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The Alexandria Link

A Novel
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Cotton Malone, Book 2
Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cotton Malone retired from the high-risk world of elite operatives for the U.S. State Department to lead the low-key life of a rare-book dealer. But his quiet existence is shattered when he receives an anonymous e-mail: " You have something I want. You're the only person on earth who knows where to find it. If I don't hear from you, you will be childless." His horrified ex-wife confirms that their teenage son has been kidnapped. When Malone's bookshop is burned to the ground, it becomes clear that those responsible will stop at nothing to get what they want: the lost library of Alexandria.

A cradle of historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious ideas, the ancient library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But 1,500 years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend.

Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls is desperate to breach the library's hallowed halls, and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed.

Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, to the highest levels of the American government, and to a shattering outcome that will have worldwide repercussions.

©2007 Steve Berry (P)2007 Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Berry [makes] intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along." (Booklist)

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boring narration

After being lured in by the first books excellent narration i brought this and the next book without checking who the narrator was...mistake! listening to Scott Brick is like watching dry..the story itself was excellent and well written....but brought down by bad narration.

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  • Glenda
  • 05-03-2007

Very Entertaining

Before I got this book I read the reviews, first this narrator is just fine I foud this very easy to listen to. The subject matter may challenge your accepted ideas on the Bible, but we learn all the time. The story moves just fine, but maybe a little predictable. I travel often and have between 200 and 300 books on audible to I listen too, this one will be replayed. If you pass it up it is your loss.

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  • Heidi
  • 01-02-2010

Finger nails on a chalk board

Awful....I don't understand how the producers of this audio book thought that the narrator reading was even sort of OK. There are so many wonderful actors and/or readers with fabulous voices that, to borrow the phrase, one would be glad to listen to them read the phone book. Not the case here, as I couldn't bear to listen to him read a presumably good story. So I really don't get the choice on this one. The story seemed fine, even sort of interesting but after a few tries and approximately 20 minutes of listening I just couldn't stand it anymore and I had to stop for good. I'm bummed I used my credits on this one. To be fair to the author I might check the book out from the library and give it a go at a later date.

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  • Prakash
  • 02-03-2007

Great Sequel

Very much enjoy Steve Berry's novels. Love the integration of fact and fiction. Novel is fast passed with lots of twists and turns. At the end of part 2 there is an interview with Steve Berry about the book and also a section discussing which places/events/people were real and which were fictional. Great Book!

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  • C. S. Clark
  • 08-03-2007

Can't wait for the credit

I usually only download audio books when I have credits but after listening to The Alexandria Link and finding it such a great story, I can't wait to back track and read The Templar Legacy. I was very sad to hear Robert Ludlum pasted away but I think i've found a new favorite author in Mr. Berry. Cotton is a character that rivals Jason Bourne and Mitch Rapp (vince flynn). Thank you Mr. Berry for your stories, please keep Paul Michael or Scott Brick as your narrators.

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  • Aaron S.
  • 29-10-2008

Hey, it's Steve Berry.

Steve Berry: Flat characters, impossible plots, questionable dialogue, everything the critics say is pretty much right. But, these books are entertaining and will get you through just about any road trip without too much thinking.
Mr. Berry may never win a Nobel for literature, but he writes a good, quick moving "shoot 'em up" mystery in the style of the old Shadow or Doc Savage dime novels.


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  • arleneshapiro21
  • 09-06-2009

Awful

Don't buy this book. If science fiction requires good science before it can be good fiction, good religious historical fiction (adding up to a modern mystery) requires a good grasp of both. The author has made so many egregious errors that the book is, essentially, unreadable. Of course, he also makes mistakes in modern places and events.

I almost put it down about a third of the way through, then at the half way mark. I finally finished and, frankly, I should have followed my first instinct.

Again, this book is a disaster.

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  • Jason
  • 24-05-2007

good till the end.

The book is good, reading is good. You move quickly through the story & feel drawn into it.
The only problem is the same with most of the "DaVinci Knock Offs (historic thrillers"...... bad or incomplete ending. The lack luster "keep the status quo" endings are junk & we have seen it a hundred times before.

Don't know if I will read the author again.... seems like another guy trying to cash in on the fad without a well defined story ....beginning..middle... end.... simple reciepe

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  • Leslie
  • 21-02-2007

Very Enjoyable

I've enjoyed all of Steve Berry's books and this one did not disappoint. Bringing back Cotton Malone was a great idea as he seems to be an interesting character to build around. Good spin on taking a topic that everyone knows about and putting a different story around it. Also enjoyed the narrator who's done many other audible books.

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  • Maurizio
  • 07-01-2008

A bit of a yawn...

I've listened to all the books by Steve Berry and I've always been absolutely thrilled by his stories and his immagination. But this book was unfortunately a total disappointment - I actually had to start it three times. The first two times I gave it up eacht time after about 3 or 4 hours - the story was just too boring and - to my utmost swizz Scott Brick was terrible and made a very bad job. I'm Swiss and so I'm usually quite happy when the reader doesn't speak too fast, but Brick just exaggerated - he sounded like a broken audio tape, his voice ever so whining and drowsy. Well, I gave the book a third chance, hoping the second part will be better, but this wasn't the case.
The idea for the story would have been a good one, but Berry just doens't seem to have found the right kick to transform it into a thrilling adventure and remaind on a not even mediocre level.
I really hope that the Venetian Betrayal will be as good as his earlier books.

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  • Enrique m montoya
  • 15-07-2019

Meh!

Had a hard time identifying the characters. They streamed from person to person without a pause. I never knew who was speaking. This was a book of lot of trivia and pretty boring storyline thus had to run the story at 145 speed. finally got bored and jumped to the last two Choppers to finish this book.

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  • Salter
  • 23-07-2015

Utterly brilliant...!

If you could sum up The Alexandria Link in three words, what would they be?

Epic, fast-paced thriller!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cotton Malone, it couldn't really be anyone else!

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Some great depth portrayal from Scott Brick. He's really at home with this sort of story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

James Bond meets Indiana Jones, with a bit of Dan Brown thrown in for good measure!

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  • Marielouise
  • 30-07-2007

narrator murders story

The narrator kills this story with his baffling insistence on reading every sentence with high drama making it exhausting and confusing to listen to. I would have rated the story higher... but it is completely spoilt by this narrator. Save your money and listen to another of the author's audiobooks.

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  • Annette
  • 31-05-2007

nice book, shame about the narrator

Once again Steve Berry delivers the goods. What spoilt it for me though, was the narrator. Scott brick has an annoying habit of letting his voice get overly dramatic with no reason - after a while it gets pretty irritating and for me spoilt what is an excellent book.

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  • Anthony
  • 03-12-2017

worth a listen

not as good as the first but this book was still a good story and I will definitely be reading the next one

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  • P Clark
  • 21-09-2016

An excellent book, well worth the time to listen

This is the second cotton book, I was a bit concerned with the feedback on the reader but he was ok and you get used to his style after a while. For me it's been good to listen to the books in the written order. Enjoy, I did!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-09-2016

A fascinatingly good yarn.

Car journeys just got quicker! Well written and excellent narration. Book 3 here I come.

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  • martin roseby
  • 13-08-2016

Brilliant

Excellent book, can't wait to listen to the next cotton Malone story. narrator was excellent, loved listening to his voice, made the book even better.

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  • Anne Leguen de Lacroix
  • 27-11-2015

Good Story but narrator lets this book down

If you could sum up The Alexandria Link in three words, what would they be?

An interesting story

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main characters continue to develop from the first book The Templar Legacy - which gives them more depth and interest

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No - I'm afraid I didn't like the narrator he was not easy to listen to - if I hadn't enjoyed the story, I would not have persevered listening to it. I will in future be buying Steve Berry's books and reading them for myself.

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  • Ella
  • 16-09-2015

Terribly narrated

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Gave up after bravely enduring three hours of horrible narration, thus unable to say anything about the story.

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  • Richard T.
  • 10-12-2019

Another good listen

I enjoyed this second book in the series. The narrator is different to the one for the first book and his diction is slightly stilted. Once you get into the book though, this isn't a problem.