This book is fun. It's not great literature, but it's fun. It was a great way to pass time while laying on a beach or working out or driving to work. Some of it's a little hokey (ok, alot), but my disbelief was suspended. The biggest problem with this book on audio is that some of the plot points are visual and if you can't see them, you lose something. But, overall, I was entertained fully, and actually like this book over "The DaVinci Code". I give 4 stars because it did what it was suposed to do; entertain me in a fun and surprising way.
I am Interested in the illuminotti, and all of that information was good. The story was poor, and not up to Dan Brown's other books. I think the story was used as a basket to carry the information on the illuminotti.
This could have been a wonderful book, and I still must rate it above average. But there are too many problems to go beyond three stars.
I almost didn't get to Chapter 20. Richard Poe's style in the beginning of the book was over-dramatic. Even the reading of the chapter titles was done in a way to suggest danger or something sinister. Thankfully there was a significant change in style and the remainder of the story was paced in a way that allowed the listener to "take an occassional breath".
But, much like The Da Vinci Code, the story ends in a chase scene with wildly unrealistic twists and turns.
I enjoy the bits of history and science, but feel the book is let down by the need for a "Hollywood" screenplay.
CONCLUSION: [3 out of 5 stars] Could have been better but still a fun listen.
Too many mouth and throat noises reduce enjoyment of experience. I very much dislike being subjected the reader’s mouth sounds, swallowing sounds, throat and nasal, saliva and mucus sounds and digestive sounds. Well, you get the picture. This could be avoided by using a different microphone/acoustics.
Music interludes do not add to an audio book.
NARRATION: Well skilled at character presentation and consistency. Nice voice timber and clarity.
I felt a big personality shift in the character of this Robert Langdon from the “Da Vinci Code” Robert Langdon. Its not good craft to change the personality of a character to fit the plot in different books.
Errors in fiction are inevitable, but to introduce gratuitous errors isn’t good craft. An example was the characters not smelling rotting corpses until after they notice the lid to the corpse repository was open, and THEN nearly being incapacitated by the smell.
I did feel the story was exciting overall and I did want to listen to it in spite of the issues already noted. And if the plot twists are a bit far fetched, they are fun.
I previously read The DaVinci Code and while this has many of the same themes, I thought it was less intricate but with more suspense. If you're traveling it sure makes the time speed by pleasantly. It was read wonderfully and had me looking forward to more at every turn. This was the best book I've had from Audible so far.
This was by far my favorite book. It is fascinating, rivetting, fast-paced, and filled with so much action that it exhausted me to listen to it. I highly recommend this book.
I'm giving two stars just for the research Dan Brown performed to write this novel (I'm not going to even get into its accuracy -- this is fiction, after all) and for weaving it into a remarkable story. Too remarkable. About halfway through it begins to read like a writing exercise where a number of completely unrelated ideas are listed and the writer has to somehow use them all in a story. Three quarters through, you begin to wonder how much more ridiculous it can become, and by the end you know.
Brown's writing is only fair -- his basic premise ultimately proves to be so unbelievable that he has to increasingly lead the reader regarding the character's emotions and motivations; because of this, few of of the characters are likeable. There is little subtlety in his writing and no hesitation to suddenly establish important facts to "explain" something very late in the plot. Brown asks the reader to suspend so much belief and critical thinking that in the end there is also little substance to the story. Couple this with far too many long, tedious preachy passages about Science and the Catholic Church and you end up with a story that long overstays its welcome.
If Angels and Demons were just a "warm-up" for writing the DaVinci Code, then I can see some value in it; but be aware that there are significant qualitative differences between the two novels on every front. It's not often that a book I've finished leaves me wondering why I wasted so much of my time, but this is one of those. It is partially redeemed by the narrator's reading, but with such poor material to work with, it's a shame he wasted his time too.
Skip this one -- read the DaVinci Code twice instead.
Listening to this book took me into another world. I've avoided fiction work, preferring nonfiction but this is almost a hybrid; enough fact-based items to make it very believable. The style is easy to follow and just as you've forgotten a sub plot, Dan Brown brings it back to the forfront keeping the entire picture intact. I read the book first, then listened to the audio and got much more of the details from the audio. Great edge-of-the-seat suspense and believability. Bogging down somewhat in the last few chapters is my only criticism.