• Library of the Dead

  • By: Glenn Cooper
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The most shocking secret in the history of mankind is about to be revealed....

A murderer is on the loose on the streets of New York City. Nicknamed the Doomsday Killer, he's claimed six victims in just two weeks, and the city is terrified. Even worse, the police are mystified: the victims have nothing in common, defying all profiling, and all that connects them is that each received a sick postcard in the mail before they died - a postcard that announced their date of death.

In desperation, the FBI assigns the case to maverick agent Will Piper, once the most accomplished expert on serial-killing in the bureau's history, but now on a dissolute spiral to retirement. Battling his own demons, Will is soon drawn back into a world he both loves and hates, determined to catch the killer whatever it takes. But his search takes him in a direction he could never have predicted, uncovering a shocking secret that has been closely guarded for centuries.

It's a secret that once lay buried in an underground library beneath an 8th-century monastery, but which has now been unearthed - with deadly consequences. A select few defend the secret of the library with their lives - and as Will closes in on the truth, they are determined to stop him, at any cost.

©2009 Glenn Cooper (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC

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  • mcwacky
  • 01-01-11

Library of the Dead

The plot is good but this is a novel with a narrative that struggles to get out as an audiobook. The many switches of scene forced me to rewind more than once to figure out where I was and who was doing what. That said, in imitation of the plot - it would make a good film and, despite the many changes of scene, the audiobook did make for compulsive listening and by the end of part two, a good grasp of the dual landscape (in both time and location) and better characterisation of the main protagonists made this an enjoyable listen - sufficient to drive me on to the sequel at least.

The early chapters are reminiscent of many average first novels... with an overemphasis on the 'becoming a writer' and 'writing a screenplay' narrative but persevere and something of that Da Vinci code quality eventually reveals itself.

The lead character Will Piper is engaging and the historical elements are generally well plotted - and the tie in with the mysterious Nevada encampment is a nice link in the chain.

Overall: worth a listen if you like historical thrillers.

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  • M. Abbott
  • 09-09-14

not understood

Where does Library of the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

not very high

If you’ve listened to books by Glenn Cooper before, how does this one compare?

not read before

What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

yes great

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

don't know

Any additional comments?

I could not make head nor tail of the ending of this book so the whole lot was spoilt for me

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  • Marilina
  • 06-30-13

Interesting idea for a serial killer

Would you try another book written by Glenn Cooper or narrated by Pete Bradbury?

I think the plot of the book is very interesting and I would read another book by Glenn Cooper. But I would not listen to it because it is too complex a story and there are frequent changes of setting and time which it is difficult to follow when just listening to it.

Could you see Library of the Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

This could definitely be made into a movie.

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  • Derek
  • 08-06-12

Worth sticking with after the scrappy start

I partly agree with Wilma's review - the start seemed disjointed with time and place changes that appeared to have no apparent relevance or significance, but I stuck with it, and am glad I did. I just let it sort itself out and explain itself, without trying to make too much sense of it. Then you get an "I remember that.." and the pieces start to fall into place.

Once this novel finds its feet, it's quite riveting. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-21

keeps you gripped until the last sentence

An excellent and highly recommended novel. Library of the dead gives fictional twists to irl conspiracy theories, takes you on a journey from modern day New York back to the UK 777 A.D and back to modern day Las Vegas hunting down a serial killer. A hugely underrated novel that keeps you gripped.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-21

Excellent

loved it from start to finish. Great narration, tension, and imaginative story line. totally fabulous.