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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.
Tina Turner's #1 Fan
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.
"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.
"Demons & Angels"
Fantastic, spell binding and compulsive listening as always.
"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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