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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Mosse Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781436211413
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In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother arrive at the home of their widowed aunt in Rennes-le-Bains, southwestern France. But nothing is as Léonie had imagined. Their aunt is young, willowy, and beautiful, and the estate is a subject of local superstition. Villagers claim that Léonie's late uncle died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre on its grounds …

More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in Rennes-le-Bains while researching the life of Claude Debussy. Haunted by a Tarot reading she had in Paris—and possessing the mysterious deck of cards—she checks into a grand old hotel built on the site of a famous mountain estate destroyed by fire in 1896. There, the pack of Tarot cards and a piece of nineteenth-century music known as Sepulchre 1891 hold the key to her fate—just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sure, deft momentum…The secrets begin to slip out thick and fast.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “Mosse’s gifts for historical fiction are considerable…Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best—make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Ghosts, duels, murders, ill-fated love and conspiracy…addictively readable.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “No doubt many readers are eagerly awaiting the the pleasures of her next novel.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Mosse intertwines her literary influences and the story at hand as playfully, intricately and suspensefully as she melds the material and the supernatural, past and present.”

    Washington Post

  • “Both parts of this story take place in France, so there’s quite a lot of French spoken, and it’s a pleasure to hear the always delightful Donada Peters’ pitch-perfect handling of this beautiful language. It’s easy to see why Peters is an audio listener’s favorite for her unfailing ability to deliver fully realized characters.”

    AudioFile

  • “An engaging travelogue and a romantic mystery.”

    Library Journal

  • “Superior hugger-mugger from an impressive new mistress of the genre.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikey | 2/17/2014

    " Really good book, but detail almost to a fault, lots of reading for the story to get going "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debie | 2/14/2014

    " I liked it. I like books inter wind past and present stories. And this one had magic and mystery enough. A bonus! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliana Haught | 2/11/2014

    " I picked this up as a Bargain Book. I've always been fascinated by otherworldly themes in novels, but this one was a little dark for me. I can handle darkness in books if it somehow reflects on the human condition, or has something to contribute to our understanding of history, but this was just sort of dark for the sake of being unnerving. I read it anyway, because I found the characters kind of interesting. Actually, there were times I couldn't put it down - but I'm not going to re-read this ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 2/1/2014

    " If you liked Labryinth, this one is better!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine Hollingsworth | 1/26/2014

    " Another good read from Kate Mosse-I read Labyrinth a while back and it took me almost to the end of Sepulchre to realize that there was some character overlaps. She does a wonderful job of tying events in the present to events in the past-nice modern ghost stories set in the Carcassone region of France-where all the Holy Blood, Holy Grail stories come from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilia | 1/24/2014

    " (...Some spoilers ahead, though only some quite predictable details revealed...) I found this book quite captivating and finished it quickly and in it's genre and style (easy-going suspense) I think it's a very good, entertaining read. I expected more from the ending, though, I think Mosse wrapped up her story pretty hurriedly. But I'll definitely read Citadel as well once it comes out. Oh, I do have one major complaint... actually two: 1. What's with the romance (that seems to me compulsory almost in these type of books) when it's not a necessity for the plot? (talking about Meredith and Hal here, of course). When the beautiful, witty, headstrong female character melts into the arms of her handsome, tall, intelligent, strong lover who makes her feel safe I just cringe... NOOOO! 2. Why is the bad guy always so bad through and through; psychotic, crazy and preferably somehow disfigured (cf. the self-mutilating albino killer in the DaVinci Code)? It would be much more interesting to read about an antagonist that wasn't so black and white... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnie | 1/13/2014

    " A worthy sequel to Labyrinth - I know that this didn't sell quite as well but for me it was if anything even more beautifully and sympathetically written and I was smitten from the first page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/11/2014

    " One of my favourite books, I loved the air of mystery and suspense, and the flitting between the parallel narratives in the different time eras. Definitely a book for someone who's interested in France, or interested in thriller. And of course, if you've ever been to the South of France, particularly Carcassonne, this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Theresa | 1/3/2014

    " For a book that few of my friends seemed to like, i'm surprisingly really enjoying this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/21/2013

    " Enjoyable historical fiction...part mystery, part thriller with a little bit of romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/13/2013

    " Good story. I enjoyed the 1890's in France storyline more than the present day but overall an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annalisa | 12/2/2013

    " anyone who has any interest in France or tarot cards should read this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flyingbroom | 11/24/2013

    " The last third of the book was a bit disappointing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Augustamy | 11/7/2013

    " Good book - I have not the read the first in the series but I was able to follow it fine. The parallel stories tied well together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 10/19/2013

    " I did not care for this book very much. It was a recommendation from someone & I thought it sounded great! I guess I must have been expecting too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 10/11/2013

    " Just like her first book, The Labyrinth, Supulchre is top notch fiction- a very talented writer who manages to set her books in two different times with parallel stories and not once are you confused. Brilliant stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda S. Adams | 8/20/2013

    " Intriguing mystery with a dash of occult; well-written novel which switches between the past and the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 7/17/2013

    " Cyber gift - Birthday 2008 - Kris "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonja | 5/6/2013

    " Not as intriguing as 'Labyrinth'. Slow moving in some parts and just not what I had expected or hoped for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terah | 4/26/2013

    " another beach read, but I liked this one much more than Labyrinth "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Payne | 4/4/2013

    " (audio) Listened to for 6 months - a good lesson in not selecting such a long book unless needed for a trip. Had to plow through until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merlin | 3/23/2013

    " This book kept me thinking. I enjoyed the details and the depth of characters. Having read it a few months back and then returned it to a friend I plan on reading it again soon as I feel I will get even more from it a second time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ganchanah | 6/5/2012

    " This is a wonderful book. It is similar to Labyrinth because she uses the same style of writing but the plot and the storyline is completely different. I really loved the fact that she included Sahje or Audric Ballaird in the story again. I can't wait to get my hands on the 3rd book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Kalvar | 3/30/2012

    " Liked it better than Labyrinth as I felt all the elements were better resolved at the end. I liked the tie ins with Debussy and with the tarot. More tightly plotted than it's predecessor, though the female character not as appealing as the first volume's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lula | 2/19/2012

    " Not as good as Labrinth but still very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/2/2011

    " Fun light reading. The mystery was nowhere near as deep as the one in Labyrinth, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 8/31/2011

    " Well Jimbo, there could not have been a better choice for a HALLOWEEN read!! There is one aspect I am confused about but I will wait for the book club discussion!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 5/17/2011

    " Although I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy and like this particular time period, I had a difficult time finishing the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eveline | 5/7/2011

    " I think it's the best novel by Kate Mosse ever!
    To see why, check out Labyrinth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Tarot cards laid out on a sepulchre in the French country side can summon demons. Characters from the past and present. The cards were used to summon a demon and kill the bad guy in the past. In the present they do the same and free the sp "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 4/28/2011

    " Highly recommended! A great mystery, not solved until the surprise ending. You come to care about Leonie in the 18th century, and her counterpart in the present, Meredith. you reallyhope things will turn out for them. But no....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 4/8/2011

    " Like Labrinthe, Sepulchre was good, but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ice | 3/31/2011

    " Disappointed in the second book, the storyline seemed to be re-used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/31/2011

    " I didn't realize this was the second in a Trilogy. It stands alone. I really enjoyed it. A great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 3/27/2011

    " Aside from some awkward writing at the beginning (which either got better or I adapted to it), I really enjoyed this book, considerably more so than Labyrinth. The descriptions of France were lovely and the story much more compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 3/26/2011

    " I was not a fan. All of the switching between past and present was a bit confusing and I did not enjoy the story much at all. I felt nothing for the characters and dragged through the book because I didn't want to leave it unread on my shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damian | 3/16/2011

    " I thought this was even better than Labyrinthe. Compelling characters with a nice mix of suspense, supernatural, and human intrigue. It's long, but I loved every minute of it. "

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About the Author
Author Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is the New York Times bestselling author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre, as well as the cofounder and honorary director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in England and France.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.