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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (695 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Gregory Narrator: Christopher Graybill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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When a childhood tragedy comes back to haunt Professor David Shepherd, he finds himself in possession of knowledge that holds the world in a delicate balance. He uncovers the Book of Names - an ancient text originating with the biblical Adam, and thought lost to history forever. By Kabbalistic tradition, the book contains the names of each generation's 36 righteous souls - the Hidden Ones - by whose merits alone the world continues to exist. Legend holds that if all thirty-six Hidden Ones were eliminated, the world would meet its end.

When the Hidden Ones start dying of unnatural causes, the world grows increasingly unstable: war in Afghanistan, massive flooding in New York, brutal terrorist attacks in Melbourne, a tanker explosion in Iran. David finds himself battling against the Gnoseos, a secret religious sect whose goal is to destroy the world by eliminating all of the righteous souls. David's involvement quickly turns personal when his stepdaughter's name is discovered to be one of the endangered. With the help of a brilliant and beautiful Israeli ancient texts expert, David races to decipher the traditions of the Kabbalah to save the righteous souls, his stepdaughter, and perhaps the world. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Malone | 2/20/2014

    " I was on the edge of my seat through the entire book. Read it in two days. Suspense, murder, religious themes and end of days. Lots of twists and turns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/29/2014

    " Two years later, I can't remember this book at all "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 1/26/2014

    " A page-turner, unbelievable plot, required no thought to read. Not as good as The Illumination by the same authors (which wasn't all that good, either). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Mena | 1/24/2014

    " Some people might call this book far fetched, but then, what's fiction for, anyway? This was a well-written thriller that was just was intelligent enough to keep me invested, but not so complicated that I got lost. In short it was an excellent balance. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 1/20/2014

    " I listened to this book. The direction of the book... i.e. when he was talking to himself it sounded like they put his head in a bucket... and some other directorial decisions detracted from my enjoyment of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/19/2014

    " The idea behind this book was very intriguing. It stems from the belief that Adam had written a book that contained all of the names of the "Blessed Righteous People." The world must have at least 36 of these at any given time. Without them, catastrophies begin to happen. Enter the Nosios, a religious group that thinks it knows better than God and tries to kill them all. The theory is that the minute the last "Hidden One" dies, the world will end, and they will move to a higher sphere. This book might have been better if read, and not listened to as I did. The audio tries some arty stuff that makes it a bit ridiculous. There was one point where the protagonist is listening to advice that had been given to him years before by a trusted friend. I thought, "Holy Happy Gilmore! Where's Chubs?" I don't really recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jules | 1/13/2014

    " This is a lot like Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. I read it pretty quickly, not sure if it was b/c it was good or b/c I was on my way to Maui. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/11/2014

    " Fast paced action based on religious doctrine. If the Jewish tradition does believe in the Lamed Vovniks, then this is an excellent adventure to match. If they are entirely fiction, they are still an interesting idea. Nothing really wrong with the story, but nothing overly special either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 12/30/2013

    " This book has a great pace. The story really grabs you even though there could be better character development. I read it in one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Emmerich | 12/5/2013

    " It was a very good written book, with much details of the Jewish belief and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Triffany | 11/29/2013

    " DaVinci Code style mystery adventure. Lots of fun. Nice easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Ellen | 11/7/2013

    " It is a very interesting story about evil trying to take over the world...lots of Jewish mysticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Skovinski | 4/19/2013

    " Kept me on the edge of my seat. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 12/24/2012

    " I had only ever heard of the red-tie-Madonna-version of Kabbalah and this book touched a little more on some of the beliefs. That aside, it was an interesting good-guy-bad-guy chase. You knew the good guys would win, and the odds they were fighting made the story more intense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 12/9/2012

    " There was something missing in this book. It had all of the makings of a fun DaVinci Code-esque thriller. However there were no thrills. I found the writing simplistic and a little clunky in parts. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/2/2012

    " A fun, fast-paced religious conspiracy theory romp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 4/8/2012

    " excellent. hooked me from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 3/24/2012

    " It was a little cheesy, but it was a fast and fun vacation read. The story was just compelling enough. It's sort of Dan-Brown-esque, both in style and factual basis (which is to say: not much). I enjoyed it, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 12/23/2011

    " This book was interesting. The topic was something I have no much knowledge on so it kept me hooked. A bit predictable at times, but a very fun book to read. It is about a Professor from Georgetown who has a special ability but doesn't realize it. I like how it all pulls together, and keeps moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 puddlescript | 11/28/2011

    " Eh...glad it was a library book and not something I spent money on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/30/2011

    " Kind of like the Da Vinci Code...only with more Jewish origin. A lot of characters and sometimes that's hard for me to keep track. Not a fast read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babette | 6/29/2011

    " Very Good Story...new things to think about with the Kabballah theme "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 5/21/2011

    " I like this book, but its more or less in the same ilk as "The Eight", "The Historian". All of which I like, but they're starting to get a little monotonous now that I've read so many,.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/14/2011

    " A pretty entertaining read. I felt like it was trying to be like "The Da Vinci Code" but it was still an enjoyable read in and of itself. I picked it up on a whim at the library. It sounded interesting. And it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/25/2011

    " ok. Improbable but interesting premise. quick paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 1/8/2011

    " I listened to this book. The direction of the book... i.e. when he was talking to himself it sounded like they put his head in a bucket... and some other directorial decisions detracted from my enjoyment of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andee | 1/4/2011

    " A thrilling book! Like the Da Vinci Code, but Jewish. "

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

    " I picked this up at a book clearance outlet center for $3.00 and I was mildly suprised. The book was fast paced and very well written. Action was there as was a little romance. Fast paced thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/6/2010

    " This book was a definite page turner, I did not want to put it down once I started reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 6/10/2010

    " This book was interesting. The topic was something I have no much knowledge on so it kept me hooked. A bit predictable at times, but a very fun book to read. It is about a Professor from Georgetown who has a special ability but doesn't realize it. I like how it all pulls together, and keeps moving. "

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About the Narrator

Christopher Graybill has performed solo or partial narration for more than seventy-five audio books, including Listen Up and Audie Award winners.