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The Emperor's Tomb Audiobook
The Emperor's Tomb
Written by: 
Steve Berry
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
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The Emperor's Tomb Audiobook

The Emperor's Tomb

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Publisher's Summary

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why?

That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date—one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn.

©2010 Scott Berry (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike.” (David Morrell, on The Romanov Prophecy)

“Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book.” (The Huffington Post, on The Paris Vendetta)

“Controversial, shocking, explosive.” (Katherine Neville, on The Third Secret)

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    John V. Higgins, Jr. Bradenton, FL United States 03-12-11
    John V. Higgins, Jr. Bradenton, FL United States 03-12-11

    John V Higgins, Jr.

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    "I almost liked it"

    This title has a few things going for it - reasonably good plot, and EXCELLENT villains. However, the protagonists, all two or three of them, are both boring and implausible. I soldiered on as long as I could, bolstered by long views of the bad guys' side, but I finally had to remind myself that I would only waste a few dollars by forgetting the story and turning to some other book.

    I generally like Scott Brick as a reader, but this wasn't the kind of script that was good for him, even if the script was any darn good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Finnabair 12-08-10
    Finnabair 12-08-10

    finnabair

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    "A hodge podge of history with an erratic plot"

    I learned quite a bit about the history of China, but listening to this book was excruciating. The plot alternates getting the main characters in and out of impossible situations by invoking impossible solutions. Very little is believable or credible. Everybody alternates between being a bad guy and a good guy at some point; some make that transition several times.

    I would NOT recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Clancy, MT, United States 12-05-10
    Sue Clancy, MT, United States 12-05-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't hold my interest"

    Didn't hold my interest; I did finish it but can think of many books I'd recommend over this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A thin soup"

    Steve Berry has cooked a thin soup of alleged suspense and Chinese history, coupled with communist ideology and some REALLY BAD PEOPLE. I lost interest after about one third of the book but listened through it to the end anyway. Steve Berry is unable to create suspense in any section of this book. He tries to make the communists behave as really bad people, destroying valuable historical artifacts. Anyone who has actually been to China (and we are quite a few) knows the opposite is true. Mr Berry acknowledges in his afterword he has not even been to the locations in China he has used in the book. That makes less surprising he was unable to capture any part of the Chinese socitey or the background correctly in this book. My husband listened to this book as well, and when we compared notes afterwards, we were of the same (low) opinion. You can spend you time more wisely that listening to this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Spring Valley, CA, United States 05-10-16
    William Spring Valley, CA, United States 05-10-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Slow, Confusing, Dispassionate"

    Although the basic plot, premise, and backdrop were interesting, it's execution were too slow and convoluted for me. The story bogs down in the overly detailed conversations and expositions of Chinese history and politics. Although this is a trademark of Berry's style, I found it more difficult to follow and maintain interest and comprehension compared to his other books. The same, too, goes for the multiple storylines, which I often found too disjointed and confusing. Scott Bridk's narration is always slow and cautious, but in this case it only enhanced my boredom with the story and the dispassion of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zakir L. Henson 04-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Too many characters"

    This book used too many characters close to the center making it confusing throughout much of the book. The history and culture of China mostly carried any interest in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wylie monterey, US, Canada 08-03-15
    Wylie monterey, US, Canada 08-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Same old, same old"
    What would have made The Emperor's Tomb better?

    plot is old Only different places and names So simplistic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If in paper, good for recycling bin


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy A. Muldoon 06-17-15
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    "The Emperor's Tomb"

    Fascinating story that I enjoyed reading since Asian History was my major for a Bachelor of Arts degree,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Drew 05-28-15
    Drew 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought provoking"

    This is another in the series of triumphs by Stephen Berry. The underlying storyline is fascinating along with the international tradecraft where on any given day who knows an aly from a enemy. Berry is a skilled story teller. Brick has a voice that is like your grandfather telling you a tale. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crad 05-01-15
    Crad 05-01-15
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    "Boring."

    Not his best work. Slow and hard to follow. Too confusing at times and easy to lose interest. Probably won't read another Cotton Malone book. All are too similar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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