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Publisher's Summary

"Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb raider, Broadbent accumulated over half a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing, along with his entire collection, from his mansion in New Mexico.

At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves stranger: as a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their fabulous inheritance, they must find their father's carefully concealed tomb.

The race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. With half a billion dollars at stake, as well as an ancient Mayan codex that may hold a cure for cancer and other deadly diseases, others soon join the hunt; and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods.

The best-selling coauthor of such page-turning thrillers as Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities, Douglas Preston now spins an unforgettable tale of greed, adventure, and betrayal.

©2004 Splendide Mendax, Inc.; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"Preston flies high and fast, turning in a briskly involving science-based thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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I thouroughly enjoyed it !!

I'm not sure why the previous two reviews were so critical. I read the book first and loved it. I then bought the Audiobook and enjoyed it as well. I must admit that the unabriddged version will be better, but which on isn't? Anyway, I have a fondness for books written by Douglas Preston as well as those by Lincoln Child (Utopia). The ones written by both of them are simply awesome. My favorites, Relic and Thunderhead, are not available at Audible for some reason. Give this one a try. If you like the stuff of the Indiana Jones movies, you should enjoy this audiobook. It's not the best book ever, but it is a really good way to spend 5+ hours.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 11-11-08

Fun in the Jungle

It's a fun, fast paced story. But at times just too far fetched. The sequel Tyrannosaurus Canyon is a better listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent descriptive narrative, so-so thriller

I'd rate it 3.5. The novel is well-written and filled with details that evoke the Honduras location. It makes for a vivid read, but I'm sure it could bog down for some readers. As for the mystery, I did not find too many surprises; but, the story remained relatively compelling. I was drawn mostly into the character of Tom, more than the other 2 brothers. The villain was almost too villainous, a little over the top. The best character is Borabay ... I'll let your imagination take it from here.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not The Full Book

This version is missing several parts that were in the book, but is still good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • Goodyear, AZ, USA
  • 06-18-07

Good fun

This Indian Jones type story was fun, I stumbled across the main character Tom Broadbent in a subsequent novel (Tyrannasaur Canyon). I found his backstory as told in this book compelling. The brothers are an interesting dynamic. I found the story interesting, if at times predictable. A fun read all around.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Cartoonish, but a good listen

This book is Indiana Jones meets Days of our Lives. It's full of drama and characters that are easy to like and dislike. The beginning takes a short bit to get going (because the writer introduces many characters), but once it does, it's smooth sailing. The story had three plot twists that surprised me. I liked that. The narrator does a good job of making the characters sound distinct, which helped me keep track of who was saying what. The archeology is mostly fantasy, so don't expect to believe everything said about the Maya. Do expect, however, to be entertained.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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great

it was a great adventure. The story flowed nicely. Very exciting at the end of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Read

We listened to this book on a long car trip. It was the first book my wife has listened to. I must admit that I found myself completely immersed in the book and not so much the trip.
My wife thought it was just ok. The majority of the story is well designed and has a consistent feel. There are story elements that are too convenient and kind of silly. But, I can forgve that. Preston (and Child) remain my favorite authors and if you like them, you should read this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Willetton, Australia
  • 02-11-13

Good story

What made the experience of listening to The Codex the most enjoyable?

Good narration, kept me listening

What did you like best about this story?

It filled in some later story character gaps I had

Which character – as performed by Scott Sowers – was your favorite?

The main character, well all of them really

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

Nope, I keep falling asleep. Not the books fault, I often use audio books to get to sleep as I have quite severe tinnitus ( ringing in the ears ) and have had for years.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Page by Page Suspense

If you could sum up The Codex in three words, what would they be?

If you love suspense novels, you'll love The Codex. It's chock full of page-by-page suspense, put in context by historical facts. It's a great read.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot and how it's carried out.

Have you listened to any of Scott Sowers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • J. Rhodes
  • 07-09-17

Missing chapters

I have read the printed copy of this book which I thoroughly enjoyed but there are many missing parts in this audio book mainly the violent parts of the book and although violence isn't essential in this book it did give it a more harder edge.

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  • P. E. Haynes
  • 10-01-11

Decent enough!

(a decent book deserves 3 stars, which is what this received)

A nice adventure story. The pace is good and the narrator does very well at bringing the different characters to life. Nothing ground-breaking, but enjoyable enough and well worth a second listen at some point in the future!

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  • Ben
  • 12-06-07

Very Good

I enjoyed this novel, each character was unique and had a charm,
it made me want to keep listening right to the end to find out what happens and was thrilled all the way through. The speeker of this novel brought something else all together, the accents were great and funny in some ways, i say give this book your next listen