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4.00006868131868 out of 54.00006868131868 out of 54.00006868131868 out of 54.00006868131868 out of 54.00006868131868 out of 5 4.00 (14,560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrator: Jonathan Marosz Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendergast Novels Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781611139372
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In the ninteenth century, New Yorkers flocked to collections of strange and grotesque oddities called “cabinets of curiosities.” Now, in lower Manhattan, a modern apartment tower is slated to rise on the site of one of the old cabinets. Yet when the excavators break into a basement, they uncover a charnel pit of horror: the remains of thirty-six people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer.

In the aftermath, FBI Special Agent Pendergast and museum archaeologist Nora Kelly embark on an investigation that unearths the faint whisper of a mysterious doctor who once roamed the city, carrying out medical experiments on living human beings. But just as Nora and Pendergast begin to unravel the clues to the century-old killings, a fresh spree of murder and surgical mutilation erupts around them, and New York City is awash in terror.

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  • This is an intense and interesting story, entwining the quest for eternal life with the history of America, New York, and present-day politics and influence. Rene Auberjonois crafts his narration with great care; each word is voiced with perfect tone, pitch, and emotion, and each character is provided with a fitting personality. The result is narration that flows beautifully while providing insight into the story and those who inhabit it. Satisfyingly imbued with thrills and suspense, the prose is fully realized in Auberjonois's performance, and he even manages to make some of the more fantastic aspects seem reasonable. A totally engrossing experience. AudioFile Magazine
  • This is an intense and interesting story, entwining the quest for eternal life with the history of America, New York, and present-day politics and influence. Rene Auberjonois crafts his narration with great care; each word is voiced with perfect tone, pitch, and emotion, and each character is provided with a fitting personality. The result is narration that flows beautifully while providing insight into the story and those who inhabit it. Satisfyingly imbued with thrills and suspense, the prose is fully realized in Auberjonois's performance, and he even manages to make some of the more fantastic aspects seem reasonable. A totally engrossing experience. AudioFile Magazine
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities is intelligent, witty, fast-moving, and fun.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Featuring fabulous locales, colorful characters, pointed riffs on city and museum politics, cool forensic and paleontological speculation, and several gripping set pieces including an extended white-knuckle climax, this a great beach novel, at times gruesome, always fun: Preston-Child at the top of their game.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • An absolutely terrific thriller…Wonderfully spooky…This adventure has all the elements of the perfect summer read…Preston and Child here score another big winner.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The authors again weave facts from New York City history with a thriller plot to produce an adventure filled with fast-moving events, gruesome scenes, and enough scary moments to keep the pages turning quickly.”

    School Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/15/2014

    " a little too creepy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jude Dettmann | 2/14/2014

    " The Pendergast series is one of my favorites and this was actually the first one I read. I liked it so much the first time that I found all the other books in the series and devoured them. Now I look forward to every new release. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Zimmermann | 2/13/2014

    " I've read the first three of the Pendergast series, and this one is the best so far. Can't wait to get to the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 2/5/2014

    " One of my top favorite books of all time, not just one of my favorite Pendergast novels. Lots of action and an incredible plot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/31/2014

    " The story of Agent Pendergast continues. He's unusual and so is this book. It introduces a character that I never quite got a grip on - whether she was a ghost or just someone who's had an extremely extended life. It's paranormal weird - not as weird or dark as say the Anita Blake books, but still strange, very strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Blinke | 1/30/2014

    " A little of Koontz; a little of King; a little of A.C. Doyle and a whole lot of story. A very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agie | 1/10/2014

    " Another great Pendergast story with a great twist. Just when I thought I had it all figured out - I got a surprise. That's what great thrillers should all be about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/8/2014

    " Terribly fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/7/2014

    " The Cabinet of Curiosities was full of intrigue and surprises the whole way through. It's not for the faint of heart, because there is some graphic detail involved in the description of the murders. The characters were complex, yet believable. This novel contains archeological sites, museums, old houses with secret chambers, interesting personal histories, and lots of suspense. I absolutely loved it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Moleculaaburrida | 1/6/2014

    " One of the worse books I've ever read!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana Denardo | 12/11/2013

    " Typical Pendergast, mystery with a paranormal twist. I do love Pendergast. That said, while I liked the mystery there were a couple subplots I skimmed entirely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 12/8/2013

    " Another one of my favorite series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nik | 11/30/2013

    " If you are fan of any sort of bone-chilling, edge of your seat, unique and unusual novels - this one it THE ONE! I could read it over and over again! These two together (Preston and Child) are absolute magic - can't wait for the new one in 09 I'm salivating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Powers | 11/28/2013

    " Loved it! I've become mesmerized by Agent Pendergast! Child & Lincoln weave a tale of mystery, intrigue and supernatural. Highly recommend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guin | 11/18/2013

    " These are great. If you're only exposure to these authors is the movie Relic, you're missing out. Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is my new favorite character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anandh Sundar | 9/24/2013

    " Far better than a who dunnit. Puts Agatha Christie to shame, combining the triple attractions of immortal life, murder and detecting. The ending(though responsible) simply blows you apart. A must read by any thriller lover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara Blair | 9/17/2013

    " another series I love (my guilty pleasure!)- had to re read this one after finishing Fever Dream to remind myself of the Constance story line. Great fun in a twisted way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G Hodges | 9/2/2013

    " Good Characters, idiosyncratic plot, unnecessary gore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittle | 8/29/2013

    " It took me FOREVER to get through this book! Parts were really good, but it could've been shortened down quite a bit. I just couldn't get myself really into it and found myself not really caring to keep reading or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 8/27/2013

    " Had to finish the book yesterday so did not accomplish anything else all day except church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gay | 8/26/2013

    " The premise is good... historical and architectural references. A bit contrived but a good, quick read. Ending too unbelievable to swallow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janina | 7/3/2013

    " Very good - I guess it is, since I bought the other 6 books in the series. I need to know more about Special Agent Pendergast and it's been so long since I read the Relic and Reliquary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glorya | 3/30/2013

    " Interesting detective story. The beginning started off slow, but the suspense towards the middle through the end was something that kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Stuteville | 2/2/2013

    " First I ever read and it is still my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Gilligan | 1/5/2013

    " This book is rather morbid at times, however, I couldn't put it down! Give it a try if you crave something out of the ordinary. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Marosz has narrated dozens of audiobooks throughout his career, including numerous titles by bestselling authors David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, and Tony Hillerman.