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The Emperor's Tomb Audiobook

The Emperor's Tomb

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Publisher's Summary

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why?

That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address. Logging on, he sees Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who’s saved his life more than once, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has a single demand: Bring me the artifact she’s asked you to keep safe. The only problem is, Malone doesn’t have a clue what the man is talking about, since Cassiopeia has left nothing with him. So begins Malone’s most harrowing adventure to date—one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him from Denmark to Belgium to Vietnam then on to China, a vast and mysterious land where danger lurks at every turn.

©2010 Scott Berry (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike.” (David Morrell, on The Romanov Prophecy)

“Steve Berry gets better and better with each new book.” (The Huffington Post, on The Paris Vendetta)

“Controversial, shocking, explosive.” (Katherine Neville, on The Third Secret)

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    Mary Hanson 01-05-11
    Mary Hanson 01-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Waste of time and money"

    I purchased this audio book on sale.....and now I know why it was on sale. The narration was so bad, it was nearly impossible to differentiate between characters. The attempt at Chinese accents hurt my ears it was so bad. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

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    Tamika Cambridge, VT, United States 01-01-11
    Tamika Cambridge, VT, United States 01-01-11
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    "Excellent history lesson!"

    I am new to Steve Berry so I had no idea of his writing style. I found the use of history to weave a story to be entertaining and enlightening. This book is not a Dirk Pitt-type novel usually filled with action but the pace kept me interested. This is a book one would listen to while doing something else and not miss much in the process so that is a bonus. Listening to a book that makes me think is worth the listen.

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    unsatisfied customer SALINAS, CA, US 12-29-10
    unsatisfied customer SALINAS, CA, US 12-29-10 Member Since 2016
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    "This one needs some serious editing."

    I have enjoyed several other Steve Berry books, but this one drug on and on with way to much detail and very little story line. He explained several points of Chinese history over and over. I also think this was the worst readings I have listen to by Scott Brick. He over dramatized often and sounded more like a "Drama Queen". I have listened to other works I did not care for, but I have never taken the time to write a review. This book was so bad I felt obligated.

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    Lindsay Sinking Spring, PA, United States 12-26-10
    Lindsay Sinking Spring, PA, United States 12-26-10
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    "Must be focused to listen!"

    This book is interesting but I have found it very difficult to keep track of all the names and their associated roles... I am only halfway but have had to restart it twice and finally ended up writing a character list. It might just "be me", or the ethnocentricity of being blocked for non-Euro-American names, but it is really causing me to lose sight of the entertainment value. Plus, unless there is some crazy twist at the very end, it seems that the end is revealed in the Prologue (!?)

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    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 12-22-10
    Dr Dionne P Joseph Qatar 12-22-10 Member Since 2016

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    "boring, boring, boring"

    i normally love steve berry and am usually fascinated by anything to do with china. but for some reason could not get into this book. it was so boring. i kept losing the plot... thinking about shopping, what to cook for dinner, have the kids done their homework?

    this book fails in its basic job: namely to entertain. i got about 4 hours in and then decided not to waste any more of my time on it. got a lee child instead. feel cross about the loss of a credit.

    AVOID!!!!!

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    Brennan Palmer Evergreen Park, IL, United States 12-21-10
    Brennan Palmer Evergreen Park, IL, United States 12-21-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Yawn..."

    I see that everyone seems to like this narrator. I think he is terrible. I will admit, I love when each character has his/her own voice. When the book first starts, the narrator does not "do voices" and it is somewhat difficult to follow who is saying what with his slightly irritating inflections, usually at the ends of sentences. When a Russian character enters the scene, all of a sudden this character has a flawless Russian accent (and I mean PERFECT!). And then the narrator starts giving distinctive voices to the rest of the characters. However, these voices are sketchy and inconsistant throughout the rest of the story (except the Russian). The main character has an American southern accent. I think.
    At times, he uses the same "voice" for several Chinese characters. This voice is the slow, deliberate voice of an elderly Chinese man - seems believable. But when this character has a long monologue, the narrator speeds up the reading and the effect is lost.
    This is my first exposure to Steve Berry, which is unfortunate because I think I might enjoy his books. There is a lot of history, but I am not sure it is only for buffs. I am not a history buff, but I did find it interesting -- although I also did a lot of rewinding...
    Its an ok audio book as far as that goes, but definitely don't pay full price for it!

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    GTP1601 SC 12-19-10
    GTP1601 SC 12-19-10 Member Since 2006
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    "enjoyed the history.......but couldn't finish it"

    While I enjoyed the history of ancient China, the story fell flat.
    I would find my thoughts far away while the tale droned on.
    couldn't finish it.

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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-17-10
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-17-10

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "If I'd Wanted a Droning Lesson On Chinese History"

    ...I would have purchased a history book. Not a "thriller." This is the worst kind of writing drool: loaded with meaningless trivia, endless plot murdering debates and will-to-live draining tangents that are both predictable and stupid.

    Flat uninteresting characters. Foolish plot "twists" and apparently no editor who could take the author and give him a shake saying "Why is THIS in your final draft???"

    No surprises...so awful I found myself rooting for the villain. Truly the worst listen in a very long time. No more Steve Berry for me, thanks. I have no trouble sleeping.

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    Greg Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 12-15-10
    Greg Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 12-15-10
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    "Boring"

    I like Perry / Malone and Brick who is an all time favorite - but this book was just.....boring.

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    Belinda Lisarow, Australia 12-14-10
    Belinda Lisarow, Australia 12-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great "Read""

    I really enjoyed this book. It was detailed and had lots of facts that weren't fiction mixed in with the story which made it even better!

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