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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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  • Kelly
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 06-29-06

Better as a Read-Only

I got pretty wrapped up in listening to this book, ignoring home & husband for some time so I could finish it. Sometimes, it was a hard go...
I've read the book, and thought it was pretty good, but listening actually seemed to
emphasize Mr. Brown's rather mediocre writing style. It's a pet peeve of mine
when writers can't stick to "he said: she said". When Mr. Brown's characters "insisted,"
"related," or "demanded," I remembered I was listening to a book, one that was perhaps written with a Thesaurus close to hand. I give it 3-stars because it's an interesting story; I
just didn't much care for the author's intrusive narrative style...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lame! Lame! Lame!

This was one of the worst books I have listened to. You know a book is bad when you keep looking at the clock wondering how much time is left on the story and groan when you realize there is still another 12 hours!!!!

There is a time limit element to the story, must find the bomb before it explodes. The characters have a bit less than 24 hours....the unabridged book is 18 hours get almost every single minute of the "drama" as it unfolds.

The reader is horrible. I kept thinking he sounded like William Shatner on Star Trek when the Enterprise is fighting the Klingons. I do not enjoy 18 hours of excited, breathy, tense, edgy sounding narration. He is awful. I almost didn't even make it through the first part of the book becasue it was driving me crazy. It gets a little better but not much.

After willing myself through to the end of this book I found myself laughing outloud at the ridiculous (and horribly prolonged) ending.

Lastly, Dan Brown has a huge agenda and ax to grind with the Catholic Church and really uses his book to proclaim his issues with the Church. Those that have that same viewpoint won't mind the situations he creates in the book, anyone however who has a respect for the Catholic Church, or Christian faith in general will find some of this book very offensive.

I gave the story two stars because the basic story has some great elements, but the packaged it is delivered in stinks!!!!!

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  • Gabriel
  • LAS VEGAS, NV, United States
  • 04-14-06

Spoiled by DaVinci

I was introduced to Dan Brown when I read the DaVinci Code. I thought that was an interesting book which was full of fascinating historical information as well as an effective and substantial plot which, within the world of fiction, was relatively plausible.
Unfortunately, Angels & Demons is a completely different experience. The trademark Dan Brown "historical scavenger hunt" is thin and easily figured out. Its almost as if Mr. Brown forced this part of the novel to fit the main effort of the book, which seems to be the James Bond style action sequences. The Mission Impossible movies have nothing over this story. The protagonist of the book, Robert Langdon, is portrayed as a college professor, Navy Seal, CIA agent, marathon runner, and Don Juan all rolled into one. Remember that "robot" from the Terminator movies who was made of a space age liquid and indestructable? Well, he couldn't play Robert Langdon in the movie version because he would probably get hurt. This is one of the most implausible plots ever. It really takes away from the story. Dan Brown is definitely a talented author, but this story is not up to par.
Also, note to Dan Brown: Cell phones don't have dial tones.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • The Hills, TX, USA
  • 01-14-06

Holy antimatter Batman!

Silly plot, mediocre characterization, and annoying writing style. How on earth does anyone find this book listenable?

The plot development consists almost entirely of one character restating as an incredulous question what another character has just said. (You mean the plot development consists almost entirely of one character restating what another character has just said!!!!!?) All it needs is the odd "Holy Cow Langdon!", and we'd be laughing. (Except, I already am.)

The characters are barely believable, and the science is worse. (Surely you can't be saying the characters are barely believable, and the science is worse!!!!???)

And if it weren't for those things, I'd overlook the annoying errors. But I can't. "Enormity" doesn't mean "enormous"; and "disinterested" doesn't mean "uninterested". (Enormity!? Disinterested!? What do mean!!!!!?)

Finally, no physicist in their right mind is going to refer to themself as a "discrete particle physicist". Even if they are discrete. Do a quick google on the phrase and see what I mean.

Verdict - where's the trash can.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Angels and Demons

I listened to this after The Davinci Code and, while I enjoyed the same nonstop pace and interwoven history lessons, I found this and The Davinci Code a little too much like television: flashing from scene to scene without much literary pause to reflect in depth on the characters' history, motivations, and morality code.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Page-Turner!

If you liked the Da Vinci Code, you'll enjoy Angels and Demons. Both books are structured the same (almost seems like the same book at first) so it's best to not listen to one immediately after the other. I loved it!

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Great Book!!

This is a great book that will keep you guessing until the end. The ending is better than the DaVinci Code ending too. I am becoming a Dan Brown fan with every book I listen to of his. Definitely recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome as one would expect

Simply an awesome story by Dan Brown, probably his best in my opinion...Also well read by Richard Poe, with all it takes to keep you captivated...I certainely recommend this AudioBook. I did have some problems with bookmarking when shutting off...not sure if it was me, the shuffle,the way it was recorded or what !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Aimee
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 11-11-05

best Dan Brown book

This book is better than the DiVinci code. the reader is also really good. listening to this book was very enjoyable and entertaining.

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  • Patricia
  • Springfield, MA, USA
  • 10-13-05

Better than Da Vinci Code

I have listened to both Angels & demons and the Da Vinci Code. And while both are excellent, Angels and Demons wins hands down for suspense, mystery and intrigue. Worth every penny.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay Dunlop
  • 05-17-09

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.

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  • Matthew Rayner
  • 05-14-09

An absolutely excellent read

This is an absolutely amazing book, Dan Brown really brings the characters in this books to life and his special writing techniques help take you to the heart of Vatican City along with Robert Langdon and his companions.

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  • summerjam
  • 05-07-09


This book kept me wanting more throughout. I have only recently started listening to audible but have to say this is one of the best books I have listened to on here.

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  • Graham
  • 04-26-09

Angels and demons

FANTASTIC, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, this was my first Dan Brown book, now I am hooked, and boy what a twist.

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  • 04-10-09

Angels & Demons

If you thought The Da Vinci Code was good then you are not going to be disappointed with this audio version of Dan Brown's Book. This book will keep you wanting to listen to more and more as the plot thickens and twists and turns throughout.

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  • Vyonne
  • 02-10-09

Prefer it to Da Vinci

This book was great enjoyed it thouroughly, Loved all the Rome intrigues and the Vatical protocalls, loved The Da Vinci code prefered this one to all his books. My brother who is hooked on audio books, as he spend most his life in his car listened to it twice.

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  • Kim
  • 01-24-09

Excellent book better than Da Vinci Code

Luckily someone told me to get this one first as it precedes Da Vinci Code as a story. Also a better book and even more exciting!

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  • Christine
  • 12-31-08

Angels and Demons

It's an excellent listen with a very good narrator, kept me interested right through - one of those books you just don't want to finish! Well worth the price.

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  • Marielouise
  • 11-21-08

Great Religion vs Religious Yarn

Put your reasoning mind on hold and enjoy a roller-coaster ride to pure escapism... lots of fascinating titbits to mull over but lots of stuff that stretches just too far across the chasm of believability... just because the author establishes stuff early on (this character is a helicopter pilot and that character is a water polo player)doesn't make it any more feasible... How lucky is the main character to survive a tumble out of a helicopter from miles on high, clasping on to a bit of plastic canopy to land in water? How miraculous is his survival? Who else would find a large bit of plastic with handholds that would serve as a makeshift parachute? Okay, I admit... I have never been up in a helicopter, carrying a canister of anti-matter that will signal the end of the Vatican City, with no parachute... and in the same situation, I'd probably clutch my ipod and hope for the best!
There's lots of religion versus science debates that I wasn't so aware of when I read the book but which become so much more apparent when hearing the story.(Your eyes can skip over these paragraphs but when you're listening, all you can do is listen or fast forward... for some cruel reason, my Ipod kept returning to the beginning of the harping on religious stuff - so much so that I can recite it by heart...)(and I say this as a ex-Catholic so pls don't get all conspiracy theory on me) - All that aside, loved this audiobook and am kicking myself that I didn't listen to it before a recent visit to Rome...
And wondering when Dan Brown will write and publish his next book!!!

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  • Kirsty
  • 07-19-08

Better than Da Vinci code

Having read the Da Vinci code some of the story seems quite similar, but not enough to put you off. The pace is good and so is the reading; except for the attempts at an english or australian accent! these made me laugh out loud!! The first couple of chapters were a little slow and feel a bit like a lecture, but once the action started I was hooked.