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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)
A well done story pitting science against religion in which, amazingly, both come out winners. Great plot twists and a wonderfully satisfying travel tour of Rome with some interesting backgound on papal history.
A good thriller, but the end is a bit predictable. Although I couldn't believe he actually made the anti-matter explosion. Now just that should make you want to read it, because you're wondering where and how could there be such an explosion on earth, and how does the author plan to get away with such an even (hint: the explosion is a perfect sphere that annihilates a three mile radius sphere, imagine a three mile deep hole somewhere...) But that, I'm not saying :-)
Among the characters, always likeable, we find Robert Langdon about one year before the Da Vinci code. The plot is still about one of these mythological societies, this time a sect devoted to the cause of science against religion, esp the Catholics, and the monstrous plan it has against the Vatican. So we find Robert goes to Rome, where he and the beautiful heroin whose father (the scientist who devised the anti-matter and is killed at the beginning of the book), track down the assassin in his quest for destruction. They have to interpret some clues and this takes us deep into Vatican history, which makes for a cultural read as well as a thriller.
I found the plot highly likeable, with fewer of the historical and somewhat distracting long cultural monologues that render the Da Vinci code a bit lengthy. So here is a slightly more compact, more muscled, and overall more enjoyable book. If you liked the Da Vinci code, this is a must read for you. If you really disliked it, you may find this a bit too incredible and far-fetched. But it's an enjoyable summer read, definitely.
This was my first Dan Brown novel and after finishing Angels and Demons, I will forever be a fan! The story is brilliantly told and the narration is superb. It's clear that he is extremely well read and knowledgeable regarding his story content. His attention to detail and understanding of history is not only engaging to listen to, but also a unique slant on what could easily be believable truth. Dan Brown graciously and effortlessly embarks on a journey with his readers to places that many will never visit, but after the ride, you feel as though you've been there yourself and witnessed the events that unfolded first hand. I highly recommend this one!
I dislike all the gore and violence. A good story should be based on the interest and plot moving along without all the graphic descriptions of death and destruction.
Say something about yourself!
This story is exactly the same as the Davinci Code, but annoying. Don't touch it or you will be sorry.
Frankly, I do not understand the raving about Brown's writing. He seems to be channeling Robert Ludlum most of the time and Phillip Margolin for the rest. Cheap stuff.
Say something about yourself!
This was a decent thriller but not nearly good as a Da Vinci Code, which was a real page turner. The plot here was pretty unrealistic - jumping out of a helicopter a mile up and surviving?
"Demons & Angels"
Fantastic, spell binding and compulsive listening as always.
"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.
"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.
"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.
Yet again another superb Dan Brown Book, Keeps you glued through the twists and turns, right to the final twist at the end.
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