Labyrinth : Languedoc Trilogy

  • by Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by Maggie Mash
  • Series: Languedoc Trilogy
  • 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.July 2005: Alice Tanner stumbles upon two skeletons during an archaeological dig in the mountains outside Carcassonne. Inside the hidden tomb where the bones lie crumbling, she experiences an overwhelming sense of malevolence, as well as a creeping realisation that, however impossible it seems, she can somehow understand the mysterious ancient words carved into the rock. Too late, Alice realises she's set in motion a terrifying sequence of events that she cannot control.

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What the Critics Say

"A lovely, intelligent novel of discovery and loss." (Nicci Gerrard)
"A gripping holy grail quest." (Sunday Times)

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Dan Brown eat you heart out

I learned a lot of history from this book, and it's not difficult to confirm or refute the author's historical claims. I'm glad I was not born in the 12th century - she paints a vivid picture of day-to-day life in the early 1200's with clarity and occasionally disturbing detail. The story develops cleverly with the interplay between then and now done skillfully and in a way that keeps your interest. The characters are engaging, but sometimes a little too type-cast as goodies and baddies.

Beware - there are some stomach-churningly violent passages here, but not in a gratuitous way - I suspect they really did behave like that back then. (for example the destruction of Bezier is historically accurate as far as I can tell). The conclusion is satisfying, and ties together a carefully woven story quite neatly, although some of it you will have guessed as you listened.

To grasp all the intricacies of this book I listened to it twice and profited by doing so - it's fairly complex and keeping track of who's doing what in the middle third is not always easy - there are some early passages that are crucial to grasp but seem irrelevant on first listen.

Dan Brown should learn lessons from Kate Mosse. This story is everything the Da Vinci Code could have been - complex, engaging, intricate and clever, with easily discernible fact from fiction. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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- Amazon Customer "PhilTheDoc"

What makes an audio book work, or not?

I am forcing myself to finish listening to this book as I always try to finish what I start (reading-wise anyway). However, it is just plain atrocious. I can't make my mind up whether it is the choice of narrator, who no matter what each character is saying seems to be able to inflict a whining tone (you know, "poor little me"), or whether the writing simply lends itself to this type of narrative.

It would appear that, except for the main character, everyone spends their time being unreasonably angry or agitated and shouting. Also, the plot is taking too long to develop.

I'm very surprised to find it so hard to stomach listening to a book that is supposed to be an award winner. It's also just the kind of storyline that I usually love, but Labyrinth is proving immensely unsatisfying and I can only listen to it in very small sittings.

Sorry, Kate Mosse, but it is highly unlikely that I will be listening to any other books of yours, and I don't think, Maggie Mash that I'll be listening to anything you've narrated either.

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- Leanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2006
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks