The Rule of Four - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Dustin Thomason, Ian Caldwell, Jeff Woodman (Narrator) Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the five-hundred-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets -- to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul ... more »Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled -- until an ancient diary surfaces. What Tom and Paul discover inside shocks even them: proof that the location of a hidden crypt has been ciphered within the pages of the obscure Renaissance text.
Armed with this final clue, the two friends delve into the bizarre world of the Hypnerotomachia -- a world of forgotten erudition, strange sexual appetites, and terrible violence. But just as they begin to realize the magnitude of their discovery, Princeton's snowy campus is rocked: a longtime student of the book is murdered, shot dead in the hushed halls of the history department.
Set at Princeton in the spring of 1999, THE RULE OF FOUR follows four college seniors, two of whom are about to decode a five-hundred-year-old secret encoded into a Renaissance manuscript. Before graduation the boys will experience plagiarism, theft, betrayal, and murder. Jeff Woodman's reading is youthful without being trite. He captures the ambiance of undergraduate life as he narrates the adventures of the four roommates. While an abridged version is available, this story is a complex one with many subtle elements, and listeners are well advised to stick with this unabridged edition of the audiobook. -- AudioFile
Read by Jeff Woodman. Unabridged: 11 sound discs (ca. 13 hr.)« less
I loved this book!!
It's basically the thinking woman's (or man's) "Da Vinci Code."
If you know Latin, art history, or cryptography of any kind you can stay one step ahead of the characters, but it's still really good.
I don't even know what to say about this book. It was hard to read and it was hard to understand what was going on. I can't say that I didn't like it because I would have stopped reading it if that was the case. But I wouldn't read it again.
I very much enjoyed The Da Vinci Code...but this one just didn't do it for me. I'm sorry, I don't see how you can compare the two...okay they are both about history, art, puzzles, and murder...but I did not get into this one near as much as I did the Da Vinci Code (which fascinated me).
Eh. I finished it, and it read right along. Sort of a rather watered down Davinci Code encased in reliving one's college years. And I'm not sure I believe that it's that cold and snowy in Princeton - I went to school in MN and we didn't get snow on Easter. But that is a minor detail. The book is basically a weak thriller surrounding a lot of information about a mysterious ancient text. I enjoyed it enough to finish it, and if you are in to "puzzle" books, you might, too. If you haven't yet, though, I'd say read Davinci Code or that author's other work first.
Picked this up at the airport and was engrossed before I even boarded my plane. Fast moving plot mixed with historical intrigue reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code, though I enjoyed this book BETTER! Great, great book.
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Helpful Score: 3
The book starts a little slow and ends a little pat, but a good, easy read. It is a little "Shawshank Redemption" meets the "DaVinci Code". Most of the characters are developed and you care what happens to them in the end. Overall....engaging, entertaining and worth the time.