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Angels and Demons | [Dan Brown]

Angels and Demons

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. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.
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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. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.

©2000 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc., AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Divison, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Phillip Cary, NC, USA 05-17-04
    Phillip Cary, NC, USA 05-17-04
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    "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"

    After reading some of he reviews I was a bit leery of this book but I am so glad I got it. It was spell binding, tense, action packed and I could not turn it off. I was driving in circles just to hear more! Get this book, you?ll love it!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey D. Gawrys Draper, UT 05-19-09
    Jeffrey D. Gawrys Draper, UT 05-19-09 Member Since 2004

    Say something about yourself!

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    "YIKES!!! The Book is MUCH Better than the Movie..."

    I listened to the book twice before seeing the movie... roughly a year apart. About an hour into the movie I was looking at my watch thinking... OK, this has to happen, then this, then this before we get out of here.

    The book is a clear 5-STARS; the movie is no more than 2-STARS. I'm sure if you haven't seen the movie, you'll like it. If you've read the book, however, you're going to hate the movie. GET THE BOOK - UNABRIDGED. Lastly, Richard Poe was great in reading this book; 5-STARS for him as well.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 06-02-04
    Rachel Chicago, IL, United States 06-02-04 Member Since 2004
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    "A Trip Inside the Vatican"

    Although this book is a prequel to <i>The DaVinci Code</i>, also written by Dan Brown, I actually read it afterwards. In the beginning I felt his style of writing was a bit rustier than the smoothness of <i>The DaVinci Code</i>. I also saw a different side of his main character which I didn't really appreciate at first. However, once I got into the book, I actually felt it was faster-paced and more suspenseful than <i>The DaVinci Code</i>.

    The beginning takes you inside CERN and was a bit hard to listen to since they were describing several scientific processes. I had to re-listen a few times to deeply understand. But after the first several chapters the mystery unfolds and the book plays out like a favorite Robert Ludlum novel.

    This is one I actually couldn't stop listening too! The story takes you into the depths of Rome and inside the Vatican, detailing several practices. The journey takes you inside the Vatican Library, into St. Peter's tomb, catacombs, castles, secret passageways, various churches and more.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey Boulder, CO, USA 04-14-04
    Geoffrey Boulder, CO, USA 04-14-04
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    "A must for fans of The Da Vinci Code"

    This was my first book by author Dan Brown and his character Robert Langdon, and I was very happy with it. In this prequel to The Da Vinci Code we are introduced to Mr Langdon, a symbologist, as he is called to CERN to help with the murder of one of their top scientists. He in turn is introduced to the scientist's daughter, Vittoria Vetra, who helps him with the investigation, which takes them to Rome and Vatican City. As can be assumed by this setting, the story has a lot to do with Christianity and it's secrets, and the information is presented very well. It also deals with the Illuminati, and therein lies the intrique.

    The story is a 'page-turner' and keeps you riveted to the very end. While not necessary to read before The Da Vinci Code, it is a prequel, mainly in presenting an earlier 'adventure' of Langdon, an extremely likable main character.

    89 of 97 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09
    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Better in some ways, and worse in others"

    Like most people I only became aware of this story after having seen and read The Da Vinci code. This book is very suspenseful and the whodunnit/spoilers in this book beat those of the Da Vinci code. If you got used to his writing in the Da Vinci code, it is kind of annoying to go back to an earlier book where Brown uses a lot of cliche's regarding epiphones that Langdon has. It gets old having things' come to a stunning realization stronger than anything he had ever realized before." I think the cliche part is a little more noticeable because it is in audio form. Fantastic read though, 1000 times better than the movie.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kristoff 04-14-04
    Kristoff 04-14-04 Member Since 2003
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    "UNABRIDGED....about time!"

    This was an excellent read when I first read it upon its initial release! I was happy when I stumbled upon Audible and found Dan Browns books; however I was saddened that Angels and Demons was only available in the ABRIDGED version. After listening to it I was very disappointed in all that was left out. I an now estatic at being able to listen to the UNABRIDGED version....can't wait!

    43 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 04-30-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 04-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "First rate thriller, with weak writing."

    The bad first. Dan Brown is a pretty bad writer. He overexplains, his characters are constantly amazed or some other cliche expression, many characters are so extreme they seem silly, and his hero seems very unlike a Harvard professor. Also, the constant commentary on the struggle between "religion" and "science" seems overblown.

    But the story is non-stop action and intrigue, and he does a better job of working his "conspiracy theory" stuff into the action in this one than in "The Da Vinci Code." And the plot is strong. You will know right away who the bad guy is, and then you will change your mind a dozen times before the end. Brown has a knack for knowing what you are assuming and using that against you.

    Overall, a thrilling book with a good, though overdone and not original, debate about religion and science, and several hairsbreadth and impossible escapes that will tax credulity. The writing is annoying, but the story survives anyway.

    Not sure why some people think it's so gruesome. He mentions a detached body part or two, but he doesn't go into graphic detail about them. I've got a weak stomach, and wasn't bothered by anything.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Neha Jain LA, California 05-28-09
    Neha Jain LA, California 05-28-09 Member Since 2009

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    "A Great Read...hear!"

    Angels and Demons is really well worth your time. Its an excellent book, great plot, and the narrator is just fabulous. He manages to play the roles for so many people so well. Sometimes its hard to get into a story when you are listening rather than reading, but this one, you will love!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DWM Bradenton, FL 01-18-08
    DWM Bradenton, FL 01-18-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Wonderful book, won't want to stop listening"

    Dan Brown writes an amazing story of the church history and the demons that haunt it. The reader of the book (Poe - I think) is about the best I've heard and really brings the book to life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Branden Lafayette, LA, United States 11-26-05
    Branden Lafayette, LA, United States 11-26-05
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    "Sorely disappointed..."

    I liked the historical aspects (accurate or not), and the idea of science and religion juxtaposed, but some of the characters' motivations were thoroughly laughable. In addition, the epiphanies that "solve" the riddles of each clue are not only unbelieveable, but they come only after an agonizing period of you yelling at the protagonist because you have already figured out what his next move should be. I have no desire to read more Dan Brown if this is his idea of a publishable plot.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Joanne
    Ras Al Khaimah
    11/9/05
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    "Demons & Angels"

    Fantastic, spell binding and compulsive listening as always.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • PinkMilk
    London
    3/2/07
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    "Better than the Da Vinci Code!"

    I have just come to the worst part of this book: the end!! I could easily have gone for another eighteen hours of listening. Having really enjoyed the da Vinci Code before this one, I fancied another From One Clue To The Next kind of story, but I had not expected anything this exciting: Cern, antimatter, the Vatican, a group called the Illuminati.... fantastic stuff. Just couldn't stop listening, not even late at night in bed! Oh, I wish there was another one like this!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    lincsUnited Kingdom
    12/26/05
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    "fantastic"

    It's one of those stories you find yourself thinking about when you haven't got time to listen and are supposed to be thinking about something else!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Davina
    United Kingdom
    7/30/05
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    "Enjoyable rubbish"

    A brilliant thriller (if not as good as The Da Vinci Code) with twists, turns and no shortage of tension. Just take the 'facts' and science with a pinch of salt.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/3/09
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    "Imaginative tale with some flaws"

    Dan Brown can certainly create intriguing and fast-paced stories. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code as an enthralling narrative, but thought the writing poor. Angels and Demons is less clich?-ridden and better written. Both books appear to be based on a lot of historical research, though I'm not able to judge the authenticity. Some of the science in Angels and Demons is far-fetched but, like good science-fiction, is based on the truth. I heard a scientist from CERN on the radio discussing Angels and Demons. which he enjoyed as a story, but reassured listeners that it was a long way off before anti-matter could be carried around in a box.
    Angels and Demons is for the most part a rollicking good story that keeps you listening, but the momentum of the narrative is marred by long passages of quasi-religious speechifying, especially near the end of the book where the speech lasted about half an hour and was frankly boring and spoiled the impact of the final scenes of the book. Pity, as otherwise it's very good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jade
    Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    10/23/06
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    "Well worth a read!!!"

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown this book is a must.

    Even better than the Da Vinci code keeps you hooked all the whole time....

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    Beaumaris, United Kingdom
    10/24/09
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    "Devlish entertainment"

    Rattling good read with terrible factual backgound, poor facts and unbelievable action. Everything that makes a good thriller!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    gosport, HAMpshire, United Kingdom
    5/6/06
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    "Angels and Demons"

    A Brilliant book full of twist and turns right to the end. Having read The Da Vinci Code first, Dan Browns style does apear to be formulaic but that does not detract from a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    7/15/09
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    "Brilliant Thriller"

    Yet again another superb Dan Brown Book, Keeps you glued through the twists and turns, right to the final twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Irby, Wrral, United Kingdom
    5/17/09
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    "Forget the film, this is the REAL story!"

    I'm not noted for waxing lyrical about many books, or films, but don't bother about watching the film even if it does have Tom Hanks in it! This is a brilliant reading of an excellent story. Yes, it may all be highly improbable, yes there may be flaws in the details of the story but this is a cracking good way to spend many happy hours.
    Brilliantly narrated (please someone get Richard Poe to narrate the Da Vinci Code - all of it), the story pulls you across Switzerland to Rome and around Rome and many of it's famous sites. keeping you on the edge of your seat isn't the half of it. This is an all action book with no time to pause for breath, let alone a bite to eat.
    So yes buy this version, forget the negative press and the film and just enjoy a darned good, all action story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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