The Codex

by Douglas Preston | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1593973616 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingKateKintailwing of Burke, Virginia USA on 10/28/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Got this at a used book sale at a local library.

Abridged
4 cassette tapes/6 hours
Read by Scott Sowers

"Greetings from the dead," Maxwell Broadbent declared from the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Maxwell accumulated a priceless collection of rare art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing completely-- along with all his riches.

At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: as a final challenge to his three sons, Maxwell has buried himself and his treasures somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If his sons wish to claim their inheritance, they must find their father's concealed tomb.

Furthermore, Maxwell's priceless possessions include a codex-an ancient Mayan manuscript that contains all the lost arts of Mayan herbal medicine, secrets that will revolutionize pharmacology. The codex is worth billions, and one pharmaceutical company CEO has sent mercenaries after it with orders to kill anyone in their way, including the beautiful and enigmatic woman accompanying one of the sons.

Now the race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. Others soon join the hunt--and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods.

Journal Entry 2 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I don't know how they abridge books, but this book was terrible. Maybe it was the way they abridged it or maybe it was the book itself... but either way this was NOT enjoyable. "We hope you have enjoyed this production of The Codex" came the voice at the end of the tape, and I answered out loud that I didn't.

I DID laugh a bunch of times, but that was mostly because of how awful part of the book were.

The plot is SO cliche and predictable. Okay, so I'm someone who frequently guesses a lot of book/tv/movie plots so the fact that I find something predictable doesn't mean it is for most people. However, I defy anyone to NOT see most of these twists coming. Examples:
Son: "OMG, the house wasn't broken into but Dad is gone and so is all his priceless artwork! What could possibly have happened?"
Policeman: "Uh, your dad took all of his priceless artwork and left."
Dad on video tape: "Hello, Sons. I took all my pricesless artwork and left."
Policeman: "See?"
Son: "Wow, I didn't see that coming!"
KateKintail earreading this book: *smacks palm to forehead*

Son: "Hello, Character X. I need to find my dad and I'd like you to help me find him."
Character X: "Where might your dad have gone?"
Son: "He sealed himself in a tomb somewhere with 500 million dollars."
Character X: "500 million dollars? I'm in!"
Son: "Great! And even though you HATE my father with a passion and want the money all for yourself, it won't even occur to me that you might betray me."
Character X: "Oh, well, that's really good to know."
KateKintail earreading this book: *smacks palm to forehead... again*
*sigh* In fact, it gets MUCH worse than this. The sons tell complete STRANGERS about the mysterious fortune their father hid somewhere in the world. The sons go traipsing through the jungle pretty much unprepared and without a plan. They nearly die a ton of different ways, but the ending of the story plays out... pretty much exactly as you hope it will. The characters/narrator repeat the most OBVIOUS things a bunch of times so that the reader understands... when I (as a reader) understood just fine the first time around and wanted to hit my head on the steering wheel repeatedly when a character said "I don't get it" and they had to explain AGAIN. If they repeat themselves so much in the abridgment, I hate to think how the full-length version might go. And perhaps the most obvious thing takes the characters a while to understand... and then it's the stupidest thing that finally gets them to understand it. *sigh*

As far as an exciting story goes, sure there's a ton of drama and action-- people die, there's betrayal (ya THINK?!), there are interesting family dynamics, and there's a lovable baby monkey with the worst name in the entire world-- but the mystery is not at ALL clever. Not even close to clever. Not even close to mysterious. Not even close to good.

I was highly disappointed because I've liked two other books-- but those were ones Douglas Preston co-wrote with others. If this edition is any indication, his solo writing does not come close to measuring up to the ones he's co-written. But since this was an abridgment, I don't feel it fair to judge him entirely on this. Perhaps the long version is as enjoyable as the amazon.com reviewers say. *shrug* As it was, this particular version isn't something I enjoyed. I earread the entire thing, don't get me wrong. But I was more relieved than anything else when it was over. LOL

Journal Entry 3 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, January 23, 2009
Adding this to my bookbox ray: Earreading Audiobooks on Cassette Bookbox #1

I hope whoever finds it, enjoys it!

Journal Entry 4 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, February 23, 2009
Removed from the bookbox. Looking forward to "reading".

Journal Entry 5 by BigJohnLefty at Des Moines, Iowa USA on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Got this in a box from NMReader a few weeks ago, it's taken me a few weeks to start unpacking it.

Plan to listen to soon......

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