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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Caldwell Narrator: Josh Hamilton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces. What Tom and Paul discover inside shocks even them: proof that the location of a hidden crypt has been ciphered within the pages of the obscure Renaissance text.

Armed with this final clue, the two friends delve into the bizarre world of the Hypnerotomachia, a world of forgotten erudition, strange sexual appetites, and terrible violence. But just as they begin to realize the magnitude of their discovery, Princeton's snowy campus is rocked: a longtime student of the book is murdered, shot dead in the hushed halls of the history department.

A tale of timeless intrigue, dazzling scholarship, and great imaginative power, The Rule of Four is the story of a young man divided between the future's promise and the past's allure, guided only by friendship and love.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa Samuel | 2/14/2014

    " Hmm, if anything i would never have thought to compare it to The DaVinci code but it was a very suspenseful book. It encourages you to think and raises many good questions .. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/13/2014

    " Fun, fast reading. Kind of Da Vinci Code-esque. Enjoyed reading about Florence, etc. while visiting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan White | 2/10/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but like so many books it spends so much time investing in the character development that it become a chore to keep slogging through to get to the good stuff. For reason I can't understand, the authors use both Last names and First name interchangeably within the story which is not only irritating it makes it difficult to keep the characters straight. "

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

    " This book kept my interest, but overall wasn't terribly exciting. It's in the code-breaking thriller genre and similar to Dan Brown novels, but not a whole lot happens over the course of this book. It's about a group of students at princeton trying to break the codes and riddles in an old book called the Hypnerotomachia, and while they figure out the book, they don't ever leave college, and nothing all that exciting happens until the last 15 pages. Even then, it's just not very exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2014

    " I really expected this to be an engaging story after reading so many good reviews, but was rather disappointed by the novel. I did not really feel a connection between the characters, and the various "climaxes" did not really capture me. The ending was a bit sudden, too. Why was this book so hot when it first came out? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Jenkins | 2/2/2014

    " Slow start but loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/25/2014

    " I was disappointed by this book, only about half of it kept me entertained, the rest of the time I was just waiting for something to happen. A lot of it wasn't easily comprehendible and I just kept reading to get it over with. The fact that the Hypnerotomachia is real interested me, the storyline itself wasn't very good at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 1/9/2014

    " I thought the book was great, although I was expecting a little more Dan Brown and a little less Catcher In The Rye. In any case, I really really identified with the coming of age aspects of the book, especially since I've been in some kind of melodramatic quarterlife crisis funk since graduation. Good book. Made me miss college at times and thank God for being done with it at others. I think the character development aspect was much better than the actual plot of the mystery and everything. Good read. I finished it in two days. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Lothian | 12/23/2013

    " There is a good book struggling to get out. Good ingredients for a book, not great execution though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/22/2013

    " Love this book. It has a little bit of everything for every taste: romance, danger, friendship, and classical studies :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather steff | 7/14/2013

    " a lot like davinci code. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/20/2013

    " Great build up to the ending.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 12/8/2012

    " I liked this book. It's nice to have literature wrapped around a mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinne | 12/7/2012

    " One of my FAVORITE books! Well planned and even better execution. HIghly recommend it to those who have dormed but those who haven't as well. I became totally immersed in the mood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 7/22/2012

    " really slow going lit "thriller" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kent Hansen | 7/19/2012

    " It was a lot like the Davinci Code but not as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 3/11/2012

    " Would have been rated higher had I not read it following The Davinci Code. Same basic premise, but still a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/24/2011

    " a good story with many twists and turns and a good ending. not as good as da vinci code but worth a read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jazzy D | 12/3/2011

    " this book was intriguing and i was unable to put it down until i finished. it had many twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 7/6/2011

    " While it wasn't the page-turner I was expecting, I didn't mind the slow pace of the narrative. An interesting first novel for the collaborating authors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 6/29/2011

    " I couldn't get through it because it's so badly written "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antoinette | 5/4/2011

    " Interesting but too much specific information about the Renaissance. You would need to have a PhD in Renaissance Art, Italian History, Greek History, Greek and Roman Mythology and on and on to understand the riddles and puzzles in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 5/2/2011

    " There is a good book struggling to get out. Good ingredients for a book, not great execution though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 4/20/2011

    " Quite enjoyed this, intriguing at times. at other times read like a campus guide to Princton. But the idea was intriguing. Old (real) book the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is presumed to contain hidden meanings. Various scholars compete to solve them, with tragic results "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 4/17/2011

    " Read this one a long time ago, but it was very reminiscent of "The Davinci Code" by Dan Brown. If you liked that book, you will love this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/13/2011

    " I am not really one for thriller or mystery novels but this book was very smartly written. I enjoyed the characters and the development. I read it cover to cover without putting it down. The balance of danger and desire complicated by the characters results in a fantastic entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/9/2011

    " It was overall a very well written book. It was suspenseful in all the right places and very engaging. If anything, at times, the characters were a bit difficult to deal with. Not a book in which the characters stand out (for me), but the plot is spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/4/2011

    " I picked this book up at my in-laws house, and I couldn't put it down. Although it is very reminiscent of the DaVinci Code, it is a good story in it's own right. I believe that it is an excellent collaboration, and I would read others from this duo should there be any. "

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About the Author
Author Ian Caldwell

Ian Caldwell is a writer and coauthor of the thriller, The Rule of Four, which spent forty-nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly two million copies in North America. He was raised in Virginia and graduated from Princeton University in 1998 with a degree in history.

About the Narrator
Josh Hamilton's films include Diggers, Kicking and Screaming, The House of Yes, Alive, Online, and Outsourced. New York Stage work includes The Coast of Utopia, HurlyBurly, Proof, This is Our Youth, The Waverly Gallery, The Cider House Rules, As Bees in Honey Drown, and Suburbia.