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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
No, the story drags itself out painfully from sickening moment to dull denouement. It's not often I find a book where I can't identify with a single character but this one is particularly disgusting.
The best thing would have been to find a good editor who would not allow her to unnecessarily complicate things and drag things out beyond their usefulness.
She seems as much in a hurry to finish this book as I was. Her voice is lovely but her accent and speed don't allow for much characterization. At times my brain quit listening because it was simply a torrent of words.
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You know there is a problem when you have a 20+ hour book that the narrator had to speed reading through. I'm not sure if that was to try and keep this interminable book under a certain time limit or if they were as disgusted with the characters and plot as I was.
I gave several chapters but could never get into it. The narrator made it very difficult to understand when the speaker was switching. Slow slow slow slow
only audiobook I've not been able to finish, to be honest not even an hour and I've tried several times.
Felt bad about giving one star overall as I'm genuinely interested in the book, but to rate it overall I'll have to read it as listening to it is not an option.
"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!
"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.
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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