The Veiled Web

  • by Catherine Asaro
  • Narrated by Caroline Shaffer
  • 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ballerina Lucia del Mar has two great passions: dance, which consumes most of her waking hours, and the Internet, which brings the outside world into her tightly regimented life. These two passions collide when a White House performance and reception leads to an encounter with handsome Moroccan businessman Rashid al-Jazari, creator of a brilliant technology that has set the Internet rumor mill ablaze.
A second, seemingly chance meeting with Rashid plunges Lucia into a deadly world of desire and intrigue, for although his work has implications she cannot foresee, there are those who do understand and would turn its great power to their own destructive purposes.
As Lucia is drawn deeper and deeper into Rashid’s life and work, cut off from the outside world, she finds herself becoming more attracted to him. But is her seclusion within Rashid’s well-guarded Moroccan home intended to ensure her safety - or her silence? And is it already too late to stop the terrible consequences his new technology could unleash?

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What the Critics Say

"At once thoughtful and imaginative, The Veiled Web is a… layering of East and West, of religion and technology, movement and introspection - and of love and its loss - all woven into an intriguing tapestry that shows one turning point in the eternal battle for the souls of men. If one knows quite what a soul is!" (Diana Gabaldon, New York Times best-selling author)
"A terrific novel, ripping a path from today’s headlines to tomorrow’s realities - a page-turning thriller tempered by romance and ethical concerns, with characters (even some nonhuman ones) you’ll care deeply about." (Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author)

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Helpful to know publication date

The most significant part of The Veiled Web was the end when Audible announced that the copyright was 1999. So it was set in a future 2010 and Audible-released March 2013. The dates explained a lot and I wish I had known the publication date right from the start.

This was an imagined development of the internet to the point where deeply philosophical questions could be asked. Here's one: can more animated computers generate scenarios that involve conscience and life purpose -- hey, that's not too far from the way computers are operating-dominating the contemporary world! Mmmm.
There's more: the beauty and passion of dance where the hero strives for perfection -- worlds away from technology.
Also there's travel to exotic lands. And villains.
Now add the question: can fervent Roman Catholic marry fervent Moslem and bring up children together.

An interesting mix, read with conviction. Well, I think the narrator was actually better than the book really. Yes, it was an interesting plot but it relied on the ballet dancer to make silly decisions. This silliness rather fitted with her irritating conviction that she was not particularly clever -- yet she was obviously highly successful in her own right. Yawn.

Ultimately I felt that the writer became rather repetitive and it sounded as if she was trying to convince herself that these scenarios would work. Yes, I confess to a bit of fast forwarding which I rarely do.
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- Jane "Tell us about yourself!"

sweet romance with a little adventure

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

This is a romance novel at its core. But more interesting than most. It's set in an exotic location and has an interesting conflict at the center. I was surprised that I didn't find it corny. Just sweet. Innocent in a way.

I listened to it with my wife who also found herself surprised by how much she enjoyed it. Really liked the narrator.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Veiled Web?

It mixes the romance with a little adventure and suspense that gives a nice balance and keeps you engaged. But basically it is a gentle story about gentle people.


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

No. But I definitely will. I think she is one of the reasons we liked it so much. She kept it from being too corny. She has a lovely feminine voice but gave a wonderful depth to the male character.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well the book isn't overly deep or complex. So when I found myself caring about the characters and wanting them to come together I think I was surprised. They wanted to be good people.


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- Juan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.