Entertaining but not as good as the da vinci code. Every sentence in this book is over dramatised. I like the flow and the pace of the book very much. Read it if you want to entertain yourself.
First let me say excellent reader!
Too bad they did not have better material. This was exciting up until the end, whichh took 1.5 hoours to resolve itself. It was all climax then CHOP its done. I am very disappointed in its lack of brightness. Not very clever Mr. Brown so who REALLY wrote the Davinci Code? DaVinci himself? ;-)
I enjoyed this audiobook. It's not Dan Brown's best work (Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons are better I think), but it's in a similar vein and makes for fun listening while in the car. The abridged version moves you through the storyline fairly quickly. I would have liked a little more plot twists and action.
The narrator does a great job with voices and adds a lot to the audiobook.
Nothing spectacular here. Didn't seem to give you as much research learning as do Brown's other works. I enjoyed it overall, but it just didn't grab me. I had a high level of dislike for the reader. He was flat and annoying, especially with his role play voices - the worse I have ever heard.
This is my least favorite of Brown's books. Maybe it was the abridged version but I honestly got bored with it. If you have read all the other Dan Brown books, skip this one.
Working for the NSA for several years in the early nineties, I found the book fairly accurate.
Dan Brown seems to fill in the facts with fiction to make it easy to read.
Well, the story itself is OK. Not as good as Angels or Da Vinci but I think it's worth a listen. However the narrator was truly awful. As a previous reviewer mentioned, it's not an easy book to listen to. If you like well read books then this is not one for you.
After reading The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons this book was very disappointing. I read the other reviews warning as much first, but noted that The DaVinci Code also had similar reviews, so I figured I'd take my chances. It couldn't be THAT bad.
Overall, I'd say it was a very average book. The narrator's voice sounded almost electronically simulated. For anyone who watches the series 24 and is fed up with the stupid "Kim Bauer" plotless plots to fill time, about half of this book is the same thing.
I'm curious what was left out this "abridged" version because it did read fine. I don't know if I could have handled it being any longer!!!! Then again, maybe what was left out could have made it more enjoyable.
Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Georgia Regents University.
I have to agree with other reviewers that this novel is FAR below the quality of DaVinci. Just about every single twist or mystery was so predictable that you just wanted to scream at the moronic "geniuses" who couldn't figure out the most obvious of answers. The story had some interesting aspects, but the technical innacuracies, major inconsistencies, serious character flaws, stupid situations, and mediocre to poor writing are so distracting that I just couldn't enjoy whatever positives there were. I'm glad Dan Brown kept writing and didn't give up after this miserable attempt. His ability to imagine and tell stories has obviously improved significantly. Perhaps his poor writing style will improve as well.
PS - and yes, the narrator is a maddeningly dreadful slow-speaking monotone, as well--this thing should have lasted only 10 hours, max.