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.
Excellent read. Highly recommended. The further I got into this work the more engaged I became on more levels than the initial hook (which is very pointy, indeed). One of its chief values is the itch it produced to know more of current and pasts of both Church and illuminati history (or lore). The story pulls the reader in inexoribly to a very close read. I found myself staying in the car a bit longer before and after the ride to work just to stay satiated. The traditional juxtaposition of science vs religion is covered in a highly imaginative fashion. Remarkable for the absense of vitriol that usually accompanies the subject matter. You will not be sorry you purchased this work by Dan Brown.
After reading the Da Vinci Code, I picked up this audiobook. I was initially nervous on how good it would be based on the mixed reviews, but overall I can say I liked it just as much as the Da Vinci Code. It's filled with intrigue, suspense, and action. Dan Brown again did his research so there is a high sense of realism to the situations in the book. I would highly recommend this title if you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Written before the now renowned "The DaVinci Code" this book is the exact same format (follow the clues) only more far suspenseful, in an even more spectacular setting and, also, far more violent. Well produced, well read, a sure fire winner. Not for the faint of heart. Also, if you were against his last book on religious grounds THIS book shouldn't offend you. Many twists like any good story and thoroughly engrossing. (I save my last star for "must reads" which usually are fictionalized history. ) Download now and listen BEFORE the movie cuts out the many vivid details of this worthy book.
I liked the historical aspects (accurate or not), and the idea of science and religion juxtaposed, but some of the characters' motivations were thoroughly laughable. In addition, the epiphanies that "solve" the riddles of each clue are not only unbelieveable, but they come only after an agonizing period of you yelling at the protagonist because you have already figured out what his next move should be. I have no desire to read more Dan Brown if this is his idea of a publishable plot.
Convoluted, absurd plot, caricature characters, cliched descriptive language, bad physics, insulting to both the sciences and organized religion, this book was garbage from beginning to end. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code quite a bit (though it too isn't exactly well written) but this one was awful. Sorely disappointing to me. The only reason I finished it was because of my long commute and I was out of books. Save your audible credits or money and get something else.
I really enjoied 80% of this book. The descriptions were very good, I really felt as if I were walking down hallowed halls, dusty catacombs and looking through ancient books. It is obvious that Dan Brown did a lot of research for this book. Like I said, I loved most of it.
My only problem was that at the very, very end I think lost it's way. I would have loved to sit down with Mr. Brown and say "No no no, you don't need to do this at the end. Just do this and keep that the way it is and you'll have a great story...and possibly even a sequel. Now you don't."
My advice to you is right after the big "bang" just turn off the book and then fast forward to the last five minutes. The story is over. Other than that, I loved it. Oh, and the narrator is fantastic. It felt like I was listening to a whole cast.
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Let me say first, Richard Poe did a wonderful job on this narration.
But ... the story was only 2nd rate. The suspense was never held long enough to make it a dynamic read. The main characters were mostly likable but only somewhat believable. The plot twists were confusing rather than intriguing. And when various plot questions are resolved, it happens quickly and with no really satisfying exposition on characters' motivations.
I've previously read this whole series, so have developed my opinions about Brown as a author and Langdon as a primary character. This book is an "ok" warm-up to what in later books becomes a fascinating marriage of author/character.
If you're looking for a standalone story, then I'd skip this. If instead you're invested in the whole set of Langdon books, then I'd suggest giving this one a go. Just don't take this first book as an indicator of what is yet to come.