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.
If you've read a few Dan Brown novels, this one is just about what you're expecting it to be. There's a really entangled mystery, this time involving the Illuminati. There are some great characters, and a weird one or two, and just when you have it figured out, the plot twists like a rollercoaster from Mars. Then they fall in love. Totally formulaic, totally fun. Great light reading.
Poorly written...to the point that I felt bad for english teachers everywhere.
Just skip to Da Vinci code, same type story that is better written.
Like the Da Vinci Code, I didn't want to put this book down. I read it in record time and loved every minute of it.
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.