• The Amber Room

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (943 ratings)
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By: Steve Berry
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's summary

“A winner...combines the pace and style of Brown’s Da Vinci Code and the densely plotted espionage of Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon novels.” (The Florida Times-Union)

Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler loves her job and her kids, but her life takes a dark turn when her father dies under strange circumstances, leaving behind clues to a secret about one of the greatest treasures ever made by man. Forged of the exquisite gem, the Amber Room inexplicably disappeared sometime during World War II. 

Determined to solve its mysteries, Rachel takes off for Germany with her ex-husband, Paul, close behind. Before long, they’re in over their heads. Locked into a treacherous game with professional killers, Rachel and Paul find themselves on a collision course with the forces of greed, power, and history itself.

Praise for The Amber Room

“Compelling...adventure-filled...a fast-moving, globe-hopping tale.” (San Francisco Chronicle

“Thrilling...fast-paced, highly entertaining.” (Baton Rouge Advocate

©2003 Steve Berry (P)2007 Books on Tape

Critic reviews

"Sexy, illuminating, and confident. The Amber Room is my kind of thriller: a globe-trotting treasure hunt packed with exotic locales, sumptuous art, and ruthless villains. Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran." (Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

“Magnificently engrossing, with wonderful characters and a plot that speeds, twists, and turns. Pure intrigue, pure fun.” (Clive Cussler) 

“Steve Berry has written a tremendous first novel. He weaves vivid details into a lightning quick read.” (Stephen Frey, author of Silent Partner

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Rubbish

This is the only download which I have deleted after the first few chapters.
The plot may or may not be based on fact but its' presentation is ludicrous.
Full of comic book characters,cheap sexual titillation, huge amounts of irrelevant padding regarding clothes,furniture,perfumes etc.
The narrator seems to have adopted his European accents from 1940's style war films, at times his accents are comical.
What a waste of time!

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Amen to last reviewer

Not a well written book. Truly hated the shallow characters asnd couldn't believe how stupid they were. Still a bit of fun as the story is ok.

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Too much vulgarity and sex

This would've been another great Steve Berry novel except for the continual vulgar language and sex scenes
which I found to be extremely unnecessary. I fail to see the need for the language. It had absolutely no bearing on the story and, as a matter of fact, detracted from the story as did the sexual content.

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Disappointing

Steve Berry is one of my favorite authors because his books are full of little known facts wrapping an engrossing story. This one, however, is just facts in a plodding story that doesn't really capture you until maybe the last hour. I've loved all of his other books. Couldn't wait to be done with this one just so I could listen to one I liked!

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Starts Out Well... But then... AAARGH!

Good grabber at the beginning. Stays strong through the first quarter then... then... Berry maybe went on a trip and phoned the rest in to someone who didn't give a d*mn. Brick is portentous, but then that is his principle talent. Once again Brick reminds me of the background music accompanying a Univision TV drama. You know where the characters are doing one ordinary thing and the instrument noises are fired up to suggest doomsday will break in only instants? His tone always foreshadows impending awfulness is only a frame or two away. But in this case, perhaps Brick's doing his best with the stuff that Berry gave him?

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Terrible performance by Scott Brick

Scott Brick's two mode delivery gets on my nerves. Either he spends hours whining or he's deadpan. Unfortunately, this style completely fouls up the authors attempts at character development. Fewer audiobooks narrated by Scott Brick would improve the genre.

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Scott Brick is as good as always

Slow book to start, and not one to download if you're not into a detailed history of art, but the plot thickened nicely and Scott Brick is as talented as always in his narration.

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Pleasant - Not Great - Just Pleasant

I love the works of Steve Berry. Thus, I listened to the Amber Room on a long road trip when I could take it in,in two uninterrupted installments. It did pleasantly help the passage of time. But…I was not really drawn into the story the way other works by Berry have done. Yes I liked it but…there’s that darn “but” again…it did not grab me. The book flowed. The characters were well defined. But…the plot was of mild interest. Maybe you have to be a German or Russian to care about the Amber Room. Steve did not make me care. Who was killing whom and why was intriguing but (O K, however)…not enough to keep me riveted. I do recommend the Amber Room for long road trips when you want to help the passage of time except when you want a spellbinding listen.

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The Amber Room

A fun read. Why have I never heard of this Author before? I guess I was under my rock. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Give this Writer a chance.

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a cure for insomniacs

Well written and replete with history. I am excited to see the Amber Room in person.

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