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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)
This book is both overly long and detailed. While the DaVinci Code was detailed, this one seemed longer and would go into way more depth than necessary for the story or to educate the reader. I was also disappointed in the narration. Richard Poe's overly stressed reading left no nuance to the characters. If you are a Dan Brown fan you will probably like this, if not, find something else.
If you like the DiVince code you will like this book. Its a bit more far feached but none the less a good story & it kept me coming back for more. I found myself looking for the longer ways home so I could keep going with the story before getting home from work. It's a long one but I really enjoyed it.
Like many people I read Angels and Demons because I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, but discovered "Code" is much better. The story here is OK, sometimes downright clever, although much less subtle and more predictable than in "Code." I did keep turning the pages. But the writing is bad enough to be downright annoying at some points. For example: the "point of view" keeps leaping from one character to another like a hyped-up flea; Brown keeps communicating information to the reader very awkwardly by having characters tell one another (or themselves) things they already know; and he uses his characters as mouthpieces for a lot of self-important pontificating. Robert Langdon's ingeniousness is also a bit much here. It's one case in which I would rather have read the book than listen to it, because I would have liked to skip or skim big sections (fast forwarding is trickier -- sometimes you overshoot and have to go back to find the thread of the story again). Still, next time I'm in Rome I'll probably look around for the sites and statues that are the clues in the chase...
If you are reading this hoping to get out of it what you did from reading the Code, you will be disappointed. It just doesn't measure up. Aspects of the Code still remain vivid for me. I really enjoyed that book, but Angels and Demons seems stretched. The high tech of CERN, including the super fast plane, makes you kind of wonder if you were reading an SF novel. The anti-matter device should have just been nuke. That would have bee a lot more frightening.
After ?reading? (re: listening to) the Da Vinci Code, everyone told me I needed to read Angels and Demons. While thoroughly enjoyable, the plot was pretty far fetched as some reviewers have already mentioned. Mr. Brown?s writing is clearly not as polished as his later work but it is still good. Once you get passed the story line, there are a number of twists and turns that will keep you interested through all 18 hours of audio.
My biggest issue was with the person reading the book. I thought Colin Stinton was masterful in his reading of the Da Vinci Code. He provided different voices and accents for each character. I am surprised by the lack of unabridged (I just won?t do abridged) audio books featuring his voice. With nothing personal against Richard Poe, the experience just wasn?t as good.
I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, and looked forward to "reading" this book. The writing is very poor, and the reader has that insufferable "vegas" quality to his voice.
If you really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, this book is marginally worth a read. If not, skip it.
Tina Turner's #1 Fan
Having heard this book a short while after Pope John Paul II died, I found it tremendously interesting. While it is a work of fiction, it does offer insight into Catholicism. I loved the twists and the turns. Not QUITE as good as The Code but DEFINITELY worth the 18 hours of your time. As expected, Brown takes you on a tour of Europe and Rome specifically. I always finish his books wanting to research these places and events and see how much he embelished. They say that good literature provokes thought - I guess that makes Brown one of the greats!
I had finally heard enough about the Da Vinci code that I decided that last month I would use my credits to buy it and ANgels and Demons. Boy was that a mistake. Between the gross factual errors about conclave (almost nothing he says about tradition and procedure is correct) and the irritating scientific errors, I was irritated the entire way through. The story itself left me dissapointed as there was so much potential in the topic, but such a poor follow through. All in all I would not waste my time or money on Dan Brown again.
"Better than the Da Vinci Code!"
I have just come to the worst part of this book: the end!! I could easily have gone for another eighteen hours of listening. Having really enjoyed the da Vinci Code before this one, I fancied another From One Clue To The Next kind of story, but I had not expected anything this exciting: Cern, antimatter, the Vatican, a group called the Illuminati.... fantastic stuff. Just couldn't stop listening, not even late at night in bed! Oh, I wish there was another one like this!
It's one of those stories you find yourself thinking about when you haven't got time to listen and are supposed to be thinking about something else!!!
A brilliant thriller (if not as good as The Da Vinci Code) with twists, turns and no shortage of tension. Just take the 'facts' and science with a pinch of salt.
"Demons & Angels"
Fantastic, spell binding and compulsive listening as always.
"Imaginative tale with some flaws"
Dan Brown can certainly create intriguing and fast-paced stories. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code as an enthralling narrative, but thought the writing poor. Angels and Demons is less clich?-ridden and better written. Both books appear to be based on a lot of historical research, though I'm not able to judge the authenticity. Some of the science in Angels and Demons is far-fetched but, like good science-fiction, is based on the truth. I heard a scientist from CERN on the radio discussing Angels and Demons. which he enjoyed as a story, but reassured listeners that it was a long way off before anti-matter could be carried around in a box.
Angels and Demons is for the most part a rollicking good story that keeps you listening, but the momentum of the narrative is marred by long passages of quasi-religious speechifying, especially near the end of the book where the speech lasted about half an hour and was frankly boring and spoiled the impact of the final scenes of the book. Pity, as otherwise it's very good.
"Well worth a read!!!"
If you are a fan of Dan Brown this book is a must.
Even better than the Da Vinci code keeps you hooked all the whole time....
Rattling good read with terrible factual backgound, poor facts and unbelievable action. Everything that makes a good thriller!
"Angels and Demons"
A Brilliant book full of twist and turns right to the end. Having read The Da Vinci Code first, Dan Browns style does apear to be formulaic but that does not detract from a good story.
"Excellent entertainment for my commute to work🏆"
Robert Langdon is my hero and the story grips you from start to finish! Loved all the references to the beautiful city of Rome reminding me of my last visit. These audio books are excellent entertainment for my daily commute to/from work. What audio book should I listen too next?
"Forget the film, this is the REAL story!"
I'm not noted for waxing lyrical about many books, or films, but don't bother about watching the film even if it does have Tom Hanks in it! This is a brilliant reading of an excellent story. Yes, it may all be highly improbable, yes there may be flaws in the details of the story but this is a cracking good way to spend many happy hours.
Brilliantly narrated (please someone get Richard Poe to narrate the Da Vinci Code - all of it), the story pulls you across Switzerland to Rome and around Rome and many of it's famous sites. keeping you on the edge of your seat isn't the half of it. This is an all action book with no time to pause for breath, let alone a bite to eat.
So yes buy this version, forget the negative press and the film and just enjoy a darned good, all action story.
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