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The spellbinding new Robert Langdon audiobook from the author of The Da Vinci Code.

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that 'will change the face of science forever'. The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.

But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.

In their path lie dark forces which will do anything to stop them. To evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried - until now.

©2017 Dan Brown (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Incredible!

Dan Brown mixes just the right amount of drama, mystery, futuristic idealogies, historical ambiguity with a spice of factual flavour for this book!
Loved the story and loved the performance!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not as expected from Dan Brown

There was thrill & rush but missed the symbolic puzzle solving.
Ending isn't satisfactory as well.

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Easy to guess the suspense.

Keeps you hooked but it easy to guess the suspense. Narration is clear and imaginative.

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Philosophy for children

Most boring storyline in order to deliver simplistic cliche “ philosophy “ . No beef at all. Don’t buy

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His worst book, so boring.

So dissapointing. Too much background, not enough action and story. Too much Spanish and really boring. I battled through to the end because I hoped it would improve. The discovery was also a let down. Dan Brown's books have been deteriorating since his first 2 and I won't read the next one.

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Dan Brown tries too hard!!

Every book after Da Vinci code, Dan Brown has tried harder each time. But the problem is that unlike Da Vinci code where he took a conspiracy theory mainstream, in his last three books he has touched upon theories that are already in main stream discussion. So it does not sound good when a character shows naivety. It confounds even more that same character shows moments of brilliance at other times. And why should Langdon always have a female companion? Too convenient.

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Terrible terrible book

Hope Dan brown stops writing this genre. Narrative flow, plot, history, mystery, characters are totally stale. And hold no interest.

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  • Andrew
  • GlossopUnited Kingdom
  • 10-10-17

Utterly dreadful...

Firstly, just so you know, I'm a fan of Dan Brown. They're never the greatest books, but they're usually a good overall read/listen. That being said, the plot for this one is just so transparent it was almost a waste of time finishing - it was just so easy to work out 'who' as behind everything. As with his other books there are also some gaping holes in the plot, but in this case they're particularly annoying. So, the overall experience was 'what a waste of time'...
The narration was great, just a shame about the actual story...

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Better than inferno but just by a little

I have read all Dan Brown books and it is a bit sad that the books are getting worse. The twists are far too predictable and his formula is getting too obvious..also, he seems to veer further and further from the very thing that made his books great in the first place: the historical references. The main character Robert Langdon is supposed to be a professor of religious iconology and symbology (which doesn't exist, I know) but he seems to use that talent the LEAST of all the Robert Langdon series. Why not use another main character? I don't think the character fit the plot at all. I felt it was still better than Inferno but not by much. The ending was especially supremely disappointing and utterly predictable. It was worsened by the fact that the book hypes up the final revelation too much with words like SHOCKING but it really fell flat. Maybe Dan Brown should take a break from the Robert Langdon series before this gets worse.

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I'm very disappointed.

Expected much better from Dan Brown. Having spent 3 days, feel very bad and have developed a severe headache.

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  • 451
  • 10-10-17

Deception Point 2

Inferno was an unusual book for Dan Brown, offering a sobering ending that I suspect few even suspected was coming. The post-Inferno world was one that I readily wanted to explore and in retrospect, I shouldn't have been surprised that Brown forgot all about it. Indeed, he makes little reference to anything save the DaVinci code while recycling his one and only plot.

Instead this has the feel of one of his non-Langdon books, with Langdon pasted on top of the generic hero and a few references to his water polo and the Mickey Mouse watch pencilled in, in a vain effort to give the book its own identity.

Such as it is, there's the terrifying secret that the world is not ready for, the assassin, the exceptionally intelligent villain, the misdirection and the pretty but extremely intelligent woman. The setting is Barcelona. What makes Brown so much fun is the way in which these elements are rearranged and of course, the trivia. Brown educates as he entertains, and however feeble his prose his selection of trivia is excellent. Much like the diet drink that accompanies fast food, it's the excuse to indulge in junk.

Sadly, even the trivia is second rate (the FedEx logo being the example) and the experience is akin to opening a box of KFC to find only bones. Brown's leaps of logic are staggering, his revelations non-existent and his twist telegraphed so early it may as well be drawn on the book jacket. This effort is clearly one of the non-Langdon efforts taken out and given a little rewrite and should be treated as such. Brown took a brief, wondrous step with Inferno and has run right back into the depth of his comfort zone. Treat this book as a ghostwritten spin-off and buy when it comes up on the Daily Deal.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-10-17

Dreadful

So awful and sign posted. I kept going on, hoping for a twist. Just dreadful.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • heide
  • 10-21-17

Very predictable

It was only the narrator doing such a good job that kept me going very disappointed

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • 10-12-17

What a shame

As a fan of Dan Brown since digital fortress, and someone who has been waiting patiently for this book I’m rather disappointed. I found the whole thing rather mediocre and able to predict the “reveal” far too early in the story. Probably the weakest book so far. What a shame.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy Hurley
  • 10-17-17

Most predictable Dan Brown yet

I enjoy Dan Brown's writing and find the puzzle elements fun but this one seemed to miss the mark the final reveal being obvious from the start. The story fitted together well but the main theme seemed unrealistically hyped even if the technical aspects were possible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carterspboro
  • 10-17-17

Worst Dan Brown ever!

The story was poor and felt more like I was being read paragraphs from a text book or Wikipedia. This had none of the excitement I usually associate with Dan Brown. Maybe the film will be better. Very disappointed that I wasted 18 hours of my life on this book!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Forest Resident
  • 10-12-17

Disappointing

I found this story boring and predictable. It follows the same blueprint as Dan Brown's earlier work as though he has no new ideas. A large venue, a murder then escape not forgetting the pretty girl. Even the fairly good narration couldn't save it and the so-called twist at the end was no surprise. Don't bother wasting a credit on this.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 10-08-17

Great researcher, terrible writer

Firstly, the positive. The research he has done is clearly excellent and gives a great backdrop for the story. The narrator is good, although not great.

Secondly, the adequate. The story itself isn’t too bad, a couple of decent twists. Nothing to get excited over though.

Finally, the negative. Dan Brown writes like a pre-teen with moderate use of a thesaurus. His writing “style” for lack of a better word is horrendous and is something I will ensure I never inflict upon myself again.

Avoid.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Antony Cairns
  • 10-09-17

If you're bored, this will entertain you

I have liked Dan Brown books and wait eagerly for the next release. Although I find his theories very loosely based on fact, it's suppose to be taken lightly and it is to entertain you, which this book does! The premise is interesting and the theory conspiratorial. However, I have to admit that I found myself wanting to get to the end of the book to the 'revelation' only after 80 pages. The structure of Origin felt repetitive, following closely to the formula of his previous books, which made me feel impatient and 'much of the same'. If you're listening to audiobooks during a commute to distract yourself or at work to keep you company, this book is not taxing so as to be a distraction, but is built in a way that will have you thinking shallow musing on the subject matter this book explores. A quick note about the narration: Efficient and clear, but could be more animated

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • A. Storm
  • 10-08-17

Brown brings Art and Science together

I am a fan of Dan Brown. I have read all his books (and listened to most of them).

I like the idea to base this in Spain, especially relevant because of current events. However, I found the story rather flat. Maybe I am use to the signposts because of previous stories. The narration is good, but I never really got excited by the story. I would recommend Da Vinci or Angels and Demons.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 11-20-17

relaxing with wine

Quite enjoyed this with a glass of wine watching the sun go down over My Buffalo over quite a few afternoons. Cheers

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Veronica
  • 11-11-17

Very disappointing read

Even if you can forgive the travel book level of detail about the locations and dummies guide to technology nature of this book you'll still be disappointed with the very predicable plot line.

I was looking to enjoy a tale woven by St
an expert ...but the author seemed to be so intent to teach me about the location and the technology he dropped the ball on the plot. Very very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-17

Average book: Classic Dan Brown

For starters the reading of the book left a little to be desired, some of the accented characters especially lacked a bit of consistency, and the dialogue felt a bit robotic.

However that is likely a by product of the book itself, which was decidedly sub par, even by Dan Browns standards. It lacked the tension and stakes of some of the other Langdon books, and at times was borderline stupid, especially if you happened to have any prior knowledge at all of the "science" in it. Some classic clunky dialogue and weird descriptions as a result became a bit grating, when in the past they've been overshadowed by the exciting storyline. Worth the read if you're a fan of his work I guess, but if you're not this won't be the one to change your mind

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-17

well worth the read

love Dan Brown his book's are always like a maze twisting and turning great book

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  • F D Leach
  • 11-02-17

Origin

Tedious tedious tedious tedious ... I have to write at least fifteen words. Tedious tedious etc

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • 10-09-17

A Dan Brown book

Let me preface this by saying I am and still am a Dan Brown fan. This book is thought provoking and throws some incredible ideas out there. But if you are familiar with Dan Brown's previous Robert Langdon books you'll familiar with the formula he likes to use to get to the ending.

I still think it is worth the listen for the revealing facts, interesting concepts and the journey through Barcelona, but unfortunately it crosses the line into predictability.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • KB
  • 12-11-17

Predictable and hard to believe

Unfortunately I found this book predictable and very hard to believe. Some of the conversations and dialogue were ridiculous and I really wish I hadn’t wasted my time on this book. I’ve enjoyed his previous books but this one was terrible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-17

Riveting to the last word

Another great in the Langdon series! Cant wait for the next. Love an audio book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-17

great narrator

Interesting listen with great narration for all characters. I would recommend. I like a good conspiracy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-17

Loved it, well written and well read!

I loved this book. It was captivating from start to end. There was action, suspense and twists. Totally worth it!