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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.

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"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!

    11 of 11 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.

    88 of 96 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.

    8 of 8 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 The DaVinci Code, 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 The DaVinci Code. 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 The DaVinci Code.

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J. Reedy Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09
    J. Reedy Sandy, UT USA 05-20-09 Listener Since 2009

    J. Reedy

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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.

    5 of 5 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!

    41 of 47 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

    bookie

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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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    Jonathan Boston, MA, USA 02-04-05
    Jonathan Boston, MA, USA 02-04-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Utterly predictable schlock"

    There is enough foreshadowing in the first few chapters to allow you to perfectly predict the end of this pitiable, formulaic thriller within an hour. The next seventeen alternate between cheap thrills, painfully stilted dialogue, and the occasional lame attempt to make it seem as though the inevitable plot line is not so inevitable after all. Brown's talent as a writer evolved substantially between this overwraught dime novel and the Da Vinci Code, and it's interesting to draw comparisons between the two as an example of how an author can grow into his metier, but it took real dicipline and a lot of eye rolling to make it to the end of this painful early excersise in suspense writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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