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  • La Cena Secreta (Texto Completo) [The Secret Dinner ]

  • By: Javier Sierra
  • Narrated by: Francisco Rivela
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

A Dominican inquisitor is sent to Milan to investigate the rumor that The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci promotes a defiant heretical sect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • secretos escondidos

  • By edgar on 10-08-12

Entretenido más un poco rebuscado

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Para escuchar al manejar, sí. No es muy profundo, pero es divertido.

What didn’t you like about Francisco Rivela’s performance?

Aunque me gustó su tono de voz, halló demasiado melodramático e histrionico la presentación. Todo se presentaba como si fuera un enorme misterio, una gran sorpresa o un horror espeluznante. A veces hasta me hacía reír. ¿O será que el autor buscaba un efecto cómico? Me hubiera gustado más sutileza.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Con un buen guión, buen director y buenos actores, sí.

Any additional comments?

Hallo muy difícil dar mucha importancia a estos "grandes secretos" de la teología. Que haya personas que pasen sus vidas envueltas en temas tan recónditos y sin importancia me es un misterio. Sin embargo, como tema para la ficción es entretenido.

  • A World Lit Only by Fire

  • The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by the narrator

  • By Wallen on 02-28-09

Scornful rehash

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-13

What would have made A World Lit Only by Fire better?

That it actually had been about life in the Middle Ages instead of the endlessly told story of the rise of the Renaissance salted with one salacious tale after another.

What was most disappointing about William Manchester’s story?

Lacked depth.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barrett Whitener?

Someone who could read this text without inserting his own opinions through vocal insinuation. The scorn and judgmental phrasing made it difficult to listen for information.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and impatience.

Any additional comments?

Can't imagine how I came to purchase this book. I must have neglected to check out the reviews first. I am definitely not going to listen to any more of it.

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