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Author: Umberto Eco Narrator: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781427243997
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The international bestseller! A masterful gothic thriller set against the turbulence of medieval Italy.

The Name of the Rose

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror.

Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon--all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where "the most interesting things happen at night."

As Brother William goes about unraveling the mystery of what happens at the abbey by day and by night, listeners step into a brilliant re-creation of the fourteenth century, with its dark superstitions and wild prejudices, its hidden passions and sordid intrigues. Virtuoso storyteller Umberto Eco conjures up a gloriously rich portrait of this world with such grace, ease, wit and love that you will become utterly intoxicated with the place and time, in The Name of the Rose.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This brilliant novel has many cunning passages and secret chambers…Fascinating.”

    Newsweek

  • “A brilliantly conceived adventure into another time, an intelligent and complex novel, a lively and well-plotted mystery.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Sean Barrett adopts a reminiscent air as Adso…Barrett deftly handles the Latin phrases (no translation provided) and the long passages of church history and politics that are woven into the interviews and inquiries of Brother William. The general tone is reflective of the quiet monastery setting; however, Barrett finds opportunity for artfully varying the pace and attitude. Chapter introductions and the preface are narrated simply and clearly by Nicholas Rowe and Neville Jason, respectively.

    AudioFile Magazine
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 1981 Premio Strega Prize
  • Winner of the 1982 Prix Médicis Étranger Award
  • A 1984 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A Bustle Pick of 12 Modern Books That Will Become Classics
  • A Town & Country Magazine Pick of Best Mystery Novels for Any Mood
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Medieval Historical Mysteries

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About the Author

Umberto Eco (1932–2016) was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. He is best known internationally for his novel The Name of the Rose, a historical mystery combining semiotics in fiction with biblical analysis, medieval studies, and literary theory. He later wrote other novels, including Foucault’s Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and The Prague Cemetery. He also wrote academic texts, children’s books, and essays. He was the founder of the department of media studies at the University of the Republic of San Marino, president of the graduate school for the study of the humanities at the University of Bologna, member of the Accademia dei Lincei, and an honorary fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He was A co-honoree of the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement in 2005.

About the Narrators

Gabrielle Glaister is an English actress known for her roles in Blackadder II, Blackadder Goes Forth, Coronation Street, Family Affairs, and various other television and film roles.

Nicholas Rowe is a Scottish actor most recognized for his appearance as Sherlock Holmes in the film Young Sherlock Holmes. His theater credits include The Madness of George III, Nation, Victory, Whipping It Up, and See How They Run, and he has appeared in several other films including Nicholas Nickleby, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and Seed of Chucky.

Neville Jason is an award–winning narrator, as well as a television and stage actor. He has earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is a former member of the Old Vic Company, the English Stage Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Birmingham Repertory Company. While training at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he was awarded the diction prize by Sir John Gielgud.