The Last Cato
- Narrated by: Carol Monda
- Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-06-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Holy relics are disappearing from sacred spots around the world, and the Vatican will do whatever it takes to stop enterprising thieves from stealing what is left of the scattered and miniscule splinters of the true cross the Catholic Church has in its possession.
Dr. Ottavia Salina, a brilliant paleographer, toils at her classified workspace deep within Vatican City, analyzing and restoring some of the world's most valuable religious artifacts, until she is called upon by the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and commissioned with a mysterious new assignment: She is to decipher the strange tattoos - seven Greek letters and seven crosses - found on an Ethiopian man's corpse. Next to what was left of the body were three pieces of wood - suspected by Vatican scholars to be fragments of the Vera Cruz, actual splinters from the cross on which Christ was crucified.
With the help of the captain of the Pope's infamous Swiss Guard and a renowned archaeologist from Alexandria, Dr. Salina is able to uncover a shocking truth: For hundreds of years, a secret brotherhood that refers to itself as the Staurofilakes, headed by a mysterious figure called Cato, has been hiding the true cross and means to gather all remaining fragments for themselves. The markings on the Ethiopian corpse, they soon discover, correspond with each of the seven deadly sins, and are part of the complicated, possibly deadly initiation ritual used to deem candidates worthy of membership into the brotherhood.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Tomas S. on 22-07-18
Good book, bad narration.
This is very interesting book that presents different location and describes very well be several points of interest throughout the journey.
The main characters are presented with different trials and sometimes it's too Deus ex machina how they make it through them. But anyway it keeps you interested.
The Narrator was disappointing since it was very hard for her to keep the different accents on the male characters. That made it hard to follow up who was talking, especially when there were several male characters involved.
Overall it's an interesting book to kill the time.
By Darin Derstein on 13-10-15
Great Story... Average to below average narrating
Love this book, read it in college and now got to enjoy it again by listening while driving.
The only issue I had with this audio book is not the book at all but the narrator, wishing they could've collaborated with a male narrator for the male roles. The female narrator's voice trying to convey a man's (with a thick German or Italian accent on top of that) wasn't good at all. Didn't really ruin the story, but took a lot of getting used to.
All in all, love audible and love this book.