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Publisher's Summary

Where do we come from?

Where are we going?

The stunningly inventive new novel from the world's most popular thriller writer.

Bilbao, Spain

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement - the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." The evening's host is Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon's first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough...one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch's precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain's Royal Palace itself...and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face to face with Kirsch's shocking discovery...and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Origin is Dan Brown's most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

Dan Brown is the author of numerous number one international best sellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.

©2017 Dan Brown (P)2017 Random House Audio

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This was so boring and it was the abridge version

Action was predictable and not nearly as fasted paced as previous works. If you want to be talked into sleep then this book is for you- otherwise don’t waste the credit.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Something is missing..

I love all of Dan Brown Novels but something is missing in this one. Perhaps it's just the Audio that is less than half the length of his other books.. But the book just has the feeling of being a Short Story.

The plot, the performance, all of it was wonderful with the iconic breadcrumbs leading to breadcrumbs leading to the bigger picture in which we come to expect from Dan Brown. Sadly it just needed.. More.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Less Symbols... More Art...

Langdon is slowing down. While not wholly disappointed, this was kinda predictable. It just wasn't the Langdon I recall... recognizing symbols, solving mysteries, escaping danger, etc. Well, that stuff did happen, but on a tiny, tiny scale compared to his other adventures. This book felt like it was not trying to tell a suspenseful story as much as using Langdon to as bait to explain away God again. Even with the single line at the very beginning of the main event that "this is all just theory", the characters just blindly swallow it all without any question. There was only one symbol that I recall for our symbologist to explain. The rest felt like the author's new fascination with art and technology. This was not what I wanted from Langdon. And, like I mentioned, it was rather predictable. The narration was great, as usual. I listened comfortably at 1.25X speed to safe time. If any of this was helpful, please click YES below. Later.

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Just awful !

Dan Brown ought to be ashamed. I am an avid reader and book on tape listener. Literally hundreds of books. Rarely do I not finish a book because it is so bad. I didn’t finish this one. The final straw is when Robert Langdon is knocked unconscious for minutes(not seconds) and immediately recalls an Internet model of a church under construction in order to find a way out. Mind you, he didn’t know he would be at this church. The priest, WHO LIVES THERE, doesn’t know how to get them out, but Langdon, who was just comatose, does. Not to mention the police have the church surrounded, there are dead officers, but they don’t go to where Langdon is because the priest tells them to wait on the medics. Sadly, this was the last ridiculous situation that made me quit reading; there were many more before this. Oh, and I still had apprx 3 more hours to go. Last dan brown for this reader.

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a little anti climactic at points but great!

some of the story got a tiny bit boring and a little predictable but overall it was a good book.

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Awesome!

I love this auther and his fascinating stories. This is a mind blowing book with an unthinkable ending.

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Another win

I know Dan Brown can be a love or hate kind of thing, I have loved all his books so if you are a hater just stop reading this review now. This is one of my favorite books of his of all time! Immediately after I finished it I started it over and listened again. Thanks Dan Brown and Paul Michael!

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Readers Digest version

Great story and plot and then I find
I’m getting someone else’s version. Very disappointed and, as I listen, constantly wondering how much I am missing. Wish I had noted that before wasting a credit on it. But then I’d have been really disappointed if I had paid full price.

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Way too shoet

The story was way too short and had too many cliffhangers with each chapter that didn't really reveal anything new.

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I did not want to put it down

What made the experience of listening to Origin the most enjoyable?

The lack of ability to know what would come next

What did you like best about this story?

Learning about the characters and their interaction.

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

The reading was excellent.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

If Dan Brown wrote it, you knew it was well researched and you would learn a lot.