Foucault's Pendulum

  • by Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by Tim Curry
  • 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, a carefully groomed mustache, wears maroon socks, and who once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan book editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge, a plan to tap a mystic source of power far greater than atomic energy. The editors, who have spent altogether too much time rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult by fanatics and dilettante, decide to have a little fun. They'll create a Plan of their own. But how? Randomly they throw together manuscript pages on hermetic thought: The Masters of the World, who live beneath the earth. The Comte de Saint-Germain, who lives forever. They add Satanic initiation rites of the Kings of the Temple, Assassins, Rosicrucians, Brazilian voodoo, the Third Reich. And they feed all this, and much more, into their powerful computer. Abulafia. A terrific joke, they think, until the Plan assumes a life and power of its own, and turns people mysteriously begin to disappear, one by one, starting with Colonel Ardenti.


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too much missing

whoever edited this book for this too short audio book pretty much ruined it. most of the things that truly make this book interesting were cut out. this is my favorite book to read...least favorite to listen to. on the good side, tim curry did a fine job reading this one.
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- Kenneth

Couldn't follow the plot - abridgement problem?

First, be aware that the audio quality isn't super, being a conversion from Format 1, but I got beyond that without issue. The big problem I had with this audio book was that it was near impossible to follow the story. I can only suspect that the abridgement of this book took a lot away from the flow of the story. The entire time I listened it seemed like there were meaningful details and scenes just plain missing. By the time I was finished I really had very little idea of what was the significance of the ending. A colleague read the book, and listened to the audio version later, and enjoyed it immensely so I can only suppose that the abridgement had something to do with it.
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- Michael Walsh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2000
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio