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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Mawer Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2001 ISBN:
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A scroll is discovered, buried among the ancient papyri of the Dead Sea. Although fragile and crumbling, the scroll is mostly intact, the faded lines of Koine script still legible. When Father Leo Newman, a priest from Rome, is called to Jerusalem to help decipher the scroll's meaning, he soon discovers that the text appears to be a fifth gospel. If the scroll is authentic - and if the radical, incendiary story it tells is true - all of Christianity itself will be open to a complete reinterpretation.

Leo is poised on the brink of an abyss, for, while he unravels the mysteries of the scroll, he is also fighting an impossible attraction to a married woman. Leo's whole life has been held together by the strength of his faith and his intellect, but now the testimony of the Judas scroll and the desires that make him human threaten to throw his entire vocation into question.

With vivid evocations of Vatican Rome and the holy city of Jerusalem, and including fascinating details of papyrus science, Simon Mawer expertly weaves together a dramatic narrative that spans 2,000 years across Europe and the Middle East in poetic, illuminating prose. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 2/14/2014

    " It's starting off kind of slow...can't seem to get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eryn | 2/3/2014

    " Not a great read. Flipped back and forth through too many periods. A little confusing at first. Was never really drawn to any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 1/30/2014

    " eh it was good but i am so confused about the charcters and places. i really don;t know what happened here...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Fox | 1/28/2014

    " Great story about the realness of humanity and how it effects even priests. The plot is rivoting and the story did make me question my faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/26/2014

    " "How on earth did you survive?" Madeleine exclaimed when Leo described it to her, but the question was meaningless. The person he might otherwise have been did not survive. What did survive was the person he became. (p 36, 1st Am. Ed.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 1/21/2014

    " HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL. The author is obviously very intelligent, but I couldn't get behind a lot of his treatment of emotional issues in the characters. He almost got it, but I didn't believe a lot of the emotions as genuine. Generally a good idea as a plot, rather distressing as far as the execution of the whole thing. "

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

    " I loved the religious aspects of this story; romance less interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/12/2014

    " Just didn't find it marvelous, as I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 12/28/2013

    " Each novel Simon Mawer writes is completely different. I really enjoyed this one but felt it had a touch of Dan Brown about it, albeit with a far superior level of writing. The characters are not all likeable but they are intriguing and yet again, he has written a book that I found hard to put down. "

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

    " Pretentious, overwrought. Barely able to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Bond | 11/5/2013

    " Another "da Vinci Code-esque" sort of book, but I think it predates it. (?) Well, it was a good story and had some interesting revelations, particularly about ancient Hebrew. There were some real language-related eye openers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 5/29/2013

    " I bought and read this book out of curiosity, having seen it promoted all over Barnes & Noble. At times, the writing is quite good, but the story is weak and primarily depressing. You want to like the main character, but he's just not likable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 5/14/2013

    " Read about 50 pages and quit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 4/15/2013

    " I was not impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnnieBebop | 10/7/2012

    " Hard to follow, but if you stick with it, the characters and stories become clearer. Good writing, fascinating story, romance, heartbreak, betrayal, lots to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chichi | 8/19/2012

    " Loved this book. The language, the time travel (so to speak), LOVED IT! Liked the fact that it focused more on the main character than on the discovery, making it very different from the usual 'ancient relic fiction' Good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mack | 8/8/2012

    " Another of example of Mawer's unique storytelling and ability to drum up true human issues that anyone could relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lrothenberg | 5/12/2012

    " Well written, at times it was difficult to follow. I did like how the stories cam together "

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

    " Having learned to expect so much from Simon Mawer, I found this book a disappointment, and I can't really pinpoint why. It was well written with good characterization, yet somehow fell short of the mark. I can't say I would recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pina Varriale | 11/2/2011

    " tante premesse per un nulla sostanziale. BAH. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les Lauriault | 8/16/2011

    " Good read, but a tad bit cryptic in spots "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carlos | 3/29/2011

    " Simple book. The story is well told but a bit week on the story. It reads like a "B" movie.
    Nice for the train or a plane ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 2/2/2011

    " Good read, but a tad bit cryptic in spots "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 12/9/2010

    " eh it was good but i am so confused about the charcters and places. i really don;t know what happened here...... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 12/3/2010

    " Read about 50 pages and quit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 3/9/2010

    " "How on earth did you survive?" Madeleine exclaimed when Leo described it to her, but the question was meaningless. The person he might otherwise have been did not survive. What did survive was the person he became. (p 36, 1st Am. Ed.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 8/19/2009

    " Just didn't find it marvelous, as I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/23/2009

    " Great story about the realness of humanity and how it effects even priests. The plot is rivoting and the story did make me question my faith. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 2/2/2009

    " Pretentious, overwrought. Barely able to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eryn | 3/30/2008

    " Not a great read. Flipped back and forth through too many periods. A little confusing at first. Was never really drawn to any of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki | 1/23/2008

    " This book is very hard to get into and it skips all over the place . . .very frustrating . . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 11/27/2007

    " I bought and read this book out of curiosity, having seen it promoted all over Barnes & Noble. At times, the writing is quite good, but the story is weak and primarily depressing. You want to like the main character, but he's just not likable. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Mawer

Simon Mawer is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Glass Room, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His other novels include The Fall, which won the Boardman Tasker Prize; The Gospel of Judas; and Mendel’s Dwarf, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. English by birth, he has made Italy his home for more than thirty years.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television credits include Law & Order, Against the Law, Criminal Intent, and Guiding Light. He has narrated hundreds of audiobooks.