The Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery

Written by:
Umberto Eco
Narrated by:
Sean Barrett

Unabridged Audiobook

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Release Date
April 2012
14 hours 15 minutes
Nineteenth-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian priests are strangled with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate black masses by night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat.

But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay just one man? What if that evil genius created the most infamous document of all?
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Eric C.

I loved the narrator's work. He made the story so much more intriguing. However, this was one heavy read! I had to restart the whole thing 6 hours in, because I was so lost! I really need to listen to it again to get a clearer picture. If you know little about European history, I suggest you do some research first, or pick another title.

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Deborah Kornblum

*This Review Contains Spoilers* This is no light listening. You need to like history to appreciate this book. Eco takes real historical events and characters, conspiracy theorists, bigots par excellence, and weaves them into a fictional narrative that culminates in the production of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the framing of Dreyfus, and along the way presents other "conspiracies", such as the evils of the Freemasons. Eco assumes an intelligent, rational readership is reading this book. Sadly, it is apparent from the proliferation of certain types of websites and other media, that there are still plenty of people in the world who believe propaganda like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The narration was superb!

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