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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Bondurant Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781401385514
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An ancient mystery, a hidden language, and the secrets of a bizarre Egyptian sect collide in modern-day London in this ingenious novel of seduction, conspiracy, and betrayal.

Walter Rothschild has nothing but his work. Estranged from his wife and adult daughter, he spends his days and nights lost in translation—constantly working and reworking the riddles inscribed on ancient funereal stones. A gifted American Egyptologist, he was hired by the British Museum in London to try to crack the code of one of the greatest remaining hieroglyphic mysteries—the Stela of Paser. Stuck with no new inspiration, he meets a seductive young woman who seems interested in him and his work. When Walter invites her back to the museum to get a closer look at his work, she secretly steals an antiquity and disappears. Thus begins Walter’s frantic search to repair the damage he’s caused. Threatened by villains real and imagined, Walter races against time to win back the antiquity and his reputation, without losing his life in the process. Utterly original and told in electric prose, this is a novel that beautifully weaves together exceptional insight into the inner yearnings of men with a fast-paced plot about ancient mystery and modern conspiracy. Ingenious, witty, and compelling, it is a novel to be savored and urged on all of your friends.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeeAnn Derdeyn | 2/18/2014

    " This was promoted along the lines of Dan Brown & it is--but more intelligent. Brown mixes fact & fiction at leisure w/the undiscerning not recognizing which is which. Bondurant uses indepth fact/research to build his storyline but remains true to fact as we know it at the moment. I find it so interesting that this is an adult companion to the new Rick Riordan Red Pyramid with many of the same characters. If you're reading along with your child, you'll enjoy reading this one in 'me time.' Strong, intelligent book that keeps you intrigued. Good local (now at UTDallas) author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/18/2014

    " Although it had undertones of The Da Vinci Code...i still loved this mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 2/12/2014

    " eh...not so much. this book was very so-so, in my opinion - too much (not terribly informative) information on ancient Egyptian languages and too little of everything else. not much of a plot, very little character development, a lot of blah. i was really hoping this would be a good one! but alas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alana | 2/8/2014

    " I liked it, but it missed the mark somewhere towards the end. Yeah, Egyptologists and archaeologists and linguists and museum people are all messed up, and Yes, the weirdos who trail around behind with their theories are totally nuts, but come on...really? So much stuffed into the first 2/3, only to peter out at the end. "

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

    " Interesting view into the world of egyptology, archaelogical finds and cuneiforms. Downside, I didn't warm up to the main character throughout the majority of the book--he's socially inept, hierglyphic obsessed and annoyingly oblivious to his self-absorption--I was just as irritated with him as were his ex-wife, young adult daughter and never-got-off-the-ground new love interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gerri | 1/10/2014

    " I thought the plot was thin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amie R. | 1/6/2014

    " This book took me forever to read. It was well written, but the plot NEVER goes anywhere! The whole time, you are waiting for something to happen and it doesn't. It's called "The Third Translation", but nothing is ever really translated. There's this entire side story with the main character and his daughter that really could have been left out because it adds absolutely nothing to what tiny bit of a story there actually is. I'm surprised I actually finished this at all. I guess I just kept hoping something would happen and it never did. And the book just kind of . . . ends. Pointless and stupid waste of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra S | 1/6/2014

    " Just didn't live up to the review. Left me wondering what I missed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marina | 11/16/2013

    " Weak. The storyline seems that it could be exciting, but overall the novel is quite weak. A fairly typical mystery with a lack of excitement. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Niki | 11/2/2013

    " I can appreciate how much Egyptology research must have went into this book, but the story was slow and absurd. The writing was fine - but man, where was the editor?! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 9/20/2013

    " Great Premise, just poor execution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 9/14/2013

    " I picked up this copy at Building 19 for less than $3. It is an odd tale, a sort of collision of otherworldly academia with fantastic but sordid events from the "real world." I don't really know how to classify it. I enjoyed it, but not inordinately. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 9/7/2013

    " Slow to start and way too much build that never goes anywhere. I wish there had been more about Egypt and a conclusion. I was disappointed the story is wrapped up in the epilogue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 7/21/2013

    " I picked this up back when it was published, mainly from the eye-catching cover and the interesting-sounding plot. Instead, I found out this was full of extremely uninteresting characters, and the lack of punctuation really threw me off at the time. I've never felt like picking it up again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 6/6/2013

    " again, just skimmed the last 100+ pages. not that it was necessarily bad, I just wasn't in to it. the main character was too annoying to care about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan B | 4/11/2013

    " I thought I would never finish the book, the main character was very blah, and didn't seem possible he could be that stupid. One good thing - some of the Egyptian terms have come in handy for crossword puzzles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 1/13/2013

    " don't waste your time. Decent storyline, but the roundabout way to get there was awful. so much pointless descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 12/24/2012

    " I listened to the abridged audio book and was disappointed. The story lacked continuity and seemed to loose it's way. The main character's ineptness, in all situations, was more annoying than endearing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 12/2/2012

    " The story in this book was completely chaotic and confusing and the writer wrapped it up too easily. It could have been good but needed a good editor and some rewriting. "

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

    " I liked this book for the way it was written. It flowed beautifully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Deshler | 7/21/2011

    " Started out pretty good, but got slow and pedantic. Overall, not very satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 6/25/2011

    " I should have heeded the Amazon reviews - a nice idea, but done in by ponderous philosophizing, pointless villains, and a complete lack of plot resolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 6/8/2011

    " This book was better than I was expecting it would be. The ending was a little rushed. Nice light reading, similar to Dan Brown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 3/8/2011

    " This book was well-written, but I just couldn't make myself care about all the trouble the protagonist got himself into by drinking, drugging and generally being irresponsible. I kept waiting for him to show some redeeming qualities, but it never happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emiro José | 3/7/2011

    " Eh, not many comments about it. Just "ok" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/2/2010

    " LOL! I really liked this one, but my book group HATED it!!! Oh well, what can I say, girls? :0) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 11/30/2010

    " I listened to the abridged audio book and was disappointed. The story lacked continuity and seemed to loose it's way. The main character's ineptness, in all situations, was more annoying than endearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 10/17/2010

    " This book was better than I was expecting it would be. The ending was a little rushed. Nice light reading, similar to Dan Brown. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 9/8/2010

    " don't waste your time. Decent storyline, but the roundabout way to get there was awful. so much pointless descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 4/18/2010

    " again, just skimmed the last 100+ pages. not that it was necessarily bad, I just wasn't in to it. the main character was too annoying to care about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judith | 12/26/2009

    " I cannot recommend this book as I felt it rambled and by the close of the book the issues facing the main character were not addressed. I will probably never read another one of Matt Bondurant’s books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marina | 1/29/2009

    " Weak. The storyline seems that it could be exciting, but overall the novel is quite weak. A fairly typical mystery with a lack of excitement. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alli | 12/29/2008

    " I wanted this to be so much better than it was. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti | 8/26/2008

    " Too much swearing and sex...and the writing wasn't making up for it. I tossed it after about 50 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaius Tullius | 6/30/2008

    " I picked up this copy at Building 19 for less than $3. It is an odd tale, a sort of collision of otherworldly academia with fantastic but sordid events from the "real world." I don't really know how to classify it. I enjoyed it, but not inordinately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/20/2008

    " LOL! I really liked this one, but my book group HATED it!!! Oh well, what can I say, girls? :0) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 10/19/2007

    " Although it had undertones of The Da Vinci Code...i still loved this mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 8/16/2007

    " eh...not so much. this book was very so-so, in my opinion - too much (not terribly informative) information on ancient Egyptian languages and too little of everything else. not much of a plot, very little character development, a lot of blah. i was really hoping this would be a good one! but alas. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gerri | 8/9/2007

    " I thought the plot was thin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 8/1/2007

    " I picked this up back when it was published, mainly from the eye-catching cover and the interesting-sounding plot. Instead, I found out this was full of extremely uninteresting characters, and the lack of punctuation really threw me off at the time. I've never felt like picking it up again. "

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About the Author
Author Matt Bondurant

Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County in the World was a New York Times Editor’s Pick and a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year. His books have been translated into fourteen languages worldwide, and he is a former John Gardner Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf, Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State, and Walter E. Dakin Fellow at Sewanee. He currently lives in Texas.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.