The Amber Room

  • by Steve Berry
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man: an entire room forged of exquisite amber, from its four massive walls to its finely crafted furniture. But it is also the subject of one of history's most intriguing mysteries. Originally commissioned in 1701 by Frederick I of Prussia, the room was later perfected in Tsarskoe Selo, the Russian imperial city. In 1941, German troops invaded the Soviet Union, looting everything in their wake and seizing the Amber Room. When the Allies began the bombing of Germany in August 1944, the room was hidden. And despite the best efforts of treasure hunters and art collectors from around the world, it has never been seen again. Now, two powerful men have set their best operatives loose in pursuit, and the hunt has begun once more....
Life is good for Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler. She loves her job, loves her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul. But everything changes when her father, a man who survived the horrors of World War II, dies under strange circumstances and leaves behind clues to a secret he kept his entire life...a secret about something called the Amber Room.
Desperate to know the truth about her father's suspicious dealings, Rachel takes off for Germany, with Paul close behind. Shortly after arriving, they find themselves involved with a cast of shadowy characters who all claim to share their quest. But as they learn more about the history of the treasure they seek, Rachel and Paul realize they're in way over their heads. Locked in a treacherous game with ruthless professional killers and embroiled in a treasure hunt of epic proportions, Rachel and Paul suddenly find themselves on a collision course with the forces of power, evil, and history itself.
A brilliant adventure and a scintillating tale of intrigue, deception, art, and murder, The Amber Room is a classic tale of suspense and the debut of a strong new voice in the international thriller genre.

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What the Critics Say

"Plotted cleverly and written with style and substance. A welcome change from the usual legal-thriller fare from wanna-be Turows." (Booklist)
"Sexy, illuminating, and confident. The Amber Room is my kind of thriller: a globe-trotting treasure hunt packed with exotic locales, sumptuous art, and ruthless villains. Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran." (Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code)

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Most Helpful

Where's the editor?

I usually listen to audiobooks uncritically; however, this one is so flawed that it fairly yells out for help.
Let me just get this out of the way: many writers have tics, but Berry's is so irritating that it makes ME want to yell out for help. "What had Monica said..." "What was it Churchill said ..." "What had Hitler said ..." Well, good grief, why ask me? Just get on with it and stop asking these posturing questions!
Berry displays such a lack of knowledge of idiomatic and grammatical usage that I want to yank him by the ear and drag him straight to Freshman Composition class. Ever hear of dangling modifiers, Mr. Berry? What was it Strunk and White said ...?
A writer with this many books under his belt should have an editor who knows more about usage than the writer.
What I want to know is, who was the editor of this book? The family dog?
The book has an intriguing premise, but the writing is simply shoddy. The only interesting character is the one who shouts expletives every second or third word. I sympathize with him. Halfway through listening to the book, I wanted to shout the same expletives.
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- Bliss

Amen to last reviewer

Not a well written book. Truly hated the shallow characters asnd couldn't believe how stupid they were. Still a bit of fun as the story is ok.
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- Frank

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape