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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)
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.
A great way to spend the commute- stuck in traffic while Robert Langdon races around Rome, trying to get a step ahead of a cunning killer!
Dan Brown enables you to visualize all the hidden niches and underground pathways of the Illuminati path with amazing clarity. . . I was enlightened!
Richard Poe is an excellent narrator. He puts the pauses in the right place. You can tell which character is speaking the words even before the author lets you know. He spoke the italian words so fluently that they sounded better than anything I would have thought of.
There were so many locations in Rome talked about that it makes me want to go to Rome very badly. There is a lot of art talked about but the author explains it so carefully that I want to go back and write down the locations so I know what to look forward to.
The author did his homework both on science and christianity (vatican city, rome). It does not matter that you are not a christian to read this book, you do not need to be.
This is the second Dan Brown book I have read, _ The DaVinci Code_ being the other, and now I know what the references were about that were sprinkled through the Code. This book was constructed well for the first 80%, and the reader does a good job of keeping the listener interested but does not go overboard with the affectations and accents some readers tend to use. Near the end, however, the story gets to be a little too neat- too contrived- like the author put himself into a corner and didn't have a more realistic way of getting out of it.
Some of the thoughts within on the questions and battles between Science and Religion are thought provoking as well, especially if the reader considers current events.
I really enjoyed this title. It really kept you on the edge of your seat. I like a tale that piques the imagination and it surely did. An interesting note about Brown's audio book, They seem to use one of two readers, Richard Poe and Paul Michael. They lend a totally different feel to the characters, especially Robert Langdon and the story in general.
"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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