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  • The Tenth Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (154)

    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"
    "Lots of potential ... disappointed."
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Tenth Chamber? What did you like least?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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. ; )

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