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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2000 Dan Brown; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc., AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Divison, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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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)

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  • Angelo
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 11-28-05

Not for those who've already read DaVinci Code...

While it may true that this book need not be read as a prequel to DaVinci Code, it is almost a carbon-copy of the popular 'sequel' in terms of the storyline, just with different names for all the protagonists, except Robert Langdon of course. The story would probably read well for first-time listeners of Dan Brown, however it didn't quite live up to my expectations after having already read DaVinci Code and loved it for its suspense and brain-teasers (although sometimes a bit transparent) In "Angels", the object of Robert's pursuit is a bit more dramatic than in DaVinci yet I hardly want to care since the story is painfully dumbed down for the reader at several points. Overall, recommended for first-time listeners, not so much for the person looking for something equally or more entertaining than DaVinci and also offering a fresh plot.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved the descriptions

I found the descriptions of the architecture amazing makes me want to go to Rome.

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  • Tracey
  • Hertfordshire, N/A, United Kingdom
  • 04-08-05

AMAZING READ ON DAY POPE DIED - COMPELLING!

Incredible story, keeps you guessing all the way through. Robert Langdon is a great character, so believeable and likable. Dan Brown is by far my favourite author as he researches every aspect of his writing so much so that you could believe he must know Popes/assasins/scientists/secret service agents/police. The way he describes various methods of a character dying/being killed puts shivers down your spine, where did he find out such details... Finished the book on the day the POPE DIED, which made the story even more surreal. After reading a Dan Brown novel, you just have to read all his others!

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  • Michael
  • Temecula, CA, USA
  • 04-01-05

When a Pope dies and needs to be replaced.

Dan Brown teaches as he goes! While this is a fictional book it is pact full of non-fictional references of the inner workings at the Vatican when a Pope dies and needs to be replaced. The Fictional parts are pure entertainment and you will leave this story with a great understanding of what goes on at Vatican City durring this time and the role of the Illuminati in history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • LeicestershireUnited Kingdom
  • 03-14-05

fast paced enjoyment

This was an absorbing book with many unexpected twists and turns. Just enough romantic interest to keep the plot fascinating, with action adventure in just about every chapter

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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137 / 18.5 Hours = 7.405 Minutes Per Chapter

Dan Brown's <B><U>Angels and Demons</U></B> is an enjoyable, if frequently unbelievable story that simply goes on far too long. It is one of those rare cases where I wish I had taken the abridged version.

There are 137 Chapters in this book and I think it could have safely been ended somewhere around 123 and it would still have been too long. In addition to it's gross length, <B><U>Angels and Demon's</U></B> asked this listener to suspend belief far too often. There is actually one passage that refers to the heroine as having to "buy" one of Langdon's explanations for one of his conclusions and I can't help but feel that Brown was staring his readers in the face daring us to do the same.

However, for all that is bad in this book (it is, I suppose "bad trash" as Stephen King's mother might have said), I still found it to be worth a listen. This is the type of book that would fit perfectly into a new Audible Listener <I>Rental</I> program...

Richard Poe does an okay job reading this but it sounded like he frequently was reading with throat lozenges in his mouth. Also, Poe's accent at the beginning of the book for Maximillian Kohler is really hard to accept.

I hoped it was going to be better than <B><U>The DaVinci Code</U></B> but I can only give this one 3 stars. I recommend you try the abridgement.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Utterly predictable schlock

There is enough foreshadowing in the first few chapters to allow you to perfectly predict the end of this pitiable, formulaic thriller within an hour. The next seventeen alternate between cheap thrills, painfully stilted dialogue, and the occasional lame attempt to make it seem as though the inevitable plot line is not so inevitable after all. Brown's talent as a writer evolved substantially between this overwraught dime novel and the Da Vinci Code, and it's interesting to draw comparisons between the two as an example of how an author can grow into his metier, but it took real dicipline and a lot of eye rolling to make it to the end of this painful early excersise in suspense writing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • W
  • Marina, CA, United States
  • 01-06-05

Wanted it to End...

I listened to the Unabridged Audio Version of Angels and Demons and I was rather disappointed. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed DaVinci Code, but this novel read like the exact same book. Lets see: we've got the overly brainy annoying lead character: check. Nubile younger woman: check. Crazed zealot assassin: check. Catholic Conspiracy: check.

Add to this long (and pointless) flashbacks by minor characters, and Robert Langdon's endless preaching and I found myself wishing for the novel to end. I really might be able to enjoy this book, if I actually liked a few of the lead characters. No such luck. The only likeable character was the Pope's assistant. But even he was a stereotype, way too saintly. Lets try for a few human characters rather than such extreme sterotypes, next time shall we?

Also, I could do without the rather heavy-handed preaching in the middle. Okay, okay we get it. Because of Science we are all drowning in a morass of hopelessness without Mother Church. We get it. Can we get back to the action story now?

Eh. 1 star. This was an okay listen, which could've used an editor.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Warren S
  • Guntersville, AL, USA
  • 08-18-04

Rousing Historic Fiction Less so Theologically

Excellent read. Highly recommended. The further I got into this work the more engaged I became on more levels than the initial hook (which is very pointy, indeed). One of its chief values is the itch it produced to know more of current and pasts of both Church and illuminati history (or lore). The story pulls the reader in inexoribly to a very close read. I found myself staying in the car a bit longer before and after the ride to work just to stay satiated. The traditional juxtaposition of science vs religion is covered in a highly imaginative fashion. Remarkable for the absense of vitriol that usually accompanies the subject matter. You will not be sorry you purchased this work by Dan Brown.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bryan
  • Willoughby, OH, USA
  • 07-20-04

Dan Brown Has Another Winner

After reading the Da Vinci Code, I picked up this audiobook. I was initially nervous on how good it would be based on the mixed reviews, but overall I can say I liked it just as much as the Da Vinci Code. It's filled with intrigue, suspense, and action. Dan Brown again did his research so there is a high sense of realism to the situations in the book. I would highly recommend this title if you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dan Woolley
  • 12-18-17

No Need for a Second Serving!

The performance of the book is on point. It keeps the story moving along at a fast-pace that it calls for. If you have never read this book, listening to the audio book would be great.

When I first read this book as a teenager, I loved it. Second time around, I find that I am not as enamoured with the intricacies as I was before. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely a must read... but only a read once.

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  • Sarah Fallon
  • 12-14-17

Brilliant!!

Excellent audio book! The narrator was excellent too! I didn’t see the twists and turns coming at all, it was like listening to a feature film, I loved it!

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  • JoB
  • 12-09-17

Great audiobook

Great story, with possibly a few too many twists and turns! Good narration, thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • James
  • 11-19-17

This is a book is a great start to an adventure!

Angles and demons done now on the the da vinci code! I'm hooked and can't wait to start on the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-17

My 2nd Dan Brown novel

The first book I ever got from Audible was The Da Vinci Code. I very much enjoyed it. This Dan Brown novel is of the same high standard. And once again I am not disappointed.

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  • michelle steer
  • 05-07-17

angels and demons

loved reading the book. loved watching the film. love listining even more. well worth it

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 02-09-17

rather enjoyable.

i rather enjoyed this book. it is the first one in the series so of course I will read this one first and I look forward to the next one.
I never watched the movie so I can't compare and I won't know if I'll like it or not.
I'll probably watch it one day but not now, perhaps when I'm in the mood.

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  • wordrunner
  • 11-18-16

Surprising!

For most of this book I thought I had predicted everything.... and I did. Apart from one huge plot twist which I really did not see coming. Never think you've got Dan Brown figured out.
I think the beginning of this book is slightly less sophisticated a plot than some of the other books Brown had written, but that said, it is still very enjoyable and as I mentioned before, I would not have predicted the ending. Easy to listen to as well. Although the author does insist on pronouncing the word 'niche' in a weird way. I don't think he realised there was an e on the end.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-27-16

Better than the film!

This novel is easily better than the film! There are obvious similaries, but I was enthralled by the extra twists and turns in the storyline.

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  • Annaik M
  • 09-05-16

Great Story

What did you like most about Angels and Demons?

I liked that you not only read a great and gripping story but also learn about history and the church, which is a great addition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Robert Langdon was my favourite character as he is the protagonist. He is smart and knowledgeable and tries to save everyone without trying to be a hero, which is very likeable.

What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

Richard Poe's performance was great and made it possible to follow the story and the emotions. It made it easy to listen.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moments, when Robert Langdon solved the next riddle and as a listener you could feel the rush of relief coming with this.