The Codex

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Douglas Preston

Narrated By: Scott Sowers

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: January 2004

Duration: 6 hours 34 minutes


'Greetings from the dead,' declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over a half a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing

along with his entire collection

from his mansion in New Mexico.
At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: As a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their fabulous inheritance, they must find their father's carefully concealed tomb.
The race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. This secret is so astounding it cannot be kept quiet for long. With half a billion dollars at stake, as well as an ancient Mayan codex that may hold a cure for cancer and other deadly diseases, others soon join the hunt

and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods.
The bestselling coauthor of such page-turning thrillers as Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities, Douglas Preston now spins an unforgettable tale of greed, adventure, and betrayal in The Codex.


  • Angelika Teal

    Loved the book, the author did deliver again. Douglas Preston knows how to get your attention with his adventures, expeditions and treasure hunts. I really liked the characters, the Broadbent family. The reader was really good with the voices. The only thing that would have made it better was to get the unabridged version. I am sure there was a lot more to the story in the unabridged book.

  • Cyndie Browning

    Unfortunately, I listened to _The Codex_ AFTER reading/listening to Preston's _Tyrannosaur Canyon_, a terrific book that I recommend highly. _Codex_ suffers greatly in comparison to _Tyrannosaur_--altho' I'd say _Codex_ does an adequate job of introducing the character of Tom Broadbent, by far the most interesting of the 4 Broadbent brothers. In the beginning, _Codex_ offered a great build-up of suspense (omigod! who's gonna find the Codex FIRST??), and the brothers are different enough from each other so I had no trouble keeping them separate in my mind as I listened, but by the time the boys find dear old Dad, I no longer cared how the story ended; I was just glad that it did!!

  • Anonymous

    I really loved this and wished the unabridged version had been available. The premise was creative and it was a great ride that I found pretty suspenseful. Not that you couldn't figure out what would happen, but the question was how?!?!? I also enjoyed the reader emmensely - what a tremendous job he did of developing different voices for each character. And the ending made me smile. If you like travel or history and/or mystery/adventure, you will enjoy this book.

  • Anonymous

    It's a great partial story that would have been 5 star if it were unabridged.

  • Dan Pressley

    This book just seemed silly and a waste of time. I wasn't all that impressed. In fact, I became bored along the way and was just ready for it to end.

  • Dapa_Roye

    This book was a fun listen but a bit choppy and slow in parts. I'm giving it three stars because it did hold my interest and I loved the weirdness of the brothers. I'm going to try and stick with Unabridged books because some abridged ones truly do jump around and you can get lost. I say this one is worth a listen but get it unabridged. The action was fun and there were quite a few surprises. I love books where "I didn't see that one coming."

  • Leigh Anne

    I had never read anything from Douglas Preston before, so I wasn't sure about trying this book out, but it has been one of the best books that I have listened to. It had adventure, suspense and a little romance, everything you could want in a book. Would make a great movie.

  • Beth Paquette

    This book dragged in spots but sure delivered in the end. What an adventure reminded me of Indiana Jones to a point. I love the mystery and the uncovering of clues and the growth of the characters. I would recommend this to anyone who loves an adventure.

  • Anonymous

    This audio book had me hooked from the very beginning. I couldn't stop from listening to the CD's. It is full of action and suspense from the beginning to the end. It is a very good audio book I would recommend for any book reader or audio book fan to check out.

  • Mary Ellen Sellhorn

    How would you like to have to go on a treasure hunt to find your multi-million dollar inheritance - AND do it with the two brothers with whom you've never really had a relationship? This is the basis of "The Codex", and the action is non-stop. Reminiscent of Indiana Jones, this book takes the reader on a wild journey of adventure, discovery, betrayal, and bonding, with twists & turns like a roller coaster. It's a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the reader.


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