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Angels and Demons Audiobook

Angels and Demons

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 06-26-05
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 06-26-05 Member Since 2016

    Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.

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    "Fiction about Fiction"

    This book gets 5 points lower then Da Vinci Code. Implausible twist and turns do not necessarily make a good book. This is a fast paced thriller which intends to question the Vatican?s position on scientific development. Mixing technology with religion also does not churn out good fiction. The murders are unnecessarily grotesque. Had to keep reminding myself that this is fiction and I should not form strong opinions on the papacy. Dan Brown has founded on complete genre of fiction called Religious fiction and we should soon be seeing some more authors giving us strong medicine in this area particularly after the success of Da Vinci. I will not be reading these, what some might call fiction about fiction.

    Pass this book if you have a full wish list.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard MOUNT KISCO, NY, USA 05-14-04
    Richard MOUNT KISCO, NY, USA 05-14-04
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    "Interesting but dissapointing"

    I liked the basic premise as much as The Da Vinci Code but Dan Brown went a little overboard in this one.

    I love the way he managed to actually produce a textbook on religious history using a fictional narrative as the vehicle in which to tell it. This is the same thing he did with TDVC.

    There were two things that bothered me about this one that he seems to have grown out of before his next book.

    #1. TOO UNBELIEVABLE. There are two kinds of action heroes. The Superman Type and The Regular guy who is thrust into adventure reluctantly. The Superman type is expected to do outrageous feats and survive unbelievable things. The latter type is much less invulnerable.

    Langdon is the regular guy. It creates a real problem when he keeps walking away from death as he does in this one. There is a certain license that is acceptable in this kind of thing ? it was crossed here big time.

    #2. SILLY CIRCULAR NARRATIVE I don?t know if that?s the right term but here is my own perception of a dialogue passage that thematically occurred at least 6 or 7 times in the story. This is not a quote - just an impression. This would all occur within a two-minute segment probably all on one page in the book

    Roberts last hopes faded
    A new glimmer of hope hit him
    The answer was so clear now that he saw it
    His heart sank when he realized that he was in the wrong place
    Robert smiled and suddenly felt renewed when Vittoria showed him what she had in her hand?
    Then his hopes sank and he knew this was the end when he saw the locked door
    Suddenly he rebounded with new faith when he realized what it meant
    His hopes were dashed when the light went out

    and on and on and on. After the third or fourth go around like this I actually laughed out loud.

    All in all the story was interesting and I loved learning the history but it doesnt seem that Dan had honed his writing skills just yet when he put this one together.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-06-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book!"

    This one falls into the "couldn't put it down" category. Immensely informative, energetic, with non-stop action. I was exhausted by the time I finished. I felt it far surpassed the DaVinci Code!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 02-27-16
    The Kindler 02-27-16 Member Since 2014

    I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.

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    "Best of Dan Brown"
    Would you listen to Angels and Demons again? Why?

    Yes and I have listened to it multiple time since the first time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot will keep you interested until the end because of all the mystery surrounding each characters background and motives. Science and religion, forever apart or could they come together to prove the same thing.........


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have but wasn't. I could see it as a book that could hold you for the whole time.


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    07-26-09
    07-26-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Silly"

    This will be the last Dan Brown novel I will read. It just seemed silly to me.

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    T. Phillips 10-18-08
    T. Phillips 10-18-08 Member Since 2016

    Winter is Coming.

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    "Loved the descriptions"

    I found the descriptions of the architecture amazing makes me want to go to Rome.

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    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 01-02-06
    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 01-02-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Angels and Demons"

    One of the best books I have ever listened to. I recommended to my husband who doesn't do much reading and he couldn't put it down either. It is too bad the reading of the book is affected by the noises that the reader makes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelo Seattle, WA, USA 11-28-05
    Angelo Seattle, WA, USA 11-28-05
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    "Not for those who've already read DaVinci Code..."

    While it may true that this book need not be read as a prequel to DaVinci Code, it is almost a carbon-copy of the popular 'sequel' in terms of the storyline, just with different names for all the protagonists, except Robert Langdon of course. The story would probably read well for first-time listeners of Dan Brown, however it didn't quite live up to my expectations after having already read DaVinci Code and loved it for its suspense and brain-teasers (although sometimes a bit transparent) In "Angels", the object of Robert's pursuit is a bit more dramatic than in DaVinci yet I hardly want to care since the story is painfully dumbed down for the reader at several points. Overall, recommended for first-time listeners, not so much for the person looking for something equally or more entertaining than DaVinci and also offering a fresh plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Hertfordshire, N/A, United Kingdom 04-08-05
    Tracey Hertfordshire, N/A, United Kingdom 04-08-05
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    "AMAZING READ ON DAY POPE DIED - COMPELLING!"

    Incredible story, keeps you guessing all the way through. Robert Langdon is a great character, so believeable and likable. Dan Brown is by far my favourite author as he researches every aspect of his writing so much so that you could believe he must know Popes/assasins/scientists/secret service agents/police. The way he describes various methods of a character dying/being killed puts shivers down your spine, where did he find out such details... Finished the book on the day the POPE DIED, which made the story even more surreal. After reading a Dan Brown novel, you just have to read all his others!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Temecula, CA, USA 04-01-05
    Michael Temecula, CA, USA 04-01-05
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    "When a Pope dies and needs to be replaced."

    Dan Brown teaches as he goes! While this is a fictional book it is pact full of non-fictional references of the inner workings at the Vatican when a Pope dies and needs to be replaced. The Fictional parts are pure entertainment and you will leave this story with a great understanding of what goes on at Vatican City durring this time and the role of the Illuminati in history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • PinkMilk
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    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 31 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Ras Al Khaimah
    11/9/05
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    "Demons & Angels"

    Fantastic, spell binding and compulsive listening as always.

    14 of 16 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
  • Garethman
    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
  • GARY
    12/4/15
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    "Excellent entertainment for my commute to work🏆"

    Robert Langdon is my hero and the story grips you from start to finish! Loved all the references to the beautiful city of Rome reminding me of my last visit. These audio books are excellent entertainment for my daily commute to/from work. What audio book should I listen too next?

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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