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Origin Audiobook

Origin: A Novel

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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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    Rsmcnamara Bel Air, MD 10-18-17
    Rsmcnamara Bel Air, MD 10-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "if you only read one Dan Brown book..."

    Ok. I would read a Dan Brown grocery list, but this was very timely and a logical progression from the subject matter of the previous books.
    Good news if you liked this in past books (I did):
    religious zealot villain
    Constant references to art and culture in a beautiful setting with a rich history, so much of which I didn't know, to my surprise. it's no wonder people's vacations can be belt around a plotline.
    Bad news if you wanted lots more cryptic symbols and clues left for no apparent reason except for Robert Landon to follow them.
    I thought this was a more mature tome in that sense, and I also think that Robert Langdon/ Dan Brown is almost ready to come down on one side of his favorite debate.

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    Timothy Bl 10-18-17
    Timothy Bl 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Dan Brown's Manifesto "

    I'll start with the fact I am a Dan Brown fan. I enjoy all of this books to some degree or another. However, Origin was the first book of his that I had to force my way through.

    Origin reads more like Brown expressing his less than subtle viewpoint on life to the world. However instead of crafting interesting characters that express these views, there is a lot of black and white character development. At one point i asked myself if Robert Langdon even needed to be in this novel. It felt like any generic character could have been inserted and the story would have moved forward. Langdon's unique talents from his other novels are under utilized.

    On a positive note, the narrator is excellent!

    Hoping the next book takes a step in the right direction.

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    Barbara Hermann-Hess 10-18-17
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    "Excellent read!"

    Dan Brown does it again. He never fails to deliver. The intrigue, the winding story line, the way he caused the reader to question or affirm... I loved it!

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    Rex Provo, UT, United States 10-18-17
    Rex Provo, UT, United States 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "You’re going to buy it"

    You know you’re going to buy it. So stop reading this review and get started.

    Like always Dan Brown paints an incredible picture with his words. My expectation was high and he still delivered.

    This is not the best Dan Brown book ever. But he didn’t disappoint. Now go find out what adventure Robert Langdon got himself into this time.

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    Anonymous 10-18-17
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    "great book. a joy to listen to."

    Beautifully read. excellent narration a great thriller. I could not stop listening. I greatly recommended it

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    R.D. Young Chicago, Illinois 10-18-17
    R.D. Young Chicago, Illinois 10-18-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Waiting for classic Brown"

    I was anticipating another rousing Brown mystery and action and got neither. It was boring, preachy, and lacked the typical suspense. Disappointing.

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    james ramirez 10-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Magnificent and well researched story."

    Dan Brown never fails to have me engaged in his stories almost immediately. Robert Langdon's views (Brown's) on science and religion truly strikes a chord with me.

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    Rene 10-18-17
    Rene 10-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Dan's best work"

    Origin was okay. The book seemed to go on and on in the beginning, which turns out was the point. Some things seemed forced, and there were only a handful of time when Robert Langdon's expertise was needed to figure something out. Not many codes to break or symbols to decipher. Just a lot of buildup for something that I expected to be a bigger/better conclusion. I guessed the end part before halfway through the book.

    The voice acting is great, and couldn't take my ears off him!

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    Kathryn 10-18-17
    Kathryn 10-18-17
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    "Not Dan Brown's finest book"

    A little bit too much repetition for my liking. Not a strong story like some of his other books. Predictable ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer 10-18-17
    Spencer 10-18-17
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    "Disappointing"

    I was perhaps hoping too much for this novel. But in the end the storyline was self serving and the ending just nonsense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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