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The Dark Angel

Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Ancient Constantinople, the glorious capital of the Eastern Roman Empire for over 1,000 years, and the jewel of Christendom, is the setting for this incredible historical novel.

No other city in the world could compare with it in grandeur, splendor, and wealth. And when it fell to the Turks in 1453, it must have seemed like the end of the world to Christians. Famed author Mika Waltari takes us into the last months of this dying city as revealed in the diary of John Angelos, a strange man hopelessly in love with the daughter of an eminent Byzantine official. In this powerful novel which closely follows actual historical events and personalities, Waltari explores the passions and follies of a civilization on the brink of disaster. With shrewd psychological insight, Waltari provides us with an unbelievable tapestry of false hopes, dogged determination, and fanatic religious faith as seen through the eyes of the 15th century Greeks and Italians who valiantly defended the city to the bitter end.

With chaos and despair deepening into a pall of gloom, the sultan's huge army surrounds Constantinople and assaults its massive walls. We peer over the shoulder of John Angelos as he dons his armor and plunges into the tumultuous events taking place amid smoldering suspicions of betrayal and assassination. But as always, the beautiful Anna Notaras lingers in his imagination…Listeners will gain even greater enjoyment by perusing the Wikipedia article "Fall of Constantinople", as well as availing themselves of the accompanying maps.

©1952 Estate of Mika Waltari (P)2014 Audio Connoisseur

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beautifully written with a top notch narration

I loved this book. the writing coupled with the narrator resulted in a wonderful experience for me. I have since listened to other offerings from this pair and I am yet to be disappointed.

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the book is not complete.

great book and great performance, but the book is not complete. It is missing the last chapter and the epilogue

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Great until the end

It's a great story, but the audiobook abruptly ends in the middle of the last couple chapters. I don't know why the end of the story isn't there, and I had to search up and down for the physical copy so I could find out what happens.

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Same protagonist in every book

The first Mika Waltari book I read was The Secret of the Kingdom which I thoroughly enjoyed but having gone through several of his books now they al are basically the same character in every one. A solitary man-a loner- who falls in love and behaves quite stupidly some times- set into a historical setting. This book covers the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1423. in all of Waltari's novels a reader learns an immense amount of actual history and you will find yourself looking up several of the historical characters. In that aspect the book is outstanding. But the actual plot of his storyline really drags along and is predictable. Also the end of the book is very abrupt and anticlimactic.