After reading the Da Vinci Code I was afraid this would be very similar and redundant - I couldn't have been more wrong! This story is compelling and intriguing from the beginning and keeps you engrossed right thru to the end.
I found this book very slow to get into. My husband, who had just finished listening to the book himself, urged me to continue on. I'm glad I did. I found that I could not put this book down. I thought the story line was very original and I liked to hear about all of the history of the Vatican. The narrator did an excellent job, I would like to listen to other books that he has narrated.
The end of the book slowed down again too. I kept thinking that I was at the end of the book but it continued on. I definitely think that the end could have been about half the length. To add to it, I thought the very last line was highly disappointing.
I completely enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down so to speak. It kept my interest throughout. The only thing that I didn't care for was the corny times...overall, I enjoyed the book.
I suggest,that you listen to THIS one first before going to the DaVinci Code, I did and found I enjoyed this one MORE.
The only problem with this book is its the story as Da Vinci Code, exactly the same. But I found the premise for this book better, the beautiful St Peter's Square and the surrounding Vatican a better backdrop and more engrossing story.
I like both books but I think this is a better book than the DaVinci Code. It starts out slow but the last half of the book is much more "exciting".
It was a chore to get through the whole book. I was usually 2 steps ahead as the narrator droned on about uninteresting issues. The abridged version may be kinder to the listener. I wasted a few hours listening to drivel unimportant to the plot development. Perhaps the author was getting paid by the page.
The first two parts of this book are terrific! The story moves at "break-neck" speed and is engrossing. The third part is really disappointing. The principle of "the willing suspense of disbelief" is stretched to its limits. The conclusion becomes obvious in the second part and in the third part, the main characters loose all credibility, going from being intelligent, resourceful protagonists to being stupid and helpless. It's worth buying because there is an enthralling book in Parts 1 and 2.
A mixture of fact and fiction with neither the Church nor CERN coming off as truthfully presented. Really neither scientists nor clergy are so two dimensional. Readers will be unable to tell the accuracy of the science presented. I don't like stereotyped presentations of any group. I'm sorry I bought this book. And it was tastelessly gory. The Da Vinci Code was better.
Those who read The Da Vinci code will have an unmistakable sense of deja vu. As far as plausibility / historical & scientific accuracy is concerned, this is no better than a tabloid.