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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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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.
Legal Thrillers, crime, fiction. humor and a bit of management sprinkled with some self improvement. All through Audible.
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.
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.
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!
This will be the last Dan Brown novel I will read. It just seemed silly to me.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yet again another superb Dan Brown Book, Keeps you glued through the twists and turns, right to the final twist at the end.
"Angels and demons"
FANTASTIC, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, this was my first Dan Brown book, now I am hooked, and boy what a twist.
"Better than the film!"
This novel is easily better than the film! There are obvious similaries, but I was enthralled by the extra twists and turns in the storyline.
I liked that you not only read a great and gripping story but also learn about history and the church, which is a great addition.
Obviously Robert Langdon was my favourite character as he is the protagonist. He is smart and knowledgeable and tries to save everyone without trying to be a hero, which is very likeable.
Richard Poe's performance was great and made it possible to follow the story and the emotions. It made it easy to listen.
There were several moments, when Robert Langdon solved the next riddle and as a listener you could feel the rush of relief coming with this.
I loved all the twist in the plot and all the exciting characters in this story.
"very clever but equally far fetched."
Very typical of the author, labyrinthine plot and enjoyable settings, big deal and apocalyptic action sequences. Extremely far fetched mind you. The narrator was great when using his own accent but Australian and English were caricature rather than character. All in all I enjoyed it more than I liked it... go figure!
"I always love Dan Brown's books. "
this one, like others, was very captivating. makes you get hooked on to the story. every time a when you think you know tge the plot, a new twist appears. only reason i didn't give full 5 stars was due to the end. it could have been a little shorter. i repeat, a little. but still exciting till the end.Love it. now on to the next book :)
enjoyed the book kept me wanting to know more. the narration very good and clear.
only one critisium is that dan brown writings and scene setting can be quite long winded
"Would rate 8/8 m8."
Bit cringe cos de relationship of Langdon and vixcy but overall nice. good story . Regards to the log book, but the emergency services to help you with the latest news.
"Every bit as good as the Da Vinci Code"
A well explained thriller told at a good pace with just enough fact to make the whole narrative credible.
Although written as the first of the Robert Langdon series of books, it lacks for nothing, is as equally well written, and provides as much substance & enjoyment as its rather more famous sequel, the Da Vinci Code.
The style of Dan Browns writing presents the story almost like a screen play, making it very easy to visualise, and to move through simultaneous scenarios. Whilst the printed book provides illustrations of the reversible symbols referred to in the story, I would strongly recommend that you seek these images out on-line when listening, as it will definitely improve your understanding, and they are absolutely amazing to see.
Whilst there is a hint of potential romance running through the story, it is really the smart combination of broad historical fact and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that keeps you hooked. This not only provides a little controversy, but is often thought provoking enough to encourage further investigation into the subject.
If you've ever fallen in love with the City of Rome, and you thoroughly enjoy a narrative with a great blend of fact and fiction, then this story will provide you with a darn good yarn. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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