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A lot of the reviews are comparing this to the DaVinci Code. But Toyne, although not exactly literary, is a far better craftsman than Brown. The dialogue is better, the motivations are more convincing and the plot held me all the way through.
It would be fairer to compare this to a more 'thrillerish' cross between Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose with a little apocalyptic hinting thrown in for good measure.
Some of the reader's accents are a little annoying, but it didn't stop me from enjoying this fast-paced thriller.
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What made the experience of listening to Sanctus the most enjoyable?
While the story was captivating, fast-paced and totally perfect for listening, I've become a huge Jonathan Keeble fan. The narrator really does make all the difference. Not too fast, not too slow, good voice and accent, superb voices for characters and he changes pace and energy in his voice when the sections of the book demand.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
It definitely did. Each chapter flips to a different scene, picking up various characters and lines of the story. The chapters are sufficiently short that you don't forget what has come before and this also adds to the increase in pace of the story. They all come together later in the book and they keep you wondering, 'What is going to happen to them?" until the next time the thread is picked up again.
I also felt that we were given good background information on many of the characters - they are strong and fleshy and credible.
I really didn't expect the sacrament to be what it turned out to be. Very unexpected. Great twist.
Which scene was your favorite?
I enjoyed the descriptions of the citadel - the rooms, corridors, the library and the lighting... The opening scene really did it for me and had me completely lured into the book within minutes.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Probably when the old guy died to protect his daughter and grandson. And the revelation of the sacrament.
Any additional comments?
I'm searching Audible now for more books narrated by Jonathan Keeble and more book by Simon Toyne. I enjoyed this one that much!
Great listen, really enjoyed this story, read very well. I would recommend this audio book. Not quite 5 stars but very close.
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Sanctus is the first part of a trilogy by Simon Toyne and is, to put it bluntly, absolutely unputdownable. Obviously I can't say too much about the plot or it will spoil the storyline for others but, suffice to say it has sufficient twists and turns to satisfy even the most demanding reader/listener. Finally I must say that the reading is excellent... Jonathan Keeble gives an outstanding performance as ever. I have already purchased Relic which is the second part and am waiting with bated breath for the third instalment to arrive on Audible. A five star listening experience.
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