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Mona Lisa's Secret

Written by: Phil Philips
Narrated by: Scott O'Dell
Series: Joey Peruggia Book Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Joey is the great-grandson of Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the original Mona Lisa in 1911. Along with his girlfriend, Marie, an art connoisseur, he stumbles across his father's secret room, and finds himself staring at what he thinks is a replica of da Vinci's most famous masterpiece.

But it is no fake....

The Louvre has kept this secret for over 100 years, waiting for the original to come to light, and now they want it back at any cost. With Marie held hostage and the Louvre curator and his men hot on his trail, Joey is left to run for his life in an unfamiliar city, with the priceless Mona Lisa his only bargaining chip. While formulating a plan to get Marie back with the help from an unexpected quarter, Joey discovers hidden secrets within the painting, secrets which, if made public, could change the world forever.

In this elaborately plotted, fast-paced thriller, Phil Philips takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the streets of Paris and to the Jura mountains of Switzerland, to uncover a secret hidden for thousands of years.

©2016 Phil Philips (P)2017 Phil Philips

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  • Curtis
  • 2017-12-19

OK book, narrator was terrible

the story was fair, but the narrator should find other work. The guy can't do a french accent, and shouldn't try. I can't believe that anyone thought this was good enough to release. Someone really dropped the ball on this one.

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  • roxanne brooks
  • 2020-01-22

Mona Lisa’s Secret

I was really enjoying the story line but just could not finish it because of the narrator. He made the characters sound as if they were on Valium.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-14

i struggled to finish

i struggled to finish the audible book. seemed to crawl along at a snails pace.

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  • Gary Doski
  • 2019-05-31

Too fake

This is my first review but I really felt like I needed to get my frustration out. We only pay $15 for these tapes and it's worth it.

That said, the storyline builds you up and then nothing? The big secret that everybody is being killed to protect ends up being again, no big deal.

Narrator; if any French listeners are offended, they should be. This guys voice box must be made of steel! He makes every French character sound like they have a speech impediment and can't string more than two words together at a time. It is totally pathetic.

Unrealistic: for example, Joey gets the snot beat out of him by a trained comando many times only to be fine immediately after when he should be near dead.

Many things happen that are way too coincidentalor or just plain stupid. The bad guy head comando, gets a free helicopter ride from France to London. Half way there he figures out that he has been duped yet again. So instead of just saying "take me Back to France" he instead pulls a gun on the guy and makes him jump out? And later after getting hit with 50 arrows in the neck and chest, he still fights on and on.....with Joey who finds one of the arrows stuck in bad guys chest that is close to the guys heart. So Joey pushes the arrow in 3-4 inches through the guys heart! But this doesn't stop him either, are you kidding me!

All in all, I was still entertained in a comical way as long as I listened at 1.35 speed. So it's worth $15 but not $16

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  • WendyHP
  • 2018-11-29

narrator is awful

this story was ok, but the narrator's attempts at foreign accents were woefully butchered. it would have been much better if narrator had not used any accents at all

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  • Steve Manke
  • 2018-10-17

A fast and entertaining read/listen

A clever take on a handful of conspiracy theories set across an international backdrop and the pace of a thriller. A compelling plot and interesting characters. It made for a fast and entertaining read/listen.

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  • Brian Mabin
  • 2018-04-19

A fun adventure!

An intriguing plot, interesting characters, exotic places, a perfect combo for a story!

If you like Indiana Jones or loved The Davinci Code, grab this and read it NOW!

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  • Carla Howe
  • 2018-02-15

F word 5 minutes in

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I ordered this book because it had good reviews and was listed under a top seller for Christian Fiction. With that info I thought it would be an exciting book to listen to with my kids. Not five minutes in one of the characters scream F***. Where this might not bother some people I was not prepared to let my four children hear that. I was very upset about that

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  • Sue S
  • 2018-01-09

Narrator was painfully slow

Once I sped the book up to 1.5 x speed he sounded better. The story was ok.

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  • Awilda P. Bregand
  • 2017-12-15

Fun adventure

Loved the story but the accents were massacred! A bit distracting. O’dell shouldn’t do accents.