 02-21-14
    Paul United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "Great story, poor narrator"
    What did you like best about The Cabinet of Curiosities? What did you like least?

    I really liked the fact that this where Pendergast came into his own and he became the protagonist of the series. It was interesting to get more of the story on some of the other recurring characters in the series and a few sneak peaks as to what is to come. I think my least favorite part of this book was the narration and I think the dream sequence lasted a little too long.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast because we really got to see and experience how he works and comes to his conclusions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Marosz?

    Scott Brick or Rene Auberjonois. This guy used too monotone a voice to really deliver a good performance. He grew on me over the course of the story, but it still wasn't all that good.


    Do you think The Cabinet of Curiosities needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A direct follow-up, no, but the series does continue on with more of Pendergast's adventures with his friends.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the mysteries, this book stands on its own, and is a great starting point for the character, but it's a better read than audio book due to the narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 09-12-13
    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 09-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating (and who doesn't love Pendergast?)"

    I thought this book was a great story as well as a tour de force of the imagination. The images were vivid and luxurious - I loved it. I only have one complaint - there were several passage the narrator read twice. What the heck? Annoying and something I haven't had happen before.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Harris 06-16-13
    Jeff Harris 06-16-13
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    "A Background of Pendergast"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cabinet of Curiosities the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed learning a little more about who Pendergast is and where he came from. His origins are still mysterious and I'm guessing more will be revealed over time. I found there was a nice balance of a focus on the individual story as well as some development of Pendergast as a character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite was O'Shannessy. Although he was somehow the only NYPD officer who had some common sense, I enjoyed his quick retorts and sense of humor. He was probably the only NYPD character that you could really like so perhaps I was cornered into it but gladly so.


    What aspect of Jonathan Marosz’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm not sure what it was, but I wasn't a huge fan. He was not bad by any means, but he wasn't amazing. Books like these need a strong narrator, which the first two in the series had. This performance on it's own is good but compared to the first two it feel short.


    Any additional comments?

    A few others mentioned it but thought I would too. The editing in this book is poor. There were at least 5 occasions were a line was repeated. It often came at times where there was a long character narrative which really threw me off. I can forgive one or two, but it is a little frustrating to have half a dozen in there.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Maine Knitter 10-22-16
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    "Poor production; so-so story"

    I had a hard time getting through this book. I've enjoyed several others in this series (I started with book #5, read four in a row then returned to start at the beginning) and they have been quite good. The other books were "can't put down" but I had to force myself to stick with this one. The wandering time travel meditation confused me and I had to go back and listen to it again. It was odd. Even Pendergast was not his fabulous self.

    On the positive side, the writing style is excellent. I also like the descriptions - as gruesome as some may be. The locales are described well also.

    The production of the audiobook may have contributed to some of my disappointment with this book. This narrator was not the best but, worse that that, sections of text were repeated a number of times throughout the book. Usually just a sentence or two but it was extremely irritating. It's unfair to the author to butcher the book this way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Myers 05-12-16
    C. Myers 05-12-16
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    "Fire this narrator"

    Wow, am I glad this narrator didn't get the job for the whole series. He has annoying intonation, as though periods are actually commas. It drove me crazy. In addition, he mispronounced the majority of medical terms: vasospasm, Vicryl, sacrum. Perhaps that can be laid partly on the audiobook director. Also, there were multiple instances of repetition of a sentence or two, which I assume is left over from the disc recordings. This is the only audiobook I've bought through Audible that did this so far.

    I'm finding that the Pendergast stories require a huge suspension of disbelief. Okay, fine. They're entertaining enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Grants Pass, OR, United States 02-29-16
    Karen Grants Pass, OR, United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    No, not if I can help it. I don't like his style of narration at all. He ends his sentences as if they are questions and it was very distracting. I barely got through the book.


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    Susan Tahlequah, OK, United States 02-18-13
    Susan Tahlequah, OK, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

    Yes listening to the series


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Marosz?

    Maybe


    Was The Cabinet of Curiosities worth the listening time?

    I listened to the first two books and enjoyed the characters and their development. I felt the first two novels were told from Margo's perspective. Lt DiCosta was a great sidekick to Pendergast but they are left out of book three. Further the plot becomes very challenging to believe.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark L East Grand Rapids, MI USA 03-30-14
    Mark L East Grand Rapids, MI USA 03-30-14 Member Since 2002
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    "This book should be 12 hours tops"

    There is a lot of fluff in the story that really bogs it down. The authors need an editor. I skipped all the sections not relevant to the main story line and that helped some.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia carrier Greer, sc 07-12-17
    Patricia carrier Greer, sc 07-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "this series just keeps getting better and better"

    I am continuously impressed by these books. I will only read them on my days off as I can not stop reading it!

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    PandoraMoon 07-04-17
    PandoraMoon 07-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    Another wonderful book. I am hooked on this series. Fantastic work and I look forward to the next book.

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