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The Ancient Nine

A Novel
Narrated by: Brad Sanders
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

Spencer Collins thinks his life at Harvard will be all about basketball and pre-med, hard workouts and grinding work in class. The friends he’s made when he hits the storied, ivy-clad campus from a very different life in urban Chicago are a happy bonus. But Spencer is about to be introduced to the most mysterious inner sanctum of the inner sanctum: To his surprise, he’s in the running to be “punched” for one of Harvard’s elite final clubs.  

The Delphic Club is known as “The Gas” for its crest of three gas-lit flames, and as Spencer is considered for membership, he’s plunged not only into the secret world of male privilege that The Gas represents, but also into a century-old club mystery. Because at the heart of the Delphic, secured deep inside its guarded mansion club, is another secret society: a shadowy group of powerful men known as The Ancient Nine.   

Who are The Ancient Nine? And why is Spencer - along with his best friend, Dalton Winthrop - summoned to the deathbed of Dalton’s uncle just as Spencer is being punched for the club? What does the lore about a missing page from one of Harvard’s most historic books mean? And how does it connect to religion, murder, and to the King James Bible, if not to King James himself?  

Ian Smith's The Ancient Nine is both a coming-of-age audiobook and a swiftly plotted story that lets listeners into the ultimate of closed worlds with all of its dark historical secrets and unyielding power.  

©2018 Ian K. Smith (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith’s novel is unmissable." (Harlan Coben, New York Times best-selling author of Missing You)

"With a masterful hand, Ian Smith has written a novel that immerses us in the dark intrigue of one of the country's oldest secret societies. The Ancient Nine is thrilling, exciting, and shocking from beginning to end." (Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times best-selling author of Tears We Cannot Stop)

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Very interesting book!

I really enjoyed the suspense of this story. I would highly recommend this book for others to read. Great job Dr. Ian Smith!

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Ancient Nine

It took me quite a few chapters to get into this story. it picked up for me around Chapter 20. I expected there to be an relation somewhere for his name to be in Uncle Randolph's book. Im glad he made it in and that he was able to keep his family's story alive for future generations.

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DO NOT PURCHASE THE AUDIO BOOK

This is the worst quality audiobook I’ve ever heard! There was little to no attention paid to audio levels during the recording and editing of this product. The levels and tones vary greatly not just from chapter to chapter but also from sentence to sentence. It was highly distracting and took away from the story. And just when I thought the quality couldn’t get any worse, the narrator finished the book with what sounded like a severe head cold. He was nasally and his delivery was horrid. The author, narrator and publisher should be ashamed to have produced such a low quality product.

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"The Good Old Boy Network" from the Inside

The author was on TV discussing the book because it has some truths, and those truths put reality to my belief of how those with ivy league roots believe they are "entitled". This story shows their "entitlement" mentality starts with special treatment in their college years! The book doesn't give away any "secrets" about the hidden societies but opens ones eyes to the privileges received by their members, and how far back the "boys in the network" go!.I think it's a MUST READ for all women and those of every ethnicity outside the "good old boys network"!

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story was great. . . production was lackluster

Get this audiobook. The story is great. Ian did an excellent job wrapping you in and keeping it suspenseful. The voice over cuts we're very noticeable and took attention away from the story. You should never be wondering why the voice changes so much in an audiobook.

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Great

this was a great book. I recommend this to anyone that is curious about the hidden secret clubs of high society.

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A lot of twists and turns

I liked the mystery and intriguing plot. I would recommend the book to others.
I good book very different from his books on diet and health.

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He soared 1st time around!

So overwhelmed at the realistic storyline! Ian you soared on your 1st attempt! Awesome work!

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A very interesting story that I enjoyed.

I would have given this 5 stars except that I didn't really believe or understand the 2 kids drive to uncover the mystery.

The narrator was great I wasn't sure what to expect before because of the deep voice but I think you did a great job.

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Ancient nine

Great story, didnt want it to end but it did end the way I was hoping it would, hope Ian writes another , really good book

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