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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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Great story...loads of details

Plot twists and turns. Great main to love him. Expertly written as you might expect.

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  • Cameron
  • Monterey, CA, United States
  • 12-21-10

A book that is really made for audio

Because of the short chapters and fast pace of the plot, this book works really well as an audio book. The narrator does an excellent job conveying the emotion of the book as well. I think overall, the story is better than Brown's Da Vinci Code, but as with Da Vinci Code, I think Brown has a few too many plot twists at the end.

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this book is crap written by a hack. Even contains errors of logic which one would have assumed, considering all the money and fanfare behind Brown's publications, would have caught and edited such errors. i am not referring here to spiritual matters either; simply mistakes that could only come from an immature writer of less than sensible sentiments. laughable. go back to school dan and take some writing courses or better yet maybe get out of the realm of english alltogether.

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did not hold my interest

this book was a bit too long for Dan Browns writing style in my opinion. it was long drawn out story with swift and possibly to short spots of action.

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  • Susan
  • Cibolo, TX, United States
  • 08-06-10

So,so book. Excellent reading

I agree with many of the raters that as quality writing, this books falls short. I just want to say, though that Richard Poe did a WONDERFUL job of reading it. It was a pleasure to listen to and just the thing to get through days of road tripping.

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The Best

The best of Dan Brown's books! Don't watch the mnvie, listen to or read the book. The book shows how the brands look. But the reading is great!

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Good, but story becomes unbelievable at the end

It's a good book, but towards the end the story becomes really strange and unbelievable. I think that the author went too far and the final twist to the story is very far fetched. He did a much better job in The Da Vinci Code.
Having being raised in Italy, I was also annoyed by the inaccuracies of the Italian expressions. The author clearly had no idea how to pronounce the words, but most of the errors are clearly also in the book. Several times the Swiss Guards referred to the Camerlengo (the Pope's personal assistant) as "Mr." instead of the proper title that they would really use to show respect for his position. I am really surprised that, after the amount of research that went into making this book, Dan Brown missed such simple inaccuracies.
Don't get me wrong, the book is good, but be ready for a rocky ending that is definitely not as good as the first 3/4 of the book.

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  • Cathy
  • Acworth, GA, USA
  • 12-16-09

Loved it.

I enjoyed listening to this audio book very much. Great story and narrated well.

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  • Marsha
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • 12-09-09


I love this book and I loved the audio book even more because I could listen to it at work.

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Great for vacation listening or any time

Both my boyfriend and I listened to this while on vacation in Mexico and could hardly put it down. It was great listening while relaxing in the palapa on the beach, walking or working out. It really kept our attention. Fun twists and turns too. Highly recommend.