It is slightly above average
The archaeological tie in.
It's ergot time!
I am writing this review to comment on the reader- performer- narrator.
I almost could not tolerate listening to this book due to the performance. The over the top french pronunciation of the french characters names and towns and so forth annoyed me to the point of distraction. I do not speak french and I appreciate the inclusion of a bit of an accent, but here it was so thick and seemingly overdone that I still have no idea what the names of a few of the characters were. Almost returned the book because of this.
The narrator was excellent; the story could have been fantastic but became predictable. The author might have been unwittingly channeling Dan Brown. I would prefer to read the story over listening to it because there is a lot of skipping back and forth between centuries and I believe I could have kept all of the characters better organized in my head. Oddly, it was distracting to me - as a native American English speaker - to hear the narrator pronounce French names and places pronounced so authentically. When I read and hear the name "Hugo" in my head it sounds only remotely like the "Hugo" that comes out of the narrator's mouth and a few times I had to rewind to make sure that was the name he was saying and not a new character with a similar French name. That's just my personal experience being a monolingual American, though - it might not distract you! If you love Dan Brown-type stories, history, art, France, you may love this book.
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
Got this book as recommended for my love of Dan Brown and this doesn't even fall in the same league. I felt the narrator flat and unemotional. I did get hooked for how the story would end but that too fell flat. Decent book on sale but not worth a full credit.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
While the description of this book may drag you in, the secret of the tenth chamber is kind of odd. The narration switches back and forth between present, medieval, and prehistoric times so if you are not paying close attention you wind up being lost at many chapters. People arrive in the book and then are killed off for no sensical reason. The reviews compare it to a Dan Brown book ( Davinci Code), but it is really not of that caliber.
While most books I purchase hook me and make me listen from beging to end, this one was almost a chore to get through it. I stopped and went to a different book only to return when I ran out of listens on my monthly subscription. If you want better suspense, listen to any one of the Harry Hole series (Jo Nesbo) rather than this. If you want to listen to well written book try Dickens or Middlesex.
I loved the premise ... archaeologists finding a prehistoric cave and the tie in to other eras. This provided the cave's history in the cultural context of other societies.
The conflict/conspiracy buildup was way too long. The main characters were supposed to be brilliant scientists but were so slow to piece together "random" events that I was annoyed by their lack of perspective even curiosity. Also some of the killing/violence seemed gratuitous and way over the top.
I only gave the performance 2 stars because of the heavy pronunciation of French names and places. As other reviewers mentioned, this made it really difficult to figure out who was doing what and where.
Tighten up the storyline. Increase the pace/flow. The book takes place in a relatively short time period especially the last third or so. But the writing seems to languidly proceed with no sense of the urgency of the event that is occurring.
I nearly gave up on this book about half way through. The story just really bogged down. But I finished listening to it on a long drive to a meeting. I just didn't feel like starting another book at that point. It didn't take a lot of concentration at the same time I was getting lost. ; )
I didn't like the story...and really didn't hear enough of it to say that I wouldn't listen to another book performed by Mr. Lubatti...just had a hard time with this book
disgust and disturbing...
The narration of this story was very distracting. The overly French pronunciations seemed very affected and made it unnecessarily difficult to follow the characters.