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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pierdomenico Baccalario Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Century Quartet Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780307582447
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Every one hundred years, four kids from four cities must save the world.

A mix-up with their reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai to share a room with the hotel owner’s daughter, Elettra. The four kids discover an amazing coincidence: they all have birthdays on February 29, Leap Day. That night, a strange man gives them a briefcase and asks them to take care of it until he returns. Soon afterward, the man is murdered.

The kids open the briefcase. In it they find a series of clues that take them all over Rome, through dusty libraries and dark catacombs, in search of the elusive Ring of Fire, an ancient object so powerful that legend says even a Roman emperor couldn’t control it.

In the first book of the Century Quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario begins a mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The plot is masterful, with cliffhangers galore . . . and an ending that both satisfies and whets the appetite for more. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/3/2014

    " Rather like the 39 Clues, this was intriguing, but sometimes confusing. I found the language and story to be a bit dissonant (we read it aloud), perhaps a result of this being a translation. Good enough, but none of us (myself or my 11-14 yr old kids) are particularly wanting to read the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terryann | 1/10/2014

    " this book was very anticlimactic for me. it really seemed like i knew what was happening and was just waiting for the author to tell me. kids will probably like the book though, it's got some decent mystery to it and the characters are likeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Books4m | 1/9/2014

    " Really Great Adventure ! Cant wait for the next one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 WCPL Teens | 1/5/2014

    " Elettra, Harvey, Mistral, and Sheng are four 12-yr-olds who just happen to share a Feb. 29 birthday and end up sharing a room at Elettra's father's hotel on Dec. 29. They also happen to get involved in a murder, a mystery, and a puzzle that began hundreds of years ago. Who is the mysterious professor that died on the bridge and handed the kids his briefcase full of ancient maps and toy tops? And who is the mysterious violin player after the briefcase? The kids don't know it, but they've been handpicked to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Book 1 in the Century Quartet series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 12/18/2013

    " It was pretty normal. Nothing special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Besnier | 12/9/2013

    " Super book! Mystery, magic and suspense all rolled into one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/29/2013

    " I have to admit mysteries don't seem to hold much appeal for me and I don't read many, so I'm not the best person to say if this was a particularly good one or not. I found it an enjoyable enough entertaining read, but it didn't ever get me really excited and I don't have much to say about it besides the plot summary you can read above. Really nice packaging, with a thick section of color photographs in the middle that add depth to the descriptions and visuals to study and puzzle over. Really awful audiobook reader, with ludicrously overdone voices and cliched accents for every character in a dialogue-heavy book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uci | 11/26/2013

    " Ada jejak-jejak Ulysses Moore di sini. Ternyata Om Pier lucu juga ^_^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 11/24/2013

    " this was a really great book. fantasy, adventure, evil villains, magic, one quest... my kind of stuff. I really liked this book! It was even translated from italian to english it's that amazing. I'll lend it to anybody who wants to read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Stevens | 10/5/2013

    " i thought this book was exciting and out of nowhere. i didn't see half of it coming while reading it, and i was hooked on the book as soon as i read the back cover. Baccalario, you are an amazing author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garrett Rickey | 8/28/2012

    " This book was amazing.I learned that even that close friends cannot be trusted.This book is going to have you keep it off the shelf and the words on your eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 4/25/2012

    " I wasn't immediately caught up in this book but persevered. I eventually liked it and wanted to see how it ended. I eventually liked the book and will read book 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/12/2011

    " It took a little while for me to get into this book but by the end I was burning through pages. For fans of adventure, suspense, fantasy, mystery. 6th and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lonnie | 6/8/2011

    " I actually listen to this BCD. Carrington MacDuffie did an awesome job on the different voices. Loved it...Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxann | 5/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It is a good book for the readers it was intended for-meaning middle school children. This book is in line with Harry Potter, though not as good. It was exciting in parts, boring in a few places, but overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 4/19/2011

    " i thought this book was exciting and out of nowhere. i didn't see half of it coming while reading it, and i was hooked on the book as soon as i read the back cover. Baccalario, you are an amazing author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica cheng | 4/15/2011

    " good job!I think Pierdomenico Baccalario
    he is a weird man.
    He did well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonja | 2/28/2011

    " I love Rome and I love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 1/5/2011

    " This book is really good and i loved reading it. i like all the strange coincidences, like how all the kids were born on Febuary 29. Very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/17/2010

    " Very exciting, and motivating.
    Wanted to read it in one go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 8/15/2010

    " Young adult Quest book - time travel, which is not my favorite genre, figures heavily. But the characters are fully drawn and the setting - Rome -- is magical. Lots of neat illustrations/photos/visual aids too. Reminds me of the Enid Blyton books of my childhood - intrepid kids, absent parents. "

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About the Author
Pierdomenico Baccalario was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. He grew up in the middle of the woods with his three dogs and his black bicycle.
About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.