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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Umberto Eco Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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Internationally best-selling author Umberto Eco is a master stylist whose books, including The Name of the Rose and Baudolino, have been savored by millions around the world. Now, with The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Eco crafts another of the ambitious and breathtaking novels that are his trademark.

When book dealer Yambo suffers amnesia, he loses all sense of who he is, but retains memories of all the books, poems, songs, and movies he has ever experienced. To reclaim his identity, he retreats to the family home and rummages through old letters, photographs, and mementos stored in the attic. Yambo's mind swirls with thoughts, and he struggles to retrieve the one memory that may be most sacred, that of Lila Saba, his first love.

Steeped in nostalgia and filled with vivid, sometimes wondrous imagery, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana is a magnificent addition to Eco's literary legacy.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesus Flores | 2/14/2014

    " It has an interesting point of view about what momories are, how we see them, how the main character recretes them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thiago Medeiros | 2/14/2014

    " Umberto Eco longe dos seus melhores momentos, mas um bom livro, mesmo assim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Sharpe | 2/12/2014

    " I got this as an audio book - found it be quite captivating. Set in Italy, the descriptions of live then are delightful. The plot concerns a man who loses his memory, and goes on a voyage of rediscovery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 umberto | 1/22/2014

    " I arrived at p. 310 (some years ago) and finished it today. Surprisingly, this novel's not a page-turner to me compared to his "Baudolino" or "The Name of the Rose". One of the reasons is that the plot is in the past generation as well as its translated version a bit wordy. The good point is that the whole text's illustrated with oldish ads, photos, cartoons, etc. in black and white and in colour we've rarely seen some 60 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/20/2014

    " First Eco novel I haven't loved - a little thin on plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Steiner | 12/31/2013

    " Not as "huge" as some other Eco books, but it's always great to read something ambitious by a smart author. Explorations of perception and memory score points for me, too... I kept puting this one down for some reason, so it stayed on my shelf for a while, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alfredo | 12/25/2013

    " not my favorite book by Eco, i believe you have to be very italian to fully grasp the feeling he emits with his quotes on 40's and 50's memorabilia "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dimitra Dimopoulou | 12/13/2013

    " A few fascinating chapters sprinkled throughout, but overall a headache-inducing, frustratingly circular, and elusive if not almost pointless torrent of words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 10/22/2013

    " I love Eco, but this book kind of dragged on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rafael Eaton | 8/8/2013

    " meh. It was GREAT, until the final pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ange | 8/1/2013

    " I listened to the audio book. The good part was the description of a young boy living in a small town in Italy during WWII. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Garth Moore | 6/28/2012

    " Eh, a great start-- a antiquarian loses his memory as has to piece together his life through his childhood books -- ended in a confusing and less interesting plot trek. I enjoyed the first 280 pages, afterwards... Eh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stellannette Starcke | 6/1/2012

    " Fun & fascinating, yet too list-driven. Not finished but expect one day I will go back to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saverio Falcone | 2/12/2012

    " Nonostante le opinioni contrastanti riguardo a questo libro, io lo ritengo comunque un capolavoro "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 9/12/2011

    " Not Eco's best but still a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyv | 4/23/2011

    " Between 2 and 3 - hard to get into it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ceanne | 4/19/2011

    " Not a bad book, but I didnt like the way the book ended to tell you the truth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elina | 4/11/2011

    " Too sophisticated for me, I got lost on all the literature references and it took away half of the fun from the reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gala_eva | 4/7/2011

    " I use this book for muscle exercising to make my bust better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/16/2011

    " a little too heavy on the history (second world war), but interesting "

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About the Author
Author Umberto EcoUmberto Eco is an Italian semiotician philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is the author of The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Prague Cemetery, all bestsellers in many languages, as well as a number of influential scholarly works.
About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.