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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, Linda Stephens Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Magdalene Line Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743563857
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly provocative, with plenty of what-ifs in the history of early Christianity…Keenly imaginative.” 

    USA Today

  • “Riveting.” 

    People

  • “A tour de force…Profoundly moving…Full of love and pathos.” 

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Sure to be a big summer hit…Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linconter | 2/19/2014

    " Actually, my rating should be about 3 1/2 stars. Interesting premise and good research behind the story. A tad predictable, sort of Da Vinci Code"ish. And if the author doesn't know how to spell words in French, she shouldn't throw the French phrase in! "

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

    " One of my top fave books this year. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for both the history and the fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle Deutsch | 2/12/2014

    " I read this because I adore religious conspiracy theories, but this was just meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 2/4/2014

    " It took me awhile to get going on this book, but it got better and better. A little mystery, romance and spirituality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 1/29/2014

    " The first in her series of books regarding Mary Magdalene. Surprised to find that the story is based on undisclosed facts the author will not reveal - hence this is a work fiction. There are more books to come "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dot | 1/19/2014

    " This book was recommended to me as a friend and I loved it! Could not put it down. I am not particularly religious but found myself questioning my beliefs after reading this book. It is beautifully written and very, very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lianne | 1/9/2014

    " If you enjoyed The DaVinci code, you'll probably like this novel too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/3/2013

    " Very intriguing and fast paced...kind of makes you question what you know about history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Porter | 11/21/2013

    " Not exactly unreadable, but close. A potentially interesting plot is made silly through (bad) plotting. Poorly written. One of those books that means to be intricate and clever, but is confusing and irritating instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Cerame | 11/13/2013

    " Compelling tale of life of Jesus & Mary Magdalene, leading up to and after the crucifixion and of the Magdalene continuing the teachings. The book weaves the story lines of present day descendants with those of Jesus and Mary, and what they deal with in keeping the teachings alive against all odds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 8/31/2013

    " Another author climbing aboard the the Da Vinci Code band waggon, this book carries on the theme of The Bloodline. Nothing new here. It is a bit predictable, never the less an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Harp | 8/1/2013

    " This is a really interesting work of historical fiction based on Mary Magdalene.It was intriguing.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 7/4/2013

    " Not my usual kind of book .. and I am not sure how it ended up on my library list .. that said, I did learn some interesting things. I googled many of the art referenced and got to see some great famous paintings that I was not familiar with .. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dariece | 6/26/2013

    " Such an interesting perspective on Mary Magdeline, her life and relationship to Jesus "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Kiernan | 4/18/2013

    " Really interesting. Have read others in this genre and really enjoyed the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 4/3/2013

    " riding the wave of hype and dan brown trends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 9/19/2012

    " This book had too much. There were too many characters; too many plots; too many different settings. The female lead is just a victim of genetics & circumstances, not a heroine. Dan Brown has nothing to worry about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 7/19/2012

    " Interesting premise and storyline but this one didn't catch my interest enough to stay with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chex | 6/25/2012

    " If you liked Angels & Demons or The DaVinci Code, you will love this. You can't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 6/23/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanaku | 6/9/2012

    " i learned to see anything from the other side "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennfier Connell | 11/30/2011

    " Not to bad. It had a slow start but it picked up a bit of a thriller too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie | 10/22/2011

    " I loved this book. Regardless of the controversy surrounding Mary Magdalene's role in the life of Christ, His story, as depicted by the author through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, was in no way compromised. Thought provoking and a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 moira | 8/19/2011

    " Another Da Vinci Code like book. This one focuses much more on the religion though. I believe it is the first in a series of books. One strange aspect, though, is that the author truly believes in everything she has written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bekah | 7/17/2011

    " 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 Delene | 7/2/2011

    " 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! "

  • 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 Narrators

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.

Linda Stephens is a seasoned audiobook narrator whose readings include Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award and was a finalist for the Audie Award for Best Narration.