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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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    Bryan Willoughby, OH, USA 07-20-04
    Bryan Willoughby, OH, USA 07-20-04
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    "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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    DERALD 05-09-04
    DERALD 05-09-04
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    "MAYBE BETTER THAN"

    I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Entertaining story, challenging mysteries and well researched science and history than carry you into unfamiliar darkness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    neja003 LA, California 05-28-09
    neja003 LA, California 05-28-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "A Great Read...hear!"

    Angels and Demons is really well worth your time. Its an excellent book, great plot, and the narrator is just fabulous. He manages to play the roles for so many people so well. Sometimes its hard to get into a story when you are listening rather than reading, but this one, you will love!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-26-09
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-26-09

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Classic Dan Brown"

    Written before the now renowned "The DaVinci Code" this book is the exact same format (follow the clues) only more far suspenseful, in an even more spectacular setting and, also, far more violent. Well produced, well read, a sure fire winner. Not for the faint of heart. Also, if you were against his last book on religious grounds THIS book shouldn't offend you. Many twists like any good story and thoroughly engrossing. (I save my last star for "must reads" which usually are fictionalized history. ) Download now and listen BEFORE the movie cuts out the many vivid details of this worthy book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Branden 11-26-05
    Branden 11-26-05
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    "Sorely disappointed..."

    I liked the historical aspects (accurate or not), and the idea of science and religion juxtaposed, but some of the characters' motivations were thoroughly laughable. In addition, the epiphanies that "solve" the riddles of each clue are not only unbelieveable, but they come only after an agonizing period of you yelling at the protagonist because you have already figured out what his next move should be. I have no desire to read more Dan Brown if this is his idea of a publishable plot.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Salem, MA, USA 12-21-04
    Christian Salem, MA, USA 12-21-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Awful"

    Convoluted, absurd plot, caricature characters, cliched descriptive language, bad physics, insulting to both the sciences and organized religion, this book was garbage from beginning to end. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code quite a bit (though it too isn't exactly well written) but this one was awful. Sorely disappointing to me. The only reason I finished it was because of my long commute and I was out of books. Save your audible credits or money and get something else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 10-24-04
    Ben 10-24-04
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    "When enough is enough"

    I really enjoied 80% of this book. The descriptions were very good, I really felt as if I were walking down hallowed halls, dusty catacombs and looking through ancient books. It is obvious that Dan Brown did a lot of research for this book. Like I said, I loved most of it.
    My only problem was that at the very, very end I think lost it's way. I would have loved to sit down with Mr. Brown and say "No no no, you don't need to do this at the end. Just do this and keep that the way it is and you'll have a great story...and possibly even a sequel. Now you don't."

    My advice to you is right after the big "bang" just turn off the book and then fast forward to the last five minutes. The story is over. Other than that, I loved it. Oh, and the narrator is fantastic. It felt like I was listening to a whole cast.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 02-27-16
    The Kindler 02-27-16 Member Since 2014

    Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military History, Thrillers, Great Courses, Horror, and anything with a good story. Please forgive errors.

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    "Best of Dan Brown"
    Would you listen to Angels and Demons again? Why?

    Yes and I have listened to it multiple time since the first time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot will keep you interested until the end because of all the mystery surrounding each characters background and motives. Science and religion, forever apart or could they come together to prove the same thing.........


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have but wasn't. I could see it as a book that could hold you for the whole time.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-25-13
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 06-25-13 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Just so-so"

    Let me say first, Richard Poe did a wonderful job on this narration.

    But ... the story was only 2nd rate. The suspense was never held long enough to make it a dynamic read. The main characters were mostly likable but only somewhat believable. The plot twists were confusing rather than intriguing. And when various plot questions are resolved, it happens quickly and with no really satisfying exposition on characters' motivations.

    I've previously read this whole series, so have developed my opinions about Brown as a author and Langdon as a primary character. This book is an "ok" warm-up to what in later books becomes a fascinating marriage of author/character.

    If you're looking for a standalone story, then I'd skip this. If instead you're invested in the whole set of Langdon books, then I'd suggest giving this one a go. Just don't take this first book as an indicator of what is yet to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12
    Amazon Customer Garberville, California, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Take a close look at what you THINK you know."
    If you could sum up Angels and Demons in three words, what would they be?

    Power, intrigue and sadism.


    What other book might you compare Angels and Demons to and why?

    Martin's 'A Clash of Kings'...power, intrigue, sadism...not the way you'd expect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Robert Langdon survives jumping from a helicopter without a parachute...oh boy!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Defenitely!


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows how little we actually know of what we THINK we know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • SempaiGreg
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    4/7/16
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    "very clever but equally far fetched."

    Very typical of the author, labyrinthine plot and enjoyable settings, big deal and apocalyptic action sequences. Extremely far fetched mind you. The narrator was great when using his own accent but Australian and English were caricature rather than character. All in all I enjoyed it more than I liked it... go figure!

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  • Haroon
    3/17/16
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    "I always love Dan Brown's books. "

    this one, like others, was very captivating. makes you get hooked on to the story. every time a when you think you know tge the plot, a new twist appears. only reason i didn't give full 5 stars was due to the end. it could have been a little shorter. i repeat, a little. but still exciting till the end.Love it. now on to the next book :)

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  • Trudel
    3/8/16
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    "very enjoyable"

    enjoyed the book kept me wanting to know more. the narration very good and clear.
    only one critisium is that dan brown writings and scene setting can be quite long winded

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  • Richard
    12/26/15
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    "Would rate 8/8 m8."

    Bit cringe cos de relationship of Langdon and vixcy but overall nice. good story . Regards to the log book, but the emergency services to help you with the latest news.

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  • Bruce Murray
    12/2/15
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    "Every bit as good as the Da Vinci Code"
    Where does Angels and Demons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A well explained thriller told at a good pace with just enough fact to make the whole narrative credible.


    What other book might you compare Angels and Demons to, and why?

    Although written as the first of the Robert Langdon series of books, it lacks for nothing, is as equally well written, and provides as much substance & enjoyment as its rather more famous sequel, the Da Vinci Code.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The style of Dan Browns writing presents the story almost like a screen play, making it very easy to visualise, and to move through simultaneous scenarios. Whilst the printed book provides illustrations of the reversible symbols referred to in the story, I would strongly recommend that you seek these images out on-line when listening, as it will definitely improve your understanding, and they are absolutely amazing to see.


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

    Whilst there is a hint of potential romance running through the story, it is really the smart combination of broad historical fact and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that keeps you hooked. This not only provides a little controversy, but is often thought provoking enough to encourage further investigation into the subject.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've ever fallen in love with the City of Rome, and you thoroughly enjoy a narrative with a great blend of fact and fiction, then this story will provide you with a darn good yarn. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    11/16/15
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    "Angels and Demons"

    Bought this book as I liked the film, but this is on a different planet. fantastic from start to finish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Brown
    Newcastle, England
    9/29/15
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    "Mostly enjoyable"

    The story on the whole is great, the kind of audiobook to make you look for reasons to grab the headphones but the last chapter doesn't fit the characters that the rest of the book has developed. Don't let the one moment of disappointment put you off, the thrills, suspense and twists throughout the rest of the book are definately worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • crystel
    9/3/15
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    "love it. "

    The nurator brought the story to life. I found the papper book hard to get in to but am so pleased that I have heard it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennine
    7/27/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Although the story differs from the film it was reverting listening too. Brilliant. Engaging. Worthwhile

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    7/27/15
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    "Good Narration"

    I was already familiar with the plot having both read the book and seen the film, however the excellant narration gave the story a fresh feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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