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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)
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.
After having listened to The Da Vinci Code I was hoping the same person would be reading the story to us. The person reading this story has a gravelly voice that I don't like and I'm losing interst fast. I'd rather read it myself or wait until the movie comes out so I don't have to hear that unpleasant voice. I give it 3 stars for the story and no stars for the reader.
The reader is great. I really enjoyed his voice thru the story. The story itself is fairly good. I could not put it down even when I knew who the "Boss- Janus" was. The book's events are not too predictable but a little over half way of the book I was able to tell who the mastermind was even though Mr. Brown tried to throw a couple of plot twist.
This is probably the second best book by Dan Brown. It is as exciting as the DaVinci Code and a precursor to that novel. Couldn't turn it off once I got hooked into the story. One of the things that make this story even better is the selection of a great reader. The reader in this does an exceptional job.
Unlike the DaVinci code, I was glad when this book was finally over. During the last 1/3 of the book I kept feeling, can you finally end it, only to find out it went on and on... Although it was an interesting story, it just required too great a suspension of reality to make it reasonable, even with imagination, to listen to.
Despite the narration which I thought could be much better and a little bit of a rocky start to the book, I thought the book was a great. The detail of the symbology and it's relation to the plot was spell-binding, and I didn't want to stop listening once the book kicked into high gear. Let yourself get past the first 45 minutes, and you won't regret it.
"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.
"Angels & Demons"
If you thought The Da Vinci Code was good then you are not going to be disappointed with this audio version of Dan Brown's Book. This book will keep you wanting to listen to more and more as the plot thickens and twists and turns throughout.
"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.
My son and I are having a big debate on this one - he loved it and wants you all to know its a really good book - I think it is elaborate nonsense which descends into complete bunkum well before the final quarter.
All the bits and pieces exist and its a really good blending of fact and informed speculation - you cannot give it a poor rating! But I am giving it a poor rating because I've listened to so many better books than this.
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