One must acknowledge the fine quality of the sound production and Paul Michael's narration. And, Dan Brown certainly can construct a tortuously convoluted tale. Unfortunately, that's all this story is. Brown takes a simplistic and highly improbable plot and wraps it in unconvincing layers of false mystery and mysticism.
The characters are unbelievable, their motivations nonsensical. The only ones who don't see through the holes in the plot are the characters themselves. The dialog is stilted. No one thinks to ask the next logical question, but seems content to listen to overly verbose exposition. Guess what? Concepts cloaked in supposedly spiritual jargon aren't actually profound. It's just noise. Citing scientific evidence in support of paranormal claims don't make the claims true--science is based on peer-review and the repeatability of experimental results.
Ultimately, the payoff just isn't there. I understand that Brown delayed publication of this book for quite some time. It seems as if he knew this book wasn't measuring up. It still doesn't.
I think this book was written to be a movie. I was particularly irritated with the "I know someting you don't know, Grasshopper" characters. My last Dan Brown.
I stuck with this piece of rubbish on an 800 mile road trip. Repetitive, cardboard characters, implausible time line, and a complete disrespect for the intelligence of the reader.
Started off exciting, then went terribly downhill. Hard to believe everyone in the world speaks in riddles, I don't see people in crisis making sure their friends figure out the problem instead of tell them the answer. At any time into the second part, I would have been happy to stop this book, I've only said that about a few of over 100 audio books.
Very entertaining and as usual for Dan Brown, full of interesting little details- a little too full for an audio book, an abridged version might have been better. And I totally agree with previous reviews that it got too long after the main plot was resolved. I kept thinking that in print I might have enjoyed it more as I could better absorb the tidbits which were interesting enought that I would like to remember them but find my mind turned to fuzz at some point
The first part and most of the second was very entertaining. The resort to literal intepretation of the bible (and related texts) after the bad guy had been dispatched and the code interpreted was a literary drag and quite unecessary.
I am glad that I listened to this book, but it is hard to give much praise. The DaVinci Code was one of the best books ever written in my opinion. The story captivated from page one to the end. So, my question is how could Dan Brown have possibly scored on a follow up novel? He couldn't and it is hard to imagine him doing it successfully. This book seemed similar to The DaVinci Code, but it took far too long for the story to turn interesting and it seemed like the story was really over with two more hours os listening, so the end petered out. I think if someone had not read his previous novel, they might get more enjoyment out of this one. All in all, I can only give two stars and, for pete's sake, if you haven't read The Davinci Code, do it soon. It was fantastic.
Funny that another recent reviewer said the same thing. About halfway through the book I was wishing the whole time I had bought the abridged version. I am a big fan of unabridged audio books. If this book had been shorter, I would have given it one more star. I loved the Davincci Code, Angels & Demons and Deception Point. But this book just seemed to drag on and on. And there was way too much description and too many details that added nothing to the story. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, but towards the end I was getting frustrated with it. I thought Angels & Demons read as though it were a movie, but this felt like reading a screenplay. Just too much direction in it. I was thinking is Robert Langdon only useful for knowing what certain symbols are, because he seems pretty dense about so many other things.
I really enjoy Dan Brown. I have read every book he has written. I have enjoyed watching as his writing improved and his story lines became more dramatic. He has developed into a fantastic writer. This book was well written, well planned, and well researched. The plot and theme were great. The final scenes were great and very unpredictable. I'm just sad he strayed from the church, but he sure has strayed in his movies also. I love a great book with religeous overtones, so going with the burnt out Freemason story line just left me dry.