The Book of Fate

Version: Unabridged
Author: Brad Meltzer
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Thriller, Political Thriller
Publisher: Warner Adult
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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A dark conspiracy and a 200-year-old secret add up to the most fast-paced, explosive thriller yet from "New York Times" bestselling author Meltzer.

Reviews (16)

didn't work for me

Written by Anonymous on November 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I gave the book a chance up to disk number 3. I felt there is potential but I couldn't click with this book. Perhaps a bridged version would work better...

No Go, Rogo

Written by Joan on May 31st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Did not like this book at all!! Way too long and dragged out. The main character annoyed me. I suffered through it but would not encourage anyone else to do so.

Book of Fate

Written by Anonymous on March 25th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Keeps you guessing. Great story line and a true mystery. Only problem was damage on disk 10. I had to skip part of that disk

The Book of Fate

Written by 3D from Manchester, NH on June 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. Yes, the main character was a whiner, but that was his personality and a big part of his struggle. As for the masons angle, and lack of its actual use in the novel, I think it's the advertisers' fault for abusing that "hot" topic to sell books. Can't blame them; it's what they do. I think the author did a great job crafting the different personalities (observing their strengths and weaknesses) and setting up the intrigue and suspense. It's one of the few books I've listened to that has made me look forward to my commute. This review has nothing to do with my crush on Scott Brick. ;-)


Written by TK on May 27th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

He lost me when Wes managed to cut his finger while jabbing his car key into the ignition. "Hurt like a needle" indeed! Wes is a wuss. The book would be half as long if we cut out all of the whining.

How Many Times?

Written by Anonymous on April 18th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

How many times is this same book going to be written. Just listen to the abridged Davinci Code. It is a lot shorter, more intelligent, and ... oh sorry, I drifted off just thinking about this book.

Fateful Comparison

Written by Mandi Scott Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on October 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The Book of Fate offers the reader/listener interesting plot twists, reasonably well developed characters (considering the suspense novel genre usually sacrifices character development to plot and action), and intriguing details about life as a White House insider. However, because NYT best-selling thriller writer, Brad Meltzer, chose the Masons to weave this particular mystery around, this book will forever be subjected to a fateful comparison with another book steeped in Masonic esoteria: Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. Unfortunately for Meltzer, he is no Dan Brown.

The Book of Fate

Written by Robin on November 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was exciting and my heart went out to the wounded hero in the story. I had seen this book on the bookstore shelf and was turned off my the title and the idea of story about the mason but that was secondary to the story. The story was really about seeing people for who they are and what you can give up if people become idols. I loved it.

The Book of Fate

Written by Dan from Dunnville, ON on July 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book. However, in some spots i did find that it would repeat is self. As a truck driver with nothing but time i had no problem with the legnth of the book. It did keep me guessing right up to the end how the whole thing went together

Too long

Written by Anonymous from Kennesaw, GA on June 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A fairly simple story that drags on far too long. It was very hard to keep listening as the "hero" agonizes over everything inside his head, over and over and over. The story hinges on a far-fetched and never believable conceit that becomes more ludicrous as the book continues. And do not be lured by the "200-year-old secret" or the references to the Masons in the books write-up, neither are very important to the story in a meaningful way.

Author Details

Author Details

Meltzer, Brad

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game. He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby—and is the number one selling author of the critically acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America. His newest comic book, DC Universe, will be released in August, and his new thriller, The Book of Lies, will be published in September.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all six of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which was about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter, then The Millionaires, which was about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are—literally—gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate, is about a young presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200 year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that ties them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. His newest book, The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel's family about the murder.

His books have spent over nine months on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.