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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Umberto Eco Narrator: Theodore Bikel Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2000 ISBN:
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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 they abbey by day and by night, listeners step into a brilliant re-creation of the 14th 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. The story is performed by Theodore Bikel who has starred in numerous Broadway hits, including The Sound of Music, Zorba, and Fiddler on the Roof. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 2/16/2014

    " Once I read the author's note at the end of the book, I was completely amazed at the level of thought and intricacy with which the author thought out the entire fictional world of his novel. He needed to pick the 14th century, because he needed a world after Francis Bacon had arrived, when Europe became more in tune with cause and effect, investigation, and interpretation of signs (of which is another reason why this book is so amazing). He needed there to be the killing of some pigs to propel his plot with, so he needed the novel to start at the proper time of year for this, generally December, but he wanted it to start earlier, so he set his world in the mountains, where it would be colder and pigs would be slaughtered earlier in the year. And so on... The details he thought out are so intricate. Everything is cause and effect. Since the novel begins in this year and the main investigator is from England and is educated, then as a result of course there has to be a debate about poverty, because all educated men at this time were involved in the debate about poverty. The novel is made so much richer because the author is so knowledgeable about the time period. The other amazing thing about this novel is the detail of the detective story. It's the kind of story where there are clues interspersed throughout the entire novel, and at the end when it all comes together it is so brilliant how every detail gets tied together. Ah, of course that's how it must end, how could it be any different! I think, when it's all figured out. And throughout the book there is the puzzle of the labyrinth. I found myself pulling out a (erasable) pen and drawing on the map at the beginning of the book to figure out myself how the layout of labyrinth must have worked. The whole story is layers of puzzle which tickled me pink as I read it. I cannot rave enough about how much enjoyment this book gave me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dreadi Davis | 1/22/2014

    " Great book might need a christian dictionary for some of the terms but good read any how. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bogdan Vreja | 1/8/2014

    " This is an amazing but very very demanding book. I felt stupid at times while reading it, but somewhat smarter when I eventually did finish it. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariya Savova | 12/28/2013

    " Very nice book, easy to read, the story is not-dan-brown-kinda thing, although it may seem to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Claassen | 12/23/2013

    " Was required to read this for a doctoral course on Learning Theory and liked it enough to keep it. Thought provoking... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cesar del Pozo | 12/22/2013

    " It's the only book that I know that film it's better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indianajackie | 12/13/2013

    " What Brown "Da Vinci Code" wanted to be. Interesting thriller without a preposterous number of coincidences topped with and a sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 12/11/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read and it sits on my multiple-read shelf. Complex and beautiful, frustrating and rewarding and, as with all treasures, it's worth the hunt. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nina | 12/7/2013

    " I couldn't finish it. I'm at 60% on Kindle, but I just didn't have the energy to finish it. The level of detail is too much. I got bored. There is definitely a lot of great imagery and history and intriguing characters, it just got boring with too much information and not enough action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 9/9/2013

    " Once it got going, it was great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pippa222 | 7/23/2013

    " I expected to love this, but I couldn't get into it, and I think I gave up in the end. Not my type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerdy Heek | 7/9/2013

    " even moeite doen om erin te komen en soms om je door de gebeden te worstelen (de eerste keer sloeg ik ze gewoon over:)) maar vervolgens genieten van alle intriges, moord, lust, ontrouw, verraad, etc. maar dan in ancient times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inna Katkova | 5/2/2013

    " Way too philosophical for my taste. A great story got lost in all the useless blabbering about heresy and piosness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 3/25/2013

    " If there were a six-star rating available, this book would get it. My desert island read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Greenwell | 3/14/2013

    " Great except for a couple (and I'm being nitpicky) anachronisms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Cotterill | 10/31/2012

    " The ORIGINAL mystery novel. Engaging, challenging, the best mystery ever written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anneliz | 3/27/2012

    " I didn't actually finish reading this... perhaps I'll give it a new try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Civi | 1/9/2012

    " Though the plot is quite good, this was entirely too dense for my liking. Required quite a bit of effort and faith in Eco to trudge through.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaaren Watts | 1/4/2012

    " A great read - although a little dense at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan Carlos | 1/1/2012

    " Muy emocionante e impredecible, es un libro que hay que leer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/21/2011

    " Another Italian author I love, and this is probably his best work to date. My copy is from 1989 with an ISBN number that has been given to a different cover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 5/20/2011

    " I couldn't get through this book. I found it very confusing and hard to follow. I ended up reading half of it and then watching the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 5/18/2011

    " Very complicated, a bit tedious at times. but still a great book. Glad I got through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine | 5/18/2011

    " Long long time since I read this - but I remember enjoying it :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suhi | 5/11/2011

    " Now I must see the movie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keiron | 5/10/2011

    " I love this book - I think in ssome ways Eco's detective murder mystery out-Sherlock-Holmes, Sherlock Holmes! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melinda | 5/2/2011

    " A book shouldn't be hard work. After reading glowing reviews I couldn't wait to read it. Now I can't see why I bothered. Paragraphs lasting pages and pages and adding nothing to the story. I much prefer sitting down to read a Shakespeare tragedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kar | 4/29/2011

    " I last read this book 20+ years ago. I found it absolutely compelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 4/24/2011

    " Yawn. If only it were possible to write a murder mystery about medieval monks without all the lengthy religious talk and theological debates. I can only trudge through so many dull, pretentious paragraphs filled with archaic trivia. I think I'll save myself some time and watch the movie instead. "

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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.