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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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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 04-23-13
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Solid, intricate, but very western perspective"

    For those who don't know the Cotton Malone series, he's a super-agent who investigates modern crimes that involve historical mysteries of the conspiracy variety. Steve Berry is much better than Dan Brown at working the historical premise into the plot, and he's much better at explaining the historical detail, but he's not as exciting at creating the modern day action. He doesn't fail at it, but he's not as suspenseful as Brown.

    Overall, this is a complex mystery and intriguing political thriller that will illuminate the basic themes of Chinese history as the story works its way through the modern world. Berry does that well. He falls short in two areas, though. The history is a very westernized opinion of Chinese history, and the premise of the mystery is just silly. The biggest question you will have at the end of this book is "Why were they fighting over that?"

    But it's a reasonably good mystery with a good primer of Chinese history and a weird little science conspiracy theory woven in. The characters are good, the reading is good, and it's entertaining. If you like history. If you don't, it probably wouldn't be worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AAnderson Ballajura, Australia 04-10-11
    AAnderson Ballajura, Australia 04-10-11 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved this historical , modern day novel"

    Do yourself a favour and listen to this book it is filled with accurate Historical data, and great characters. If you can ignore the obligatory romance between the hero and heroine and just listen to the story minus the in grating self reflection these two characters go through , this book is awesome. I love historical novels, I love thrillers, and in this book I have both. Well done and Kudo's to Steve Berry. Just leave out the romance as I can buy mills and boon novels if that is what I am after. However your historical references to this book, and various references to aboitic Oil are cutting edge writing. I did enjoy this book, and the story of the Ba too :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John V. Higgins, Jr. Bradenton, FL United States 03-12-11
    John V. Higgins, Jr. Bradenton, FL United States 03-12-11 Member Since 2016
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    "I almost liked it"

    This title has a few things going for it - reasonably good plot, and EXCELLENT villains. However, the protagonists, all two or three of them, are both boring and implausible. I soldiered on as long as I could, bolstered by long views of the bad guys' side, but I finally had to remind myself that I would only waste a few dollars by forgetting the story and turning to some other book.

    I generally like Scott Brick as a reader, but this wasn't the kind of script that was good for him, even if the script was any darn good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
    Wallen Danderyd, Sweden 04-20-11
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    "A thin soup"

    Steve Berry has cooked a thin soup of alleged suspense and Chinese history, coupled with communist ideology and some REALLY BAD PEOPLE. I lost interest after about one third of the book but listened through it to the end anyway. Steve Berry is unable to create suspense in any section of this book. He tries to make the communists behave as really bad people, destroying valuable historical artifacts. Anyone who has actually been to China (and we are quite a few) knows the opposite is true. Mr Berry acknowledges in his afterword he has not even been to the locations in China he has used in the book. That makes less surprising he was unable to capture any part of the Chinese socitey or the background correctly in this book. My husband listened to this book as well, and when we compared notes afterwards, we were of the same (low) opinion. You can spend you time more wisely that listening to this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne P. Baton Rouge, LA 05-25-17
    Anne P. Baton Rouge, LA 05-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting concept introduced"

    The storyline is good, but he got a little too mired in Chinese politics and ideology for my taste. I was, however, interested in the biotic vs. abiotic oil theories as if never heard of those before. I'll definitely have to explore that further. Overall, it was a good read.

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    Richard Ermi 02-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging all the way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book kept me interested the whole way. Interesting plot and lots of action. Had some interesting ideas that I had heard about on the news. This is a good book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy learning about history during a book. A lot of what ifs and plausible ideas in the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The action inside the tomb.


    If you could take any character from The Emperor's Tomb out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mrs Vit


    Any additional comments?

    Steven Brick is now my favorite narrator. This was my fist book with him and he does an amazing job. Accents and genders are not over done or phony. Really helped me follow the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Canon John 3 02-02-17
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    "Chinese Garbage Disposal Unit"
    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Steven Berry "adventure". While I appreciated the voluminous tidbits about Chinese history like Mao's failed embalming and his communist inspired genocide, the actual plot line was terrible and characters laughable. The torture scenes were unnecessary. Scott Brick reads well as always, but even he cannot save this monstrosity. Awful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Spring Valley, CA, United States 05-10-16
    William Spring Valley, CA, United States 05-10-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Slow, Confusing, Dispassionate"

    Although the basic plot, premise, and backdrop were interesting, it's execution were too slow and convoluted for me. The story bogs down in the overly detailed conversations and expositions of Chinese history and politics. Although this is a trademark of Berry's style, I found it more difficult to follow and maintain interest and comprehension compared to his other books. The same, too, goes for the multiple storylines, which I often found too disjointed and confusing. Scott Bridk's narration is always slow and cautious, but in this case it only enhanced my boredom with the story and the dispassion of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zakir L. Henson 04-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Too many characters"

    This book used too many characters close to the center making it confusing throughout much of the book. The history and culture of China mostly carried any interest in the story.

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    Wylie 08-03-15
    Wylie 08-03-15
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    "Same old, same old"
    What would have made The Emperor's Tomb better?

    plot is old Only different places and names So simplistic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If in paper, good for recycling bin


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  • Salter
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    5/14/15
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    "great again..."

    certain have become a big fan of the Cotton Malone series, and this certainly didn't disappoint.
    great twists and turns, and the end of one of my favourite characters!
    I seriously recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a bit of James Bond mixed in with a bit of Dan Brown..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mfb
    2/21/17
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    "great story"

    great story that lead from one mind set to another. narrated greatly bringing the people to life

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  • paul medcalf
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    "The Emperor's Tomb"

    Great story,great storytelling, great for a summer holiday read.
    Good facts with good imagination and original concept.

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