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Summary

Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library, nurturing his obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral. But when Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester to digitize the library's manuscripts, Arthur's tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat of modern technology, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit - and a fellow Grail fanatic. Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda. Arthur and Bethany peel back layers of history, and when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany's search takes on grave importance, leading to discoveries about the Grail and each other.

©2017 Charlie Lovett (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Marvellous.

As an archaeologist, a book lover with a passion for myth and an incurable romantic, this book ticks all the boxes for me.

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Very enjoyable story

I enjoyed this story with its twists and turns. Likeable characters and some very funny parts. I look forward to other audiobooks by this author.

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  • David L. Rowe
  • 08-05-18

Good, fun story

Loved the story. Brought me to England through a variety of time periods and into cathedrals, their parts, and their histories. Enjoyed the historical aspects.
The narrator was mostly very good except: he made the American woman sound like a 1940’s film noir reporter from Boston. Really not sure what that was about?! But if you could get over that, excellent and enjoyable listen.

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  • Thursday Next
  • 20-04-17

A Lot of Fun...But

What did you like best about The Lost Book of the Grail? What did you like least?

The story was fine...a little misogynistic (a promiscuous male character who preys on women, romantic leads with a major age difference), but my issue was with the narration. The narrator has a lovely English accent, until he attempts an American accent. The main female character sounds like a 1930's gangster. I've lived in the U.S. for a long time, and I've never heard nineteen pronounced "nine-een." I barely made it through the reading.

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  • Esther
  • 14-03-18

Bill Bryson meets Dan Brown

Loved this book! Humor, detail, and a great story. A delightful new twist on the grail story. Thank you Charlie Lovett.

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  • Alyssa
  • 21-10-20

Fun listen! American accent needs some help

This is a pretty fun book for a light listen- the characters and plot are sometimes a little derivative or formulaic but if you enjoy the genre of historical and literary intrigue you will like this book. My only real critique is the narrator’s American accent- it borders on almost sounding Irish in a few places. A little distracting but doesn’t take away overall from the plot or pacing of the story.

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  • Amanda T.
  • 25-07-20

Just lovely.

If you love the smell of books and the rush of excitement from medieval history this is the book for you. For a story that takes place so few locations it is riveting. There’s more intrigue than drama, but that’s what I loved about it. A genuinely great story with a satisfying finish.

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  • Laurie T Gustafson
  • 25-05-20

Enjoyable book!

very enjoyable book! the narrator kept listeners engaged. It never felt boring. I also enjoyed the adjustments to speaking pace that the narrator used with different characters.

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  • Chuck
  • 03-03-20

An astonishing book, one that has everything!

THE LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL is among the best books I have ever read! It has everything — an intriguing mystery, wonderful language, a sweet romance, compelling characters and scintillating dialogue, humor both subtle and uproarious — and an ending you v will not forget! Oh, just READ IT!

Charles Armstrong’s narration was perfect — refined, evocative, and engaging, enhancing one’s enjoyment of this marvelous tale!

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  • Ladyethyme
  • 20-02-20

Just awful narration

The story has no likeable characters-the main character being a pedantic, rude, bitter man who will fight about ANYTHING (and does) if god forbid you use a wrong word or dare ask a question. He’s outright nasty to his BOSS in the first page. But what drove my stomach into knots was the narrator’s use of ‘Chicago wise guy voice from 1930’s films’ that nasally, shouting tone- for the female lead. ‘Eeeeh bugsy eeeeh’ laughable overblown accent. I just couldn’t take it.

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  • Theresa Ringle
  • 28-10-19

great story

I enjoyed this story! A new spin on an old topic. Definitely worth listening to.

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  • French Country Lady
  • 13-10-19

Very Enjoyable

As others have mentioned, the narrator has a very bad American accent. However the overall story was highly enjoyable.

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