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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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A little slow, but relaxing.

Slow, plodding. Perfect for mindless listening on a long commute. Good to unwind to after a long day.

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Impossible Reading, Mostly Successful

As a big fan of Lovett, I decided to listen instead of read this time. I regret it. C Armstrong was placed in an impossible position of needing to voice the stuffy Englishman protagonist and also the babbling flighty American lady paramour. The latter went badly. If you do overlook the faux-merican lady-speak, you may find some of the “flashback” intercut historical chapters to be less successful than in Lovett’s earlier books, but that is a matter of taste mostly as Barchester is a fictional location, stealing from the historicity of the grail legend. My advice is read this one, skip the listen.

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  • Sarah
  • South Carolina
  • 06-15-18

Maybe It Was Because I Listen at 2x?

I will start out by saying that I adored this novel. I thought it was a fantastic story. I have loved everything by Charlie Lovett so far. This novel was no exception. I really couldn’t put it down.
However, while the narrator was good, I found his impression of an American woman to be horrendous, since the rest of it was spoken as an older British gentleman. I definitely am glad that they didn’t bring in a second reader, but I found myself hoping more and more that she wouldn’t talk. The narrator really should have stuck to his British accent the whole time.
I will admit that things may have sounded worse to me than other readers, though, since I always listen at double speed.
I would still recommend this book in any form!

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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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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 10-31-17

Aydeen?

Lovett's books get better, but gosh -- the reader? Just fine with the British accent but the American female, an interesting character, is cheapened by an accent that makes her sound like a cast member of &quot;Guys and Dolls&quot;. Where in America is the number 18 pronounced &quot;aydeen&quot; and where do they say &quot;Ladden&quot; for &quot;Latin&quot;? Not in North Carolina, I can assure you.

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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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  • 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.