The Geographer's Library

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jon Fasman

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2004

Duration: 15 hours 30 minutes


Jon Fasman’s dizzyingly plotted intellectual thriller suggests a marriage between Dan Brown and Donna Tartt. When reporter Paul Tomm is assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a reclusive academic, he finds himself pursuing leads that date back to the twelfth century and the theft of alchemical instruments from the geographer of the Sicilian court. Now someone is trying to retrieve them. Interspersed with the present action are the stories of the men and women who came to possess those charmed—and sometimes cursed—artifacts, which have powers that go well beyond the transmutation of lead into gold. Deftly combining history, magic, suspense, and romance—and as handsomely illustrated as an ancient incunabulum—The Geographer’s Library is irresistible.


  • Margaret

    This is one book that looks interesting from the blurb but suffers greatly from the writing and lack of an interesting plot line. Paul Tomm, a neophyte newspaper reporter, must write an obituary for an old, strange Estonian scholar that no one admits knowing well. However, he's clueless. Someone is reassembling a 16th century alchemist's library and works to stop any investigation. The book bumbles along with tedious descriptions that resemble creative writing exercises. Jumping from past to present creates a disjointed tale with uninteresting characters. Characters with a spark haven't much of a part. To make this book even more boring, readers will ask in each chapter, what's going on? It isn't until the absolute end that explanation occurs -- a dry story spun by a character who, as a member of a secret organization centuries old, is actually quite inept.

  • Carolyn

    What an enchanting story. The format is somewhat unusual but has its own rhythm that became increasingly pleasant to me as the story progressed. I enjoyed Fasman's use of the language.

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