The Book of Air and Shadows

  • by Michael Gruber
  • Narrated by Stephen Hoye
  • 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this little screen, and who will read them I hardly know. I could be dead by the time anyone actually gets to read them, as dead as, say, Tolstoy. Or Shakespeare. Does it matter, when you read, if the person who wrote still lives?" Those are the words of Jake Mishkin, whose seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer (or killers) unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for 400 years. In a frantic race from New York to England and Switzerland, Jake finds himself matching wits with a shadowy figure who seems to anticipate his every move. What at first seems like a thrilling puzzle waiting to be deciphered soon turns into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which no one - not family, not friends, not lovers - is to be trusted. Moving between 21st-century America and 17th-century England, The Book of Air and Shadows is a modern thriller that brilliantly re-creates William Shakespeare's life at the turn of the 17th century and combines an ingenious and intricately layered plot with a devastating portrait of a contemporary man on the brink of self-discovery...or self-destruction.


What the Critics Say

"A wonderful story" (Kirkus)
"A wild story....Engrossing." (The Washington Post)
"[With] intelligence and engaging style...Gruber raises the thriller stakes." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not your average story.

This book is not for everyone. It's 3 stories in 1.

Stephen Hoye (Narrator) has a sardonical style that would turn many off. I happen to like him in this book but have found him tedious in others.

The author has an eye for detail. Instead of going in a direct line. He relays the history background and the interaction of the players.

I wouldn't call it an action book at least so far. The first 3rd is background on the characters and interaction.

I'm 1/3 of the way through this book and just had to review it because it's new, no other reviews and just so good.

So if you are the action type looking for a action book this isn't for you. If you are a little more literary and like a book that goes into details of the characters lives viewpoints and motivation. Slowly building a story You'll eat this up like a child with a plate of chocolate pudding!!
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- Nicholas Winn

If you love language

The narrator has done a great job with this book. The story is excellent. The use of language steals the show for anyone who appreciates english written and spoken well.
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- Ed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio