The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator's secret: what the four Christian gospels- and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron- reveal about the Church's most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend's death, and its consequences for the future of the world's two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with vested stakes in the exhibit'someone he must outwit to survive.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2015, p2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442385092
Characteristics: 1 online resource (15 hr., 36 min.)

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Mar 04, 2017

Just goes to show how the voice of the reader makes all the difference. While two prior reviewers seem to have loved the voice of Jack Davenport, I couldn't make it past the first couple of chapters with him. He's one of those that feels that the softer he speaks, the more dramatic what he says will be. At some of the most dramatic moments, his voice almost dropped off the scale entirely. My annoyance kept growing until I lost any interest in the story and just wanted to throw the CD player across the room to make it stop. So unfortunately, I can't review the book itself, only the presentation. As always, your mileage may vary.

Jun 04, 2015

The only aspect of his audio that kept me going was the reader Jack Davenport. Redundant, overly-overly long & confusing to me with details I'm not that interested in. However, if true facts about inner working of this issue of Eastern/Roman church, it is significant. Not the least bit surprising how corrupt the church powers are. Skimmed alot!


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