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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.
"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.
"Angels and Demons, what a thriller"
This is better than the Di Vinci Code. It was one you did not want to turn off. The suspense was thrilling along with all the working out of the codes, you always expected them to arrive in time to save people, but this was unexpected.
Well worth a second or third listen as the plot is quite complicated and you miss all of it on the first listen.
"Angels and Demons"
18 hours seems a long time to give to listening to this book, but its worth every minute.
"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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