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The Bible of Clay | [Julia Navarro]

The Bible of Clay

In St. Peter's Basilica, a man sits in a confessional asking forgiveness for a murder he's about to commit. And a young priest begins a desperate journey to stop him....It's only the beginning of a ruthless race among the world's most powerful to find a rumored cache of sacred texts inscribed with the story of Creation as told by Abraham. This account, on tablets of clay, predates the Bible by a thousand years and could be one of the most important discoveries of all time.
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In St. Peter's Basilica, a man sits in a confessional asking forgiveness for a murder he's about to commit. And a young priest begins a desperate journey to stop him...

It's only the beginning of a ruthless race among the world's most powerful to find a rumored cache of sacred texts inscribed with the story of Creation as told by Abraham. This account, on tablets of clay, predates the Bible by a thousand years and could be one of the most important discoveries of all time. Archaeologist Clara Tannenberg's announcement of an excavation to seek the tablets has set off shock waves of outrage, contempt, and outright disbelief. But among four old friends, bound through decades by shared tragedy, the announcement has renewed their hunger for revenge. For Clara's reclusive, infamous grandfather Alfred is a man as feared as he is hated and his enemies will stop at nothing to destroy him - and will use anything as a weapon...even his granddaughter.

As Clara and her husband Ahmed put together a ragtag team to excavate the Bible of Clay from deep within the heart of Iraq, another far more sinister team is determined to get there first. Sweeping from the time of the biblical patriarchs to the front lines of the Iraqi conflict to the parties and back rooms of Washington, D.C., The Bible of Clay is a thriller of unrelenting, thought-provoking, and all-too-plausible suspense.

©2008 Shoreh Aghdashloo; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    Dyane El Mirage, AZ, USA 09-19-08
    Dyane El Mirage, AZ, USA 09-19-08
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    "Excellent Read, Hard Listen"

    As the previous reviewer states this is a great story with many twist and scene changes going from Abram to shortly before the Iraq war, with stops at WWII along the way. But the use of the heavily accented narrator is hard at best. This would have been much better if Brick or Twomey did the narration. English distribution means we listen in English please.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Arjay 05-12-09
    Arjay 05-12-09
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    "Narrator Problem-Beware"

    I haven't written any other reviews but this one needs to be done. I really have no idea what the book is like. The narrator's accent is hard to understand, along with the fact that she misses most inflections that emphasize some parts, mispronounces many words, and doesn't change tone to distinguish male from female, much less individual characters. There is little or no emotional content in the narration. By the time I can figure out a lot of what she is reading, the story has moved on. I can't really get a sense of the book this way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Fedorowicz Annapolis, MD USA 10-07-08
    Patrick Fedorowicz Annapolis, MD USA 10-07-08 Member Since 2006

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    "Poor entertainment"

    20 hours of a ponderous plot, tepid suspense, and an unsatisfying conclusion...AND to top it off, the narrator has absolutely no tempo or inflection in her recitation...there is nothing redeeming in this offering

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keren 09-17-08
    Keren 09-17-08
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    "Excellent Read but Problematic Narration"

    This novel is a well-told tale with an interesting plot, surprising twists, and well developed characters set against the emotional and political backdrop of the pending American invasion of Iraq. However, the narration is problematic. Mispronouncing English is less distracting than the almost total lack of tone, accent, or pace changes for different characters (and there are a lot of characters) so that scene shifts are sometimes unrecognizable. I several times had to rewind a bit to figure out what (and who) was going on. That said, the book is marvelous.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dena Lee South Newport Beach, CA United States 03-18-09
    Dena Lee South Newport Beach, CA United States 03-18-09 Member Since 2005
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    "the bible of clay"

    The story was non-eventful, very little emotion involving each character, and it took too long for events to happen. The most important was that it was extremely hard to understand!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    10-03-08
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    "Do not expect a Dan Brown escapade"

    Disappointing book. It is far too long. The characters are ridiculous and totally unsympathetic, it is impossible to care what happens to any of them. The narration is monotonous and poorly executed. The plot is out dated and so slow.

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    J. Buchner Seattle, WA 03-10-10
    J. Buchner Seattle, WA 03-10-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Don't Waste Your Money"

    The story might be good but the narrator is so bad I can't tell.

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  • Chris
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    "Extremely disappointed!!"

    The book promised a good listen and I was really looking forward to it. Then the narrator started and I just couldn't listen any more after the first two or three minutes. Aghdashloo appears to have a very limited vocabulary of English and his native accent drove me crazy because I could not understand most of his words. Very disappointed and a hard lesson to learn.........always look at the narrator before buying.

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  • Gillian
    Biggleswade, Beds, United Kingdom
    5/17/09
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    "More than Disapointing"

    Was really looking forwrd to this book as had throughly enjoyed The brotherhood of the holy shroud. Unfortunately dont know how I feel about this book as the narrator made it an impossible task to listen to. I have tried but after spending a week struggling to listen to the first hour I have had to admit defeat. Such a shame!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    sawbridgeworth, Herts, United Kingdom
    10/3/08
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    "Do not expect a Dan Brown escapade"

    A very disppointing book. Far too long. Ridiculous and completely unsympathetic characters. Narration is monotonous and poorly executed. The plot is wholly out dated and slow in the extreme.

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