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Publisher's Summary

"Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb raider, Broadbent accumulated over 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 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. 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 best-selling 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.

©2004 Splendide Mendax, Inc. (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"Preston flies high and fast, turning in a briskly involving science-based thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Codex

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Read my review before you buy!

The premise of this story was good, but it just wasn't written very well. PLUS, the narrator protrayed the characters with NO enthusiasm, kind of like the way a high school student would simply read the parts and call himself an "actor". Dialogue between the characters was unnatural and forced.

Additionally, with a title like "The Codex" you'd think the book would be centered around that or would at least play an important role that would drive the plot. Not so. It was only one of many objects being sought after. It could have easily been called "The Painting", "The Mayan Temple", or "The Collection of Art Worth a Half Billion Dollars". But let's face it: it wouldn't have sold because "The Codex" sounds so much cooler.

There are better reads available.

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Not The Full Book

This version is missing several parts that were in the book, but is still good.

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Fun in the Jungle

It's a fun, fast paced story. But at times just too far fetched. The sequel Tyrannosaurus Canyon is a better listen.

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I thouroughly enjoyed it !!

I'm not sure why the previous two reviews were so critical. I read the book first and loved it. I then bought the Audiobook and enjoyed it as well. I must admit that the unabriddged version will be better, but which on isn't? Anyway, I have a fondness for books written by Douglas Preston as well as those by Lincoln Child (Utopia). The ones written by both of them are simply awesome. My favorites, Relic and Thunderhead, are not available at Audible for some reason. Give this one a try. If you like the stuff of the Indiana Jones movies, you should enjoy this audiobook. It's not the best book ever, but it is a really good way to spend 5+ hours.

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Excellent descriptive narrative, so-so thriller

I'd rate it 3.5. The novel is well-written and filled with details that evoke the Honduras location. It makes for a vivid read, but I'm sure it could bog down for some readers. As for the mystery, I did not find too many surprises; but, the story remained relatively compelling. I was drawn mostly into the character of Tom, more than the other 2 brothers. The villain was almost too villainous, a little over the top. The best character is Borabay ... I'll let your imagination take it from here.

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Bad to the Bone

I could not finish it. I tried, but I just couldn't torture myself any more. It was either continue with the story, or listen to someone scratch their fingernails across a chalk board. I choose the fingernails. It is a combination of story and reader that marks this as one to avoid.

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Good Read

We listened to this book on a long car trip. It was the first book my wife has listened to. I must admit that I found myself completely immersed in the book and not so much the trip.
My wife thought it was just ok. The majority of the story is well designed and has a consistent feel. There are story elements that are too convenient and kind of silly. But, I can forgve that. Preston (and Child) remain my favorite authors and if you like them, you should read this book.

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Good fun

This Indian Jones type story was fun, I stumbled across the main character Tom Broadbent in a subsequent novel (Tyrannasaur Canyon). I found his backstory as told in this book compelling. The brothers are an interesting dynamic. I found the story interesting, if at times predictable. A fun read all around.

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Cartoonish, but a good listen

This book is Indiana Jones meets Days of our Lives. It's full of drama and characters that are easy to like and dislike. The beginning takes a short bit to get going (because the writer introduces many characters), but once it does, it's smooth sailing. The story had three plot twists that surprised me. I liked that. The narrator does a good job of making the characters sound distinct, which helped me keep track of who was saying what. The archeology is mostly fantasy, so don't expect to believe everything said about the Maya. Do expect, however, to be entertained.

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Great Book-Awful narrator

If I were only rating the book I would rate it around a 3.5 maybe a 4. However, with this nasal narrator I could not listen longer than the 6th chapter. I kept wondering when the narrator was going to blow his nose and take care of the problem he seemed to have with a bad head cold. I purchased the printed version and thoroughly enjoyed the story but there is no way I can or will make it through the audio version. The lack of enthusiasm and the nasal quality of the reader's voice was a major distraction.

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  • 02-25-18

Very predictable story

While no complains with the narrator the story was boring and very predictable. From the start it felt that the story was moving at a snails pace.

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  • J. Rhodes
  • 07-09-17

Missing chapters

I have read the printed copy of this book which I thoroughly enjoyed but there are many missing parts in this audio book mainly the violent parts of the book and although violence isn't essential in this book it did give it a more harder edge.

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  • P. E. Haynes
  • 10-01-11

Decent enough!

(a decent book deserves 3 stars, which is what this received)

A nice adventure story. The pace is good and the narrator does very well at bringing the different characters to life. Nothing ground-breaking, but enjoyable enough and well worth a second listen at some point in the future!

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  • Ben
  • 12-06-07

Very Good

I enjoyed this novel, each character was unique and had a charm,
it made me want to keep listening right to the end to find out what happens and was thrilled all the way through. The speeker of this novel brought something else all together, the accents were great and funny in some ways, i say give this book your next listen