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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (457 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Stone Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: The Publishing Mills Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2000 ISBN:
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National Book Award-winner Robert Stone lays bare the searing tensions and desperate hopes of those who dare to seek redemption at any cost in Jerusalem. In this holiest and most fractious city, where religion and politics are inextricably bound, a plot unfolds to bomb the sacred Temple Mount. Christopher Lucas, an expatriate American journalist, skeptical and searching, stumbles upon the Temple Mount plot while on assignment to investigate religious fanatics.

Unwittingly entangled in the bombing plan is another American, Sonia Barnes, a Sufi convert and nightclub singer who is drawn with Lucas into dangerous intrigues surrounding the Old City. A violent confrontation in the Gaza strip, a race through riot-filled streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze - as Lucas follows his leads, he uncovers an attempt to seize political advantages that reveals duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem's sacred struggle. Ambitious, passionate, darkly comic, Damascus Gate is a timely and brilliant story of belief, power, salvation, and apocalypse. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessamerrell | 2/17/2014

    " It took awhile for me to get really involved in this book, but it became very engrossing about half way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 2/15/2014

    " Many groups vying for the same piece of ground---some political and all religious. Characters of all types--zealots, humanitarians, journalists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/8/2014

    " War in the middle east. I didn't like this as well as his others, but that's not a put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Wright | 1/1/2014

    " Didn't keep me interested. Admit that I bought it years ago due to the interesting cover. Wrong decision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/14/2013

    " Not one of Stones's best. It talks about a plot to blow the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem by Jewish fundamentalists. The idea of tunnels underneath the city was far fetched for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 12/10/2013

    " I found it very confusing - to the point I didn't even bother with the last 50 pages or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 12/6/2013

    " As close as I would usually get to a traditional thriller. Highly recommended for those who, like myself, are always fascinated by the enigma of God(s) and worship and faith. An excellent snapshot of a paranoid time in the cradle of Monotheism, that has moments of near prophecy. Stone is a writer whose soul has known struggle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/6/2013

    " too dense. couldn't get into it. was sorry, because i do like obscure religious/spiritual stories, which were sprinkled throughout the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 12/4/2013

    " Maybe I would rate this 1-1/2 stars. The best thing I liked was the information of different spiritual ideas, even though I think it was very muddled. I really did not like the plot. Overly long, pretentious, and rambling. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 11/30/2013

    " I didn't think the ending was that much of a twist. And the main character was a religion major...too many religion references that we non-religion major have to look up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/30/2013

    " Reading as a prep to our trip to Israel, Palestine, and Egypt. Deals with the Jerusalem Syndrome, a condition held by many residents of Jerusalem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 7/13/2013

    " I'm re-reading this as part of my crash course in thrillers. I'll let you know... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/28/2013

    " This book was really interesting, because it gets into the religious/political conflicts and dynamics in Jerusalum in a way that is really interesting but not didactic. I always wonder how accurate the info is though when a book talks so much about politics/religion "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/13/2013

    " This is just a vacation book for me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leni Rayburn | 1/22/2013

    " So many plots, characters, stories; all compelling. Read it twice so far. Unforgettable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marvin | 7/15/2012

    " A novel set amidst the religious politics of contemporary Israel. Too complicated for my tastes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 5/30/2012

    " Very interesting potrait of Israel in the current climate, good characters. Somehow though, the novel just never took flight for me. The structure of the ending was rather disappointing as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 5/1/2012

    " If the US is divided up between Red and Blue states, Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine are every color in the spectrum stirred up in a bucket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Sandidge | 1/29/2012

    " I'm not sure if I liked this more because I picked it up as a free book at a garage sale in San Francisco or not. The novel absolutely sparked my interest in Jerusalem and the intricacies of the city and the Middle East. Not an easy read, but I recommend it often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D.H. Benson | 11/17/2011

    " After reading this book, I had a different perspective on the Middle East. Robert Stone paints a fine line between good and evil. I never realized the situation in Jerusalem was so complex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela Klint | 11/16/2011

    " Another book read in Maui. I recall loving it. If only I still had it. All my MANY books read in Maui are still in Maui. Think I will buy again :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Conti | 11/3/2011

    " Loved this book. Great set pieces. crash of the religions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 10/24/2011

    " 140 pages and not much has happened. Keep reading? Probably. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 TJ | 12/13/2010

    " Couldn't get into it. Too complicated and too high minded. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Val | 12/11/2010

    " This was a book that was enjoyed by other members of my book club, but one that I could not get into. This book needs a glossary as many readers will not be able to understand many words used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 11/11/2010

    " truly gripping thriller/meditation on the Mideast. Robert Stone is one of those writers that tricks me...always setting me up with wrong expectations and delightfully so. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 10/2/2010

    " Maybe I would rate this 1-1/2 stars. The best thing I liked was the information of different spiritual ideas, even though I think it was very muddled. I really did not like the plot. Overly long, pretentious, and rambling. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Val | 6/24/2010

    " This was a book that was enjoyed by other members of my book club, but one that I could not get into. This book needs a glossary as many readers will not be able to understand many words used. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 6/23/2010

    " Dim, abstract story of a writer in Jerusalem trying to figure out what he is supposed to do. I could stand only fifty pages.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 5/6/2010

    " My favorite by this author. Re-reading. Maybe not his greatest work, but a great genre-bender that I couldn't put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 3/27/2010

    " Another book read in Maui. I recall loving it. If only I still had it. All my MANY books read in Maui are still in Maui. Think I will buy again :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/11/2010

    " Reading as a prep to our trip to Israel, Palestine, and Egypt. Deals with the Jerusalem Syndrome, a condition held by many residents of Jerusalem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/26/2010

    " I'm not sure if I liked this more because I picked it up as a free book at a garage sale in San Francisco or not. The novel absolutely sparked my interest in Jerusalem and the intricacies of the city and the Middle East. Not an easy read, but I recommend it often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 1/9/2010

    " Many groups vying for the same piece of ground---some political and all religious. Characters of all types--zealots, humanitarians, journalists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 8/24/2009

    " War in the middle east. I didn't like this as well as his others, but that's not a put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 6/20/2009

    " If the US is divided up between Red and Blue states, Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine are every color in the spectrum stirred up in a bucket. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick | 3/3/2009

    " 140 pages and not much has happened. Keep reading? Probably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/27/2009

    " truly gripping thriller/meditation on the Mideast. Robert Stone is one of those writers that tricks me...always setting me up with wrong expectations and delightfully so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 1/11/2009

    " I picked this up for a dollar at a used bookstore, and really wanted to read it, but it just didn't hold my attention. Maybe I'll try again another time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/29/2008

    " This is just a vacation book for me... "

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About the Author
Author Robert Stone

Robert Stone (1937–2015) received most of the accolades and awards possible for a contemporary novelist, and he has been called the best writer of the post-Vietnam era. His many novels, which have enjoyed commercial success as well as critical acclaim, include the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls, and A Hall of Mirrors. He was also the author of the short story collection Bear and His Daughter, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.