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  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Not What I Expected But Good"

    This was a very good book. Not as good as "The Pieces of the Puzzle" by Robert Stanek AND not completely what I expected BUT very good. It is a fictional work but it does make you wonder for a moment if the book could actually be factual as opposed to fanciful. In this novel, Dan Brown begins with a murder inside the Louvre, and then goes from there to spin an exciting yarn of mystery and suspense. It's a bit long for an audiobook but it's worth it. Just make sure you get the unabridged version so you don't miss out on anything!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "Not his best work"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Will says: "Excellent -- one of the best!"
    "Wonderful epic story"

    Now this is what Audible listening is all about! I listen in my car to and from work. Sometimes I listen while at home but only if the story is very good which this one is. I found myself looking forward to quiet times when I could listen. I found myself losing track of time. The story has mystery, magic, and fantasy. I liked the characters, they are all like real people with hopes and dreams and fears and worries. The narration is good and doesn't get in the way of the story.

    As this is the first of the series, this book spends a bit of time introducing the characters. I liked Vilmos and Adrina from the start. How could you not with all that's happening to them at the start? When I finished I couldn't wait to read the sequel and I'm glad I had it at the ready so I could go right into it.

    The writing is the book is very well done. There are very few books written so well. The descriptions aren't overly details, but adequate so you get a sense of time and place. The world setting is very interesting especially in the later books. This is one of the books I think is much better listened to than read to allow you to feel the emotions. The author has a knack for making conversations flow.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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