©2000 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc., AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Divison, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This was a good book. I read The Da Vinci Code first, so I am doing things a bit backwards. I thought the things I "knew" would happen because of the knowledge of what happens in the next book, made this book a bit less intense. I certainly was drawn back to the book often. It was hard to get a long time to listen and at times I found the book distracting to my other work. The narration really made a good impact. I had other people "lean in" to find out what was going on. That is a good sign and an easy way to determine if the book is worthwhile.
I would have enjoyed this audiobook rendition if the narrator had not delivered with such over the top breathlessness at every turn. It was ridiculous to the point of being laughable. Every thought of the main charactor was spoken with such DRAMA as if we were about to hear some SHOCKING revelation. Only to find out, hey - he has a little trouble with close spaces. Or he doesn't think this could be the suspected Illuminati. Or the like. Part of it is Dan Brown's writing, but a whole lot of it is this overwrought narrator. It rather spoiled the book for me since I found myself rolling my eyes or even laughing out loud. And I don't think Brown intended for it to be funny. Disappointment.
I have not read the DiVinci code but I have seen the movie. It was very good and thought provoking. However, after listening to Angels and Demons and then seeing the movie, the book was more than thought provoking and good, it was a wonderfully written book. I see why the movie had to be the way it was but it did capture the essence of the book. If you have or haven't seen the movie listening to the book is like seeing a movie in your mind. Great book just great.
A very entertaining book if you read it as a fictional chase and don't think about the science and history too much, though I have a hard time picturing a symboligist as a James Bond-type character. Highly recommended.
In true Dan Brown form you are lead through what seems an absolute impossible plot with an ending that is totally unpredictable. I loved the book and can't wait to see how the book is portrayed on the big screen. Dan Brown goes to great length with his research and knowledge of the Vatican City. Although parts of the book are beyond a believable plot in real life, I do read to be entertained and this book held my attention for all 18 hours of it. A great book and I highly recommend it.
I loved, loved, LOVED this book. I was totally hooked into the plot and couldn't stop listen. The twists at the end kept you wondering and I have to say the narators voice for this was perfect, just enough mystery and suspense. Now I can't wait to see the movie although I know it will never be as good as the book.
I really liked the book, even though I kind of guessed the charector in the end. It followed the same pattern as the DiVinci code except may be more "visual". It also got dirtier than it needed to be.
I enjoyed listening to the narrator until half way through when you can hear noises of shuffling papers and noisy swallowing. That became distracting.
da vinci code was an AMAZING book, but i enjoyed angels and demons a lot more. buy this audiobook now, you won't be sorry. you might be saying "this guy isn't even giving me reasons why i should buy this, why should i?," but just do it, ok. it's so good i don't need to give you reasons! and despite the !, i'm completely serious.
"liked it lots"
Better than the davinci code, enjoyed it thoroughly had read the book now listened to it, and so did my brother he thoroughly enjoyed it too, he is even listning to it a second time, we recommend it thoroughly.
As usual for a Dan Brown book, this was absorbing and exciting - our 11 year old really enjoyed it, too (despite a few gruesome bits!). As other reviewers have said, we could have listened to it for another few hours! Richard Poe reads brilliantly. Wholeheartedly recommended.
"Good Book,Awful Sound Quality"
This is the first time i have ever bought an Audiobook on line (and maybe the last?).The sound qaulity even in Format 4 is truly awful,it sounds so tinny and far away, it completly ruined my listening pleasure.I thought it might improve by burning to CD but no such luck.A massive disapointment.
"Where was the editor's blue pencil?"
Way too long - but has its moments - would agree with Sean good start, reasonable middle and hysterical ending! Bit too predictable in places - but not bad company while you're doing the ironing!
"Good start, great middle, average end"
Fast paced and action packed. Seemingly well researched background (whether true or not doesn't matter), clever twists, slightly disappointing end.
Good escapist fun.
A conspiracy theorist's dream.
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