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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,925 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Umberto Eco Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781461847137
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Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from bestselling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich nineteenth-century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.

Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Conspiracies rule history. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult, and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Even if the best parts of The Prague Cemetery are those he did not invent, Eco is to be applauded for bringing this stranger-than-fiction truth vividly to life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In his sixth novel, The Prague Cemetery, [Eco] demonstrates once again that his is a voice that compels our attention.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A well-executed thriller...Provacative and suspenseful.”

    USA Today

  • “Entertaining...challenging and worthwhile.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “I find this book fascinating, perhaps the best Eco has written in years.”

    Huffington Post

  • “An extremely readable narrative of betrayal, terrorism, [and] murder.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “[A] clever book.”

    Jewish Chronicle

  • “This captivating, controversial novel unrolls the story of a very purposeful secret agent who weaves plots, intrigues, and attacks that help determine the political fate of the European continent.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Intriguing, hilarious...a tale by a master.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue...this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography.”


  • “Fascinating stuff.”

    Library Journal

  • “A perplexing, multilayered, attention-holding mystery.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 2/20/2014

    " Had to be returned to the library with just one last disc to listen to but didn't much mind. Too bad, parts of it were really interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly Allen | 2/20/2014

    " Cannot finish this. Such a hateful main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corné | 2/12/2014

    " Alle goede dingen die je in boeken van Eco aantreft, komen in De Begraafplaats van Praag samen: een interessant decor, een spannende verhaallijn en heerlijke verwijzingen naar de wereldliteratuur en wereldgeschiedenis. Alles in een goed leesbaar boek. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Smith Nickerson | 11/1/2013

    " Challenging read and full of interesting concepts. I would give it a five but I had to subtract 3 stars for its intellectual snobbery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Spillane | 10/22/2013

    " There's a lot to like here, but it's too dry to be as long as it is. The claimed historicalness of the plot and the real people characters was nice to discover at the end. I really like some of Eco's famous essays and enjoyed his style here, but some of the long French descriptions of different meals got old fast. Glad I read it and It was eye opening and I think it will prove to be personally formative, but I'm sure your time could easily be more wisely spent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tink | 10/7/2013

    " Not sure why I kept reading. 400+ pages and while I could follow the story I'm still not sure why it was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 9/27/2013

    " May not be everyone's cup of tea...but stick with it! He weaves an excellent story! Makes me want to go back to some of his other books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 9/17/2013

    " Temporarily abandoned on the Kindle, awaiting arrival from the library to finish. This is one depressing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belle_269 | 9/16/2013

    " E' avvincente. Solo Eco riesce a far tenere il fiato sospeso fino all'ultima pagina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Palen | 7/30/2013

    " Please see my review this week on bookreporter.com "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dionne Peterson | 6/25/2013

    " Hard book to read but worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 5/6/2013

    " After this I never want to think of another conspiracy theory! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/15/2012

    " Not up to the standard of Umberto's finest. It had its moments, but in the end I just wasn't engaged. "

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About the Author
Author Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the bestselling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones 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. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.