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Rutger de Knijf

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  • The Relic Master

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 450

The year is 1517. Dismas is a relic hunter: one who procures "authentic" religious relics for wealthy and influential clients. His two most important patrons are Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony; and soon-to-be Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. While Frederick is drawn to the recent writing of Martin Luther, Albrecht pursues the financial and political benefits of religion and seeks to buy a cardinalship through the selling of indulgences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic -- and hilarious

  • By Actor on 12-17-15

Best audiobook on Audible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-16

This book is perfectly balanced for me. The time and place are interesting and underrepresented in other books. The characters are really lively and relatable. The story is clear and and satisfying in flow.The performance is great for any activity, sports, commuting or active listening. Just the best audiobook I've ever heard. It's also quite concise. I'm actually sad it is finished.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Irregulars

  • Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
  • By: Jennet Conant
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spying in Washington

  • By Sara on 10-03-14

Giant erratic report

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

This just describes what Dahl and people around him did, all of it, it doesn't seem to give you any pointers on what is important. It just drones on. It's not so much a book as a giant report. We'll, that is too harsh, but it was a rather frustrating listen. Couldn't finish.