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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,744 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Fasman Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780786553297
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Jon Fasman’s dizzyingly plotted intellectual thriller suggests a marriage between Dan Brown and Donna Tartt. When reporter Paul Tomm is assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a reclusive academic, he finds himself pursuing leads that date back to the twelfth century and the theft of alchemical instruments from the geographer of the Sicilian court. Now someone is trying to retrieve them. Interspersed with the present action are the stories of the men and women who came to possess those charmed—and sometimes cursed—artifacts, which have powers that go well beyond the transmutation of lead into gold. Deftly combining history, magic, suspense, and romance—and as handsomely illustrated as an ancient incunabulum—The Geographer’s Library is irresistible. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 2/10/2014

    " Horrible. To be fair, I stopped a little short of halfway through. Seriously, this reads like a marginally talented junior-high student's rough draft of a story. Lot's of good ideas that go nowhere and a complete inability to properly characterize the participants that I'd chalk up to a lack of maturity and life experience except (I assume) Mr. Fasman is an adult. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/9/2014

    " meh. reads like a choose your own adventure book. i suggest reading something else! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 2/7/2014

    " I still think about this book after a year. It's so different. I love the way it's written, and I love the alchemical lore in the interwoven stories. The author wrote like he knew what he was talking about, and it made me google the items he discussed to see if any of them have basis in reality/real mythology. Fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/5/2014

    " I spent many a late night with this book. A collection of objects and death, all leading to a bigger story. Sound familiar? But I had no desire to throw this across the room (like I did with DaVinci Code). Definitely a thoughtful, intellectual book, but enough action to keep the pages turning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aramis | 1/27/2014

    " Not up to par with the best historical mystery novels out there. More Dan Brown than Umberto Eco. In the end, quite forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 1/25/2014

    " This had a very interesting premise and story line There was the main story of today, and interspersed with chapters of some related issue in history which fit into what was happening today. It is a mystery on the order of DaVinci Code. One thing I did not like about it was that it had the "f" word sprinkled throughout. The story would be fine without it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khalil | 1/22/2014

    " For those that enjoy books in the genre of 'Davinci Code' this is a must read. This is a little more dense and not quite as fast paced but interesting nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Jones | 1/15/2014

    " eh. not bad by any means - just nothing to get too excited about. i found it on a clearance shelf for a buck and i'm just damn happy i didn't pay full price for it. premise of the antiquities tied to longer life could have been pushed a lot further with more gusto. enjoyable, but farily bland. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 12/17/2013

    " Again, sorry I wasted my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tobi | 12/16/2013

    " This book was interesting not exactly what I expected. There are alot of names and places from the Iran/Iraq area and it is about old items related to Alchemy. It was a little difficult to know what was being talked about but a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Bromley | 12/4/2013

    " This book is well-written and sets up a very good tale, but then completely fizzles at the end. I was disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Conrad Haas | 11/11/2013

    " Found it to be a difficult read. Stopped after a couple of chapters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 11/5/2013

    " This is an amateur effort. The writing is too cute by half and the grammar...oy vey. The only reason I can think of as to why this book was picked up by a publisher was that at the time, Da Vinci Code was flying off the shelves, and this book is in the same genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/28/2013

    " A little confusing, but if you like Dan Brown you should like this one too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 10/28/2013

    " So-so. Some of the writing was beautiful....but I think the author tried to do a "People of the Book" style plot and failed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Cobb | 9/8/2013

    " Great read! Familiar places and a great story line and descriptive writing made this one of my favorite reads. A twisting and turning mystery that leads the reader through unexpected places and familiar haunts. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 8/18/2013

    " Fun stuff, interestign style, and the potential mysteries and cutovers to earlier times made for a very engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 8/10/2013

    " This book has fascinating historical fiction regarding the 19 items in the "library," but the character storyline is unconvincing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Neil | 4/30/2013

    " Shabby. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Moira | 10/25/2012

    " Adequate. Saved largely by a few great scenes set in a variety of Soviet-era eastern bloc republics. Would have made a smashing graphic novel for 15-year-old boys. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 5/4/2012

    " This was a disappointment. The set-up for the book was great, and I really started to like the main character, but the book just fizzled and didn't deliver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 9/5/2011

    " Tweedy professors, alchemy and artifacts, what more could I want? A different ending, that's what. Still, I'll read the next Fasman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Wilson | 8/16/2011

    " not at all about geography, totally about alchemy, small towns, motivation, secrets and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Ngaothong | 7/12/2011

    " Loved it...until the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramón | 6/17/2011

    " A lot of fun, and set in the region of the world that has captured my heart. But, as with many global conspiracy type books, fizzled in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 5/12/2011

    " It sounded like it would be a good read, but the writing was mediocre and the ending didn't really tie anything together. It was a good book-on-tape read, though, for the long drives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/25/2011

    " meh. reads like a choose your own adventure book. i suggest reading something else! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Catherine | 3/12/2011

    " Very good premise but ultimately doesn't really go anywhere... "

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

    " It started out so great! And then the silly, anticlimactic ending. What a shame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/31/2010

    " Good puzzle, nice and intricate "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger | 10/23/2010

    " Not entirely sure how I finished this farce. Weak plot, Fasman was attempting a cryptic tale, but fell light years short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella Used Books | 10/21/2010

    " Liked it a lot, a smarter, better-written intellectual thriller than most. Nice details about alchemy and medieval Islamic thought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 9/7/2010

    " I quit. Just not that great, and I don't have time to read not that great when I still have a LONG list of truly great to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darshan Elena | 8/13/2010

    " This novel seemed to have all the elements... except the most crucial: a charismatic character to maintain my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Csm | 8/11/2010

    " Good book. Kept my attention. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 7/26/2010

    " An interesting idea, an intriguing story structure, but in the end a fairly lackluster execution of both. "

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About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.