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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (393 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Guilfoile Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188406
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In 500 BC a mysterious ship appeared off the coast of what is now Italy. A man disembarked to address the frightened crowd along the shore. He called himself Pythagoras, and when he was done speaking, a thousand men and women abandoned their lives to follow him; his disciples would influence western philosophy, science, and mathematics for all time.

Chicago, the present. Solomon Gold has tapped into valuable and dangerous secrets while composing his magnum opus: the Gold Completion of Mozart’s infamous unfinished requiem. After he is murdered, his brilliant daughter—a girl whose uncanny mental gifts have left her both powerful and troubled—finds herself racing to understand his composition, his murder, and, as violence erupts all around her, a fractured, ancient cult descended from the original disciples of Pythagoras.

The Thousand is ringing confirmation of Kevin Guilfoile’s enormous talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A taut suspense thriller about a gifted girl and the ancient cult that wants to use her mental abilities for its own sketchy ends.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Guilfoile’s fast and furious new thriller…is jet-fueled by its author’s unerring sense of character and his nimble, fleet-footed prose.”

    New York Times

  • The Thousand is thrilling, intellectually stimulating, and has some of the most vivid characters in contemporary literature.”

    Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana Calleja | 1/29/2014

    " Not as good as his other book, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting, if not exactly compelling. Too many plot points were dropped, while others were belabored. Still, a worthwhile read if you like the "secret society" theme. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Eggleston | 1/20/2014

    " The book started well. I liked the characters and wanted to see what this "thousand" was all about. Somehow the wheels fell off in the last half. It became a chase book, a conspiracy book, a frustrated cop book, and a mommy issues book--all at the same time. No part was given the attention it deserved. I wished the author would have picked one tact and followed through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/18/2014

    " enjoyable read...great premise, loved the characters.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/13/2014

    " I was really disappointed by this one, having liked "Cast of Shadows" very much. It had some good moments, but mostly I found myself either a bit lost or entirely incredulous of the circumstances. It smacked of a Da Vinci Code ripoff, which I hate to say about this author's work but it's my impression of this novel (I didn't like The Da Vinci Code either). I think I would have liked it better of the Thousand had been fleshed out and explained more, rather than being just a shadowy, all-powerful force -- it felt as if the actual source of their "powers" was irrelevant, any mumbo-jumbo could have been substituted and the story would be largely unchanged, and since I was in it for the math, I was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Wiegers | 1/12/2014

    " nice interplay with history of Pythagoras. kept me engaged. "

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

    " I was expecting more of a Steve Berry novel, specially since they used the same reader. But this was a lot rougher with lots of bad language. Lots of action and intrigue but not enough character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/8/2014

    " Not my favorite...very hard to keep up with the characters and the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Calder | 1/2/2014

    " I liked it, but the story didn't really keep me all that interested. In the end, it was OK, but not what I was hoping it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Adams | 12/17/2013

    " Fine book. Decent thriller but plot is way out there. And somewhat confusing. But a quick and easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cher | 12/15/2013

    " The Thousand is a thriller that will interest philosophers, mathematicians, conspiracy-theorists, and Texas Hold 'Em players alike, with the city of Chicago featured in a supporting role. I enjoyed the quick pace of this story and could see some of the characters returning for a sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine MacLellan | 11/25/2013

    " It was OK. Another "shadowy secret society that really controls everything" conspiracy story. Entertaining, but nothing special. "

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

    " This book was just awful. I made it 60% of the way through and decided to abandon it because I just couldn't deal with the mess of the plot anymore and could care less about what happened to any of the lame characters. Ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dane Jackson | 10/25/2013

    " A fun read involving murder, celebrity, gambling, secret societies, and mathmatics. Intrigued? I was too and am glad I read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Christofferson | 9/27/2013

    " I'm not sure why this cover looks so bloody. Sure there is murder and mayhem but this is far more Dan Brown than Stephen King. If you enjoy psychological thrillers with some root in reality them you'll like this one. Don't be scared off by the cover! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/21/2013

    " Fun enough to pass the time on the train. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 7/22/2013

    " Well written, ending got a little too forced, unrealistic, action packed, didn't fit the overall narrative. Gets three stars because of the prose alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Grant | 6/13/2013

    " Absolutely fantastic read. Think of the Da Vinci Code, only well written. I was glued to the pages throughout. Really fantastic thriller; already picking up another of Guilfoile's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Boldon | 5/19/2013

    " A recommendation from John Warner, the Biblioracle at The Morning News. Reminded me pleasantly of William Gibson's Pattern Recognition. A fun, engaging read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Penny | 5/1/2013

    " I didn't even make it a third of the way into this book. It just wasn't holding my interest. So many books, so little time, so I am moving on to another book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Reidy | 3/3/2013

    " Congrats to my pal Kevin on a real accomplishment. I stayed up too late reading the last seventy pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moritz | 2/11/2013

    " Solid sci-fi/conspiracy thriller. Has this Dan Brown feeling without ever drawing the reader into it as tightly as Angels & Demons, etc. do. As I said, solid, nothing extraordinary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maryam Alamodi | 9/6/2012

    " Awful,boring,a waste of time,couldn't wait to put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 warren Cassell | 1/22/2012

    " I was about a hundred pages into this when I discovered I was reading a mashup of the Hornet Girl with DaVinci Code. Sorry,not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/12/2011

    " The Ending Was good, but left a little to be desired. Everything wrapped up, but not the ending you've kinda been hoping for. However, the ending fit in the book and made some sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumm Fenstermacher | 10/4/2011

    " It reminds me of a lot of other books that I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lexi | 6/8/2011

    " 2.5 stars, most likely wouldn't have read it if it were not audio, but generally entertaining enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 4/23/2011

    " Very similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but not as good. The ending bumped it up to three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/20/2011

    " I read this primarily cause the cover looked interesting and it was blurbed by James Rollins. It had a nice new twist to the ancient conspiracy genre but failed to make me stay up all night just to explore the next twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/29/2011

    " Had a little trouble keeping up with all the intricacies of the story line, but that may have more to do with the fact that I read other books in the middle. Reminded me a lot of The Da Vinci Code. The book had me totally engrossed by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 3/12/2011

    " A bit unbelievable and seemed to cram everything into the last 100 pages... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 3/7/2011

    " nice interplay with history of Pythagoras. kept me engaged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ada | 3/1/2011

    " Not bad, minus all the Dan Brown stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/26/2011

    " this book was able to maintain my interest however that was probably more a result of the details and theories behind Euclidian philosophy than the at times haphazard plot that tied all these strange and unrelatable characters together "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 1/12/2011

    " a very confusing conspiracy story, thought it would get better but never did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 1/11/2011

    " Cool idea, but I didn't ever quite get invested. I don't know what kept me at a distance. Maybe I just wasn't that interested in the story. I tried, damnit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 1/5/2011

    " I enjoyed the Chicago references, but the writing style/characters weren't all that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 12/29/2010

    " Not as good as his other book, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/11/2010

    " decent book, kept me engaged for the length of it ... nothing amazing are revolutionary in the writing. just a good time pass "

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