This book is both overly long and detailed. While the DaVinci Code was detailed, this one seemed longer and would go into way more depth than necessary for the story or to educate the reader. I was also disappointed in the narration. Richard Poe's overly stressed reading left no nuance to the characters. If you are a Dan Brown fan you will probably like this, if not, find something else.
If you like the DiVince code you will like this book. Its a bit more far feached but none the less a good story & it kept me coming back for more. I found myself looking for the longer ways home so I could keep going with the story before getting home from work. It's a long one but I really enjoyed it.
Like many people I read Angels and Demons because I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, but discovered "Code" is much better. The story here is OK, sometimes downright clever, although much less subtle and more predictable than in "Code." I did keep turning the pages. But the writing is bad enough to be downright annoying at some points. For example: the "point of view" keeps leaping from one character to another like a hyped-up flea; Brown keeps communicating information to the reader very awkwardly by having characters tell one another (or themselves) things they already know; and he uses his characters as mouthpieces for a lot of self-important pontificating. Robert Langdon's ingeniousness is also a bit much here. It's one case in which I would rather have read the book than listen to it, because I would have liked to skip or skim big sections (fast forwarding is trickier -- sometimes you overshoot and have to go back to find the thread of the story again). Still, next time I'm in Rome I'll probably look around for the sites and statues that are the clues in the chase...
If you are reading this hoping to get out of it what you did from reading the Code, you will be disappointed. It just doesn't measure up. Aspects of the Code still remain vivid for me. I really enjoyed that book, but Angels and Demons seems stretched. The high tech of CERN, including the super fast plane, makes you kind of wonder if you were reading an SF novel. The anti-matter device should have just been nuke. That would have bee a lot more frightening.
After ?reading? (re: listening to) the Da Vinci Code, everyone told me I needed to read Angels and Demons. While thoroughly enjoyable, the plot was pretty far fetched as some reviewers have already mentioned. Mr. Brown?s writing is clearly not as polished as his later work but it is still good. Once you get passed the story line, there are a number of twists and turns that will keep you interested through all 18 hours of audio.
My biggest issue was with the person reading the book. I thought Colin Stinton was masterful in his reading of the Da Vinci Code. He provided different voices and accents for each character. I am surprised by the lack of unabridged (I just won?t do abridged) audio books featuring his voice. With nothing personal against Richard Poe, the experience just wasn?t as good.
I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, and looked forward to "reading" this book. The writing is very poor, and the reader has that insufferable "vegas" quality to his voice.
If you really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, this book is marginally worth a read. If not, skip it.
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Having heard this book a short while after Pope John Paul II died, I found it tremendously interesting. While it is a work of fiction, it does offer insight into Catholicism. I loved the twists and the turns. Not QUITE as good as The Code but DEFINITELY worth the 18 hours of your time. As expected, Brown takes you on a tour of Europe and Rome specifically. I always finish his books wanting to research these places and events and see how much he embelished. They say that good literature provokes thought - I guess that makes Brown one of the greats!
I had finally heard enough about the Da Vinci code that I decided that last month I would use my credits to buy it and ANgels and Demons. Boy was that a mistake. Between the gross factual errors about conclave (almost nothing he says about tradition and procedure is correct) and the irritating scientific errors, I was irritated the entire way through. The story itself left me dissapointed as there was so much potential in the topic, but such a poor follow through. All in all I would not waste my time or money on Dan Brown again.
This was my third Dan Brown book, following on the listens of Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress. I enjoyed this book, though having listened to Da Vinci Code first, I found the plot is very simliar to Da Vinici Code. I suggest, as another reviewer did, that you take a break between the two books.
While I did not enjoy the reader nearly as much as in the first two (the reader for this book had a Charlton Heston flair), I was still able to identify with the characters and found myself always looking for time to carry on.