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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best seller (October 2017) from the author of The Da Vinci Code.  

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 stunningly inventive - Dan Brown's most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

©2017 Dan Brown (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fans of The Da Vinci Code rejoice! Professor Robert Langdon is again solving the mysteries of the universe." (People Magazine)

"Dan Brown is once again taking on the big questions: God and science and the future of the world. Origin is a familiar blend of travelogue, history, conspiracies and whodunit, with asides on everything from the poetry of William Blake to the rise and fall of fascism in Spain." (Associated Press)

"A brisk new book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did.... Brown and serious ideas: they do fit together, never more than they have in Origin." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

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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.

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Not quite the adventure I’d hoped for.

Not quite as much decoding and “secret revealing” as previous Dan Brown books. Some of the end was handled a little too safely. He could’ve taken a greater risk with a twist near the end and it would have been more meaningful for the associated reader demographic. (I Don’t want to give a spoiler). I love that it was set in Spain, but it had little to do with any Spanish history pre-20th century

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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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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.

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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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The only 1* book from Dan Briwn

I have read every Dan Brown book and would rate them all 4-5 stars. Typically his books are so interesting you can't put the book down (stop listening). This book was tough to get through. Virtually nothing piqued my interest in this plot. As I read, I felt the ultimate plot was unachievable, which is what ended up happening.

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Not so strong storyline

After reading or listening all of Dan Brown’s books, I hoped for some new twist on this plot, unfortunately, I wasn’t surprised or amazed, One thing though, I really liked Paul Michael’ narration.

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Abridged even though it doesn’t say until the end

Boring. Dan Brown is reaching for a premise here. So many holes, and things that don’t pass much logical scrutiny. If you are convinced that this is a good book, at least don’t buy this abridged version. I was happy it was abridged, so I didn’t have to listen to it anymore.

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well researched, fun

although it seems to drag on at the end, it's a fun listen - highly recommended

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I listen

I just listen to my first book by Dan Brown. Wow I went more. I really like Audible.