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Angels and Demons Audiobook

Angels and Demons

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    T. Phillips 10-18-08
    T. Phillips 10-18-08 Listener Since 2008

    Winter is Coming.

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    "Loved the descriptions"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 01-02-06
    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 01-02-06 Member Since 2017
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    "Angels and Demons"

    One of the best books I have ever listened to. I recommended to my husband who doesn't do much reading and he couldn't put it down either. It is too bad the reading of the book is affected by the noises that the reader makes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelo Seattle, WA, USA 11-28-05
    Angelo Seattle, WA, USA 11-28-05
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Hertfordshire, N/A, United Kingdom 04-08-05
    Tracey Hertfordshire, N/A, United Kingdom 04-08-05
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Temecula, CA, USA 04-01-05
    Michael Temecula, CA, USA 04-01-05
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    "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
    Jane LeicestershireUnited Kingdom 03-14-05
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    "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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    Amazon Customer 02-18-05 Member Since 2008
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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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    Jonathan Boston, MA, USA 02-04-05
    Jonathan Boston, MA, USA 02-04-05 Member Since 2007
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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
    W Marina, CA, United States 01-06-05
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    "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
    Warren S Guntersville, AL, USA 08-18-04
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    "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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  • PinkMilk
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    3/2/07
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    "Better than the Da Vinci Code!"

    I have just come to the worst part of this book: the end!! I could easily have gone for another eighteen hours of listening. Having really enjoyed the da Vinci Code before this one, I fancied another From One Clue To The Next kind of story, but I had not expected anything this exciting: Cern, antimatter, the Vatican, a group called the Illuminati.... fantastic stuff. Just couldn't stop listening, not even late at night in bed! Oh, I wish there was another one like this!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    lincsUnited Kingdom
    12/26/05
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    "fantastic"

    It's one of those stories you find yourself thinking about when you haven't got time to listen and are supposed to be thinking about something else!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Davina
    United Kingdom
    7/30/05
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    "Enjoyable rubbish"

    A brilliant thriller (if not as good as The Da Vinci Code) with twists, turns and no shortage of tension. Just take the 'facts' and science with a pinch of salt.

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/3/09
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    "Imaginative tale with some flaws"

    Dan Brown can certainly create intriguing and fast-paced stories. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code as an enthralling narrative, but thought the writing poor. Angels and Demons is less clich?-ridden and better written. Both books appear to be based on a lot of historical research, though I'm not able to judge the authenticity. Some of the science in Angels and Demons is far-fetched but, like good science-fiction, is based on the truth. I heard a scientist from CERN on the radio discussing Angels and Demons. which he enjoyed as a story, but reassured listeners that it was a long way off before anti-matter could be carried around in a box.
    Angels and Demons is for the most part a rollicking good story that keeps you listening, but the momentum of the narrative is marred by long passages of quasi-religious speechifying, especially near the end of the book where the speech lasted about half an hour and was frankly boring and spoiled the impact of the final scenes of the book. Pity, as otherwise it's very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jade
    Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    10/23/06
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    "Well worth a read!!!"

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown this book is a must.

    Even better than the Da Vinci code keeps you hooked all the whole time....

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Garethman
    10/24/09
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    "Devlish entertainment"

    Rattling good read with terrible factual backgound, poor facts and unbelievable action. Everything that makes a good thriller!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    gosport, HAMpshire, United Kingdom
    5/6/06
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    "Angels and Demons"

    A Brilliant book full of twist and turns right to the end. Having read The Da Vinci Code first, Dan Browns style does apear to be formulaic but that does not detract from a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • GARY
    12/4/15
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    "Excellent entertainment for my commute to work🏆"

    Robert Langdon is my hero and the story grips you from start to finish! Loved all the references to the beautiful city of Rome reminding me of my last visit. These audio books are excellent entertainment for my daily commute to/from work. What audio book should I listen too next?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jay Dunlop
    UK
    5/17/09
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    "Forget the film, this is the REAL story!"

    I'm not noted for waxing lyrical about many books, or films, but don't bother about watching the film even if it does have Tom Hanks in it! This is a brilliant reading of an excellent story. Yes, it may all be highly improbable, yes there may be flaws in the details of the story but this is a cracking good way to spend many happy hours.
    Brilliantly narrated (please someone get Richard Poe to narrate the Da Vinci Code - all of it), the story pulls you across Switzerland to Rome and around Rome and many of it's famous sites. keeping you on the edge of your seat isn't the half of it. This is an all action book with no time to pause for breath, let alone a bite to eat.
    So yes buy this version, forget the negative press and the film and just enjoy a darned good, all action story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs J E Matthews
    11/9/05
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    "Demons & Angels"

    Fantastic, spell binding and compulsive listening as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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