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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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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 2015

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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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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    Jonathan Boston, MA, USA 02-04-05
    Jonathan Boston, MA, USA 02-04-05 Member Since 2007
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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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    W Marina, CA, United States 01-06-05
    W Marina, CA, United States 01-06-05
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    "Wanted it to End..."

    I listened to the Unabridged Audio Version of Angels and Demons and I was rather disappointed. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed DaVinci Code, but this novel read like the exact same book. Lets see: we've got the overly brainy annoying lead character: check. Nubile younger woman: check. Crazed zealot assassin: check. Catholic Conspiracy: check.

    Add to this long (and pointless) flashbacks by minor characters, and Robert Langdon's endless preaching and I found myself wishing for the novel to end. I really might be able to enjoy this book, if I actually liked a few of the lead characters. No such luck. The only likeable character was the Pope's assistant. But even he was a stereotype, way too saintly. Lets try for a few human characters rather than such extreme sterotypes, next time shall we?

    Also, I could do without the rather heavy-handed preaching in the middle. Okay, okay we get it. Because of Science we are all drowning in a morass of hopelessness without Mother Church. We get it. Can we get back to the action story now?

    Eh. 1 star. This was an okay listen, which could've used an editor.

    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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    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!

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    Carol 07-26-09
    Carol 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.

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    T. Phillips 10-18-08
    T. Phillips 10-18-08 Member Since 2014

    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 League City, TX, United States 01-02-06
    Patricia League City, TX, United States 01-02-06 Listener Since 2002
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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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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Antrim, Antrim, United Kingdom
    4/10/09
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    "Angels & Demons"

    If you thought The Da Vinci Code was good then you are not going to be disappointed with this audio version of Dan Brown's Book. This book will keep you wanting to listen to more and more as the plot thickens and twists and turns throughout.

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  • jennine
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    "Brilliant"

    Although the story differs from the film it was reverting listening too. Brilliant. Engaging. Worthwhile

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  • Amazon Customer
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    7/27/15
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    "Good Narration"

    I was already familiar with the plot having both read the book and seen the film, however the excellant narration gave the story a fresh feel.

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  • Lisa
    7/18/15
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    "Great book"

    Having been to Rome it was great to listen to this great book again, onto the next

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  • Nicholas
    7/11/15
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    "5stars"

    Loved it! Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. That is all

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  • Joanne
    7/8/15
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    "so much better than the film"

    just a real shame the last few paragraphs make end with sex! the story / readers deserve a more creative way to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. NELSON
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    6/17/15
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    "Fast paced and well seamed"

    Great story which grabs you from the start. Slightly annoying when Langdon is dealing with the assailant but a good finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Axbridge, United Kingdom
    6/2/15
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    "Really enjoyed it, despite its length"

    I had seen the film but could not recall the plot exactly. The book was very descriptive and made me wonder how many hours had gone into the research. The plot was well thought out, although you hoped there was some truth about the illuminati otherwise where did the imaginative ideas come from. Will definitely enjoy the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Wallace
    London, United Kingdom
    5/30/15
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    "Great book and great narration"
    What did you like most about Angels and Demons?

    The story is compelling and just complex enough to be possible to follow whilst doing other things. The narration is clear and has a good pace with enough definition of characters


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    Clear well paced narration with good characterisation


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

    I wanted to get back to it each time I had to stop


    Any additional comments?

    This is the 2nd Dan Brown I have listened to and I am hooked! Great stories with good plot and characterisation and really well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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