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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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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.

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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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    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 07-15-04
    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 07-15-04 Member Since 2010
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    "Get the abridged version!!!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bellevue, WA, USA 06-19-04
    Linda Bellevue, WA, USA 06-19-04
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    "Two Out of Three"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Bainbridge Island, WA, USA 05-02-09
    Annette Bainbridge Island, WA, USA 05-02-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Dumb, dumb and dumber"

    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.

    9 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene S. 09-21-09
    Eugene S. 09-21-09 Member Since 2013
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    "garbage"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Lakewood, CA, USA 04-13-05
    Stephen Lakewood, CA, USA 04-13-05
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    "Worst Book Ever"

    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.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Read Dan Brown; Don't Listen"

    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.

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    Gavin 02-02-10
    Gavin 02-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "If you desperately need to kill 20 or so hours..."

    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..

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    Marti Pretoria, South Africa 11-20-09
    Marti Pretoria, South Africa 11-20-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Deja vu"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    09-02-09
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    "Angels and Demons"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carey Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-09-08
    Carey Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-09-08
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    "Fun Ride!"

    Hope they dont butcher the movie..

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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