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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This novel is more exciting and a faster pace with more surprises than The Da Vinci Code. It also has a very good narator, a wonderful performance.
Thank you Dan Brown.
Sure it has a few plot holes and the hero solves complex problems that have never been solves for generations - but this is a good story and it does hold your attention - I enjoyed it
I have to admit that listening is an entirely different experience than reading. I found this story keeping me wanting to hear more. Very exciting and Mr. Brown has an intriguging way of weaving suspenseful story plots with some of the true (as in real-life) mysteries of the world. The story will keep you guessing and the characters seem very believable connecting you with them. Although some of the situations may seem fanciful, it could happen! Mr. Poe's narration is superb!
Great book. Not one you would expect to have much literary content; maybe just a thriller that'll keep you turning pages (or keep your iPod on, in this case), but unlike Digital Fortress and Deception Point (which I also did enjoy), much of this book is factual, which I really thought was intriguing. I'm surprised that people didn't start noticing this book until The Da Vinci Code sold its 273 trillion copies; I find them equally good.
Dan Brown, you hit home with Robert Langdon's Saab 900S. As a car aficianado, I know that the marketing people at Saab target their cars at "highly educated people with discriminating taste," eg. "middle-aged college professors." One of many examples of good research.
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