• Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (1,457 ratings)

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Angels and Demons

By: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Richard Poe
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Publisher's summary

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target...

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.

©2003 Dan Brown (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic reviews

"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)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Definitely better than DaVinci

I was glad that this book was over, so I could catch a breath. It is absolutely non-stop action and it drags you along. I was afraid that like "DaVinci Code", it was going to let me down in the end, but he surprised me. The premise is a little bit shaky, but it doesn't go way beyond the realm of believability. The strength of the book is the author's solid research. I've been to Rome and I've been to many of the sites where the action takes place. He was dead on!A terrific "read"

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Not history, not theology, just great fiction

Like most people (or so I suspect), I listened to this book after The Da Vinci Code, even though it was written earlier and takes place earlier. I can't understand why this earlier effort didn't win Brown the acclaim he deserves as a great mystery/thriller author. As with The Da Vinci Code, the Catholic Church is involved, and as with The Da Vinci Code, not all of the Vatican officials behave in a way that reflects glory and honor upon the Church and her Lord. But that's life, not just for the Church but for any large body of imperfect human beings.

The plot in this work is a bit less esoteric than in The Da Vinci Code, but in my view that strengthens the book as a work of literature, because the themes (science and religion, faith and knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, truth versus the avoidance of scandal) aren't upstaged by the brain-teasers.

I would like to warn off two classes of potential readers/listeners. First, if you are the sort of person who cannot distinguish between fictional background and historical fact, please don't buy this book. The world will be better off with fewer people making spiritual decisions (like whether to be a Catholic) based on plot lines in a piece of fiction. If you really think the sins of long-dead cardinals are relevant to your religious affiliation today, then at least learn about those sins from reliable works of history rather than a whodunnit.

Second, if you are the sort of person who can't bear to imagine, even hypothetically, that the Communion of Saints includes some very great sinners, and you're offended by any portrayal of a sin by a man of the cloth, please don't buy this book. Christians who place themselves in the latter category should probably spend more time reading the New Testament and paying attention to how unimpressively the Twelve acquitted themselves when God walked among them.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Sad Reviews!!!!

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.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Angels and Demons

The Story was inventive and well plotted, however, the abridgement left out too many of the details from the original book.

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  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Pure Trash

One of the more overly dramatic works I've seen. Every sentence is hyped to the max. Had to stop listening after 2 hours.

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  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Crackers with that Cheese??

Story line was okay, but really could have done with less cheese ball lines between leading male and female characters. I loved the Da Vinci Code and was really looking forward to Angels and Demons, but have to say I was disappointed.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Reminder to the gullible - THIS IS FICTION

Quite a good book. I liked the Da Vinci Code and enjoyed this one as well. If you liked the Da Vinci Code then you will definitely like this one - though this one has a much better ending.

Just please do keep in mind that these books are fiction, even though they mention real places and organizations - but they are not based on fact.

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  • 12-14-03

I checked one star but none is more accurate

The author's ludicrous, contrived plot might have survived with some decent writing. However, the author's style is that of a 13 year-old on his first writing attempt inspired by his favorite TV show.
I cannot truly recommend it based on the whole plot, since I could only make it a quarter of the way through.
Finally, the author shows his amateurish credentials when he refers to hatha yoga as an ancient Buddhist art..... Anyone with access to a dictionary or browser could have found out in 30 seconds that it is a Hindu practice. What a hack!

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  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Just Plain Awful

I thought this was a terribe book. The plot development completely fell apart. It started out pretty good but the author gave away to many hints and you know where it is going about 3/4's of the way through. The relationship between the hero and heroine was terrible. You cringed just thinking about what trite would come out of their mouth next. I give this book one star and that is way too high. Dan Brown, you need a do-over on this one.

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Disappointing

Interesting plot, but bad writing, bad theology and implausible scenes rank this low on my list of good reads. The author comes off like a bad soap opera or cheap romance novel whenever he tries to make some 'chemistry' between his characters...really bad! The ending was so unbelievable, it makes Hollywood's ridiculous action movies seem plausible. Dan's writing also comes off pretty amateur.
The most damaging, however, is his insistence that what he declares in his books are fact, when in truth, they are heretical fiction.
Sad.

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