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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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    Joseph 01-17-06
    Joseph 01-17-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Break the Code"

    This could have been a wonderful book, and I still must rate it above average. But there are too many problems to go beyond three stars.
    I almost didn't get to Chapter 20. Richard Poe's style in the beginning of the book was over-dramatic. Even the reading of the chapter titles was done in a way to suggest danger or something sinister. Thankfully there was a significant change in style and the remainder of the story was paced in a way that allowed the listener to "take an occassional breath".
    But, much like The Da Vinci Code, the story ends in a chase scene with wildly unrealistic twists and turns.
    I enjoy the bits of history and science, but feel the book is let down by the need for a "Hollywood" screenplay.

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    Michael 12-17-05
    Michael 12-17-05 Member Since 2002

    No comment.

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    "Could have been better but still a fun listen"

    CONCLUSION: [3 out of 5 stars] Could have been better but still a fun listen.

    TECHNICAL:
    Too many mouth and throat noises reduce enjoyment of experience. I very much dislike being subjected the reader’s mouth sounds, swallowing sounds, throat and nasal, saliva and mucus sounds and digestive sounds. Well, you get the picture. This could be avoided by using a different microphone/acoustics.
    Music interludes do not add to an audio book.
    [-1 star]

    NARRATION: Well skilled at character presentation and consistency. Nice voice timber and clarity.

    AUTHORCRAFT:
    I felt a big personality shift in the character of this Robert Langdon from the “Da Vinci Code” Robert Langdon. Its not good craft to change the personality of a character to fit the plot in different books.
    Errors in fiction are inevitable, but to introduce gratuitous errors isn’t good craft. An example was the characters not smelling rotting corpses until after they notice the lid to the corpse repository was open, and THEN nearly being incapacitated by the smell.
    I did feel the story was exciting overall and I did want to listen to it in spite of the issues already noted. And if the plot twists are a bit far fetched, they are fun.
    [-1 star]

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    yoopergram 12-15-05
    yoopergram 12-15-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen"

    I previously read The DaVinci Code and while this has many of the same themes, I thought it was less intricate but with more suspense. If you're traveling it sure makes the time speed by pleasantly. It was read wonderfully and had me looking forward to more at every turn. This was the best book I've had from Audible so far.

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    Belinda mc calla, AL, USA 12-13-05
    Belinda mc calla, AL, USA 12-13-05
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    "loved it"

    I Loved this book. I will be downloading more dan brown books.

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    Brenda 12-11-05
    Brenda 12-11-05
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    "Angels and Demons"

    Excellent book. Enjoyed very much

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    James R. Cropper Dayton, OH 12-11-05
    James R. Cropper Dayton, OH 12-11-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Most rivetting book I've read"

    This was by far my favorite book. It is fascinating, rivetting, fast-paced, and filled with so much action that it exhausted me to listen to it. I highly recommend this book.

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    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 11-20-05
    Carol T. Carr Lake Monticello, VA 11-20-05 Member Since 2008
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    "How Ridiculous Can One Story Get?"

    I'm giving two stars just for the research Dan Brown performed to write this novel (I'm not going to even get into its accuracy -- this is fiction, after all) and for weaving it into a remarkable story. Too remarkable. About halfway through it begins to read like a writing exercise where a number of completely unrelated ideas are listed and the writer has to somehow use them all in a story. Three quarters through, you begin to wonder how much more ridiculous it can become, and by the end you know.

    Brown's writing is only fair -- his basic premise ultimately proves to be so unbelievable that he has to increasingly lead the reader regarding the character's emotions and motivations; because of this, few of of the characters are likeable. There is little subtlety in his writing and no hesitation to suddenly establish important facts to "explain" something very late in the plot. Brown asks the reader to suspend so much belief and critical thinking that in the end there is also little substance to the story. Couple this with far too many long, tedious preachy passages about Science and the Catholic Church and you end up with a story that long overstays its welcome.

    If Angels and Demons were just a "warm-up" for writing the DaVinci Code, then I can see some value in it; but be aware that there are significant qualitative differences between the two novels on every front. It's not often that a book I've finished leaves me wondering why I wasted so much of my time, but this is one of those. It is partially redeemed by the narrator's reading, but with such poor material to work with, it's a shame he wasted his time too.

    Skip this one -- read the DaVinci Code twice instead.

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    Stephen Baltimore, MD, USA 11-18-05
    Stephen Baltimore, MD, USA 11-18-05
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    "Brought me back to novels"

    Listening to this book took me into another world. I've avoided fiction work, preferring nonfiction but this is almost a hybrid; enough fact-based items to make it very believable. The style is easy to follow and just as you've forgotten a sub plot, Dan Brown brings it back to the forfront keeping the entire picture intact. I read the book first, then listened to the audio and got much more of the details from the audio. Great edge-of-the-seat suspense and believability. Bogging down somewhat in the last few chapters is my only criticism.

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    Robert tallahassee, FL, USA 11-12-05
    Robert tallahassee, FL, USA 11-12-05
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    "Great story, great suspense"

    terrific story, always changing pace, good voice acting

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    T. Dollear Wheeling, IL 11-07-05
    T. Dollear Wheeling, IL 11-07-05 Member Since 2016

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    "too much like Da Vinci code"

    I purchased "Angels and Demons" because I liked "the Da Vinci Code". I read Da Vinci before it became as controversial as it is now which perhaps allowed me to enjoy it more since I didn't know the fate of western religion was at stake. As I listened to "Angels and Demons", I was overcome with a sense of Deja Vu. It seems as though Dan Brown used the same outline for both books (insert love interest here, plot twist there, etc). It is the same problem I have with Stephen King books. Not a bad book, just overly familliar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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