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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen McGowan Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743565233
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A deadly political rivalry...an intricate love triangle...a religious revolution that changed the world

When journalist Maureen Paschal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it.

Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees: the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, her version of the life of Jesus and the events of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of L'Attendu -- the Expected One.

As Maureen becomes immersed in the mystical lore of L'Attendu, the eerie prophecy of the Expected One casts a shadow over her life and work, and a long-buried family secret comes to light. Maureen's extraordinary journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris to the rocky foothills of southwest France. To search for the scrolls, she must unravel clues that link history's great artistic masters, dynasties, and scientific minds. Ultimately, she comes face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, and a love triangle that changed the course of history in a deeply moving and powerful new gospel...the greatest story never told. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting.” 

    People 

  • Captivating . . . controversial . . . enchanting . . . courageous . . . Kathleen McGowan delivers the truth against the world! Betsy Chasse, producer, What The Bleep Do We Know?
  • It took a tremendous amount of courage to write this book. . . . Its portrayal of biblical characters is hauntingly, disturbingly real. I will be forever grateful to Kathleen McGowan for giving me a huge push forward on my spiritual journey by opening me up to a deeper vision of the Divine. Reverend Jeffrey J. Bütz, author of The Brother of Jesus and The Lost Teachings of Christianity
  • “Highly evocative…keenly imaginative.” 

    USA Today

  • “A tour de force…profoundly moving…full of love and pathos.” 

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Shimmering…engrossing…masterfully balanced.” 

    Irish Edition 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel | 2/19/2014

    " Another Mary Magdalane story - a cheap imitation of the DaVinci Code. Do your self a favor and read something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roz | 2/17/2014

    " A novel about Mary Magdalene in France - a very captivating story. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 2/15/2014

    " A captivating tale on the journey to find the truth about Mary Magdalene and her gospels. It is well written and interesting. Very controversial because of it's content and life story of Mary's life with Jesus and how they were married. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alayne | 1/19/2014

    " It's The DaVinci Code on steroids. It really holds ya! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 1/16/2014

    " Might have made a better short story or novella. Author is trying too hard to build mystery (look at the author photo where she prominently displays a ring...). Premise is good. I was taken in by the claims that it was similar to the Davinci Code. It isn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bekah | 1/11/2014

    " Just another in a long line of Divici Code-like books. I actually can't decide if I liked it or not. "

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

    " Very interesting and informative book about Mary Magdalene and her blood line. Can't wait to read Kathleen McGowan's The Book of Love when it is published "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/20/2013

    " Having grown up under a patriarchal religious influence, this book was both a engaging read and a liberating experience. It was wonderful to once again feel I, as a woman, was part of herstory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/19/2013

    " Not nearly as good as it could have been. The writing was rather wooden and the characters didn't come alive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simona Lukáčová | 10/18/2013

    " the most interesting book...amazing...beautiful story... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 10/12/2013

    " This book really screamed Davinci Code knock off to me. Wasn't at all impressed by any of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 9/4/2013

    " For me, this book falls in that delicious category of guilty pleasure beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 7/30/2013

    " Along the lines of the DaVinci Code, but I liked it more. The plot's inclusion of Jesus' resurrection makes it more in line with my beliefs than the Code. Good story, interesting, and fast paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 3/13/2013

    " An interesting story on the life of Mary Magdeline and her relationship with Jesus and as a disciple. This is the first book in a trilogy. I am intrigued enough that I plan to read the next two books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulien | 7/23/2012

    " Is a nice story. Interesting perspective about the bible and Maria Magdalena. It has nice plottwists. Really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elfgiva | 7/18/2012

    " Entertaining, but is this author serious about herself? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 12/3/2011

    " Fascinating "DaVinci Code" type book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 11/27/2011

    " Interesting interpretation into story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene plus it's suspenseful like the DaVinci Code. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 11/23/2011

    " the book is similar to the DaVinci Code - exploring alternative viewpoints/histories of the life of Christ. There are some really odd and formulaic ones out there, but this one was interesting and pretty sweet. There's more of a positive focus on his life rather than on age old conspiracies... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Crosby | 9/6/2011

    " I love any book that celebrates red heads and mythology or religion. Add to that McGowan's ability to move seamlessly from current day to ancient times and you've got a real treat. Don't forget mystery, intrigue and romance. A great (quick) read from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Gresham | 8/15/2011

    " It was exciting, not necessarily well written but fun and interesting, will read the next two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savana Rose | 7/21/2011

    " For historic novel lovers and Mary Magdalene fans, this is a don't miss. Fantastic journey of a modern writer to France to uncover secrets about her past life, and the life of Mary Magdalene. Suspenseful, delightful and enchanting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 4/22/2011

    " Similar to The Eight by Katharine Neville. Check it out. Now there is a sequel out called "The book of love". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Zimmerman | 4/21/2011

    " Possible the only genre worse than pseudo-historical fiction is pseudo-religious-historical fiction, in particular anything centering about the life of Joshua of Nazareth (The Christ). This book gets a 2 only because it is very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 faeriecrone | 4/20/2011

    " I loved The DaVinci Code. This book is better, much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/18/2011

    " Not nearly as good as it could have been. The writing was rather wooden and the characters didn't come alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelica | 3/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book tremendously -- tho written as fiction, there are many things that rang true for me.. it's about a journalist who is drawn into the Mary Magdalene legends. I'm looking forward to McGowan's next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 3/15/2011

    " I love any book that celebrates red heads and mythology or religion. Add to that McGowan's ability to move seamlessly from current day to ancient times and you've got a real treat. Don't forget mystery, intrigue and romance. A great (quick) read from start to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 3/9/2011

    " Wow - what an intriguing new perspective on the Origins of Jesus and Mary... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 3/7/2011

    " I was really excited about this book as I am interested in the role of women in the Christian, especially Catholic faith. It reminds me of the fast pace and excitement of the Dan Brown books. Knowing it was the first in a trilogy, I looked forward to the sequels. uh oh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis Daniele | 3/6/2011

    " The Expected One is a novel for all women. Women that was misunderstood, like Mary Magdalene. This novel have similarities with The Da Vinci Code. But I find it less offending when it comes to religious aspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delene | 2/4/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed these books. I Love novels in historical settings. The chapter that pertained to the week of the crucifixion of Jesus was very moving! "

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About the Author
Author Kathleen McGowanKathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons. You can visit her website at www.theexpectedone.com.
About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.