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.
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"A reading experience you will never forget. Dan Brown has created another frantic-paced thriller that rivals the best works of Clancy and Cussler." (Book Browser Reviews)
"Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation" (Publishers Weekly)
Although almost the exact same formula as Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons is still a great book and I did not feel like I was reading the same book twice. The only thing I did not like was the voice acting for the main character (Robert Langdon). The narrator's voice for him made him sound like he was always out of breath or perhaps constipated. Very annoying at first, but I eventually got over it.
Enjoyed "Da Vinci"...so thought I might like this. But as mentioned already...juvenile - I do have a hard time beleiving the same author wrote both.
Yes, it seems like it might have been a first draft of Da Vinci Code. But I thoroughly enjoyed every interesting, fast paced, action-filled, fun minute of this book. It explores the relationship between science and religion (allies or opposites?) without getting preachy. More twists and turns than a mountain road,and nearly as fun.
Enjoy intellectually stimulating mysteries. Dislike story lines use a lot of violence, gun play and highly improbable events.
I enjoyed the DaVinci Code, which while a fictional story at least had only limited portions of it that required you to suspend your critical judgment and allow implausible time-lines and character actions to become real in the story. In this book, there is simply too much of that. After maybe a hour of ridiculously impossible story line action, I felt the author was insulting my intelligence and lost interest.
I was excited to read a book about the illuminati, but this was not what I had hoped for. I agree with the reviewer that the plot was the same as for the DaVinci code. I thought DaVinci was much more interesting. I just couldn't get into it; and what some folks describe as riveting action, I thought was on the edge of ridiculous. What, Rome has no battery chargers?
This is FICTION people, with some truth mixed in. A sad commenatry for these listeners that can't even read that this book is in the FICTION section. Oh yes, there is some truth mixed in but very little. That's what makes it a good book. You don't have to believe me, just do some legitmate research and don't work from your prejudices. Read a fiction book, enjoy it, but use that one brain cell and understand it's FICTION. Another sad commentary that one would have to post this wakeup call. This should be a place for a book review, not a forum for prejudice.
Awesome, awesome book and now it is a movie. Can't wait to see it. The book is well written and captivating. You will not be able to put it down.
Dan Brown is an excellent writer. I enjoy reading a lot of these type of books especially from Dan Brown. The adventures and thrills that he puts you through is outrageous.
Audio specific: Many busy characters without much differentiation in voices - gets a little confusing when distracted by driving, etc... Who? What? Pretty good at level 3 quality.
As for book review in general - found the romantic sub-plot to be poorly presented and silly. But the story was very engaging and well told overall.
Whoever is spreading the rumor that Angels and Demons if better than The Divinci Code is crazy! The story is preposterous, and the ending is absolutely unbelievable. I hated it.
For everyone that said this was as good as or better than "DaVinci Code", I have a bone to pick with you. "Angels and Demons" isn't better than "DaVinci Code", and it's not half as intruging or suspensful as my most recent listen "The Pieces of the Puzzle".
Angels and Demons is one of those books that sucks you in with an intriguing, apparently well researched story but its a rather run of the mill action story with a reluctant hero who cheats death and amazingly solves puzzles just in time. The ending is completely contrived and not believable in the slightest. In contrast, "Da Vinci Code" and "The Pieces of the Puzzle" had me wondering if it could be real or could have actually happened.
"A great listen"
thoroughly enjoyed the book and had to listen to it as quickly as I could. Housework had to wait!
Ive read this book now its nice to have it read it me fantastic will recommend anytime the quality is great the narater is brilliant
"Enjoyable Romp through Rome"
I wish I had gotten the Unabridged version as this was far too short and I finished it before I finished the decorating!
I have not read the novel from which this audio book came, but I have to say the story leapt into my head very well indeed. The narrator had a good grasp on the story and I felt that Robert Langdons confusion came over well.
A good quick taster into the novel, enjoyable if you dont wish to get too deep into it. I do wish the presentation had chapter breaks as I never knew where to pause!
"Like a box of chocolates"
What Stephen Fry might describe as a 'book written to be made into a film'. This book, like its predecessor, has intrigue, suspense, and entertainment. However, what masquerades as fact is little more than extravagent hypothesis with little or no academic justification. Even accepting the laymen argument that 'it's just a bit of fun' - though many are in fact naive enough to believe (look at tourist footfall increases for sites referenced in either book), the fact remains that it is poorly written. I am shocked that someone with such a fertile imagination should have such an amazing inability to use adjectives. Should the author continue to write pseudo-scientific nonsense I would suggest to him that he should peruse the works of literary greats such as Hemingway once his plotline is established; perhaps then he will be able to paint a picture in the reader's mind, instead of relying on Mr. Hanks to do so.
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