Regular price: $24.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

King Ludwig II ruled Bavaria for 22 years, commissioning extravagant castles throughout his homeland and exhibiting such bizarre behavior that he was eventually declared insane. According to legend, Ludwig had stockpiled a massive cache of gold and jewels that would finance the construction of the largest castle of all time. But in the years since the king's mysterious death, no one has found any evidence of such a trove. Until now. Jonathon Payne and David Jones are pulled into the mystery by a colleague, who asks them to investigate the legend. They agree, and quickly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle to uncover the truth about Ludwig's death, his mythical treasure, and who would be willing to kill for it.

©2012 Chris Kuzneski, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    39
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    46
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    39
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Action Packed Global Adventure - Great Series!

Where does The Secret Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have over 500 books in my Audible library so that would be a hard question BUT I would have to say this is defiantly in the top 1/3 of my favorites.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh yes. It begins with a phone call to Payne from an acquaintance saying that he believes a friend of his (Pieter Ulster) relative may have been a Nazi sympathizer. This is based on a few trunks containing valuables from that period with the Ulster family crest. Of course this turns out not to be the case but the race is on to find some missing treasure before someone else (a bad guy) does.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dick Hill brings his impressively talented voices. He is a favorite of mine and I could listen to him all day.

Any additional comments?

This was such a good book. I thoroughly enjoy Chris Kuzneski's Payne & Jones series. If you like the Primal series or Jonathan Quinn and his bantering with Nate then you will enjoy this book. Kind of paramilitary, fast paced super hero stunts that are not always 100% within the legal parameters but completely exhilarating just the same. Anyway this book has a great ending that brings P. Ulster full circle with his families past. Super book, highly recommended!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Reader is Santa Clause

The reader makes characters sound like Santa Claus or Jewish Rabbi. Horrible. Takes away for adventure factor.
Not very descriptive story. More time was spent on aggravating attempt at suspense than thrill of discovery that treasure hunters feel. I did not feel it. Not Indiana Jones but Paw and Paw Kettle.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Entertaining but somewhat predictable.

Always love Dick Hill. Great reader. The story was a classic Jones and Paine story. Good plot twists but a little predictable. Found myself with unanswered questions throughout. Overall a good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic!

Another great story from Chris Kuzneski and great performance by Dick Hill! I can't wait to get the next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing all the way around

Having lived in Bavaria and Schwabia for four years, I anxiously anticipated this novel.
I was truly disappointed with both the story and cheesy dialogues.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 12-30-14

More of the same ( if you like that sort of same )

What did you like best about The Secret Crown? What did you like least?

Well, the usual cast of characters, brought to life by Mr.Hill, are nothing if not entertaining. Violent and always inward directed, and thick at times as well, but predicable. This is both good, and challenging.

Would you recommend The Secret Crown to your friends? Why or why not?

Ya gotta like the dudes to get into this one.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

Sure. He sometimes sounds like he has a mouth full of marbles, but hey, who doesn't from time to time.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Home video only.

Any additional comments?

More in the series, and not bad. Requires a stretch of belief, but on balance not bad.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful