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Brought vividly to life by Louise Brealey's narration, this new, unabridged audiobook also includes extra content read by the author, Kate Mosse.

July 1209: in Carcassonne a 17-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alais cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe....

July 2005: Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave in the French Pyrenees. Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realises she's disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past - her past - has been revealed.

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©2006 Kate Mosse (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Intriguing,

It can seem slow at the start to grasp the story Plus the French names must be taken careful note of. Then when one grsps the carefully woven threads, at that point reading is simply complusory.

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An enthralling and thoroughly absorbing tale

Carcassonne, 1209. When a young woman is given a mysterious book by her father, she begins a quest to uncover an ancient mystery - the secret of the true Grail. Twelve hundred years later, archaeology volunteer Alice Tanner finds two skeletons in a cave in the French Pyrenees. Realising there’s something familiar about the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she determines to uncover the truth, but in doing so, she unwittingly places herself in great danger…

This is the first Kate Mosse I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. Compared to Dan Brown’s Holy Grail nonsense, this book is light years ahead. The author skips back and forth between the two versions of Alice/Alais, creating totally believable worlds in each location and with a level of detail that is thrilling and never distracting. I found myself feeling on edge the whole way through, desperate to find out what happened next.

The audiobook is deftly narrated by the lovely Louise Brealey. The ‘Sherlock’, ‘Ripper Street’ and ‘Clique’ actress handles the different voices and accents with panache, bringing the story alive. This unabridged version also features additional content read by the author, Kate Mosse.

An enthralling and thoroughly absorbing tale.

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Disappointing

This was hyped to the rafters at the time of publication, and I was very much looking forward to being transported into medieval France for a romping good tale. I was so disappointed, and really just gritted my teeth and forced myself to listen to the end, all the time hoping that there would be a lift in the plot and some part of the storytelling to invite me into a relationship with the characters. There was not, and the end when it finally came, was a real let down, with all the ends hastily drawn together in the most obvious way. From the start, the complexities of location, time and relationships combined with the oh-so-very Frenchness of it all meant I really struggled to keep track of who was who. The unnecessary overuse of French throughout sounded pretentious: English readers don't for example need 'his carte d'identitie' or 'her numero sociale securite', that's just silly posturing. It's hard to know what is motivating the characters and I found it hard to care whether any of them lived or died. The central idea of the three mysterious books, the coded papyrii and the Holy Grail is not well structured and the ending weak as none of this central mystery is properly concluded. There is some nice dramatic writing in there, it's not truly awful, but just didn't live up to all the fuss around it at the time. I had been looking forward to enjoying the whole trilogy but I won't be bothering with any more of Kate Mosse's work. Louise Brealey's narration was vivid and well paced and she handled the French, Occitaine/Oc, and the wildly complex list of names and locations with ease, I suspect it was only her reading that got me through this!

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love it!

read the book and the audible reading is just as good and reminded me why I love this story

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Hard to stop listening

Hooked from page 1. Mosse weaves an intricate Grail yarn and simultaneously inspires with descriptions of the Cathar people and their cities. Makes you want to get on a plane and see them all for yourself.

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Note just a pretty face!

I have to admit its hard to get into. However once you got to know who all the characters were to each other, (there are many complicated names) it really picked up pace. It’s really intelligently written, and Dan Browns research pales in comparison.
I’ve just finished Labyrinth and I’ve downloaded the second in the series. I’m about to go to bed early to listen to it.

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Good story but not the best performance

Kate Mosse's Labyrinth is a clever and enthralling book, with interesting characters and a story that makes you want to listen to more. Sadly I had a bit of a hard time to follow the story sometimes, since the narrator didn't really manage to extinguish the characters from each other by using her voice. Her voice is soothing and she reads the story well, but with all the French names I had a hard time to know who is who at times, since she reads in the same voice all the time - compared to other narrators who does different voices for all characters. Still I recommend the book if you are interested in mysteries, medieval times, history and books similar to Dan Brown's books.

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Struggled with this book

This book was recommended to me by a friend. Although I do enjoy some historic fiction, I really struggled with this book. It never seemed to get going to me, and even the more “exciting” moments were dull and pedestrian.

I usually listen to a 20 hour book in a week, but this took around a month.

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Great story, flat performance

A wonderful book. The performance is unfortunately quite flat and almost dull in parts. Quite lets down the excellent prose.

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Good enough, not great

A fairly predictable historical tale. I don’t doubt the author was thorough, and loved her subject, but somehow it was all so predictable, characters were one dimensional, and honestly by the end I was just relieved to get it over with.

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