Angels and Demons Audio Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Nov 2004
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It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati--dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and condemning the blind faith of Catholicism--is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out, and the society's ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, antimatter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared--only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra's daughter and colleague, embark on a frantic hunt through the streets, churches, and catacombs of Rome, following a 400-year-old trail to the lair of the Illuminati, to prevent the incineration of civilization.
Brown seems as much juggler as author--there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humor from Langdon, and a little less bombastic philosophizing on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances--readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. "Brain candy" it may be, but my! It's tasty. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Dale Brown "New York Times" bestselling author of "Battle Born" "Angels & Demons" is one hell of a book -- I had a hard time putting it down and I didn't get any work done until I finished it. Congratulations to Dan Brown for crafting an intriguing, imaginative, and very suspenseful read.
"New York Times" bestselling author of "Battle Born"
"Angels & Demons" is one hell of a book -- I had a hard time putting it down and I didn't get any work done until I finished it. Congratulations to Dan Brown for crafting an intriguing, imaginative, and very suspenseful read.
"A breathless, real-time adventure. . . . Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ." -- "San Francisco Chronicle" --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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on 25 October 2017
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I've never read any of Dan Brown's books before and was looking for something a bit different to read. As his new book Origin has just been released, I thought I'd have a look at the Robert Langdon series from the beginning. When I saw it was on offer on Amazon - I knew it was the perfect time try out the series. All in all a great story and one that definitely keeps you interested. The story moves along at a good pace, however there are one or two parts which could be slightly shorter but it doesn't detract from the book. The writing was very good and the descriptions of Rome and the Vatican were great. I loved the twists at the end, although I did suspect one of them from an earlier part of the book! I gave it 4 stars because it was a good book and an enjoyable read but it didn't blow me away. I have however purchased the other books in the Robert Langdon series and will delve into them between other reads.
on 16 November 2017
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I thought that I would start with this and expected to go on and read a few more. However I found this poorly written and irritating in its construction. It's a bit lightweight and at times very predictable. But I was driven to finish it. Perhaps I expect too much!
on 22 April 2016
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is by far my favourite Dan Brown book. Enough drama and thrill to keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning till end. A real page turner almost impossible to put down . Make sure you have a lot of tissue near by, you're going to need it!
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Worth a read before a trip to Rome, was recommended by a friend would recommend to anyone planning a visit to rome
This tale is so gripping from start to finish, totally unable to put it down!! The storyline, setting, writing style and plot all compliment each other perfectly.
A great read. I have the normal hardback edition and I love Dan Brown's books so much and having just returned from Rome where I saw many of the places described in the story, I...Read more
Having watched the film, and having read all Dan Brown's other Robert Langdon novels, I had to read this one.Read more