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The Lost Book of the Grail

A Novel
Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library, nurturing his obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester to digitize the library's manuscripts, Arthur's tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat of modern technology, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit - and a fellow Grail fanatic. Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda. Arthur and Bethany peel back layers of history, and when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany's search takes on grave importance, leading to discoveries about the Grail and each other.

©2017 Charlie Lovett (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A Lot of Fun...But

What did you like best about The Lost Book of the Grail? What did you like least?

The story was fine...a little misogynistic (a promiscuous male character who preys on women, romantic leads with a major age difference), but my issue was with the narration. The narrator has a lovely English accent, until he attempts an American accent. The main female character sounds like a 1930's gangster. I've lived in the U.S. for a long time, and I've never heard nineteen pronounced "nine-een." I barely made it through the reading.

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Good, fun story

Loved the story. Brought me to England through a variety of time periods and into cathedrals, their parts, and their histories. Enjoyed the historical aspects.
The narrator was mostly very good except: he made the American woman sound like a 1940’s film noir reporter from Boston. Really not sure what that was about?! But if you could get over that, excellent and enjoyable listen.

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  • Sarah
  • New Jersey, USA
  • 03-14-18

Bill Bryson meets Dan Brown

Loved this book! Humor, detail, and a great story. A delightful new twist on the grail story. Thank you Charlie Lovett.

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History Meets Drama

I so enjoyed the highly developed characters and plot intertwined with remarkable history, architectural information and knowledge of the British Isles and the treasures held within.
Thank you Charlie Lovett for another great book.

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Loved this book! Nice romance and history. <br />

I enjoyed both the characters and the narration.
This is the second Lovett book - great!

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a delightful listen!

Where does The Lost Book of the Grail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

near the top, for those of a humorous bent--

What other book might you compare The Lost Book of the Grail to and why?

the author's prior books, but I think this is the best one.

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

that divine British accent of course. I thought he did all the characters very well. I've seen criticism of how the American was voiced, and I agree that's the weakest, but it really didn't bother me.

If you could take any character from The Lost Book of the Grail out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Arthur of course. he is hilarious.

Any additional comments?

looking up the narrator to see what else he has done. He is just amazing. this was a perfect pairing of book and narrator.

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Worst American Accent EVER! Great book, though.

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The main female character is American, and she is absolutely a wonderful character. However, this narrator makes her sound like a gangster from NYC or sometimes from Boston. She's from Florida. Anyway, the story is fantastic. Read the book, don't listen.

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Riveting read, fascinating plot, great listen

Well-written masterpiece and a fascinating mystery that combines intellect and a search for meaning that will not disappoint. Highly recommend.

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Best I've listened to in a while!

The humor and suspense kept me listening all day. Even the writing style was well matched with the plot. The characters were lovable and the setting sounded like a place I wanted to visit. The tiny amount of profanity was used in a playful way. If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "clever". I'll definitely listen to this more than once.

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A Bookish but interesting Mystery

This book entitled the last book of the grail was a fun listen. The narrative is understated yet it holds your interest, at least until mine. The ending was quite satisfying. The Reader did a fine job, except his female voices were a bit irritating, but at least the voices were consistent.

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  • Tegan's mum
  • 04-10-17

Very enjoyable story

I enjoyed this story with its twists and turns. Likeable characters and some very funny parts. I look forward to other audiobooks by this author.

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  • K. Chong
  • 05-04-17

Chick Lit Grail Style

I'm sorry to say this book was a bit silly despite having the bones of a good story. The female American accent makes this book hard to like.