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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)
This is Dan Brown's best story ever. It is suspenseful with fantastic twists. Even if you have seen the movie, you will be very surprised. The movie is horrible, but the book is great.
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.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Really loved The Da Vinci Code in spite of it's flaws, but this was a major disappointment. Kind of an amateurish imitation (although I think it predates?) of the intriguing Da Vinci. Cardboard characters, awful dialogue, endless pseudo-scientific and pseudo-religious blather . . . my mind wandered, far far away. I'd leave the room and come back while it played on and find I hadn't really missed anything. Won't be finishing it.
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.
"4 out of 5, the audio spoilt it!"
This was absolutly amazing to listen to, so captivating! But my god, what's wrong with the recording? I felt like I was listening to a cassette for the first couple of hours (then I got into it and forgot all about that!). I'd recommend it to anybody, but please audible, get better quality recordings!
Total twaddle from start to finish. Scientifically a load of old cobblers.
However it is highly entertaining and thrilling. A real 'page turner'. The reader does an excellent job. This is my first audio book from Audible and it has proved to be an excellent introduction.
If you can put aside daftness of the science I totally recommend it. 18 hours of pure enjoyment.
"Easy to listen, easy to forget"
As I am not a native speaker I usually choose "easy", popular books to practice English as a second language. Somehow this book was too easy, too light to my taste. I felt that the whole plot is somehow volatile, artificial, predictible. I am sure that I never want to re-listen it again, but I enjoyed it at first time enough to give 3 from 5.
"An absolutely excellent read"
This is an absolutely amazing book, Dan Brown really brings the characters in this books to life and his special writing techniques help take you to the heart of Vatican City along with Robert Langdon and his companions.
This book kept me wanting more throughout. I have only recently started listening to audible but have to say this is one of the best books I have listened to on here.
"Prefer it to Da Vinci"
This book was great enjoyed it thouroughly, Loved all the Rome intrigues and the Vatical protocalls, loved The Da Vinci code prefered this one to all his books. My brother who is hooked on audio books, as he spend most his life in his car listened to it twice.
"Excellent book better than Da Vinci Code"
Luckily someone told me to get this one first as it precedes Da Vinci Code as a story. Also a better book and even more exciting!
"Angels and Demons"
It's an excellent listen with a very good narrator, kept me interested right through - one of those books you just don't want to finish! Well worth the price.
"Great Religion vs Religious Yarn"
Put your reasoning mind on hold and enjoy a roller-coaster ride to pure escapism... lots of fascinating titbits to mull over but lots of stuff that stretches just too far across the chasm of believability... just because the author establishes stuff early on (this character is a helicopter pilot and that character is a water polo player)doesn't make it any more feasible... How lucky is the main character to survive a tumble out of a helicopter from miles on high, clasping on to a bit of plastic canopy to land in water? How miraculous is his survival? Who else would find a large bit of plastic with handholds that would serve as a makeshift parachute? Okay, I admit... I have never been up in a helicopter, carrying a canister of anti-matter that will signal the end of the Vatican City, with no parachute... and in the same situation, I'd probably clutch my ipod and hope for the best!
There's lots of religion versus science debates that I wasn't so aware of when I read the book but which become so much more apparent when hearing the story.(Your eyes can skip over these paragraphs but when you're listening, all you can do is listen or fast forward... for some cruel reason, my Ipod kept returning to the beginning of the harping on religious stuff - so much so that I can recite it by heart...)(and I say this as a ex-Catholic so pls don't get all conspiracy theory on me) - All that aside, loved this audiobook and am kicking myself that I didn't listen to it before a recent visit to Rome...
And wondering when Dan Brown will write and publish his next book!!!
"Better than Da Vinci code"
Having read the Da Vinci code some of the story seems quite similar, but not enough to put you off. The pace is good and so is the reading; except for the attempts at an english or australian accent! these made me laugh out loud!! The first couple of chapters were a little slow and feel a bit like a lecture, but once the action started I was hooked.
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