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Angels and Demons Audiobook

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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    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.

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    02-06-08
    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    07-26-09
    07-26-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Silly"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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  • 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.

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  • Graham
    bath, somerset, United Kingdom
    4/26/09
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    "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.

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  • SempaiGreg
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    4/7/16
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    "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!

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  • Haroon
    3/17/16
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    "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 :)

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  • Trudel
    3/8/16
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    "very enjoyable"

    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

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  • Richard
    12/26/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce Murray
    12/2/15
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    "Every bit as good as the Da Vinci Code"
    Where does Angels and Demons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A well explained thriller told at a good pace with just enough fact to make the whole narrative credible.


    What other book might you compare Angels and Demons to, and why?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    11/16/15
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    "Angels and Demons"

    Bought this book as I liked the film, but this is on a different planet. fantastic from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Brown
    Newcastle, England
    9/29/15
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    "Mostly enjoyable"

    The story on the whole is great, the kind of audiobook to make you look for reasons to grab the headphones but the last chapter doesn't fit the characters that the rest of the book has developed. Don't let the one moment of disappointment put you off, the thrills, suspense and twists throughout the rest of the book are definately worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • crystel
    9/3/15
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    "love it. "

    The nurator brought the story to life. I found the papper book hard to get in to but am so pleased that I have heard it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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