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.
I, like most reviewers, admit that this is an unbelievable tale. To me, that is what fiction should be. Having read The DaVinci Code prior to Angels and demons left me feeling like the character of Robert Langdon was developed and rounded; however, if you haven't read The Davinci Code, you would probably feel a bit wanting about his credentials and overall character. There are many "circular narratives" as one reviewer refers to which gave me a roll of the eye or two. Langdon "miraculously" solves each puzzle too many times. I hated this story as a bad spin from The Davinci Code up until the big bang at the end. At that point, it gave me pause and I enjoyed it immensely. Dan Brown must have been presurred to release the prequel quickly or just got lazy on some of the research. Mostly a good read and worth a book credit, but not the best yet.
A great way to spend the commute- stuck in traffic while Robert Langdon races around Rome, trying to get a step ahead of a cunning killer!
Dan Brown enables you to visualize all the hidden niches and underground pathways of the Illuminati path with amazing clarity. . . I was enlightened!
Richard Poe is an excellent narrator. He puts the pauses in the right place. You can tell which character is speaking the words even before the author lets you know. He spoke the italian words so fluently that they sounded better than anything I would have thought of.
There were so many locations in Rome talked about that it makes me want to go to Rome very badly. There is a lot of art talked about but the author explains it so carefully that I want to go back and write down the locations so I know what to look forward to.
The author did his homework both on science and christianity (vatican city, rome). It does not matter that you are not a christian to read this book, you do not need to be.
This is the second Dan Brown book I have read, _ The DaVinci Code_ being the other, and now I know what the references were about that were sprinkled through the Code. This book was constructed well for the first 80%, and the reader does a good job of keeping the listener interested but does not go overboard with the affectations and accents some readers tend to use. Near the end, however, the story gets to be a little too neat- too contrived- like the author put himself into a corner and didn't have a more realistic way of getting out of it.
Some of the thoughts within on the questions and battles between Science and Religion are thought provoking as well, especially if the reader considers current events.
I really enjoyed this title. It really kept you on the edge of your seat. I like a tale that piques the imagination and it surely did. An interesting note about Brown's audio book, They seem to use one of two readers, Richard Poe and Paul Michael. They lend a totally different feel to the characters, especially Robert Langdon and the story in general.
Very disappointing. After a while the book seems to drag on and on. If in Da Vinci Code you are on the edge of your seat, in this book you won't even get to the seat, the auction is simply too slow-moving.