The Gargoyle

  • von Andrew Davidson
  • Sprecher: Lincoln Hoppe
  • 19 Std. 15 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide - for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.
A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life - and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house.
But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only 27 sculptures left to complete - and her time on earth will be finished.
Already an international literary sensation, The Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.


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What a ride!

I picked this audio book because of its mysterious background around Marianne Engel, and was a somehow shocked when I started reading the first part. Not for the faint hearted, it described the car accident of the story teller, and how he was burnt alive in detail, staying conscious all the time. Continuing with his treatment in the burn ward, I learned a lot of medical facts that I found interesting. With the appearance of his visitor, Marianne Engel, the story unwinds and reveals the mystic part. An unusual book, that grabbed me from the first to the last page, with its graphic, yet touching, humourous and philosophic storytelling. This book stands out, wow, what a ride!
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- CRoth1964


ein wirklich erstaunliches Buch, und ausgesprochen gut gelesen. Ich habe beide Versionen gehört, die englische und die deutsche, obwohl die deutsche Version diesesmal sehr gut ist, empfehle ich die englische - sie ist aussergewöhnlich gut. Eine Geschichte wird hier erzählt, die so ungewöhnlich ist, daß ich sie fast ohne Unterbrechung bis zum Ende gehört habe, fasziniert von dem ungewöhnlichen Stoff. Endlich mal wieder eine Geschichte, die nicht vorhersehbar ist, die mit immer wieder neuen Ideen überrascht.
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- Dr.

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 03.09.2008
  • Verlag: Random House Audio