• A Skeleton in God's Closet

  • By: Paul L. Maier
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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A Skeleton in God's Closet

By: Paul L. Maier
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Jonathan Weber, Harvard professor and biblical scholar, is looking forward to his sabbatical year on an archaeological dig in Israel. But a spectacular find that seems to be an archaeologist's dream-come-true becomes a nightmare that could be the death rattle of Christianity. Meanwhile, Weber's strong interest in Shannon Jennings, daughter of the dig's director, is an exhilarating complication.

Carefully researched and compellingly written, this fast-paced thriller takes you from the dust of an archaeological dig to the laboratories of dedicated scientists to the halls of political and religious power, where world reaction is instant, fierce, and shattering. Moreover, A Skeleton in God's Closet explores the tension between doubt and faith, science and religion, and one man's determination to find the truth - no matter what the cost.

©1994 Paul L. Maier (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Hollywood

Other historical novels I've read by Dr. Maier have been 5 star. This one not so much. The romantic interest seemed forced -- while the bones of Christ have been found, the hero can't keep his mind and hands off a young woman he just met who seems to be 15 to 20 years younger. I felt as if a publisher told the author he needed a little spice to sell books. The bones of Christ were enough. We didn't need Indiana Jones.

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Very well researched & understandable

I was so impressed with how the various scientific concepts were explained in such a way as to drive the story forward rather than bog it down.

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Mixed Bag

Ok, I’m going to start by saying there were many moments I intensely disliked this book. Yet I couldn’t bring myself to leave it unfinished. I knew by halfway through I’d have to write a review and I thought about the best approach, which is to break it down into three parts: story, characters, and narrator.

First the good: the archaeological mystery is excellent and kept me guessing until the end. If you’re someone who likes a good yarn coupled with deep dives into history and science, you’ll enjoy this aspect of the book.

But now the not so good: there is only one character who’s fleshed out at all, the main protagonist, and I found him to be just creepy. Not everyone will agree, and some will think I’m being too “woke,” but his whole outlook on women - and the author’s use of them as mere props and objects of desire for the male characters - just grated. There are a couple of women scholars on the dig, but despite pages and pages of scientific and historical exposition by men, neither woman contributes a single opinion on the mystery, instead turning to the men saying “what do *you* think?” The book was originally written in 1994 and it shows.

Finally, the narration: I think it was pretty awful. I had to speed it up to get past Lawlor’s droning, and he is terrible with accents, using them or not with little rhyme or reason. One of the main characters, for example, is said to be British and uses Brit phrases, but speaks with an American accent.

So I can’t recommend this book, though many others have. Just be warned, if you start it, you might not be able to put it down.

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Excellent book

This excellent story should be made into a movie. It was hard to put it down since it was such a good plot with good turns. The ending was terrific!

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God Proven

One of the most compelling murder/ mystery I've read in a long time!
Superbly written

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Skelton in God's Closet

Great narration. Interesting story. Was able to follow along without a lot of scientific background knowledge, but can't help thinking it would be more interesting to an archeologist than an it was to me. still enjoyed it, would recommend it.

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Disappointed

Appreciate the authors detail in research and scientific testing process. However, the authors endeavor into romantic conversation appears to be written by a 6 year old. I will not be moving forward with the balance of this series.