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Once a Knight of the Realm, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title and his lands and now must earn his living with his wits. In various corners of late fourteenth-century London, Guest has become known as the Tracker, a man who can solve any puzzle or find any missing object - for a price. Because of that reputation, Guest is sought out by Nicholas Flamel, a famed alchemist. Both Flamel's wife and his apprentice are missing, and he wants Guest to find them and bring them home.

Before he can even begin looking, Guest discovers that Flamel's house has been ransacked. Ancient symbols start appearing on walls and carved into stones around London, and Flamel's assistant turns up dead, hanging from the rafters with a note pinned to his chest with a dagger. It is a ransom note that promises the safe return of his wife in exchange for the Philosopher's Stone, which is reputed to turn lead into gold and create the Elixir of Life. And the kidnappers aren't the only ones after it. From the highest nobility to Flamel's fellow alchemists, everyone is seeking the Stone for themselves. With the help of his young apprentice, former cutpurse Jack Tucker, Guest must use all his skills and wits to unravel the mystery, rescue Flamel's kidnapped wife, and find the Stone before it falls into unworthy hands.

©2013 Jeri Westerson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great Series

Would you listen to Shadow of the Alchemist again? Why?

Yes, there is so much depth you miss some of the customs of that era. The performance is outstanding also.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of the Alchemist?

The end when he gets his sword.

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

You really believe and can picture each character as he voices them. Excellent job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes.

Any additional comments?

Love this whole series. Anyone loving history and mysteries will adore these books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Raymond
  • Sterling, VA, United States
  • 01-21-15

Angry old man!

What would have made Shadow of the Alchemist better?

Skip this audio book unless you enjoy listening to a performer with permanent hemmoroids. Why is he so irritable? Who cares!

What was most disappointing about Jeri Westerson’s story?

I have no idea; the reader hurts my ears so much that I couldn't listen much past the second chapter.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

You have to ask?

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

Great title.

Any additional comments?

I'll be returning this book ASAP!

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-21-15

Best yet!

This is the best Crispin Guest book so far. The story is engaging and we'll performed. Maybe I'm just really used to the characters but definitely not one to miss.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful