Labyrinth : Languedoc Trilogy

  • by Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by Maggie Mash
  • Series: Languedoc Trilogy
  • 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for Audible's Listen of the Year, 2006.
Winner of the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year, 2006.July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.July 2005: Alice Tanner stumbles upon two skeletons during an archaeological dig in the mountains outside Carcassonne. Inside the hidden tomb where the bones lie crumbling, she experiences an overwhelming sense of malevolence, as well as a creeping realisation that, however impossible it seems, she can somehow understand the mysterious ancient words carved into the rock. Too late, Alice realises she's set in motion a terrifying sequence of events that she cannot control.

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What the Critics Say

A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.A lovely, intelligent novel of discovery and loss." (Nicci Gerrard)
"A gripping holy grail quest." (Sunday Times)

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Long and Laborious

I wish I'd bought the abridged version! The story is so long. I find myself saying 'just get on with it' much to the consternation of others standing nearby.

Actually the story is pretty good. The narrator lets the side down by giving the French what appears to be a Lancashire accent which really grates. Aaagh. The French accent in some places is fine so I presume it was a deliberate (and bad) decision of the narrator to give some characters a more regional accent. It doesn't work!

There are lots and lots of cliches at the start, but it does settle down if you persevere. Not a bad book really but a combination of the narration and length lets it down.
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- A Genealogist

Go and watch Indiana Jones instead

This is a mediocre novel, made worse by terrible narration.

The characters frequently display illogical and poorly explained behaviour, and the entire thing is written in a way that suggests the author was hoping it would be made into a movie. Add to this the fact that the narrator makes every line of dialogue sound like the character is gasping for breath, plus the fact that her accent is entirely non-French, and you end up with an audio book that had me cringing every few pages.

Basically, if you want a good, gripping Holy Grail story, go and watch Indiana Jones, or if you're really desperate go for the Da-Vinci code, but don't buy this.
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- Geoff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-05-2006
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks