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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)
It was a chore to get through the whole book. I was usually 2 steps ahead as the narrator droned on about uninteresting issues. The abridged version may be kinder to the listener. I wasted a few hours listening to drivel unimportant to the plot development. Perhaps the author was getting paid by the page.
The first two parts of this book are terrific! The story moves at "break-neck" speed and is engrossing. The third part is really disappointing. The principle of "the willing suspense of disbelief" is stretched to its limits. The conclusion becomes obvious in the second part and in the third part, the main characters loose all credibility, going from being intelligent, resourceful protagonists to being stupid and helpless. It's worth buying because there is an enthralling book in Parts 1 and 2.
A mixture of fact and fiction with neither the Church nor CERN coming off as truthfully presented. Really neither scientists nor clergy are so two dimensional. Readers will be unable to tell the accuracy of the science presented. I don't like stereotyped presentations of any group. I'm sorry I bought this book. And it was tastelessly gory. The Da Vinci Code was better.
Those who read The Da Vinci code will have an unmistakable sense of deja vu. As far as plausibility / historical & scientific accuracy is concerned, this is no better than a tabloid.
The combination of bad writing, poor research, and underdeveloped characters, isn't even the beginning.
This book is a sad waste, and I'm embarassed that this has become so intensely popular. Some one needs to be held accountable for this atrocity.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
After reading and getting quite a kick out of this book and "DaVinci Code", I thought it would be fun to listen.
BIG mistake! Hearing his language really emphasizes the weakness of Brown's writing skills. When reading, you can skip the silly bits and just enjoy the intriguing, if implausible, plots.
Stick with the books and/or the movies.
If you desperately need to kill 20 or so hours, and you can't find another book to kill said time, I would give this a shot.
Other than that... meh. I was kind of shocked at how formulaic the entire book was, as if he patterned the entire opening sequence off of Da Vinci Code. It was basically all down-hill from there.
One of my biggest complaints is that the concept at the center of the book, this dichotomous 'war' between "Church" and "Science", was pretty base. Felt like I was back in highschool, drinking at a party debating religion with someone.
He also didn't really develop his characters in meaningful ways.
From concept to execution, mediocre at best. And I actually recalled enjoying Da Vinci Code. Perhaps I was just younger back then..
This is a second Da Vinci Code!? The basics are different (Illuminati vs Holy Grail), but the rest is the same. The narrator was a bit OTT and dramatic, which started irritating me and distracted from the book.
Not a waste, but I wished I'd rather spent my credit on something else.
Dan Brown seems to be incredibly knowledgeable regarding the Catholic Religion, Rome and The Vatican. It was an interest in the details that kept me invested for over 13 hours of listening. This story line however; is so farfetched it borders on the ridicules.
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