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The Prague Cemetery | [Umberto Eco]

The Prague Cemetery

Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from best-selling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich 19th century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.
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Publisher's Summary

Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from best-selling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich 19th century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.

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What the Critics Say

“This work of teasing historical pseudo-reconstruction combines an intriguing philosophy of history with an elaborate set of reflections on narrative and the nature of fiction." (Times Literary Supplement)

"A whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue...this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography." (Booklist)

"He's got a humdinger in this new high-level whodunit...a perplexing, multilayered, attention-holding mystery." (Kirkus Review, starred)

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    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 04-09-13
    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 04-09-13 Member Since 2012

    deepdvr_ca

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    "Can't understand the plot"
    What disappointed you about The Prague Cemetery?

    Could not follow the plot or the characters


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Brett Battles


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Such a mismash of characters, could not tell from the different voices in the performance.


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

    Good history, but given by the history teacher that makes you fall asleep.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert El Cerrito, CA, United States 10-29-12
    Robert El Cerrito, CA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Opposite of Couldn't Put It Down"

    I got through this book by sheer determination. It took me at least a month. I have a once-a-week drive of 35 minutes each way, and I made myself listen to it during this time. I also had to concede to myself that it wasn't worth trying to follow all the intricacies of the various conspiracies.

    If you need a likeable character to enjoy a book, this isn't for you. Simonini, the narrator, is a man who forges documents for the purpose of engendering hate and fear. He feels no regret about the consequences of his actions. He's just using his abilities to make a living. Oh, and he's a murderer too. No one he associates with is very appealing either.

    Fans of novels with unreliable narrators might interested to know that the forger has an alternate personality that takes over some of the story. For me, that was not enough to make it worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 12-23-11
    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Hard to follow"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well read. The characters can be a bit hard to follow. There a flash back that if you miss the transition it be hard to follow. The historic note would be better in the front.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond Brewer, Maine 12-12-11
    Raymond Brewer, Maine 12-12-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Aaaaargh. Wasted my time and my money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think this story could have been redeemed


    What was most disappointing about Umberto Eco’s story?

    In order to get the most from this story I would have needed a translator to help me understand the multitude of foreign phases, a dictionary to help me understand the overuse of pedantic words and somebody throwing ice water in my face to keep me awake.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    George Guidall is one of my favorite readers but even he could not make this story interesting.


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

    I did not listen long enough (2 hours to get my attention didn't suffice) so the question should be what scenes needed to be kept in order to make the story entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not communicating if it is not understood.

    16 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Orlando 01-31-15
    Sue Orlando 01-31-15 Member Since 2011

    Sue

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    "Typical Eco"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Prague Cemetery to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I had a hard time slogging through the print version but the reader brought the book to life and highlighted the humor and sarcasm that is difficult to imagine in print.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Henthorne Alberta, Canada 09-19-14
    Laurie Henthorne Alberta, Canada 09-19-14 Member Since 2011

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    "I forced myself to finish it."
    What would have made The Prague Cemetery better?

    A more cohesive plot and more sympathetic characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Umberto Eco again?

    Yes. I enjoyed The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    He was fine. Yes.


    What character would you cut from The Prague Cemetery?

    The premise of a character who isn't sure, but might be another character, too, was interesting. But the Anti-everything attitude (including but not limited to Semitism, women, intellectuals, ambitious people, some of the clergy) was a downer. Cutting the character wouldn't have fixed the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin WESTFIELD, IN, United States 12-27-11
    Robin WESTFIELD, IN, United States 12-27-11
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    "Overrated. Over-marketed."

    I have read Eco before and because of all the hype, I tried again. I used to think I wasn't smart enough to understand it, however, with this book I realize I'm smart enough to recognize hateful, arrogant, crap masquerading as literature when I see (hear) it. If you are interested in what Alexander Dumas wore to dinner in 1835 and you don't mind all kinds of constant racial slurs and extended exposure to disturbing scenes, you're going to love this book. If you like history and are a happy person, skip it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 02-10-12
    John Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Dreary"

    Couldn't get through it. Like walking in mud. I hope it ended well but I did not have the patience. Love George Guidall but even he couldn't make this sing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Fox Lake, IL, United States 01-10-12
    John Fox Lake, IL, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "difficult at best"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    philosophy majors


    What could Umberto Eco have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    get to the point and have story line that could be followed


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Guidall is awesome as always


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    could not get through the entire book, very disapointing considering the high ratings


    Any additional comments?

    drink a lot of coffee when listening to keep awake

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 12-20-11
    Stephen 12-20-11

    Fictional characters in narrative

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    "the sniff of a plot somewhere"

    No story I could follow, more of a conspiratorial mood; narrator's voice seemed to suit the material.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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