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Foucault's Pendulum: 4 Cassettes

by Umberto Eco
Read by Tim Curry

Macmillan Audio | October 15, 1995 | Audio Book (Cassette)

Foucault's Pendulum: 4 Cassettes is rated 3.8571 out of 5 by 7.
One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, a carefully-groomed mustache, wears maroon socks, and who once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan book editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge -- a plan to tap a mystic source of power far greater than atomic energy.

The editors, who have spent altogether too much time rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult by fanatics and dilettantes, decide to have a little fun. They''ll create a Plan of their own. But how?

Randomly they throw together manuscript pages on hermetic thought; The Masters of the World, who live beneath the earth, The Comte de Sain-Germain, who lives forever. They add Satanic initiation rites of the Knights of the Temple, Assassins, Rosicrucians, Brazilian voodoo, the Third Reich. And they feed all this, and much more, into their powerful computer, Abulafia.

A terrific joke, they think, until the Plan assumes and life and power of its own, and turns deadly -- as people mysteriously begin to disappear, one by one, starting with Colonel Ardenti.

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 6.86 × 4.78 × 1.12 in

Published: October 15, 1995

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1559273593

ISBN - 13: 9781559273596

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from challenging This book is an intellectual thriller drawing on conspiracy theories involving the Templars and other similar organizations, but is definitely not in the "Dan Brown" vein. The first time I tried to read this book I brought it on vacation, but found it to be much too heavy for vacation reading; a few months later I tried again and enjoyed it. The story focuses on three men working for a small publishing house who essentially devise an ultimate conspiracy theory linking pretty much every secret society that ever existed. They start off doing it as a bit of a joke, but things turn much more serious, particularly when members of secret societies think they know more than they do. The book is extremely well researched, and the plot has lots of twists and turns. I found some of the writing to be a bit too "wordy" - I'm not sure how much of that is from Umberto Eco and how much from the translator (it was originally written in Italian). It takes a bit of effort to read this book, but overall I think it is well worth reading.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Search Though Templars, Rosicrucians and Assassins I heard so much about Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum over my academic years, when the opportunity arose to read it, I couldn’t wait. I found it rich with philosophy, supposition and dark creativity. I also found it very long. It has taken me 8 weeks to read the entire novel, versus my usual 1-2. It was a long search though Templars, Rosicrucians and Assassins to find the end; to find the meaning behind the story. I’m not even sure if I’ve done that. What is the meaning behind Foucault’s Pendulum and the journey the characters take? Why is the Pendulum so important to the Plan they create? Maybe if I understood Gnosticism, Sephirot and Hermetism, I would understand more of this novel. Maybe. Really, what I want to say is that this book is &^#@^~! It’s brilliant and crazy and wonderful. I absolutely have to read it again. Not just because it was good, but because I’m sure I’ve missed things. It will be like a film you see for the second time and notice all sorts of new things. I’m not sure I was fully ready to read Umberto Eco’s great work. Or perhaps I was only ready to read it for the first time.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Balance seeker in Toronto Faucaul's pendulum was very interesting to read due to history facts included within it, the Knights of Templars, Masons, religions, etc, amazing research was done to put it toguether. I agree with the earlier critic that the novel ends a bit harshly but I got so much out of it that it didn't matter. I found the plot twisitng and turning. But I found it difficult to read due to lots of hard words for me. This author is very litterate. Hope to get there one day. Overall I recommand to read this book.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY VERY GOOD This was a great read with many very interesting converstations and topics. Very well reasearched and a great plot. The ending was a bit dissapointing. But the rest of the book's brilliance and Eco's great knowlege compensated for it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ends up nowhere, but what a ride Foucault's Pendulum will infuriate anyone who desires a coherent plot and a satisfying resolution at the end. But along the way, Eco touches on so many interesting aspects of the Rosicrucians, the Holy Grail, homonucli, and the publishing business that it makes the trip worthwhile.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The payoff is worth it! Foucalt's Pendulum is a VERY heavy read at parts, but sludge through the entire book. The payoff near the end is worth the time investment.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Much for Me! I am a big fan of Umberto Eco. "The Name of the Rose" is one of my all-time favourite books, so I was looking forward to reading this one. Eco is an excellent writer. His craftmanship cannot be beat, but this book disappointed me. The premise was a good one, but to me it just didn't seem to get there. I didn't grow to care about the characters, and there was too much symbolism and "off the wall" ideas for my taste. I read the entire book because Eco is such a good author, and I thought I'd get the point, but I never really did, and was very disappointed at the end.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Foucault's Pendulum: 4 Cassettes

by Umberto Eco
Read by Tim Curry

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 6.86 × 4.78 × 1.12 in

Published: October 15, 1995

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1559273593

ISBN - 13: 9781559273596

From the Publisher

One Colonel Ardenti, who has unnaturally black, brilliantined hair, a carefully-groomed mustache, wears maroon socks, and who once served in the Foreign Legion, starts it all. He tells three Milan book editors that he has discovered a coded message about a Templar Plan, centuries old and involving Stonehenge -- a plan to tap a mystic source of power far greater than atomic energy.

The editors, who have spent altogether too much time rewriting crackpot manuscripts on the occult by fanatics and dilettantes, decide to have a little fun. They''ll create a Plan of their own. But how?

Randomly they throw together manuscript pages on hermetic thought; The Masters of the World, who live beneath the earth, The Comte de Sain-Germain, who lives forever. They add Satanic initiation rites of the Knights of the Temple, Assassins, Rosicrucians, Brazilian voodoo, the Third Reich. And they feed all this, and much more, into their powerful computer, Abulafia.

A terrific joke, they think, until the Plan assumes and life and power of its own, and turns deadly -- as people mysteriously begin to disappear, one by one, starting with Colonel Ardenti.

About the Author

Umberto Eco was born in 1932 in Alessandria, Italy. He is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, a philosopher, historian, literary critic and aethetician. He is the author of the international bestselling novels The Name of the Rose and The Island of the Day Before, as well as three collections of popular essays, Travels in Hyperreality, Misreadings and How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays. Mr. Eco lives in Milan.
Tim Curry studied Drama and English at Cambridge and at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors.  He created the role of Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and starred in the screen version The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  He has received two Tony Award nominations for best actor and won the Royal Variety Club Award as "Stage Actor of the Year.”  A composer and a singer, Mr. Curry toured the US and Europe with his own band and released four albums for A&M records.
 
Tim''s distinctive voice can be heard on more than a dozen audiobooks, and in countless animated television series and videos.  He''s read for such authors as Lemony Snicket, Brian Herbert, Ken Follett, and Stephen King.  In describing one of Tim''s performances, AudioFile Magazine said, "Curry is a master of dry, ironic tones that add an additional undercurrent of suspense, keeping the listener off-balance throughout."
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