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.
"Berry [makes] intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along." (Booklist)
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.
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.
I enjoyed this book very much; the narrator was excellent. The story is complicated and it is sometimes confusing when the reader switches characters. This book is very similar to Dan Brown books, so if you like those, you will enjoy this -- maybe more.
Denise....love to listen.....favorites are alternative history and long complicated plots!
I have listened to all Steve Berry's books that are available. I found this one boring. I love Scott Brick as a narrator but even he could not save this book. I did not like it.
Anglo-latin computing enthusiast with military background that spans from the early 80's til the Global War on Terror.
I love the very idea of a plot that touches on such a great marvel as the mythical Library of Alexandria.
Intelligent discussion and contrasts about discrepancies found in biblical scripture and the potential geo-political consequences that could result if such discrepancies were ever to invalidate the Bible as we have come to accept it today.
Jason Borne meets Herodotus
The voice talent was over dramatic, at times his entonation and style distracted me from concentrating in the story being narrated. I was also dissapointed when at one point, one of the characters grabs a revolver and two magazines for it -- not every writter has to be a firearms expert but a bit of resarch goes a long way to maintain credibility.
Anyone interested in ancient history (500BCE-500AD) will enjoy this thriller which blends the possibilty of the existence of ancient documents from the Alexandria Library with the potential impact of such documents on current world geopolitics and the relevance of the 3 largest world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Fascinating and wonderfully woven story line.
Dan Brown's trilogy (Angels & Demons, etc), Berry's Templar Legacy and Third Secret.
I'm not sure he brought anything to the book I wouldn't have gotten reading it, nor did he subtract anything. I use audiobooks and printed books for different purposes but read or listen to 2-3 books/week.
No and no.
A good "read."
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