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Publisher's Summary

Abbey of Ruac, rural France: A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling 14th-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains - and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.

When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they've stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. Aware of the significance of their discovery, they set up camp with a team of experts, determined to bring their find to the world. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the center of a dangerous game. One "accidental" death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber.

©2010 Glenn Cooper (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Poor plot

Would you try another book from Glenn Cooper and/or Henri Lubatti?

No. The author is on my "don't read" list; the presentation was good

What could Glenn Cooper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stronger plot and in particular a more plausible finish. The scenes in ~1300AD were uninteresting and added little.

Which scene was your favorite?

Those involving Homo Sapiens were good as was start of story in modern times.

What character would you cut from The Tenth Chamber?

Bernard

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 07-30-13

It just never got started for me.

What disappointed you about The Tenth Chamber?

The story was predictable and plodded along.

Has The Tenth Chamber turned you off from other books in this genre?

Sort of. I'm not in the mood for a story that just goes on and on and on without a payout.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tenth Chamber?

Most of the book.

Any additional comments?

Maybe someone will like it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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You can only suspend believe so far.

While the description of this book may drag you in, the secret of the tenth chamber is kind of odd. The narration switches back and forth between present, medieval, and prehistoric times so if you are not paying close attention you wind up being lost at many chapters. People arrive in the book and then are killed off for no sensical reason. The reviews compare it to a Dan Brown book ( Davinci Code), but it is really not of that caliber.

While most books I purchase hook me and make me listen from beging to end, this one was almost a chore to get through it. I stopped and went to a different book only to return when I ran out of listens on my monthly subscription. If you want better suspense, listen to any one of the Harry Hole series (Jo Nesbo) rather than this. If you want to listen to well written book try Dickens or Middlesex.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Lots of potential ... disappointed.

What did you like best about The Tenth Chamber? What did you like least?

I loved the premise ... archaeologists finding a prehistoric cave and the tie in to other eras. This provided the cave's history in the cultural context of other societies.

The conflict/conspiracy buildup was way too long. The main characters were supposed to be brilliant scientists but were so slow to piece together "random" events that I was annoyed by their lack of perspective even curiosity. Also some of the killing/violence seemed gratuitous and way over the top.

I only gave the performance 2 stars because of the heavy pronunciation of French names and places. As other reviewers mentioned, this made it really difficult to figure out who was doing what and where.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Tighten up the storyline. Increase the pace/flow. The book takes place in a relatively short time period especially the last third or so. But the writing seems to languidly proceed with no sense of the urgency of the event that is occurring.

Any additional comments?

I nearly gave up on this book about half way through. The story just really bogged down. But I finished listening to it on a long drive to a meeting. I just didn't feel like starting another book at that point. It didn't take a lot of concentration at the same time I was getting lost. ; )

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Formulaic

Unfortunately the story is predicable, I kept drifting away from listening as it just didn't capture my interest sufficiently - disappointing.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadine
  • California, USA
  • 06-17-16

Very engaging story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tenth Chamber to be better than the print version?

No.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tenth Chamber?

Luc finding the cave

Which scene was your favorite?

Luc finding the cave

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Luc finding the cave

Any additional comments?

The only problem I had with this book was that the narrator insisting on precisely using the French pronounciations for the locations and characters instead of the way an American would say them. It became wearing on the ear.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator was excellent, story not so much

Any additional comments?

The narrator was excellent; the story could have been fantastic but became predictable. The author might have been unwittingly channeling Dan Brown. I would prefer to read the story over listening to it because there is a lot of skipping back and forth between centuries and I believe I could have kept all of the characters better organized in my head. Oddly, it was distracting to me - as a native American English speaker - to hear the narrator pronounce French names and places pronounced so authentically. When I read and hear the name "Hugo" in my head it sounds only remotely like the "Hugo" that comes out of the narrator's mouth and a few times I had to rewind to make sure that was the name he was saying and not a new character with a similar French name. That's just my personal experience being a monolingual American, though - it might not distract you! If you love Dan Brown-type stories, history, art, France, you may love this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was bearable

Got this book as recommended for my love of Dan Brown and this doesn't even fall in the same league. I felt the narrator flat and unemotional. I did get hooked for how the story would end but that too fell flat. Decent book on sale but not worth a full credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst Narrator I've Ever Encountered

Made the mistake of just grabbing next Glenn Cooper book while waiting in line. Didn't listen to sample like I normally do. Big mistake. Henri Lubatti is a horrible narrator ... no sense of pacing, no sense of the story, plods along with no sense of style, inflection is all off, WORST FRENCH ACCENT I've encountered ... I could go on, trust me. I didn't make it through the second chapter.

Have no idea if the book is any good. Couldn't find the story because Lubatti's narration was that bad. Turning book back in. Shame, because I love Glenn Cooper. And double shame because I'm telling you not to waste your time (which I believe a lot of people will agree) ... which means Cooper's book isn't going to be heard.

C'mon publishers ... don't put crap like this out here. Find a better narrator!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't get past the first few chapters

Would you try another book from Glenn Cooper and/or Henri Lubatti?

Not sure

Would you ever listen to anything by Glenn Cooper again?

Maybe

What didn’t you like about Henri Lubatti’s performance?

I didn't like the story...and really didn't hear enough of it to say that I wouldn't listen to another book performed by Mr. Lubatti...just had a hard time with this book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disgust and disturbing...

0 of 2 people found this review helpful