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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,200

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Decent story, but somewhat predictable.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Really well narrated. Enjoyable characters. Good story, but somewhat predictable. The first half of the story was a fun listen. I kept waiting and hoping for one of Dan Brown's jaw dropping twists, but a twist isn't a twist if you know what it is.

  • Map of Bones

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sigma Force phenomenon

  • By Dawitski on 02-26-10

Another Sigma Force phenomenon

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-10

If you enjoy history, adventure, and international intrigue, then you would enjoy this book. If this is your first James Rollins book, then beware- lost of characters to follow, frequent scene to scene leaps and lost and lots of history.

It might take some time getting used to the narrator, but once you do, you will definitely enjoy the book. I guarantee you will have very little difficulty differentiating characters.

I also suggest reading the Sigma series in the following order: Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle and Doomsday Key.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,090

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Dan Brown is reminding me of M. Night Shyamalan

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-10

Dan Brown is to The Lost Symbol as M. Night Shyamalan is to The Happening.

This book simply shattered my high expectations of Dan Brown. I have read all of Dan Brown's books and this one seems to have been written overnight and I don't believe he read this book before getting it published.

There are very few parts that are actually quite good, but they are overshadowed by the rest of the story- making the entire book just flat out useless.

What is even more dissapointing is the narration. I almost fell asleep listening to Paul Michael's monotone voice.

I hope Dan Brown's next book won't be as dissapointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Altar of Eden

  • A Novel
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

A master at combining heart-stopping suspense and scientific intrigue, New York Times best-selling author James Rollins returns with a thrilling adventure like no other--a shocking story of cruel genetic experiments done in the name of national security and, most disturbing of all, tied to a secret history of the Book of Genesis.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Reader

  • By Nancy on 02-12-10

Very Enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-10

This was the first audiobook I listened to after the dissapointing "The Lost Symbol" and my second ever female narrated book.

I will give Paula Christensen a 3.5 star for her crisp voice, engaging narration and not so bad attempt at the Cajun accent. Despite there being more male characters than female, I was able to follow all characters with little to no confusion.

This books seems to have a two part story, which I would classify as "The Hunt" and "The survival". Its adventurous, action packed, and scientific. This book is more like a 3.5 than a 3.

I also recommed the "Enhanced" audio version!!!!!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Doomsday Key

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mystery - history storys

  • By Bob on 07-13-09

Very entertaining...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-09

I was very excited to see that James Rollins had returned with another Sigma Force novel. If you liked Black Order and the Judas Strain (Excellent listen), you will enjoy the Doomsday Key. James Rollins is always bridging the gap between fact and fiction, and if you do the research after (while) listening to his books, you will be surprised by how much of it is factual.

I was not very pleased with this books ending. I thought Rollins could have done more. He builds up the climax of the story very well, but he does not conclude it with a bang. Nonetheless, if you like international espionage, this is definitely an enjoyable listen.

Peter Jay Fernandez did a good job with the narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful