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  • The Tenth Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (204)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling 14th-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.

    Crystal says: "Leaves Dan Brown's "INFERNO" in the Dust"
    "Narrator was excellent, story not so much"
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    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.

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