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The Alexandria Link Audiobook

The Alexandria Link: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. State Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: "You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His horrified ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone's bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

A cradle of historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious ideas, the ancient library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But 1,500 years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls is desperate to breach the library's hallowed halls, and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, to the highest levels of the American government, and to a shattering outcome that will have worldwide repercussions.

©2007 Steve Berry; (P)2007 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Berry [makes] intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 05-24-07
    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 05-24-07
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    "good till the end."

    The book is good, reading is good. You move quickly through the story & feel drawn into it.
    The only problem is the same with most of the "DaVinci Knock Offs (historic thrillers"...... bad or incomplete ending. The lack luster "keep the status quo" endings are junk & we have seen it a hundred times before.

    Don't know if I will read the author again.... seems like another guy trying to cash in on the fad without a well defined story ....beginning..middle... end.... simple reciepe

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Greenville, SC, United States 05-27-15
    Leslie Greenville, SC, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Stopped listening at the beginning"
    What did you love best about The Alexandria Link?

    The performance was so poor I stopped listening after about 30 minutes so I really don't know how to rate the story. Bad performance!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Pogodzinski 05-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the story... But...."

    I will most likely not buy anymore of his books.
    I love how this author can make me turn the pages and make me "like" characters. It's just I can't take the religion bashing anymore. In this book (like the last) he makes me feel stupid for being a Christian. Like it's an insurance policy that's nothing more than a lark. I AM a Christian so I always get upset during these stories. There are too many other good authors for me to spend my money on one that bashes my religion. (And he really bashes Jews in this book). It is a good story.... Just, personally, 2 books of Christian bashing is enough for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lionfeather San Diego 07-23-14
    Lionfeather San Diego 07-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The narrator...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alexandria Link to be better than the print version?

    The print version could be used to hit me over the head and it would still be better than listening to Brick.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alexandria Link?

    Hadad not being hadead!


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Obnoxious. Unnecessary. Loud.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 12-03-12
    Dean 12-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't turn off iPhone"
    If you could sum up The Alexandria Link in three words, what would they be?

    Cotton Malone rocks!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alexandria Link?

    Too many to choose


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

    Scott Brick at his best.Very consistent and definitely makes the book.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Scott Brick continues with other novels.Having been an audible book fan for years, I can definitely say the narrator is just as important as the book.When the two are congruent, the result is a masterpiece that can't be put down!Other narrators that I highly recommend that comes immediate to mind includes Peter Jay Fernandez and Johanna Parker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi East Grand Rapids, MI, USA 02-01-10
    Heidi East Grand Rapids, MI, USA 02-01-10
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    "Finger nails on a chalk board"

    Awful....I don't understand how the producers of this audio book thought that the narrator reading was even sort of OK. There are so many wonderful actors and/or readers with fabulous voices that, to borrow the phrase, one would be glad to listen to them read the phone book. Not the case here, as I couldn't bear to listen to him read a presumably good story. So I really don't get the choice on this one. The story seemed fine, even sort of interesting but after a few tries and approximately 20 minutes of listening I just couldn't stand it anymore and I had to stop for good. I'm bummed I used my credits on this one. To be fair to the author I might check the book out from the library and give it a go at a later date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Chavez Texas 07-10-10
    Jaime Chavez Texas 07-10-10 Member Since 2012

    Living life of Significance

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    "Replace the Narrator and earn 5 stars"

    I enjoyed the story, but I almost stopped listening to the book because the narration is sooooo terrible. There were times in the book that I couldn't tell what character was talking because they all sound the same. Other times it feels like William Shatner as Captain Kirk reading to you. If over acting is possible with narration...it's done here.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 03-01-10
    Chris Memphis, TN, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent Story - Terrible Narrator"

    The story is entertaining enough, but the narrator is absolutely awful. I can't understand why he keeps getting hired to read books. I would have gone with 4 stars if not for that.

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    Kathy 04-08-07
    Kathy 04-08-07 Member Since 2007

    Kathy

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    "A really good thriller"

    I recently finished The Templar Legacy (TTL) in book form and was delighted to find this book by the same author--it was great! The author did a terrific job of juggling the different story lines in an orderly fashion that kept you wanting to read faster! You revisit characters from TTL as they continue to evolve but it's definitely a stand alone book. His ability to suspend reality is so good I just know I am going to be able to go visit the Alexandria Library sometime. Scott Brick reads clearly so that you have no trouble keeping track of which person is talking. He would definitely influence me to choose a book if he is reading.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Hermon, NY, USA 10-28-07
    Victoria Hermon, NY, USA 10-28-07
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    "Not the best"

    I have to agree that this was a very boring listen. The narrator was very slow. I had a hard time listening to this one and quit.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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