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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)
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.
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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.
This was my third Dan Brown book, following on the listens of Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress. I enjoyed this book, though having listened to Da Vinci Code first, I found the plot is very simliar to Da Vinici Code. I suggest, as another reviewer did, that you take a break between the two books.
While I did not enjoy the reader nearly as much as in the first two (the reader for this book had a Charlton Heston flair), I was still able to identify with the characters and found myself always looking for time to carry on.
I, like most reviewers, admit that this is an unbelievable tale. To me, that is what fiction should be. Having read The DaVinci Code prior to Angels and demons left me feeling like the character of Robert Langdon was developed and rounded; however, if you haven't read The Davinci Code, you would probably feel a bit wanting about his credentials and overall character. There are many "circular narratives" as one reviewer refers to which gave me a roll of the eye or two. Langdon "miraculously" solves each puzzle too many times. I hated this story as a bad spin from The Davinci Code up until the big bang at the end. At that point, it gave me pause and I enjoyed it immensely. Dan Brown must have been presurred to release the prequel quickly or just got lazy on some of the research. Mostly a good read and worth a book credit, but not the best yet.
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