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The Franciscan Conspiracy

De : John Sack
Durée : 15 h et 27 min
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This work of fiction explores the great 13th-century mystery: Why was the body of St. Francis stolen and hidden? A multilayered, intricately plotted tale develops as the Franciscan Order destroys all early biographies of Francis by his closest disciples in favor of a sanitized biography of the powerful St. Bonaventure.

The story begins 30 years after Francis's death, when Father Leo, Francis's closest friend, is dying. Bound to a vow of silence, Leo sends a cryptic message to Conrad, his own favorite student, connecting him with an unlikely companion, 16-year-old Sister Amata. The two begin to search for the truth about St. Francis, a truth that will shake the faith of the masses to the core and bring into question the foundation of the Franciscan Order.

©2005 John Sack (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Un agréable moment

Very nice book. Mysterious but far from the hysterical theories one can find in "DV code"-like books.
It has a kind of serenity of its own that leads you through the story.

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  • connie
  • 10/08/2008

definitely not Da Vinci code

I disliked the "movie-script like" Dan Brown novel but I did enjoy this listen. It is a quiet "mystery," quietly told -- more about the setting and times (and underpinned with a love of Franciscan spirituality and legends) rather than a fast paced whodunnit. It's more in the tradition of "The Name of the Rose". There may be some anachronisms of character, but "Franciscan Conspiracy" is a work of historical fiction with religious undertones, and like most novels, not for everyone.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Sheila
  • 03/05/2008

Very Interesting Plot

I must admit, the plot was a surprise, a bit suggestive of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. None of the high speed thrills & chases, but I still think I enjoyed this one more. It is full of some delightful imagery of the times and of the motivations for the religeous communities of the next generation of St. Francis' teachings. I recommend it without hesitation, but don't expect the 20th Century speed and energy. This is a moderately paced but delightfully rewarding story for those who like a bit of mystery and a lot of historical fiction. I think most will enjoy it just as I did, especially if you are familiar with the story of St. Francis and the politics that troubled him unto his death, and, it seems, beyond.

Enjoy it. I did.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Dorothy Manzo
  • 02/05/2008

Disappointing

The first and worst problem is the narration. If there was any appeal to this story, it was smothered by the dull delivery by the narrator.
The author's attempt at creating suspense failed-- I never really cared whether the characters suffered or got killed, and took no joy in their successes.
Worst of all, the "mystery" that they are bound to discover ends up being totally prosaic and even the characters don't seem to care a whole lot by the time they figure it out.
I think a spirited narration can sometimes save a mediocre book, but this one had no such salvation.

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  • Rebecarol
  • 14/03/2008

It's no DaVinci Code but...

I think that the title alone, "The Franciscan Conspiracy" had me thinking that this would be a book similar to The DaVinci Code in pace and style and intent. It is not that, the book is less adventurous, less intriguing and ultimately less successful. It took A LONG time for me to get engaged with the book, but about half way through then characters and pacing began to mesh. In a sense, the book became more a love story than a novel of intrigue -- and St Francis himself did not really hover as a presence in the way, to make the parallel, that DaVinci himself does in the "Code." As historical fiction I'm no expert on Franciscan times, but I didn't quite...trust the content-- no reason why, just discomfort with motivations, characters. I did end up enjoying the last half of the book- - but come away with an ...it's okay, perhaps I would have been more favorably disposed if I hadn't read the title and the descriptive paragraph and figured I was in for a more gripping adventure.

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  • Maria Fujihira
  • 16/05/2008

The Franciscan Conspiracy

The book spoiled by a very poor narration; good story and plot, could have been much better with a different narrator or different of narration style perhaps!? AVERAGE

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  • E. Webb
  • 06/03/2008

Interesting Story Poor Recording

If you like historical fiction, especially with a religious twist, this is an interesting story. If not, might not be the best for you--I happen to really like historical and religious stories so I found this fascinating. The downside was that there are some very strange things in the recording quality--spliced in bits that almost sound like a different reader.

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  • Vivian
  • 22/02/2008

Not brother cadfael

Dull reading, dull story, dull Catholic retoric. dull dull dull.

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  • Timothy
  • 22/04/2008

an "In the Name of the Rose" want-ta-be

some points of interest but otherwise predictable and boring - don't waste your credits on this one

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