The Name of the Rose

  • by Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by Michael Pennington
  • 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology, and logic. In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate a wealthy Italian abbey whose monks are suspected of heresy. When his mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths patterned on the book of Revelation, Brother William turns detective, following the trail of a conspiracy that brings him face-to-face with the abbey's labyrinthine secrets, the subversive effects of laughter, and the medieval Inquisition. Caught in a power struggle between the emperor he serves and the pope who rules the Church, Brother William comes to see that what is at stake is larger than any mere political dispute¿that his investigation is being blocked by those who fear imagination, curiosity, and the power of ideas. The Name of the Rose offers the reader not only an ingeniously constructed mystery¿complete with secret symbols and coded manuscripts¿but also an unparalleled portrait of the medieval world on the brink of profound transformation.


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No match to the original text

What did you like best about The Name of the Rose? What did you like least?

The audiobook is no match to the original text. "The Name of the Rose" leans heavily on the characterisations of the various players and borrows heavily from the catholic history. The ominous and engaging temperant is missing in the audio book. The book seems like an abridged version of the original, reproduced in a haste.

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- Jaydeep

wow in a medieval way

What did you love best about The Name of the Rose?

great and deep intrigue

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Rose?

the burning of the library

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


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

if i could i would but i cant so i didnt

Any additional comments?

just a good book to listen to ive read the book and umbertos prose can be a bit tedious sometimes but this was concise and detailed but not sufforcating

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- Ja I. Weston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2008
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks