Sanctus : Sanctus

  • by Simon Toyne
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Sanctus
  • 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One man’s sacrifice shocks the world....
One woman’s courage threatens a conspiracy as old as humankind.
And some will do anything—anything—to keep their secrets in the dark.
A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in modern-day Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is an event witnessed by the entire world.
Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it’s evidence that a revolution is at hand. For the Sancti, the cowled and secretive monks who live inside the Citadel, it could mean the end of everything they have built. They will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs, and they will break every law in every country and even kill to hold it fast. For American reporter Liv Adamsen, it spurs the memory of the beloved brother she lost years before, setting her on a journey across the world and into the heart of her own identity.
There, she will make a discovery so shocking that it will change everything.

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Intrigue, Drama. Suspense, Mystery and more...

From the very first sentance spoken, you can not prevent yourself from being taken back to an ancient world by the talents of of Simon Vance's narration...he was like a "one man performance" who's wide range of "character voices" let you forget it was all one narrator and gave such an "added value" to the book...this only helps to let the story line take you into a world what seemed like hundreds of years ago while the story would keep bringing me back to the present day, I found this such a bonus of Simon Toyne to be able to transcend the centuries continually through the book with such a smooth transition each time...as I could feel the dampness of the Citadel walls and the smells which would accompany it, I could also see every visual and snipit of a present day drama in a far away land...all "said and read", this was probably the best "read-listen" to date for me...needless to say I searched for more from this team and found none...just another strong example of, "enjoy the journey" through your read...and savour each chapter...
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- michael

Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't recommend the book but I'll bet that it would make an exciting movie.


Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Toyne again?

No, the research was sloppy and the story didn't warrant the time spent listening. Several facts about Turkey, where the majority of the action takes place were downright wrong. Mr. Toyne should have gone to Turkey and spent some time in there before writing about it.


Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is a great narrator. He is able to play several characters very convincingly. As a matter of fact, at one point I checked the website to see if there were more than one narrator.


Could you see Sanctus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, it would be a successful movie.


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- Sandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2011
  • Publisher: HarperAudio