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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (79 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerome R. Corsi Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781442335189
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The priest. . . . Brought back to life on an operating room table after a horrific car crash, Father Paul Bartholomew is haunted by frightening visions—especially the moments when he seems to inhabit the body of Christ at Golgotha.

The skeptics. . . . Dr. Stephen Castle, a New York City psychiatrist and renowned atheist, has built an international reputation for his book arguing that religion is a figment of human imagination. Professor Marco Gabrielli, an Italian religious researcher and chemist, has made a career of debunking supposed miracles, of explaining the unexplainable.

The miracle. . . . For centuries, however, the Shroud of Turin has defied scientific explanation. Is this ancient remnant that bears such a vividly detailed pictorial representation truly the burial cloth that wrapped Christ after he was taken down from the cross? Or is it the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the Christian community?

As Father Bartholomew—newly returned to his parish, the venerable St. Joseph’s Church in upper Manhattan—celebrates Mass, blood starts running down his arm. The horrified congregation watches him collapse to the ground, his vestments soaked with the blood pouring from wounds on his wrists.

The phenomenon is known as stigmata, when a person appears to manifest the wounds that Christ suffered upon the cross. But in Father Bartholomew’s case there is a mysterious added dimension: he has been transformed to resemble in almost every physical aspect the Christ-like figure represented on the Shroud of Turin.

Worried that Bartholomew’s case could be proved a hoax, the Vatican employs Dr. Castle and Professor Gabrielli to investigate. But for the well-known psychiatrist and the experienced man of science both, Father Bartholomew presents the most perplexing challenge either has ever faced.

Dr. Castle watches in person while the priest appears to writhe in agony, blood spurting from wounds identical to those portrayed on the famous shroud, and he wonders if he too can have been sucked into some kind of shared hallucination. Meanwhile, Professor Gabrielli—confident that he can reproduce the shroud by using materials and methods available in the Middle Ages—works frantically to prove that the shroud is a medieval forgery.

But when the priest’s uncanny resemblance to the crucified Christ on the Shroud prompts the two men to investigate the famous artifact itself, each is finally forced to face mysteries that cannot be explained by sheer reason alone. It will be the most unsettling—and eventually soul-wrenching—journey of discovery they have ever undertaken.

From Jerome R. Corsi, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Obama Nation, comes a magnificent, thought-provoking first novel. Grounded in the same kind of in-depth, all-encompassing research that has distinguished Corsi’s nonfiction, The Shroud Codex plumbs the farthest reaches of science and the human spirit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ Corsi weaves an intriguing tale of science and religion that is more than a good read— it is about as near to an out-of-body experience as we are bound to witness. Believers and non-believers alike will be attracted to this book, if not for the same reasons. ”

    Bill Donahue

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fran | 1/12/2014

    " Hard to understand at times, as they explored many of the laws of physics, not one of my strong points. Have read better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lyn | 11/29/2013

    " Why did I bother reading this book? I wouldn't have if I had known what other books this author had written (Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veteran...) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/14/2013

    " Lots of mistakes in the text! Much like Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/22/2013

    " Grammatical errors aside, not as dull as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 8/20/2013

    " If you like Dan Brown and the science-meets-religion theme, you'll like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 6/10/2013

    " Corsi's first work of fiction. Good read although a bit repetitive. Main critique: he never explained how a person could psychosomatically cause injuries (like stigmata) to self. The characters were interesting but underdeveloped. I'll look forward to his next novel to see how he has improved. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merry | 2/26/2013

    " Entertaining in parts but this book was written by a Shroud enthusiast and not a writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 8/22/2012

    " WOW!!! This is quite a book. very academic? I think. Well researched. Very explicit details of the suffering the Jesus endured during his time with his Roman executioners . I wonder what the church thinks of this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 5/21/2012

    " Book about physics and other dimensions allowing a priest who looks like the image in the shroud of Turin to manifest the wounds Jesus suffered on the cross. Pretty technical and a bit far fetched, but not a bad book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 4/9/2012

    " First half of the book was interesting but became too wordy and proselytizing. Main character comes off a an arrogant prat. Far-fetched ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacinda | 12/31/2011

    " A very interesting story revolving around the Shroud of Turin...Quite an enjoyable read for believers and non believers alike! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayna Varnedoe | 12/27/2011

    " It was interesting. A look at how particle physics closlely resembles religion. And it wasn't too preachy or anything. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dale Harcombe | 12/9/2011

    " This didn'thold my interest enough to want to finish it when there were other books calling me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 11/15/2011

    " Great mix of fact and fiction "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea Sharp | 4/12/2011

    " Overall I feel "meh" about this book. Basic editing wasn't done properly; more than once, the wrong character was referenced in a sentence. And the author re-used adjectives to an annoying level. If I read "he nodded appreciatively" one more time I was gonna puke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 3/24/2011

    " Another wonderful book. Again left with wanting more. If you enjoy a story dripping with actual fact and research, read The Shroud Codex! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merry | 1/3/2011

    " Entertaining in parts but this book was written by a Shroud enthusiast and not a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/26/2010

    " If you like Dan Brown and the science-meets-religion theme, you'll like this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/16/2010

    " First half of the book was interesting but became too wordy and proselytizing. Main character comes off a an arrogant prat. Far-fetched ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 11/4/2010

    " Corsi's first work of fiction. Good read although a bit repetitive. Main critique: he never explained how a person could psychosomatically cause injuries (like stigmata) to self. The characters were interesting but underdeveloped. I'll look forward to his next novel to see how he has improved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 8/17/2010

    " Another wonderful book. Again left with wanting more. If you enjoy a story dripping with actual fact and research, read The Shroud Codex! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lyn | 6/11/2010

    " Why did I bother reading this book? I wouldn't have if I had known what other books this author had written (Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veteran...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/20/2010

    " Great mix of fact and fiction "

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About the Author

Jerome R. Corsi, PhD, a Harvard graduate, has authored many books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Obama Nation and Unfit for Command. Along with serving as WND’s senior staff reporter, he is a senior managing director at Gilford Securities.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight 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. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.