The Secret Crown

  • by Chris Kuzneski
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

King Ludwig II ruled Bavaria for 22 years, commissioning extravagant castles throughout his homeland and exhibiting such bizarre behavior that he was eventually declared insane. According to legend, Ludwig had stockpiled a massive cache of gold and jewels that would finance the construction of the largest castle of all time. But in the years since the king's mysterious death, no one has found any evidence of such a trove. Until now. Jonathon Payne and David Jones are pulled into the mystery by a colleague, who asks them to investigate the legend. They agree, and quickly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle to uncover the truth about Ludwig's death, his mythical treasure, and who would be willing to kill for it.

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Action Packed Global Adventure - Great Series!

Where does The Secret Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have over 500 books in my Audible library so that would be a hard question BUT I would have to say this is defiantly in the top 1/3 of my favorites.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh yes. It begins with a phone call to Payne from an acquaintance saying that he believes a friend of his (Pieter Ulster) relative may have been a Nazi sympathizer. This is based on a few trunks containing valuables from that period with the Ulster family crest. Of course this turns out not to be the case but the race is on to find some missing treasure before someone else (a bad guy) does.


What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dick Hill brings his impressively talented voices. He is a favorite of mine and I could listen to him all day.


Any additional comments?

This was such a good book. I thoroughly enjoy Chris Kuzneski's Payne & Jones series. If you like the Primal series or Jonathan Quinn and his bantering with Nate then you will enjoy this book. Kind of paramilitary, fast paced super hero stunts that are not always 100% within the legal parameters but completely exhilarating just the same. Anyway this book has a great ending that brings P. Ulster full circle with his families past. Super book, highly recommended!

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- shelley

Entertaining but somewhat predictable.

Always love Dick Hill. Great reader. The story was a classic Jones and Paine story. Good plot twists but a little predictable. Found myself with unanswered questions throughout. Overall a good book.
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- Sunnyhill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios