©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2004 W.F. Howes Ltd.
"Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts." (Publishers Weekly)
"Brown's intricate plot delivers more satisfying twists than a licorice factory." (Booklist)
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"Unfortunately, I loved it."
This book has some very mixed reviews. It is unique in my mind as the only book that I have ever hated to love. In many ways, the book is silly. It's popularity is almost defiantly due to it's apparent revelation of secrets, mixed with the 'holiday read' thriller genre that is is clearly a member of. In fact, I bought this book for the sole reason that I could tell people how bad it was, if the discussion arose. This, unfortunately, is not the case.
The plot was, in many ways, simplistic and obvious. In addition, a small amount of research reveals that the 'revelations' are in fact, historical forgeries, knowingly portrayed by the author as fact. This didn't bother me, as I assumed that the entire plot was fictitious, and to find there was, even forged, evidence, for the 'facts'.
The 'twist' in the tale annoyed me, largely because I had considered and dismissed it, thinking it 'too simple' to be true. On the contrary, and upon reflection, it wasn't too bad, and there were some clever things that I only really gathered after several times of listening. This pleased me, and I have grown to love, though resent to book.
The narration was, at first worrying. The first few seconds of the tale gave me the impression that the narrator would be dry and emotionless, but this wore off quickly, and I felt the medium did not interfere with the literature.
"Good plot shame about everything else really !"
Not a well crafted book by any stretch of the imagination and if I have another "long moment" I will scream. Sloppy research and lazy, irritating idioms "the London sun, the London police" Et al. Swift enough and harmless until it was handed to Jeff Harding to pastiche. His accents are hilarious and to my mind completely unnecessary , his Cockney alter boy is sooooo Dick Van Dyke it took me back forty years and the camp affected arch criminal is sooo Carry On up the Da Vincis I was expecting an " Oh Matron" to appear at any moment. Who holds the auditions for the readers?
A book that raises questions and possibilities neatly packaged in a great story. I read this book a few years ago but listening to it being told was an extra pleasure.
"Educational And entertaining"
This was gripping, and taught you a thing or two. Brilliantly read. Recommend highly to everyone. Go get it now.
"Fantastic mix of fact and fiction. Truly Amazing"
Absolutely, One of the best books I've ever listen too.
Robert Langdon of course with he great eye for detail and unmasking the mysteries.
The moment they describe the louvre and the modern pyramide. I actually love the detail and history behind this as it one of my favourite parts of the classic building.
"Really good story line"
The story line. Extremely gripping and you just want to know what happens next! And so much better than the movie! Seriously better. The little traps the authors set in the books can not be replicated on screen!
The relationship between the two main characters. No obvious romance involved, very realistic and natural. And the path they took to find out the truth. So many things happened in such a short period of time!
"I avoided the movie to get the full flavour"
However, although the story was interesting and I really didn't know the outcome until it occurred, I thought it was a little disappointing. I thought it was a good story, with an interesting cast of characters, some interesting plotting on the way.. The ending was all Hollywood, all happy no real enigmas. A story with this background deserved to end on an enigma.
Jeff did a good job of reading the story.
Thanks for the entertainment.
Another excellent listen from Dan Brown!!
Sir Leigh Tebin
Yes, the end was excellent
just get it now.
"Still a great story"
I have read this several times now - its a great story and read really well. Its a murder mystery that has huge diverse intrigue, with many interesting characters. A very western European story, with a token American thrown into the mix and includes ancient scandal. Dan Brown has a brilliant way of writing to reel in the reader/listener and convincing them that the story is truth. Great historical investigation - brilliant work. If you haven't read it, its an absolute must read.
A great book and value for money. I'm not a religious person, but it does give you a different perspective on things. I'm only half way through the book but I am enjoying it so far. The narrator does make me smile when he is speaking French. It reminds me off the policeman in Ello Ello. But one younger past the funny side of it, it's brilliantly written and I would reccomend to anyone that has no opinion on the subject.
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