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Angels and Demons | [Dan Brown]

Angels and Demons

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.
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Publisher's Summary

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.

©2000 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc., AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Divison, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-25-13
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-25-13 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Just so-so"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12
    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Take a close look at what you THINK you know."
    If you could sum up Angels and Demons in three words, what would they be?

    Power, intrigue and sadism.


    What other book might you compare Angels and Demons to and why?

    Martin's 'A Clash of Kings'...power, intrigue, sadism...not the way you'd expect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Robert Langdon survives jumping from a helicopter without a parachute...oh boy!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Defenitely!


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows how little we actually know of what we THINK we know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nimrod Berman Mountain View, CA United States 09-24-12
    Nimrod Berman Mountain View, CA United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Could not stop listening!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 09-05-12
    Oli 09-05-12 Member Since 2015

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Okay"

    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.

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    Brandy Charleston, SC, United States 02-16-12
    Brandy Charleston, SC, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing!"
    If you could sum up Angels and Demons in three words, what would they be?

    intense, fast paced, twisting


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I kept listening and trying to figure out who was


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    I liked Cardinal Moriati the best. He was always so calm and unassuming.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's not who you think...


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexa Tempe, AZ, United States 11-02-11
    Alexa Tempe, AZ, United States 11-02-11
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    "Good Story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-04-11
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Great to follow on Wikipedia..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Della Fera Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA USA 09-10-10
    Vincent Della Fera Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA USA 09-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Deeply Flawed"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Saint Petersburg, FL, USA 06-22-10
    Bill Saint Petersburg, FL, USA 06-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Intense"

    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.

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    Mayte a coruña, Spain 05-21-10
    Mayte a coruña, Spain 05-21-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A great adventure"

    Although parts of the book are not very realistic I really enjoyed this book , more even that The Davinci code. Wonderfully narrated too .

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  • Lesley
    IpswichUnited Kingdom
    11/11/09
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    "Fantastic"

    The book and the way it was narrated was brilliant, watched the film after which in comparism to the audio was terrible.

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  • Sue
    Wells, United Kingdom
    9/24/09
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    "Brilliant"

    Quite complicated in parts, so you do have to concentrate but a brilliant fast paced story and extremely well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    London, United Kingdom
    9/9/09
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    "Good Book"

    This is an interesting book.

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  • Suzanne
    taunton, somerset, United Kingdom
    9/6/09
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    "angels and demons"

    Brilliant, I was at the edge of my seat. What a wonderful way to spend long hours driving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    CamborneUnited Kingdom
    8/29/09
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    ""Angels and Demons (Unabridged)""

    Dan Brown, I know of him only because I ?watched? The Da Vinci Code, I?ve not listen too nor read any of this author?s material, but I would highly recommend this book to everyone wanting to be kept on the edge of your seat, just when you think you may be ahead of the game a twist and turn of the plot continues right to the very end,the exciting plot is absolutely fascinating and keeps one riveted which certainly did not seem like eighteen hours, More please more, I was instantly immersed into the world of Cern the Vatican and of course the Illuminati.read so empathically by Richard Poe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha
    Brunswick West, Australia
    8/26/09
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    "absolute rubbish"

    Apologies to all the other listeners that loved this book, but a bigger collection of cliches, obvious plot twists and appalling dialogue would be hard to find.This is without doubt the worst audiobook I have downloaded. I found myself rolling my eyes, and remarking out loud to myself at the lazy writing, and sensasionalist reading style. Way too much gravitas on every line ! Complete twaddle, and not enjoyable , just annoying. Don't waste your credit !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    Roermond, Netherlands
    7/31/09
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    "Oh dear...."

    After reading all those brilliant reviews I now feel like some kind of freak - I am part way through listening to this book and bored to death! The characters are so two-dimensional and cliched that I just couldn't give a hoot what happens to them. My first Audible failure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chriss Stringer
    7/13/09
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    "Better than the film"

    The film does not really do it credit as much is left out. The book is much better as explains the depths of the plot and gives it credability. However, there is a lot to take in and it is not helped being based in Rome with much in Latin/Italian so this at times makes it confusing hense only 4 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Woodford Green, Essex, United Kingdom
    7/8/09
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    "Good to start"

    Gripped for the first two thirds or so but then I found the conclusion a little too surreal. Quite an entertaining idea, and very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    stourbridge, United Kingdom
    6/19/09
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    "Angels and Demons"

    One of the best audio books I have listened to in months

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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