Although almost the exact same formula as Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons is still a great book and I did not feel like I was reading the same book twice. The only thing I did not like was the voice acting for the main character (Robert Langdon). The narrator's voice for him made him sound like he was always out of breath or perhaps constipated. Very annoying at first, but I eventually got over it.
Enjoyed "Da Vinci"...so thought I might like this. But as mentioned already...juvenile - I do have a hard time beleiving the same author wrote both.
Yes, it seems like it might have been a first draft of Da Vinci Code. But I thoroughly enjoyed every interesting, fast paced, action-filled, fun minute of this book. It explores the relationship between science and religion (allies or opposites?) without getting preachy. More twists and turns than a mountain road,and nearly as fun.
Enjoy intellectually stimulating mysteries. Dislike story lines use a lot of violence, gun play and highly improbable events.
I enjoyed the DaVinci Code, which while a fictional story at least had only limited portions of it that required you to suspend your critical judgment and allow implausible time-lines and character actions to become real in the story. In this book, there is simply too much of that. After maybe a hour of ridiculously impossible story line action, I felt the author was insulting my intelligence and lost interest.
I was excited to read a book about the illuminati, but this was not what I had hoped for. I agree with the reviewer that the plot was the same as for the DaVinci code. I thought DaVinci was much more interesting. I just couldn't get into it; and what some folks describe as riveting action, I thought was on the edge of ridiculous. What, Rome has no battery chargers?
This is FICTION people, with some truth mixed in. A sad commenatry for these listeners that can't even read that this book is in the FICTION section. Oh yes, there is some truth mixed in but very little. That's what makes it a good book. You don't have to believe me, just do some legitmate research and don't work from your prejudices. Read a fiction book, enjoy it, but use that one brain cell and understand it's FICTION. Another sad commentary that one would have to post this wakeup call. This should be a place for a book review, not a forum for prejudice.
Awesome, awesome book and now it is a movie. Can't wait to see it. The book is well written and captivating. You will not be able to put it down.
Dan Brown is an excellent writer. I enjoy reading a lot of these type of books especially from Dan Brown. The adventures and thrills that he puts you through is outrageous.
Audio specific: Many busy characters without much differentiation in voices - gets a little confusing when distracted by driving, etc... Who? What? Pretty good at level 3 quality.
As for book review in general - found the romantic sub-plot to be poorly presented and silly. But the story was very engaging and well told overall.
Whoever is spreading the rumor that Angels and Demons if better than The Divinci Code is crazy! The story is preposterous, and the ending is absolutely unbelievable. I hated it.
For everyone that said this was as good as or better than "DaVinci Code", I have a bone to pick with you. "Angels and Demons" isn't better than "DaVinci Code", and it's not half as intruging or suspensful as my most recent listen "The Pieces of the Puzzle".
Angels and Demons is one of those books that sucks you in with an intriguing, apparently well researched story but its a rather run of the mill action story with a reluctant hero who cheats death and amazingly solves puzzles just in time. The ending is completely contrived and not believable in the slightest. In contrast, "Da Vinci Code" and "The Pieces of the Puzzle" had me wondering if it could be real or could have actually happened.