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  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

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  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

Wonderful. Perfectly narrated. A must listen.

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Reviewed: 03-17-15

I highly recommend this. I have read the book in both Italian and English, and I am convinced that, except for technical works, all books are best heard, and not read silently. The Romans were right in that regard. But to have the words brought to life further by such an expressive and rich voice was an unexpected joy. The passages that seemed weighty and dense when read became lucid and enjoyable when spoken. Even the Latin became comprehensible somehow.

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