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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,887 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Javier Sierra Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780743554138
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Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing his painting, The Last Supper. Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute him after realizing that the painting contains clues to a baffling and blasphemous message that he is driven to decode. The Holy Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing, there is no meat on the table, and the apostles, shockingly, are portraits of well-known heretics—and none of them are depicted with halos. And why has the artist painted himself into the scene with his back turned toward Jesus? The clues to Leonardo’s greatest puzzle are right before your eyes.

Full of misleading facts and controversies, The Secret Supper reveals the truth behind Da Vinci’s best-known Christian piece. After finishing the novel, you’ll never see The Last Supper in the same way again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For fans of religious conspiracy and reinterpretations of religious history.” 

    Washington Post

  • “A fascinating yarn and very well told…Speaks volumes about Leonardo’s mastery with a brush.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The combination of code breaking, secrecy, chicanery within the Catholic Church and a certain artist is by now a familiar one, but Sierra’s book, already a bestseller in Europe, is a fresh contribution to the da Vinci industry.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “No mere Da Vinci Code redux…Sierra’s breakneck plotting provides the novel’s juice, but its satisfying aftertaste comes from its erudite explaining of the art of the symbol…Sierra is a more sophisticated writer than Dan Brown, and he offers fresh perspective on the Renaissance mind.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dimmy-jimmy | 2/17/2014

    " just about any book pretaining to the last supper will get my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Kloester | 2/17/2014

    " I liked it. Made a nice follow on to reading the DaVinci Code but it's nowhere near as gripping as Dan Brown's series of thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 2/12/2014

    " I probably would have liked this book much more if I had been able to really get into it instead of reading it in bits and pieces over a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/1/2014

    " This was an interesting book. It wasn't a huge literary accomplishment, but it was entertaining. Much like DaVinci Code, so if you liked that, you would probably enjoy this. There isn't as much adventure, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alvi Harahap | 1/31/2014

    " This book is the amazing historical thriller of Leonardo da Vinci and his famous painting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lee Savino | 1/10/2014

    " couldn't even get past the first CD of this audio book "

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

    " It took me awhile to become connected to this book but I ultimately enjoyed the intricacies of the tale. The verbage is a little odd, or stilted, to my ears due to the book being in Spanish in the original. The research is superb and the story satisfyingly suspenseful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 REDD | 1/2/2014

    " an interesting and intriguing look at the profiles of the models used in the painting...all alleged to be heretics "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/26/2013

    " A book about Leonardo's last supper fresco in the midst of the inquisition. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bambi | 12/22/2013

    " Great premise, terribly written story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Muzie Mahmood | 12/21/2013

    " i got bored mid-way. wasn't really my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisette | 11/26/2013

    " I felt this book was very good with a suprising ending I strongly recommend it for someone that likes historical thrillers with a puzzle to figure out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Melvoin | 11/20/2013

    " This book is kinda Da Vinci Code - esq. It's a fun quick read and includes some real historical figures. A good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dick Whittington | 11/8/2013

    " Disappointing, kind of like DiVinci Code but not nearly as good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 8/9/2013

    " I really enjoy historical fiction because it makes you look at at art or idea's or knowledge from a new angle. It put's history in context. This story was well told and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 7/23/2013

    " Loved it. Keeps you guessing throughout the whole book. And even when you think you have it all solved about 2/3 of the way into the book, there are still a few twists and turns left for you to discover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowland Bismark | 7/14/2013

    " Just start reading.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 7/2/2013

    " interesting, fascinating but just not exciting... but if you go about it as a magazine article detailing the Last Supper, makes you really look at the work of art in a different light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julian | 4/3/2013

    " Great .... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alfonso | 3/24/2013

    " super like...just like dan brown, the author (javier sierra) knows what a great story is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 10/27/2012

    " This is a serious book with lots of things to think about. It is about the Savior and his life here. It is a very heavy book to read and it has so many innunedos to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/30/2012

    " leaves you wondering often times...is this fact or fiction?? :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 4/21/2012

    " Seems that this secrets-hidden-in-artwork mystery is based more on history, which made it slightly more interesting, but I found it to be a dull version of abother Dan Brown type book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/15/2011

    " Less complex than "The Da Vinci Code", but still satisfying. Listened as a Book on CD, reader unfortunately not distinct enough in his rendering of characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devon | 10/21/2011

    " Maybe it was because the audio book was abridged but I was kind of disappointed. Some parts were really intriguing and made me want to do further research but some parts were deathly boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mae | 8/16/2011

    " Clever and entertaining. This book is less surreal Da Vinci Code. The theories are very interesting and some of them can even sound authentic at moments. I am not crazy about his writing, but was worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 7/2/2011

    " I found this book to be a bit confusing. A lot of characters, sometimes difficult to keep track of. Although I LOVED the premise of the story, I found myself wishing that the author spent more time developing and confirming the mysteries presented in the novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanne | 5/18/2011

    " Great plot, could have been a super read, a bit of a meander though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacque | 5/17/2011

    " Loved this one. Excellent translation and made DaVinci Code look lamely researched. "

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

    " Strains of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" are played throughout this book. One could say it is a combination between the thinking man's Dan Brown and the common man's Eco. If you like a more cerebral mystery set against a (fairly accurate) historical backdrop, check this one out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 4/1/2011

    " The story of Leonardo DaVinci's Last supper as an image of a heretical (to the Vatican) religion based on the Agnostic gospels. Great plot told by a thoughtful, consciencious Inquisitor with character of all things. I learned a lot about this famous painting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indira | 3/31/2011

    " entah terjemahannya yang kurang enak, atau gw yg lemot baca ini yah ?? gak terlalu mudeng soalnya. Masih enakan dan brown atau ressurection, misteri kain kafan yesus dll nya... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 3/21/2011

    " This is a fantastic read! It was hard to set down because it was so intriguing. The storyline is smooth and well-developed! I would recommend this to people who are interested in historical fiction that likes to solve puzzles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 3/16/2011

    " I listen to this on CD and I think it will be one of the ones I will go back and read because there is so much history that I had a hard time not wanting to look up facts as the story went along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/3/2011

    " I really enjoy historical fiction because it makes you look at at art or idea's or knowledge from a new angle. It put's history in context. This story was well told and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nilo | 2/3/2011

    " Ottimo
    Non è lo scopiazzamento del Codice da Vinci. Lavora bene Sierra che si rifà molto alla storia. Meno fantasy più realtà , una lettura che appassiona e quindi consiglio di comprarlo o farselo prestare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this book not what i was expecting or had in mind but it was ok "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/8/2011

    " .. nicely written and easy to follow ... a good read .. and interesting thoughts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 12/26/2010

    " Strains of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" are played throughout this book. One could say it is a combination between the thinking man's Dan Brown and the common man's Eco. If you like a more cerebral mystery set against a (fairly accurate) historical backdrop, check this one out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carina | 12/14/2010

    " I liked this book better than the lady in blue. I think it helped that all of the characters were of the same time period so the relationships between the characters were more apparent and more engrossing. It was like reading a Dan Brown book, but this was taking place during the time period. "

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About the Author
Author Javier Sierra

Javier Sierra is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Secret Supper and Lady in Blue. He is extremely well known in his native Spain and has contributed frequently to both radio and television broadcasts. A native of Teruel, Spain, Sierra currently lives in Madrid.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an audiobook narrator and winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.