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This audio version falls flat. The charecters are thin, the story weak and the ending as exciting as watching Geraldo open Capones vault, i.e. EMPTY. I usually steer clear of abridged titles and really wish I had this time.
I was so ready for this story to be over, and when it was...I felt let down. It was as if the author just kept trying to think something else up to make the story longer.
If I had read the reviews before listening to the book I would probably have purchased the abridged version. In that case the book would probably had a five star rating. I bought it to listen to in the vehicle, but did end up listening to the rest of it after I got home. It did hold my attention.
It is always a pleasure when the author can weave the story so that you are unable to figure out who-dun-it. In this offering I was sure I knew the teacher's identity but then started to back off that idea. So I wasn't to surprised when the teacher was revealed.
All and all I believe it was a great listen, and certainly got me thinking of the possibilities.
Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.
Having heard the abridged version, I couldn't understand what the fuss was all about. NOW, in the middle of listening to the unabridged version, I do get it! The abridged version cuts out the detail, color, flavor and background so that, while you get the plot, you lose all interest in the characters and in what will happen. It DOES do a good job of outlining the premise of the book without confusing the listener, and the reader is good, but it's not a pleasure, just another ho-hum listen.
The book was an interesting listen and pretty entertaining. Those who are looking for literature - skip it. Those who are looking for history - skip it. But if you are looking for a pretty interesting listen and a clever (though recycled) plot, it might be what you're looking for. The lines between fiction and fact are very blurry, and Mr. Brown seems to prefer making assertions that are dubious (at best) about historical manuscripts, etc., but once again this is not intended (I hope) to be a historical treatise, but simply entertainment. Enjoy it and take it for what it is.
The writing style reminds me of what my 4th or 5th grade teacher encouraged(that's generous). The content is horrific. The assumptions are absurd. What a waste of trees to put such nonsense into print! What a waste of my time. I thought the entire book most elementary; and most notably, poorly written. How this book holds interest for a moderately informed individual concerning the general content still amazes me.
This was a great story and sometimes I had to remind myself that it is only fiction. The premise was incredible, but could offend some. I was not offended and enjoyed every bit of the story, which started out in much the same way it ended, exciting, gripping, suspenseful and thought provoking. I would highly recommend.
This book is more than a thriller. It has all kinds of historical and religious details intermixed with the plot, making it a superb read/listen. It was one of those books which, for me, was impossible to put down. I listened to it every spare minute and when it was over I wished it wasn't. Loved it. As far as all the controversy goes, come on people ... it's fiction ....get a grip!
My wife and I really enjoyed the unabridged version of The DaVinci Code but this was after we got half way through the abridged version (from a different seller). The abridged version is less than half the length and we were dismayed to realize that the material left out included a lot of content that was, perhaps embarrassing for the Catholic Church. So, in this case "abridged" is more like "censored" and I would have to give it only 1 star instead of the 4 stars for the unabrideged book (shame on Dan Brown for approving the abridged version).
At any rate, the unabridged version has lots of suspense, Brown spins a good yarn and the historical stuff is truly fascinating.