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Temple of the Grail Audiobook

Temple of the Grail: Rosicrucian Quartet, Book 1

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Temple of the Grail is a critically acclaimed best seller translated into four languages.

Heresy, Hypocrisy, Murder....

France, 1254.

Situated high in the Pyrenees the monastery of St. Lazarus is a forbidding place. Behind its ramparts and battlements it hides a secret so dangerous its keepers will kill to protect it.

At the end of a bitter winter, a delegation headed by the ambitious Inquisitor Rainiero Sacconi arrives to investigate the monks of St. Lazarus.

A Templar knight and his young scribe are sent by the king of France to oversee the investigation. When monks begin to die in gruesome ways they must unravel the secret at the heart of St. Lazarus, but with the Antichrist at their heels and the inquisitor watching their every step, they find themselves drawn into a fight, not only for their lives, but also for their souls.

Temple of the Grail is a tour de force for history buffs and fans of the medieval detective genre.

©2004 Adriana Koulias (P)2016 Adriana Koulias

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    Elrond 16/02/2016
    Elrond 16/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "What a book!"
    Where does Temple of the Grail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best so far!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love history and medieval murder mysteries so this was right up my alley. I liked how well written this book is and the atmosphere created by the author. It is really well paced and darkly mysterious with great descriptions and dialogue and memorable characters. I couldn't stop listening to Matthew Lloyd Davies.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Lloyd Davies – was your favourite?

    Christian and Andre were my favourites. They were perfect. But there are so many good characterisations in this book: Asa and Eisik and the inquisitor, the avaricious bishop - all captured with skill and warmth. Matthew Lloyd Davies has certainly grasped the book's atmosphere perfectly. With all the latin and so many characters it was a tour de force! I hope he does the other three books by Adriana Koulias because I will buy them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end moved me deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    This is historical fiction at its best and narrated in a very sensitive way. I have read the book before and this narration has brought it to life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Real Director
    Los Angeles, California United States
    14/07/16
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    "wonderful gift of perennial literature"

    I was uncertain of this book, that it would be hollow, but I was satiated to discover it was full of treasures. If you appreciate thrillers, esoterica, hidden history, or just good writing, get this book soon. It is worth more than a credit I can safely say.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • West
    San Francisco, CA United States
    17/02/16
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    "Enjoyed this historical mystery"
    If you could sum up Temple of the Grail in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful Medieval Swashbuckling


    What did you like best about this story?

    Atmospheric murder suspense and mystery


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but had to break it up due to time.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • rita de cassia
    2/07/16
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    "A Wondrous Story!"
    What did you love best about Temple of the Grail?

    I love murder mysteries and this one is a cut above the rest. Full of historical authenticity which never gets in the way of the story, but makes it rich, like a tapestry. Adriana Koulias' writing is very visual and the narrator was so good I felt like I was watching a movie. I was sitting on the edge of my seat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Christian. There is a Christian in all of us, part young man, part old man, doubtful, faithful, loyal to his master, but also questioning everything he does. I love the way that though he was only a scribe, he was always the one to figure out the most important clues. I also love Andre, a man who rests his entire life on reason, but realises at the end that it does not always provide a steady footing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene was the argument between the different prelates during dinner which is found later in the book. I laughed out loud!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Definitely. I found myself having to stop listening to go to sleep. And then found I couldn't sleep because I was wondering what was going to happen next!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for those who want to listen to an intelligent story that is touched with mysticism and esotericism. Those who want to savour the atmosphere and millieu of the Middle Ages will love this book and the narrator who I think is impeccable in his characterisations. I can see this being a movie one day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elrond
    1/07/16
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    "A Great Whodunnit!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because this book is so well written and so beautifully narrated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Temple of the Grail?

    I loved all of it, but if I must choose some moments I would say that the conversations between Christian and Andre are priceless. The mystery at the heart of the book was completely unexpected and satisfying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene comes at the end with Christian and Andre, it was very moving.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sherlock Holmes meets Thomas Aquinas in this smouldering tale of religious fervour, greed and murder!


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a compelling intelligent murder mystery, history buffs and those who love good writing and excellent narration. Matthew Lloyd Davies brilliantly captures Adriana Koulias' prose. This book is a must!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Srinivasan
    Sweden
    21/05/16
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    "Secrets from the Past"
    If you could sum up Temple of the Grail in three words, what would they be?

    Definitely reminded me a bit of "Name of the Rose." It is quite an interesting yarn...one can read it on the surface but there is so much substance too with many mysteries beckoning.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Temple of the Grail?

    The vision of the initiation of Christian Rose-Croix


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Lloyd Davies – was your favorite?

    I like them all but Setuba was very well dramatized.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both. Visions of the past touch one and awakens oneself to one's own memories.


    Any additional comments?

    May be that this book is best read through before listening to it. As I said, it has a lot of substance and one would benefit from a deeper acquaintance with the content before listening. Highly recommend if you are interested in this subject. The reader is fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Davidt100
    13/11/16
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    "Fun story bad dream sequences"

    I really liked this book and found it to be Sherlock Holmes type mystery set in the Middle Ages during the inquisition. It took me a little while to get interested in the book mainly because I didn't understand the direction it was going in. Once I figured out it was a murder mystery I started to enjoy it more. The only part I didn't like were the squires dream sequences. To me they didn't have any effect on the story and they were very nonsensical. I eventually started skipping them.

    This book was supplied to me at no cost in return for an unbiased opinion by audiobook boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    31/05/16
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    "The Name of the Rose ish"

    Afairly decent read, but might have been better w/o the obvious mirroring to The name of the Rose... Although happpening a century or so before that novel it is quite similar... Replace the studious monk w/ a Templar preceptor... The mystery is intriguing, but I felt like I was always one step ahead which took some of the engagement out of the reading experience... Nice characters, and historical setting... Good narration, but the german accent is a little too Hogan's Heroes... A more perceptible departure from Eco woulda made this a much better book and earned a 4*...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    7/09/16
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    "Dull and Disappointing"

    After reading the other reviews, I was expecting an intelligent historical mystery. I am half- way through the book and there is no mystery to be seen. True, someone has died under suspicious circumstances and there may be a secret tunnel under the abbey inhabited by the anti-Christ, but neither of these circumstances has generated any actions on the part of the two main characters, our Knight Templar, Andre, and his squire, Christian, who is also the narrator.

    An interesting premise of the search for heretics in a mysterious abbey is not brought to fruition, though there is a little something (or someone) for everyone interested in the time period: a Templar knight (who is also a perceptor and half-infidel), a squire, a bishop who drinks too much, an inquisitor who has a taste for young men, a monk, a pilgrim, an anti-Christ, a Dominican, a Franciscan, a Cistercian, a heretic (or two), and a Jew. After almost 7 hours into the book, no a single woman has been noted, not even a serving wench or nun.

    Setting and descriptions are almost non existent. The listener has no idea what the abbey looks like, how it smells, how it is designed. The bulk of the text is made up of long, often uninspiring (except maybe to the author) discussion about heretics, religion, the Cathars, good versus evil, the anti-Christ and where he might be hiding, and arcane religious and biblical references only a true devotee could appreciate. And to top it off, the religion and christian philosophy is mixed in with Plato and Aristotle.

    When information or theology is presented in Latin (regularly), it is jarring.The reader is given to understand that most of the conversations and lectures, even general conversation between Andre and Christian, are being conducted in Latin. The squire says his father had taught him some Spanish but had emphasized that Latin was the only important language. I can't imagine that did him much good when he went to the market or into a village. Christian and Andre are on the journey from Paris at the behest of the king and had also been in the Holy Land. I wonder how much good Latin did them there.

    I don't know if I will be able to finish this book. I admit that the long discussions of religious philosophy is so dull I can't stay interested in the story, and I am not sure it is worth searching for.

    The narrator tends to use caricature voices especially the Spanish cook and the German voice. His master's voice is odd and flat. Maybe this book would be better read than listened to. As a listening experience, it is less that satisfactory.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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