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Origin Audiobook

Origin: A Novel

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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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    Ursula G Crouch 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not your typical DB book "

    Location entertaining, but substance disappointing.
    Not the usual 5 star DB product. Too predictable substance..

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    Gil Kleinert 10-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Lost his touch"

    This book was disappointingly boring and predictable.
    It’s time for Robert Langdon to retire from the faculty.

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    Steven Bowles Newmarket Ontario 10-23-17
    Steven Bowles Newmarket Ontario 10-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "felt a bit long .. awesome story"

    A typical Dan Brown.. set the story up ... find the puzzles to solve the issues ... liked it but felt long .. .found myself wanting to jump ahead .. but I didn't... great story ..

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    RealWoman8 10-23-17
    RealWoman8 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun and fascinating!"

    I have always enjoyed Dan Brown's novels, but I think this one might be my favorite. First of all, the narration was brilliant. Paul Michael did an amazing job and truly brought the characters to life. The story was gripping and timely, showcasing the age-old conflict between religion and cutting-edge discoveries in science, tapping in to the growing development of and dependence on AI in a highly creative way. Coincidentally, I'm also listening to a book referenced toward the end, Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think, by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. I imagined Edmond Kirsch, the brilliant billionaire futurist who is the catalyst for this particular adventure, must have been based on Peter Diamandis. Thoughtful, exciting, and imaginative, this a book you'll be thinking and talking about long after you've reached the end.

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    "Very thought provoking"

    the same of the book was very thought provoking. There were a lot of similarities with Divinci code as far as the evil dark side of the church and a little too much trying to build suspense about the big discovery but I thoroughly enjoyed it and did not want to stop.

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    "Good book with lots of twists."

    Unfortunately as the book continues it gets a little more predictable. I think some of it is Dan Brown’s style. He seems to foreshadow the same way. Worthwhile book to listen to. Good voice acting.

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    Joseph A Black 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding Narration!"

    One of the better narrators I’ve listened to! Rather predictable story, but the narrator made the story well worth the listen. Was rather disappointed in the role Langdon had; he was more of a supporting character than the lead. Still, the story was very entertaining.

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    Taylor 10-23-17
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    "Langdon should not meet modern tech"

    Let me first start by saying I have loved all Dan Brown novels but this really fell short. It would have been a much better story if Robert Langdon wasn’t the main character. The story lack most of the great art history and symbols from the other Langdon stories. This story didn’t feel as well researched as his other stories and really read as he was forcing this character to face the future of technology

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    "Thought provoking"

    Once again Mr Brown has created a story that is as exciting and action filled as it is thoughtful and thought provoking. Round and round we go and where it stops only he knows. The twists and turns kept me guessing and wondering almost to the end. Mr. Michael’s narration brought the characters to vivid life in my imagination and I felt that I was almost in the story with them. I’ll be listening to this book again. 10/10

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    Andre Luiz Zanon 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book! must read"

    excellent book
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