Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling 14th-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.
When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they've stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. Aware of the significance of their discovery, they set up camp with a team of experts, determined to bring their find to the world. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the center of a dangerous game. One "accidental" death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber.
©2010 Glenn Cooper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
Got this book as recommended for my love of Dan Brown and this doesn't even fall in the same league. I felt the narrator flat and unemotional. I did get hooked for how the story would end but that too fell flat. Decent book on sale but not worth a full credit.
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While the description of this book may drag you in, the secret of the tenth chamber is kind of odd. The narration switches back and forth between present, medieval, and prehistoric times so if you are not paying close attention you wind up being lost at many chapters. People arrive in the book and then are killed off for no sensical reason. The reviews compare it to a Dan Brown book ( Davinci Code), but it is really not of that caliber.
While most books I purchase hook me and make me listen from beging to end, this one was almost a chore to get through it. I stopped and went to a different book only to return when I ran out of listens on my monthly subscription. If you want better suspense, listen to any one of the Harry Hole series (Jo Nesbo) rather than this. If you want to listen to well written book try Dickens or Middlesex.
I loved the premise ... archaeologists finding a prehistoric cave and the tie in to other eras. This provided the cave's history in the cultural context of other societies.
The conflict/conspiracy buildup was way too long. The main characters were supposed to be brilliant scientists but were so slow to piece together "random" events that I was annoyed by their lack of perspective even curiosity. Also some of the killing/violence seemed gratuitous and way over the top.
I only gave the performance 2 stars because of the heavy pronunciation of French names and places. As other reviewers mentioned, this made it really difficult to figure out who was doing what and where.
Tighten up the storyline. Increase the pace/flow. The book takes place in a relatively short time period especially the last third or so. But the writing seems to languidly proceed with no sense of the urgency of the event that is occurring.
I nearly gave up on this book about half way through. The story just really bogged down. But I finished listening to it on a long drive to a meeting. I just didn't feel like starting another book at that point. It didn't take a lot of concentration at the same time I was getting lost. ; )
I didn't like the story...and really didn't hear enough of it to say that I wouldn't listen to another book performed by Mr. Lubatti...just had a hard time with this book
disgust and disturbing...
The narration of this story was very distracting. The overly French pronunciations seemed very affected and made it unnecessarily difficult to follow the characters.
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