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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)
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Let me say first, Richard Poe did a wonderful job on this narration.
But ... the story was only 2nd rate. The suspense was never held long enough to make it a dynamic read. The main characters were mostly likable but only somewhat believable. The plot twists were confusing rather than intriguing. And when various plot questions are resolved, it happens quickly and with no really satisfying exposition on characters' motivations.
I've previously read this whole series, so have developed my opinions about Brown as a author and Langdon as a primary character. This book is an "ok" warm-up to what in later books becomes a fascinating marriage of author/character.
If you're looking for a standalone story, then I'd skip this. If instead you're invested in the whole set of Langdon books, then I'd suggest giving this one a go. Just don't take this first book as an indicator of what is yet to come.
Power, intrigue and sadism.
Martin's 'A Clash of Kings'...power, intrigue, sadism...not the way you'd expect.
When Robert Langdon survives jumping from a helicopter without a parachute...oh boy!
This book shows how little we actually know of what we THINK we know.
The story was very engaging and full of surprises and twists. I kept on looking for clues and guess who the bad guy is, yet at every turn a new clue came up to suggest otherwise. Kept me guessing almost to the very end.
Richard Poe's delivery was great. I am always concerned that as opposed to a print book, with an audio book I am locked into the reader's interpretation and acting. But Richard Poe's interpretation was phenomenal and added to the overall experience.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
Interesting but didn't blow me away. I must say I'm not a huge fan of mr.Brown but people who like this genre will enjoy it.
intense, fast paced, twisting
I kept listening and trying to figure out who was
I liked Cardinal Moriati the best. He was always so calm and unassuming.
It's not who you think...
I especially liked the narrator. To me Richard Poe should narrate all of Dan Brown's books. He gets the rhythm of how Brown writes and narrates in a way where the listener does not lose any of the content even when he is narrating at a fast pace to build the tension. He made this book for me. Excellent job!
My only complaint is that when the narrator pauses, you can hear him swallowing. Its really annoying but once you get past that its a great audiobook.
I like to read historically based novels because I can look up artifacts and places on Wikipedia as I listen. It really enhances my reading experience. This book has several extended endings. But, because the author is so skilled in his research and presentation, the 5 endings to the book were exciting. Just when you think the story is over (and it could have been) something else suspenseful happens, then something else...and something else. I also recommend Chris Ride's two novels. I think they are actually better. Worth a credit though.
Dan Brown has a deserved reputation for melding fact and fiction in such a way as to convince the reader that the story she or he is reading could actually have happened. Unfortunately, his command of the "facts" underlying this book is so weak as to completely undermine this illusion. From his exposition of the laws of physics to his misinterpretation of the rules and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, his plot devices are so full of holes that anyone with even a passing acquaintance with these matters will squirm with exasperation. Just to give one example, [POSSIBLE SPOILER] the central plot device involves an "antimatter bomb" hidden somewhere in the Vatican along with a video camera which constantly transmits a real-time image of the bomb. This bomb defies all the best efforts of the Swiss Guards to find it, despite the fact that it would have been child's play for anyone with even a moderate knowledge of wireless transmissions to quickly pinpoint its location through triangulation. People familiar with the geography of Rome, another important key to the plot, say that he's way off here, too.
This having been said, like Brown's other books this one is well paced and the force of the narrative tends to pull the reader through. If you can ignore the factual holes, you might find this book exciting. I couldn't.
I read Da Vinci Code first, never knowing anything about the author. I loved it, and this story is just as compelling. I am not Catholic, but this book gave some amazing insight and challenged my own spirituality.
Although parts of the book are not very realistic I really enjoyed this book , more even that The Davinci code. Wonderfully narrated too .
"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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