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The Twelve
     

The Twelve

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by William Gladstone, Johnny Heller (Narrated by)
 

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The Twelve is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about a most unusual man. As a child, Max lives in a world of colors and numbers, not speaking until the age of six. As an adult, Max ventures on a journey of destiny to discover the secret behind the ancient Mayan prophecy about the end of time, foretold to occur on December 21, 2012. When he is fifteen years old

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The Twelve is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about a most unusual man. As a child, Max lives in a world of colors and numbers, not speaking until the age of six. As an adult, Max ventures on a journey of destiny to discover the secret behind the ancient Mayan prophecy about the end of time, foretold to occur on December 21, 2012. When he is fifteen years old, Max has a near-death experience during which he has a vision that reveals to him the names of twelve unique individuals. While Max cannot discern the significance of these twelve names, he is unable to shake the sense that they have deep meaning. Eight years pass before Max meets the first of the twelve. With this, Max's voyage of discovery begins, as he strives to uncover the identities and implications of "the twelve"-individuals he will meet during his journey toward truth, all of whom seem connected, and all of whom may hold the answer to what will happen at the exact moment the world may end. A series of global adventures culminates in a revelation that explains why and how Max and the twelve are destined to unite to discover the magnitude of the meaning of December 21, 2012. Only the twelve can provide the answers, as the fate of all humanity rests in the balance.

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Publishers Weekly
Gladstone's meandering debut, the latest thriller tied to the mystical date of December 12, 2012, when Mayan legend predicts the world's end, charts the life of Max Doff, starting with his conception in 1949 in Tarrytown, N.Y. After Max “dies” briefly at the age 15, he has a vision of 12 people. On returning to consciousness, he begins a decades-long quest to find them. His path takes him to Yale, where his radical philosophical ideas lead to his forced departure from campus. A formulation like “ 'A is, and is not, equal to A' as the ultimate equation in explaining how to penetrate the impenetrable intellectual domain of 'understanding understanding' ” is symptomatic of Max's difficulty in getting his message, whatever it actually is, across. Max then begins globe-trotting as part of the production team for a documentary on ancient astronauts. Serendipitous encounters with “the twelve” will strike many readers as more contrived than magical. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400163892
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
10/05/2009
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

William Gladstone has worked at the highest levels of book publishing, created the Waterside Technical Book Conferences, and has been involved in the creation of several digital publishing enterprises, including the first print-on-demand book publishing company.

Johnny Heller has earned multiple Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, including one for Closing Time by Joe Queenan, and has earned two Audie Awards and many more nominations. Named one of the Top Fifty Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile, he has recorded over five hundred titles.

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Twelve 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Abby Roose More than 1 year ago
This book sounds really good, but it's poorly written. It's very shallow. You don't really get to connect with or know any of the characters. It unfolds like someone is just telling you a story, not like you're experiencing something. Buy it at half price books if you want to read it. It's a good book to stick next to the toilet - you dont get too involved and you can easily put it down.
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Newconnexion More than 1 year ago
Max Doff is an unusual person. Not speaking until age six, his world is filled with numbers and colors. At age 15, he has a near-death experience during which he sees 12 names, yet he can't remember them when he awakes. Eight years later, while on location in Peru for a film production company, Max meets Maria Magdelena Ramirez. It then hits him in a flash: Maria was one of the 12 names he saw in his near-death vision, people he is destined to meet. The Twelve is the story of Max's journey, from birth through Dec. 21, 2012, the date that Mayan prophecy predicts the world will end. Like The Celestine Prophecy, The Twelve combines universal spiritual teachings with an engaging story to create a compelling adventure into the world of the 2012 prophecy. We all hold a Max within, an inner hero who longs to follow his chosen path to inner wisdom to create outer peace in the world. - Vicky Thompson, New Connexion
Wendy-G More than 1 year ago
I am enamored by all the places I traveled in reading The Twelve. Thank you William Gladstone for being so generous at an experiential level. I feel The Twelve opened me to the practical power of synchronicity as well as exposed me to the wealth of information that emerges as people integrate their resources. This story reinstated my motivation to trust in each encounter with what life presents to us. Most importantly, The Twelve illustrates a balanced approach in making personal decisions while acting in accordance to trust in the Universe; the nuances of life. Many of us find our decision making process is challenged by "my will" vs. "thy will" and The Twelve offers us a guide in living the merge of these wills. William Gladstone's work has me believing in "the moment" again; I am encouraged to get involved with others at a deeper level for there is much work to do. - Wendy Graham
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