The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

  • by Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Umberto Eco is a master stylist whose books, including The Name of the Rose and Baudolino, have been savored by millions around the world. Now, with The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Eco crafts another of the ambitious and breathtaking novels that are his trademark. When book dealer Yambo suffers amnesia, he loses all sense of who he is, but retains memories of all the books, poems, songs, and movies he has ever experienced. To reclaim his identity, he retreats to the family home and rummages through old letters, photographs, and mementos stored in the attic. Yambo's mind swirls with thoughts, and he struggles to retrieve the one memory that may be most sacred, that of Lila Saba, his first love.
Steeped in nostalgia and filled with vivid, sometimes wondrous imagery, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana is a magnificent addition to Eco's literary legacy.


What the Critics Say

"Compelling storytelling and greatly sympathetic characters." (Booklist)
"An absorbing exploration of how that most fundamental master-narrative, our memory, is pieced together from a bricolage of pop culture." (Publishers Weekly)
"A head-spinning tour through the corridors of history and popular culture, and one of this sly entertainer's liveliest yet." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I LOVE Umberto Eco. I have read nearly everything he's ever written that has been translated into English. This is not an easy book. The writing is very dense. But the details of the atmosphere are rich. And the Eco's books are packed with historical acuracies that teach you about a period of our past.
I am always smarter for having read Umberto Eco.

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CONSIDER THE ABRIDGED VERSION. Trust me. You will be missing the brilliance of this writer.

This book is an amazing journey into a man's discovery of who he might have possibly been. It's not your typical american story. So sit back and enjoy and don't worry about figuring out how it all is going to work out.

I have also fallen in in love with the narrator and have purchased several other books just because he narrates.
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- Sharon

Entrancing and Philosophical

Eco is so great at creating a sense of mystery and wonder as a man tries to reassemble his life after a stroke that turns him into an amnesiac. He really lets one think about what it is about me that I identify with. He had to rediscover all his preferences and re-question all his values as his entire life and even bodily functions are completely strange and new. Do our memories make us what we are, or our preferences? Are we responsible for sins that we don't even remember making?

Why is there a lead-in which shouts "Audible Kids"? This is an adult book but someone at Audible has mislabeled it.
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- Thomas H. Kregel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books