I liked the basic premise as much as The Da Vinci Code but Dan Brown went a little overboard in this one.
I love the way he managed to actually produce a textbook on religious history using a fictional narrative as the vehicle in which to tell it. This is the same thing he did with TDVC.
There were two things that bothered me about this one that he seems to have grown out of before his next book.
#1. TOO UNBELIEVABLE. There are two kinds of action heroes. The Superman Type and The Regular guy who is thrust into adventure reluctantly. The Superman type is expected to do outrageous feats and survive unbelievable things. The latter type is much less invulnerable.
Langdon is the regular guy. It creates a real problem when he keeps walking away from death as he does in this one. There is a certain license that is acceptable in this kind of thing ? it was crossed here big time.
#2. SILLY CIRCULAR NARRATIVE I don?t know if that?s the right term but here is my own perception of a dialogue passage that thematically occurred at least 6 or 7 times in the story. This is not a quote - just an impression. This would all occur within a two-minute segment probably all on one page in the book
Roberts last hopes faded
A new glimmer of hope hit him
The answer was so clear now that he saw it
His heart sank when he realized that he was in the wrong place
Robert smiled and suddenly felt renewed when Vittoria showed him what she had in her hand?
Then his hopes sank and he knew this was the end when he saw the locked door
Suddenly he rebounded with new faith when he realized what it meant
His hopes were dashed when the light went out
and on and on and on. After the third or fourth go around like this I actually laughed out loud.
All in all the story was interesting and I loved learning the history but it doesnt seem that Dan had honed his writing skills just yet when he put this one together.
This one falls into the "couldn't put it down" category. Immensely informative, energetic, with non-stop action. I was exhausted by the time I finished. I felt it far surpassed the DaVinci Code!
This will be the last Dan Brown novel I will read. It just seemed silly to me.
One of the best books I have ever listened to. I recommended to my husband who doesn't do much reading and he couldn't put it down either. It is too bad the reading of the book is affected by the noises that the reader makes.
While it may true that this book need not be read as a prequel to DaVinci Code, it is almost a carbon-copy of the popular 'sequel' in terms of the storyline, just with different names for all the protagonists, except Robert Langdon of course. The story would probably read well for first-time listeners of Dan Brown, however it didn't quite live up to my expectations after having already read DaVinci Code and loved it for its suspense and brain-teasers (although sometimes a bit transparent) In "Angels", the object of Robert's pursuit is a bit more dramatic than in DaVinci yet I hardly want to care since the story is painfully dumbed down for the reader at several points. Overall, recommended for first-time listeners, not so much for the person looking for something equally or more entertaining than DaVinci and also offering a fresh plot.
Incredible story, keeps you guessing all the way through. Robert Langdon is a great character, so believeable and likable. Dan Brown is by far my favourite author as he researches every aspect of his writing so much so that you could believe he must know Popes/assasins/scientists/secret service agents/police. The way he describes various methods of a character dying/being killed puts shivers down your spine, where did he find out such details... Finished the book on the day the POPE DIED, which made the story even more surreal. After reading a Dan Brown novel, you just have to read all his others!
Dan Brown teaches as he goes! While this is a fictional book it is pact full of non-fictional references of the inner workings at the Vatican when a Pope dies and needs to be replaced. The Fictional parts are pure entertainment and you will leave this story with a great understanding of what goes on at Vatican City durring this time and the role of the Illuminati in history.
This was an absorbing book with many unexpected twists and turns. Just enough romantic interest to keep the plot fascinating, with action adventure in just about every chapter
Dan Brown's <B><U>Angels and Demons</U></B> is an enjoyable, if frequently unbelievable story that simply goes on far too long. It is one of those rare cases where I wish I had taken the abridged version.
There are 137 Chapters in this book and I think it could have safely been ended somewhere around 123 and it would still have been too long. In addition to it's gross length, <B><U>Angels and Demon's</U></B> asked this listener to suspend belief far too often. There is actually one passage that refers to the heroine as having to "buy" one of Langdon's explanations for one of his conclusions and I can't help but feel that Brown was staring his readers in the face daring us to do the same.
However, for all that is bad in this book (it is, I suppose "bad trash" as Stephen King's mother might have said), I still found it to be worth a listen. This is the type of book that would fit perfectly into a new Audible Listener <I>Rental</I> program...
Richard Poe does an okay job reading this but it sounded like he frequently was reading with throat lozenges in his mouth. Also, Poe's accent at the beginning of the book for Maximillian Kohler is really hard to accept.
I hoped it was going to be better than <B><U>The DaVinci Code</U></B> but I can only give this one 3 stars. I recommend you try the abridgement.