I saw the movie in 1971 when I was a teenager and had wanted to read the book ever since. I finally purchased it from Audible a few days ago. Unfortunately, I didn't know (or didn't pay attention to) the fact that there was to be an introduction by a mother who had lost her son in Iraq that was intended to create a sense of the outrage she felt at losing her son in a war that was unjustified. It also gave away much more of the plot than I remember from the movie and certainly more than I wanted to hear before reading the book myself.
Don't get me wrong . . . I'm not saying that her outrage is unjustified. It just didn't belong at the beginning of a book that I wanted to discover for myself. It set HER tone, justified though it might be, not mine.
As soon as I realized what was happening to ME as I was listening to the introduction I turned it off and found the beginning of the book. But, alas, I will have to wait awhile before I take it up again.
It reminds me of the time in the early to mid 70's when Charles Schultz ran a Sunday cartoon featuring Lucy and Linus watching "Citizen Cane" on TV. The last plate of the cartoon had Lucy telling Linus, "Rosebud is . . . . . . .". It ruined the anticipation for a whole generation of people who had not seen the movie. People who have read a book or have seen a movie or play should NEVER give anything away that might change the experience for others.
This book was very hard to get through . . . I kept waiting for something to happen, and it never did. It seemed as though Dan Brown first researched a whole lot of symbols and Italian buildings, chose which ones he liked, then wrote an unimaginative, convoluted, unbelievable story around them. I didn't even care what happened to Robert Langdon!
There are so many hidden, mysterious Vatican archives, secrets and scandals that Brown could have crafted into a very enlightening story that would excite people into the kind research they did after the Da Vinci Code. This definitely was NOT one of them.
I've owned this audiobook since 2003. Over the past 7 years I've tried listening to it again and again, but have never gotten past the first chapter because I find the narrator's voice so irritating as to be totally distracting. Tenacious as I am, I have finally given up in 2011.
I am unable to comment on the story, but still find the book description intriguing. Alas, I will have to purchase an hard copy to find out what it is all about.
Even though the title sounded a bit strange, I bought this book after reading the reviews. A history buff who has read many books about Abraham Lincoln and a fan of vampire stories since I immensely enjoyed the Vampire Series by Ann Rice many years ago, I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad I did.
I was immediately captivated by the narrator, Scott Holst, who did a splendid job narrating a "journal". As the story unfolded, I found myself drawn into the history, often wondering which "facts" and which people were true history and which were a product of the author's imagination.
This is a fun book with an intriguing mixture of history and fantasy.
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