• Mona Lisa's Secret

  • By: Phil Philips
  • Narrated by: Scott O'Dell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joey is the great-grandson of Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the original Mona Lisa in 1911. Along with his girlfriend, Marie, an art connoisseur, he stumbles across his father's secret room, and finds himself staring at what he thinks is a replica of da Vinci's most famous masterpiece.

But it is no fake....

The Louvre has kept this secret for over 100 years, waiting for the original to come to light, and now they want it back at any cost. With Marie held hostage and the Louvre curator and his men hot on his trail, Joey is left to run for his life in an unfamiliar city, with the priceless Mona Lisa his only bargaining chip. While formulating a plan to get Marie back with the help from an unexpected quarter, Joey discovers hidden secrets within the painting, secrets which, if made public, could change the world forever.

In this elaborately plotted, fast-paced thriller, Phil Philips takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the streets of Paris and to the Jura mountains of Switzerland, to uncover a secret hidden for thousands of years.

©2016 Phil Philips (P)2017 Phil Philips

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F word 5 minutes in

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I ordered this book because it had good reviews and was listed under a top seller for Christian Fiction. With that info I thought it would be an exciting book to listen to with my kids. Not five minutes in one of the characters scream F***. Where this might not bother some people I was not prepared to let my four children hear that. I was very upset about that

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OK book, narrator was terrible

the story was fair, but the narrator should find other work. The guy can't do a french accent, and shouldn't try. I can't believe that anyone thought this was good enough to release. Someone really dropped the ball on this one.

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The reader was terrible, the book was okay

The book was very clearly written in a Dan Brown style, and although it is not a bad story, it does not flow very well and I noticed a few plot holes that threw me off. For example, how did Francis grab a duffel bag from behind a bush that he had not carried in?

The reading was terrible, the reader had huge breaks in between his words, especially when faking a French accent. I think it would’ve been better if he hadn’t attempted an accent at all.

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Difficult to Get Through

The premise and storyline were good. The narration was terrible and I can’t believe they allowed that to go to production. The French accents were slow and forced like the characters were constipated and had to think about every single word, even at 1.6x speed. The accent for the female character made her sound like she was a whining teenager with everything she said. The characters kept getting captured, so every time it seemed like they had an upper hand I already knew they were going to blow it.

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Narrator completely ruins the experience

Ridiculous voices take you out of the story. Bizarre attempt at accents that are so unbelievable. How did this pass quality control?

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Captivated

I found work to do around the house just so I could listen to this story. It truly kept me wondering” what’s next?” I will definitely be listening to more from this author!

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trying to be French speaking English

Lord, this was difficult to listen to. Everyone who had a French accent sounded like they were constipated. Every word was forced. It was painful.

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Kept trying to come back to the story but there was no compelling desire to "find out what happens" to the main characters including Mona Lisa. A bit boring.

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Mona Lisa’s Secret

I was really enjoying the story line but just could not finish it because of the narrator. He made the characters sound as if they were on Valium.

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  • Leserfreund
  • 09-09-19

Decent yarn marred by narrator

Decent book, however struggled with the excruciating French accent. Thought the narrator could have dropped it at least when the French personae were talking to each other. Found myself wanting to stop the narration just to not to have to listen to another minute of bad French mimicry.

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  • 11-15-20

Great story

French accents were ridiculous and annoying - not required - spoiled an otherwise great story for me.

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  • Trina H
  • 05-01-18

A different look into history

Not the usual genre that I read, but was hooked from the beginning and wanted to see where it finished. Each time I thought the books was about to finish another twist came. Can definitely recommend.

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  • Terence Bowman
  • 04-30-18

narrator

I liked it when he read the story, but his character voice was slow and Notting.

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