a dreary attempt to cash-in on the "religious-conspiracy" craze: this novel was particulary grating inthat it fell into a trap that annoys me to no end, the author who loves his protagonist too much. This modern-day renaissance man is a bibliophile, secret-agent, attorney, military man, etc...yet fails to enunciate anything even remotely interesting. A clear example of an author couldnt live up to the standards of his own character.
This novel will offend Christians and (more importantly) anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller. Read the bad reviews on this one and take heed. No character development. Nonsensical plot. Absurd motives and relationships. Not in the same class as Da Vinci Code or Angles and Demons.
The believable intertwining of fact, fiction and history.
The range. You knew what character was speaking at all times and he really had a great grasp of the foreign languages being used.
Now and then I like a book that is a more challenging read. I love the easy mysteries I can enjoy while driving to and from work or when I am in and out of the car doing errand, so I can easily pick up where I left off. This was not one of those. It is book to concentrate on while listening. Oh so enjoyable though. I enjoyed it enough that I found myself sitting in a parking lot (more than once) and listening just a little more before going about errands and even going in the house when I arrived home. If you are looking for a light easy read this isn't the book for you, but when you want something a little more intricate and challenging, this may be the one.
This was similar in style to Divinci Code but not quite as strong. Its good enough that if you're in the mood for that style and out of Dan Brown books then give it a try. Not exciting enough for me to seek out more from the author though.
For the first time since joining Audible many years ago I've found a book that I just can't finish. The story is boring and to me, filled with so much anti-Christian bias that it offends me to even listen to it. I decided to go and read some other reviews and finding out what the "secret" of the book is I've decided that this story is just something I don't want to spend my time on - it would just be a waste and further aggravation.
I don't know how many times I've fallen asleep listening to it. That's not a good sign. Books such as those by Rollins and others keep me listening into the wee hours of the night. This one was better than any sleeping pill.
It really saddens me to write a negative review but I think others who might be offended by a diatribe against their beliefs should be warned. It's not that I can't or won't read books such as the Da Vinci Code, I actually enjoyed that one, but this is just so over the top that I just have to give it up. The thought of listening to the last four or five hours of this book is totally unappealing.
I did read Berry's Amber Room and enjoyed it which gave me the incentive to read this book. I was also looking for a new series to read. Guess I'll go look somewhere else for a series to invest my time and credits in.
Not very historically or religiously accurate but I guess to much accuracy in either court would have destroyed the whole story line. But the audio tour of France was nice.
Did a good southern accent for Cotton.
All of the preachy scenes by Henrik Thorvaldsen. At least an hour of the book is taken up by Henrik lecturing. Really helps the trip fly by...........
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend only after I offered her a brief synopsis about the plot.
Mark was my favorite character. When I first met Mark, the man was 38 years old. However, he still was looking to find himself. His character developed into a man who became centered and strong. He knew just who he was and was ready to take charge of himself.
I've heard Paul Michael narrate before. He's an excellent narrator but I found that many of the voice's did not match the character. Also, I wasn't able to put a voice to a character and know who he was. Maybe there were too many character's to personalize with a definitive voice.
I did not feel threatened about my own beliefs. However, the author was critical of Christianity, especially Catholicism. I have questioned the hereafter and no one has ever come back and talked to me who has died, to provide confirmation. Beliefs are structured on one's faith, what you find to be your own truth. I'm not knowledgeable of the bible but I found it interesting to listen to the many debates that were centered around the New Testament. I started to read the novel several times before I was able to get past the third or fourth chapter. The novel was a slow starter but it was worth the read.
Yes, it was fast moving and entertaining. It is purely a fiction book that was easy to listen to. I didn't have to think too hard.
Yes, if I know that they like this type of book
Yes, into a movie, similar to National Treasure.