The Rule of Four
12 hours and 53 minutes
Other Versions - The Rule of Four
Narrator Josh Hamilton - Abridged
A mysterious coded manuscript, a violent Ivy League murder, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide in a labyrinth of betrayal, madness, and genius.
THE RULE OF FOUR
Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the five-hundred-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets—to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled—until an ancient diary surfaces. What Tom and Paul discover inside shocks even them: proof that the location of a hidden crypt has been ciphered within the pages of the obscure Renaissance text.
Armed with this final clue, the two friends delve into the bizarre world of the Hypnerotomachia—a world of forgotten erudition, strange sexual appetites, and terrible violence. But just as they begin to realize the magnitude of their discovery, Princeton's snowy campus is rocked: a longtime student of the book is murdered, shot dead in the hushed halls of the history department.
A tale of timeless intrigue, dazzling scholarship, and great imaginative power, The Rule of Four is the story of a young man divided between the future's promise and the past's allure, guided only by friendship and love.
About the Author - Dustin Thomason
Ian Caldwell was Phi Beta Kappa in history at Princeton University. He lives in Newport News, Virginia. Dustin Thomason won the Hoopes Prize at Harvard University. He lives in New York City. They began writing The Rule of Four after graduating in 1998. The two have been best friends since they were eight years old.
About the Narrator - Jeff Woodman
Jeff Woodman created the title role in Tennessee Williams' The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics' Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous Off-Broadway credits, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. His 200 plus audiobooks have earned him three Audie nominations, fourteen Golden Earphone awards, a People magazine Annual Top 5 citation, and inclusion in AudioFile magazine's Top 50 Voices of the Century.