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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've read a few Dan Brown novels, this one is just about what you're expecting it to be. There's a really entangled mystery, this time involving the Illuminati. There are some great characters, and a weird one or two, and just when you have it figured out, the plot twists like a rollercoaster from Mars. Then they fall in love. Totally formulaic, totally fun. Great light reading.
Poorly written...to the point that I felt bad for english teachers everywhere.
Just skip to Da Vinci code, same type story that is better written.
Like the Da Vinci Code, I didn't want to put this book down. I read it in record time and loved every minute of it.
After reading the Da Vinci Code I was afraid this would be very similar and redundant - I couldn't have been more wrong! This story is compelling and intriguing from the beginning and keeps you engrossed right thru to the end.
I found this book very slow to get into. My husband, who had just finished listening to the book himself, urged me to continue on. I'm glad I did. I found that I could not put this book down. I thought the story line was very original and I liked to hear about all of the history of the Vatican. The narrator did an excellent job, I would like to listen to other books that he has narrated.
The end of the book slowed down again too. I kept thinking that I was at the end of the book but it continued on. I definitely think that the end could have been about half the length. To add to it, I thought the very last line was highly disappointing.
I completely enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down so to speak. It kept my interest throughout. The only thing that I didn't care for was the corny times...overall, I enjoyed the book.
I suggest,that you listen to THIS one first before going to the DaVinci Code, I did and found I enjoyed this one MORE.
The only problem with this book is its the story as Da Vinci Code, exactly the same. But I found the premise for this book better, the beautiful St Peter's Square and the surrounding Vatican a better backdrop and more engrossing story.
I like both books but I think this is a better book than the DaVinci Code. It starts out slow but the last half of the book is much more "exciting".
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.
"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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