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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Martin Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Rare-book expert Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline, the main characters from Back Bay and Harvard Yard, are back for another treasure hunt through time. They have learned of an early, annotated draft of the Constitution, stolen and smuggled out of Philadelphia. The draft's marginal notes spell out, in shocking detail, the Founders' unequivocal intentions - the unmistakable meaning of the Bill of Rights. Peddled and purloined, trafficked and concealed for over two centuries, the lost Constitution could forever change America's history - and its future.

Moreover, Congress is already at war, fighting tooth and claw over the eternally contentious Bill of Rights. When word gets out of the lost draft's existence, it launches a frenzied search, as both sides of the partisan machine believe it will reinforce their arguments. While battling politicians from both sides of the debate, Peter and Evangeline must get to the document first, because they know that if the wrong people find it, they will burn it, stripping the nation of its constitutional moorings.

The search takes Peter and Evangeline into the rich history of America and New England, from Shays's Rebellion to the birth of the American industrial revolution to the march of the legendary 20th Maine in the Civil War.

Past and present play off one another as the search for the draft heats up. It finally boils over on the first night of the World Series, at that Mecca of New England, Boston's fabled Fenway Park, and the truth is finally revealed.... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 2/4/2014

    " Quite a bit of causing, but a good book. I enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/3/2014

    " The author loses focus of the historical drama and tries to jazz it up with sex, but the premise was promising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathie Gwilliam | 1/27/2014

    " I liked this one better than Harvard Yard. But was still a little slow at parts for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hale | 1/23/2014

    " Set in New England. Search for an annotated copy of a first draft of the constitution. Flows back and forth between 1787 and Modern Day which in the beginning makes the book easy to put down~which I could not do at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Lester | 1/20/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book after the first few chapters, but ended up really disappointed. The premise is good and the historical detail is gratifying, but there are far too many characters to keep straight. The pay-off of what is actually on the first draft of the Constitution was not "sexy" enough to drive the story and keep me engaged through the 752 pages. By the end, I was glad it was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Marble | 1/20/2014

    " This was a great book. I lent it to both my mother and my father and they both enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 1/18/2014

    " Kept me interested throughout. I liked the way the author weaved the historical and the present day aspects together. Ending was a bit of a surprise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Shedd | 1/16/2014

    " a little too long but very good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isis | 1/16/2014

    " I gave up. But it didn't suck real bad; I just lost interest, and the heavy-handed Second Amendment stuff kind of squicked me. "

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

    " rare-book/mss. dealer; excellent history interwoven but main character just ever so slightly implausible "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/13/2014

    " I eally liked this book. Another one that I didn't want to put down. I love this typs of book - where something from the past is beaing searched for (or has been found) that may change the way our world is now! I am definitely going to get more of this author's books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/5/2014

    " Oh my goodness. This book started out with such promise and potental. But after 750+ pages, I just about lost it. The story was overly long and drawn out and didn't really come to any sort of satisfying conclusion to match the build-up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anjali | 12/20/2013

    " I am trying to get into American history...not a bad start for learning something about New England and the founding fathers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/9/2013

    " This book was about 2-300 pages too long! It lost me in the middle, but picked up again at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/5/2013

    " Great adventure, and if you like American history, you'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 10/21/2013

    " Great Historical read, But too convoluted a plot. A little overdone, but an excellent read into the minds of those who wrote oour constitution! Balanced on the second ammendment overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Steffel | 8/4/2013

    " I love William Martin's historical stories! The way he weaves the past and present to come together at the end is always skillfully done, and this is no exception! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marc | 5/16/2013

    " This book SUCKED! Full of caricatures, not characters, complete Deus ex Machina type of plot with far too many coincidences. A shitty version of the DaVinci code. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Millimet | 4/29/2013

    " The basic premise is a bit weak, but I love the aspect of the story that focuses own the passage of historical artifacts across generations and how it impacted different individuals. His stories are more like Forrest Gump in that the artifact winds through different eras in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/14/2012

    " This was the first William Martin book I read and it hooked me on his exceptional writing style, mingling real history with a compelling fictional storyline. His books are quite long and a bit tedious, but truly great works. I encourage folks to give William Martin a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morris | 9/4/2012

    " I got a little confusing, lots of characters to follow "

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

    " It was alright...not as good as his earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 4/25/2012

    " I really liked this book although the ending was weak. It alternates between a modern search for a lost version of the US Constitution and the document's opwners through US history which I found interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brent Coulthard | 4/7/2012

    " Thought it might be interesting to look at this again in the current climate surrounding the 2d Amendment. Had its moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/10/2012

    " Enjoyed it, Liked Cape Cod better. Somewhat difficult to keep track of all the characters, but that did not take away from the story, once I got into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Rogers | 2/19/2012

    " Another fine work by William Martin, in the great tradition of "Cape Cod." This book is a bit more complicated and the story line goes off in a few hard to follow directions. But, its another great historical adventure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/6/2011

    " An entertaining enough read. I expect more from published work and the several times I found typos distracted from the reading experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/13/2011

    " Great read, this was my first book for this author. I will be tracking down and reading all of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neal | 6/14/2011

    " This was quite a good book if you like historical fiction with many good human stories wrapped around history at diffent time periods.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/12/2011

    " Enjoyed it, but not as much as Back Bay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis | 3/21/2011

    " The historical aspect was the only saving grace in this book. The thriller was not so thrilling, the "Nick and Nora" conversation between the two sleuths was a little stale and forced, and the whole thing became just ridiculous in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/12/2011

    " I eally liked this book. Another one that I didn't want to put down. I love this typs of book - where something from the past is beaing searched for (or has been found) that may change the way our world is now! I am definitely going to get more of this author's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.W. | 12/8/2010

    " A good historical Fiction. A bit long and drawn out for my taste but overall a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/1/2010

    " Great adventure, and if you like American history, you'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 10/14/2010

    " this was a grand sweep of history- from the birth of the nation to the present. I'm usually not a history buff, but I enjoyed this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 9/8/2010

    " Bill martin weaves wonderful dual-timeline stories, giving the historical context of a document in the original time, while his continuing characters search for it in the present. Love the rich history. Love the adventure. Love the romance. Well done and very much worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 8/7/2010

    " Quite a bit of causing, but a good book. I enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/19/2010

    " The author loses focus of the historical drama and tries to jazz it up with sex, but the premise was promising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 7/2/2010

    " This book was really fun! If you like American history this is a quick read and has fun( but I don't know if necessarily true) things about the U.S. Constitution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/9/2010

    " I couldn't finish this book. Not sure why because it is usually the type of book I like. Just not in the mood for it at the time I tried to read it, I guess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam | 5/1/2010

    " It dragged on forever. It's not often I leave a book without finishing it, but I just made it halfway before putting the book down for so long I lost it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 4/12/2010

    " loved the idea and the layers of history. An action-packed story. BUT too many characters! Couldn't keep track and in the end, I stopped caring... "

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About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.