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Publisher's Summary

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target...

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.

©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A reading experience you will never forget. Dan Brown has created another frantic-paced thriller that rivals the best works of Clancy and Cussler." (Book Browser Reviews)
"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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  • Thomas
  • Burr Ridge, IL, United States
  • 06-05-05

My favorite Dan Brown book so far

Even though I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, I thought this book was even better. Especially given recent events. Having been to Rome just 2 years ago also really added something to the story for me. I enjoyed this book so much, I found myself missing my exit on the freeway more then once! I highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Cambria, CA, United States
  • 12-07-04

A bit disappointing -

This book was a ride but it had the feeling of a morbid rollercoaster ride that lasted way too long. . .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • F4Thing
  • Rochester Hills, MI United States
  • 11-10-04

Time well spent

I listened to this book after Da Vinces Code. I listen when driving to work. With this book I looked forward to a traffic jam to keep me listening. Excellent book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ismael
  • Kensington, MD, USA
  • 08-03-04

Great fiction; a few facts--distorted for effect

This is a suspenseful, well structured and well read book--though the women's voices are poorly rendered. (Also, the French is mangled, as it is throughout the Da Vinci Code, but the Italian is excellent and we have more of that here). If you care to do some research, you'll find that this is still a work of fiction (as it is appropriately advertised) built around just a few facts--distorted for effect. (For example, just check on The Great Seal's true date of creation and meaning.) Still, I enjoyed the craftsmanship; I just wished the unexpectedly tiny circle of "conspiracy" and final twists were more plausible. So enjoy it for what it is, and don't make a religion out of it...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Read this

You can see Dan Brown's progression as an author with each of his books, and if you liked the Da Vinci Code, then chances are great that you will like this one as well. This book is not quite up to the same level as DVC, but is also a 'page turner' (so to speak). A fantastic listen.

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  • Kelly
  • King of Prussia, PA, USA
  • 05-11-04

Awesome, Great Book, Similar to Da Vinci Code

This is an awesome book.Just as good as the Da Vinci Code. This is a definite MUST read for Da Vinci Code fans! Happy Reading :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wish I had the unabridged version...

Pretty good story, but since this was only the abridged version it seemed to rush through the story and was not as descriptive as the unabridged Davinci Code. I would recommmend waiting for the unabridged which should be released soon.

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  • Laura
  • Statesboro, GA, United States
  • 04-20-04

Download and hit the library too.

Dan Brown's FACTS are often fiction, yet people are raving about the REALITY he's exposed. Folks are reading his novels as a new kind of gospel. The book has illuminating art work which is lost in the audio format-borrow it from the library, download the text here, accept that they're both in the FICTION section-and enjoy a fun story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Beth
  • Lenore, ID, USA
  • 04-17-04

Oh Come On!

Really now, If this is remotely believable, I have some oceanfront property in Wyoming for you. Why does the main character insist on doing everything himself when he knows that lives are at stake? Especially after some are already killed because he couldn't get there in time? Does he not have a conscience?
Dropping out of helicopters, explosions, anti-matter-- yeesh. It read like it was written to be a made for tv movie. I give it one star, because it at least made me want to find out if they could wrap it up in the same ridiculous manner of the rest of the story. It didn't disappoint there.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Patrick
  • Newaygo, MI, USA
  • 04-08-04

Angels & Demons

good book. subject was enjoyable.. main character was close to death a couple too many times though..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful