• The Prague Cemetery

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-03-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nineteenth-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian priests are strangled with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses by night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay just one man? What if that evil genius created the most infamous document of all?
©2011 Umberto Eco (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mario on 06-15-12

Classic Umberto Eco

Where does The Prague Cemetery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks up there with The Name of Rose

Any additional comments?

A very good book from Umberto Eco the master, I read it in paperback once it came out and enjoyed it so much I got the Audible version. The narrator is excellent, reading with emotion and prose. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anniebligh on 04-20-12

Difficult to rate

The issues of conspiracy are explored in this novel as in other of Eco's novels, and that makes for interesting reading/listening. Many actual historical personalities weave through the dialogues and recollections of a rather nasty protagonist.

As Freud is a new bloke on the block at the time this is located, it is a delight to learn the recollections are coming from two 'alters' of the same man. A master of disguise and writer of fraudulant wills, and a priest are each writing their memories and experiences, and begin to communicate with each other through their journal.
It is Eco remember.

At times it is hard to follow. I suspect this is also a reflection of 'jounal writing', especially when one personality knows he has murdered the other and the body is still where it should be.
This is going to a 2 and 3 times listen for me. And my ratings may change upwards.

I suppose this is not a story a lot of people will like, so unless you are familiar with his work, and, have an interst in late 19th early 20th century Europe you may not like it at all.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 12-24-12

A thrilling romp

This book claims that, with one exception, all the characters actually existed in real life. My grasp of European history is not wide enough to know whether this is true but I certainly recognised a lot of people.

However, that aside, Umberto Eco is a fantastic storyteller and this book is one tall story set against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent periods in recent times. His central character is Simonini, who tells us his story from a room in Paris where he has chosen to lock himself up and travel back over his life. This takes us to Italy and Prague, to the Paris Commune and beyond to the Dreyfus case. We meet with Freemasons, secret agents, Jews, priests, revolutionaries and all sorts in between.

I often feel that Umberto Eco makes stories complicated just for the sake of it and there are points in this story where you wish he would just get on with it. But this is a minor criticism of a fun read.

The narrator adds to the enjoyment, capturing different voices and the excitement of discovery.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 04-14-15

Prague Cemetery - Umberto Ecco razor sharp

Although a little heavy in places due to its unrelentingly grim theme; its dark humour, intelligence and relevance to todays issues of media and political manipulation, scapegoating and state power make it a worthwhile read. Umberto Ecco's literary style and insight are unbeatable.

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