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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,886 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Gruber Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this little screen, and who will read them I hardly know. I could be dead by the time anyone actually gets to read them, as dead as, say, Tolstoy. Or Shakespeare. Does it matter, when you read, if the person who wrote still lives?" These are the words of Jake Mishkin, whose seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer-or killers-unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for four hundred years. In a frantic race from New York to England and Switzerland, Jake finds himself matching wits with a shadowy figure who seems to anticipate his every move. What at first seems like a thrilling puzzle waiting to be deciphered soon turns into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, where no one-not family, not friends, not lovers-is to be trusted. Moving between twenty-first-century America and seventeenth-century England, The Book of Air and Shadows is a modern thriller that brilliantly re-creates William Shakespeare's life at the turn of the seventeenth century and combines an ingenious and intricately layered plot with a devastating portrait of a contemporary man on the brink of self-discovery...or self-destruction. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Stylish and confident prose…. Dialogue that respects a reader's intelligence. A smart and original plot…. And…a sense of humor. The Seattle Times
  • “If you love books, make room on the shelf for a new guilty pleasure.”

    Washington Post

  • “A smart thriller. Gruber’s themes may be lofty but his people are fully fleshed. An engaging adventure.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Ingenious…Engaging…A gripping, satisfying read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by megan / redwitch | 2/20/2014

    " i enjoyed this book as the thriller style it was - and the load of literary allusions it made, but there were a few things that made me feel it was only an average read. the biggest one is the historical documents - although fun to have included as the present-day story circles around them - they were not that interesting in and of themselves. they were not "discovered" in the story and then included to read but just randomly dropped between chapters for the most part, although a few did seem to line up w. when a character found or deciphered it. i found myself speed reading through them to get back to the main plot. i did enjoy the characters though and in particular to supporting characters, much more than some thriller / sleuth books as well. that is what really made the story for me interesting i.e. enjoy reading it and kept me flying through it. so i would definitely recommend but don't expect an extraordinarily built up string of details, just enjoy it for the people and the somewhat crazy situations they find themselves in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlinstuart07 | 2/16/2014

    " Strange, engrossing, unrealistic but cool. Can't say much without giving it away, but the idea that a Shakespeare manuscript has been found (or rather, that there is a document stating its existence and that it could be found) is interesting and well developed. The mystery unfolds, the kidnapping, hasty retreats, guns blazing, chase scenes.... you name it, its here. While I didn't like the main character very much because he was kind of a rich ass who was totally self absorbed, I did like several secondary characters and they were very well depicted and characterized. Neat story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth Haynes | 2/10/2014

    " It was ok. If I wasn't reading it for a book club, I would not have finished it. There was a time when these kinds of books (suspenseful murder mystery) but I guess i am just not in the mood right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martin Mulcahey | 1/30/2014

    " Great narration but average story. The way the book is narrated by the main character was very compelling, and deftly weaved dark humor about three American families into a book I was reading for it's work as piece of historical fiction. As historical fiction goes, it was very good (a notch above Steve Berry) and it used flashback chapters much like the movie and TV series "The Highlander" did to add insight without breaking the tension of the story. The believability factor was good, but not outstanding, and I have to say that the main characters ability to make every woman he has ever been with reach a orgasm did stretch credulity :-) A fun read for His-fict, Shakespeare addicts, and movie buffs. "

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