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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,035 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781593973964
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"Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over a half a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing---along with his entire collection---from his mansion in New Mexico.

At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: As a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their fabulous inheritance, they must find their father's carefully concealed tomb.

The race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. This secret is so astounding it cannot be kept quiet for long. With half a billion dollars at stake, as well as an ancient Mayan codex that may hold a cure for cancer and other deadly diseases, others soon join the hunt---and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods.

The bestselling coauthor of such page-turning thrillers as Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities, Douglas Preston now spins an unforgettable tale of greed, adventure, and betrayal in The Codex.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Codex is an archaeological thriller at its very best, fast and fascinating. If you like The Da Vinci Code, you'll really love The Codex. Michael and Kathleen Gear, USA TODAY bestselling authors of the People series

  • “A totally engrossing experience. Audiofile on Cabinet of Curiosities

  • Three sons are searching for their dying father who has vanished into the Central American jungle with the art and artifacts of a lifetime of collecting...cover to cover adventure...moves like a tropical thunderstorm. Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucy | 2/14/2014

    " I could hardly make it past two chapters before I gave up. Everything was too forced and predictable - simple characters. I'm glad I got the book from the library instead of buying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 2/11/2014

    " Preston does it again. A great well crafted saga with a moral ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Threasa Jenkins | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book. I couldn't believe I was so excited about people trudging through swamp and mountains to find an ancient Mayan text. Mr. Preston made it so exciting and interesting. I couldn't put the book down. You just never knew what was coming next. Who will live? Who will die? Will anybody die? Will they make it? Will they find the Codex? I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Zimmel | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It was easy but kept a good pace and was a subject matter that interested me. If nothing else, get it on tape and listen to it on your commute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 1/27/2014

    " so far so good. I like the premise of a man uniting his sons in their quest to find where he buried himself and all his worldly treasures. I've been surprised a few times at things that happen to the characters which is my way of knowing the author has some skill "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/22/2014

    " With minor sexual content and gender jokes, as well as profanity here and there it was still a fun read and entertaining. If you like Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider you should consider this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steffi | 1/17/2014

    " read in a day :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MiloÅ¡ | 12/24/2013

    " well, I thought it will be much interesting, but I was wrong. solid adventure with family reunion... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maja | 11/17/2013

    " Not bad as a first novel! Just an entertaining story... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Fick | 11/11/2013

    " Really good, glad I read it. But not clamoring for his next novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 11/6/2013

    " Entertainment Weekly said it was a cross between Indiana Jones and the Amazing Race. Yep. And I liked it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larry | 10/18/2013

    " Not too bad for an adventure-type novel. I guiltily enjoyed it and might look at some of Preston's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss | 10/13/2013

    " Not quite up to par with the Preston/Child novels but good nonetheless. There were also a few loopholes as a result of the hurried ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mommyk8 | 6/29/2013

    " Meh. Definitely a plot driven writer. There were also a few funky grammar/editing mistakes. All in all a quick, good read for summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 6/25/2013

    " I'm not usually keen on "Jungle Adventure" books, but this one kept me interested to the end, and there wasn't TOO much kissy-kissy either, which helped a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Iverson | 5/20/2013

    " I didn't quite enjoy this as much as the author's other works but it's a good intro to the characters in the next book. And it moved along pretty well. Sort of has a King Solomon's Mines feel to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Sevcik | 3/17/2013

    " One of my first books on Kindle! I was concerned that the book written by one of the Lincoln/Childs authors would not be as good, but was very happy with the results. Action, humor, mystery. Great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/11/2012

    " A pretty straightforward, run-of-the-mill, airport-newsstand thriller. A fast and entertaining read but very predictable. Despite the name of this book, the codex itself seems to be not very vital to the plot, which is a little bit of a shame I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 6/23/2012

    " Predictable and rather cliche. I was bored about 100 pages in, but was determined to see it through. A part of me still wishes I hadn't wasted my time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlissa | 3/9/2012

    " I read this book (and listened to part of it on audio) a few years ago and really liked it. I got this ebook copy to add to my library so I can read it again someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Grimes | 3/3/2012

    " Predictable. It was interesting but pretty unrealistic. I like Douglas Preston but he phoned this one in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 2/27/2012

    " It was predictable and interesting. Beware some serious swearing and one short sex scene. This isn't a book I'd pick up on my own, but it was a book club book and I didn't mind reading it. I won't read any more by Douglas Preston, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orange | 7/14/2011

    " This was an alright book: Entertaining but not too deep. Just right when you want a fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sonny | 6/11/2011

    " Lots of similarities to The Ice Limit, by the same author. Uncannily so. Still, a good, quick read. More of a beach book than The Ice Limit, actually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " Part Indiana Jones, Part M. Crition. Fun read., good thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 4/22/2011

    " Hey. The book only cost $5.00 so... can't complain. Mildly entertaining, but silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CJ | 4/15/2011

    " Love the jungle setting. I guess because we still don't know a lot about the interior of the jungles in the Western Hemisphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 3/26/2011

    " Really entertaining and light read. Adventurous story in central America, buried treasure, lot's of fun :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 3/4/2011

    " My first book by Douglas Preston. I loved it. Great elements throughout. Good character depth and a new twist on the "abide by the will" storyline. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick J. | 2/12/2011

    " Cheesy, formulaic, and predictable but still a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/6/2011

    " Predictable. It was interesting but pretty unrealistic. I like Douglas Preston but he phoned this one in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deron | 1/6/2011

    " Fairly entertaining, a bit of an Indiana Jones vibe to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/5/2011

    " it was decent but definitely not indiana jones like as the cover claims... it did get me hooked so thats the important part. some cheesy moments which included a cheesy romance that you'd rather skip to get to the good stuff "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/5/2011

    " Predictable and rather cliche. I was bored about 100 pages in, but was determined to see it through. A part of me still wishes I hadn't wasted my time. "

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

    " An enjoyable read that's easy to get through.
    Find some of the characters fun and interesting and others just plain annoying, however learning about life in the jungle makes up for that. Mostly! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 12/20/2010

    " A fun adventure tale about the Broadbents and their adventures into South America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meryl | 12/18/2010

    " Not a bad read, but not Douglas Preston's best. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

About the Narrator

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense.