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The Quest Audiobook

The Quest: A Novel

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From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things.

When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

The dying man is a priest who has been imprisoned for 40 years because - as he tells it - he found the Holy Grail. This night he has escaped from the prison because it was bombed during the day's fire fight. Unfortunately, the priest was hit, too, so his freedom only lasts for one short night. But it's long enough for Father Armando to describe for our journalists the location of Christ's cup from The Last Supper - and it's long enough to make them believe his story....

Thus begins their quest - a deadly adventure that pits them against the Vatican, murderous tribesmen, shadowy assassins, fanatical Coptic monks and, ultimately, against the powers of the Grail itself.

In the best Nelson DeMille tradition, The Quest takes listeners on a heart-pounding, thrilling ride, as well as to quite a few good bars in Rome. Against the backdrop of a legend that has lasted 2,000 years, and with a love affair influencing many decisions, good eventually triumphs - but at a steep price.

©2013 Nelson DeMille (P)2013 Hachette

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    Stacy Kluge 04-14-16
    Stacy Kluge 04-14-16
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    "Ugh, a "romance" cloaked in Grail Quest?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot think of a demographic that would enjoy this half-baked story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Leviathan Wakes


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    Clear Accents Inflection


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

    Vivian's character. She was superfluous and added nothing to the story. Her character was used to add sex and an attempt at the complexity of human relationships. The relationship between Colonel Gann and the Princess accomplished more in the few pages in which it featured.


    Any additional comments?

    Nelson Demille is a fun author and I usually enjoy his books immensely. True to his form, the build up and Ethiopian history were interesting and attention grabbing. That this was a grail quest wasn't the problem, but rather how the quest was handled including the climax and epilogue. Actually, the epilogue was one of the biggest letdowns I've experienced in years.

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    jb 07-13-15
    jb 07-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "this can't be Nelson DeMille"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe it was his first book; I am a devotee but this book is not up to his standards; nor is the narration up to Scott Brick's!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    absolutely


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    absolutely, but without foreign accent


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

    all the little personal scenes


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    Marina T Morales 07-09-15
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    "Entertaining."

    Love, romance and thriller. Very intriguing. Easy listening and very good performance. Thumbs up. Recommend.

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    Gary J. 05-28-15
    Gary J. 05-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "great book as always. I have enjoyed every book by"

    DeMille. Scott brick is great.. together they are unbeatable. cannot pass up their work. great.

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    Treg Moscow, ID, United States 03-25-15
    Treg Moscow, ID, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2000
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    "Another winner"

    Story line was very good. Great characters. Especially enjoyed the unlikely hero of the story.

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    John 03-17-15
    John 03-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "liked it"

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. The story had enough twists and turns and smart dialogue to make it totally enjoyable.

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    P161911 Atlanta, GA USA 02-11-15
    P161911 Atlanta, GA USA 02-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not DeMille's best, but still pretty good."

    A good story with a weak ending. The sex scenes from seemed tacked on and out of place.

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    Brandon 02-06-15
    Brandon 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Took some time getting there"

    A great story. Sort of long treks of nothing in between moments of thrill. Overall a good story. Avanti.
    BTS

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    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 01-05-15
    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 01-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not one of DeMille's best"

    ** spoiler alert ** This book was a rewritten shorter work from the 70s. It should have probably been left shorter. This novel is way too long and plodding. The title would be more fitting if it were "Talking About the Quest" or "Planning a Quest." There is a TON of slow, tedious, only moderately interesting planning and discussing and preparing for the Grail quest. The relationship aspect was apparently grafted on for the novel and wow, is it frustrating. The lead female character just needs to make her mind up about the man she wants! After the long, sometimes interminable leadup to the quest, the team encounters a character that confirms of their speculations and the book speeds to a quick finish, including a pretty predictable encounter with the book's main bad guy.

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    SAL 11-19-14
    SAL 11-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not when I compare this novel to other books written by Nelson Demille


    If you’ve listened to books by Nelson DeMille before, how does this one compare?

    This book was a huge disappointment. Other books by this author are usually 5 Star. Scott Brick again delivers a fine performance, but the book was too long for the plot. The description of Ethiopia during the 70's revolution is much appreciated, but the story itself was average.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very beginning about the priest's captivity and escape.


    Did The Quest inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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