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The Gargoyle Audiobook

The Gargoyle

An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.
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An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide - for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life - and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house.

But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only 27 sculptures left to complete - and her time on earth will be finished.

Already an international literary sensation, The Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.

©2008 Andrew Davidson; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 08-27-12
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing !"

    Such a great book! The author has just and incredible ability to describe the details. The car crash to start was unforgettable ! I Highly Recommend this book !

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    K. A. Gove København Ø Denmark 02-11-12
    K. A. Gove København Ø Denmark 02-11-12
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    "What am I missing?"

    I love historical fiction. I love contemporary fiction. I love a good read. All the ingredients are here but ugh. Maybe that's the problem. Everything is here: drug addiction, horrible accident, burns, burns, burns, love, forbidden love, etc. etc. I think there are about 14 stories here that need to be extricated from each other. I can see that a lot of people like this (it's why I chose it) but, it's charms don't work on me.

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    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 01-16-09
    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 01-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Very interesting and unique love story"

    I am really drawn to unique stories. This one qualifies. The beginning is a little graphic as it deals with burns. But once that is done, the story moves on quickly. It is about enduring and pure love, but not by 2 beautiful sane people. It is unorthodox as it occurs over 700 yrs.

    The narrator does a good job telling the story and it is quite pleasant to listen to. His accents (Japanese, Icelandic, German, Italian, British) leave a little to be desired, but I could hardly do better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rich0 Renton, WA 11-22-15
    Rich0 Renton, WA 11-22-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm a lone Wolf, I do what I want when I want!

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    "Wow does not cover it!"
    If you could sum up The Gargoyle in three words, what would they be?

    Really damn good


    What did you like best about this story?

    Throughout suffering hope can still be found.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The car crash I felt like I was in the car seeing everything.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just a lot of compassion


    Any additional comments?

    At first I don't think this audiobook was for me, but after the first 2 hours I could not stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meisha 10-04-15
    Meisha 10-04-15
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    "Loved it!!!"

    A beautiful love story that I want to begin again after reading. I didn't expect the story to be so good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-10-15
    Elizabeth 04-10-15 Member Since 2015

    I "loves" a good book!

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    "It makes you ponder and ponder"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a book for someone who likes to participate. Have to pay close attention. Not a light beach read.


    What other book might you compare The Gargoyle to and why?

    Crime and Punishment.... it's not a light read.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lincoln Hoppe?

    not really.


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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 02-12-15
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Could have done without numerous love stories."

    Wow, very long story. I could have definitely done without so many background love stories that were told by his friend, Marianne Engel. Some other reviewers, however, absolutely loved those stories and how they were interweaved with the main story. There were just too many of them for me.

    Some of the burn ward details were disgusting to me but definitely necessary to understand what the main character was going through. It was very enjoyable to see him survive, begin to recuperate, and become a different person than he was in the beginning of the story.

    I liked the story a lot, but felt it was a bit long. I will definitely considering reading another book by the author, Andrew Davidson. The narrator read a bit too slowly but still did a good job.

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    John Braine Dublin, Ireland 05-07-14
    John Braine Dublin, Ireland 05-07-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Brilliant and original, and criminally unknown"
    Any additional comments?

    Although a few slip through the net, it’s hard not to hear about a good movie. But I’m often amazed at the volume of amazing books that you never hear about and are so easy to miss. The premise of The Gargoyle is based around an old trope; is a character insane or has she actually {insert-impossible-fantastical-truth}. But that doesn’t take away from how great this book is. I was hooked from the start: a porn-star crashes his car while off his head and hallucinating then get’s horribly burned alive in the car, which is described in great detail, and that’s just the first page, awesome stuff!

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    Pam 03-01-14
    Pam 03-01-14
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a different book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something better


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gargoyle?

    The scenes of "debriding" and the graphic description of burning. The rest of the book wasn't bad but it was hard to get through the first few chapters and the descriptions were repeated.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a selection from my book club. I will never read this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayme 01-31-13
    Jayme 01-31-13
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    "so glad I took a chance"
    Would you listen to The Gargoyle again? Why?

    Yes yes yes, I actually plan on listening to this book again with my husband soon. It's an all around amazing experience that sucks you in and keeps you interested from beginning to end. It keeps you guessing. This story is so dynamic, anyone would love it! I really want to listen again bc of how intricate the story is.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's just too hard to pick a favorite. I love that there aren't too many main characters, making them all important.


    What does Lincoln Hoppe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He draws you in straight from the beginning, making this story come to life. I'm actually looking for more books narrated by him now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! @ 19& a half hours, that's impossible but I finished this book in less then three days! I listened to it from the time I woke up, when I was cleaning, in the car, when I shopped, literally every chance I had.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is def not a book I would have paid for before I read it. I was tired of the typical books I had been reading and listening to. I listened to the sample and honestly that and the fact that it was so expensive is what made me decide to just take a chance on it. I'm so glad I did bc it's such an amazing story.

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