A must for fans of The Da Vinci Code
This was my first book by author Dan Brown and his character Robert Langdon, and I was very happy with it. In this prequel to The Da Vinci Code we are introduced to Mr Langdon, a symbologist, as he is called to CERN to help with the murder of one of their top scientists. He in turn is introduced to the scientist's daughter, Vittoria Vetra, who helps him with the investigation, which takes them to Rome and Vatican City. As can be assumed by this setting, the story has a lot to do with Christianity and it's secrets, and the information is presented very well. It also deals with the Illuminati, and therein lies the intrique.
The story is a 'page-turner' and keeps you riveted to the very end. While not necessary to read before The Da Vinci Code, it is a prequel, mainly in presenting an earlier 'adventure' of Langdon, an extremely likable main character.
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Stephen King could write a laundry list that would be more fun to read than this book. This is a fluff book, I?m supposed to be relaxing and enjoying the ride, don?t make me work for it. Dunno...guess I just couldn?t get into his language. It?s not that the story was awful, it?s his writing style. It kept jerking me away from the character. Too James Bond to be likable, too stilted and frustratingly foreign to sound right being read out loud. Try Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Lian Hearn, or Orson Scott Card for better.
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This was an excellent read when I first read it upon its initial release! I was happy when I stumbled upon Audible and found Dan Browns books; however I was saddened that Angels and Demons was only available in the ABRIDGED version. After listening to it I was very disappointed in all that was left out. I an now estatic at being able to listen to the UNABRIDGED version....can't wait!
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A Trip Inside the Vatican
Although this book is a prequel to <i>The DaVinci Code</i>, also written by Dan Brown, I actually read it afterwards. In the beginning I felt his style of writing was a bit rustier than the smoothness of <i>The DaVinci Code</i>. I also saw a different side of his main character which I didn't really appreciate at first. However, once I got into the book, I actually felt it was faster-paced and more suspenseful than <i>The DaVinci Code</i>.
The beginning takes you inside CERN and was a bit hard to listen to since they were describing several scientific processes. I had to re-listen a few times to deeply understand. But after the first several chapters the mystery unfolds and the book plays out like a favorite Robert Ludlum novel.
This is one I actually couldn't stop listening too! The story takes you into the depths of Rome and inside the Vatican, detailing several practices. The journey takes you inside the Vatican Library, into St. Peter's tomb, catacombs, castles, secret passageways, various churches and more.
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Interesting but dissapointing
I liked the basic premise as much as The Da Vinci Code but Dan Brown went a little overboard in this one.
I love the way he managed to actually produce a textbook on religious history using a fictional narrative as the vehicle in which to tell it. This is the same thing he did with TDVC.
There were two things that bothered me about this one that he seems to have grown out of before his next book.
#1. TOO UNBELIEVABLE. There are two kinds of action heroes. The Superman Type and The Regular guy who is thrust into adventure reluctantly. The Superman type is expected to do outrageous feats and survive unbelievable things. The latter type is much less invulnerable.
Langdon is the regular guy. It creates a real problem when he keeps walking away from death as he does in this one. There is a certain license that is acceptable in this kind of thing ? it was crossed here big time.
#2. SILLY CIRCULAR NARRATIVE I don?t know if that?s the right term but here is my own perception of a dialogue passage that thematically occurred at least 6 or 7 times in the story. This is not a quote - just an impression. This would all occur within a two-minute segment probably all on one page in the book
Roberts last hopes faded
A new glimmer of hope hit him
The answer was so clear now that he saw it
His heart sank when he realized that he was in the wrong place
Robert smiled and suddenly felt renewed when Vittoria showed him what she had in her hand?
Then his hopes sank and he knew this was the end when he saw the locked door
Suddenly he rebounded with new faith when he realized what it meant
His hopes were dashed when the light went out
and on and on and on. After the third or fourth go around like this I actually laughed out loud.
All in all the story was interesting and I loved learning the history but it doesnt seem that Dan had honed his writing skills just yet when he put this one together.
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- David Ojeda
I read the Da Vinci code and I was surprised to finish it in about three days. I had high hopes for angels and daemons. I don't think I'll be reading any more Dan Brown. This book feels like a pre cooked formula.
I am more than willing to entertain the fantasy of anti matter, historical conspiracy and a single stretch crime solving marathon. But the twist is a slap in the face; Dan Brown must think the reader is just plain stupid.
The narrator is also a pain to hear. Pauses are extremely long and the pace seems designed to numb you to sleep. It gets better around the 3rd quarter of the book.
The only reason I didn't return this audiobook was because I was too naive and thought it would get better. It got worse.
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I need to learn to stop punishing myself and simply stop listening. Far and away my favorite line in the recording was "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program." Blessed relief!
This was a revamp of Brown's previous books written in a breathless, melodramatic style that frustrated rather than energized. The narration fit the style which only exacerbated my irritation. This is a book that, if read, could have been skimmed for the occasional plot points and the interesting historical insights. However, I find it a challenge to skim when listening. As a result, I suffered through and put up with the distracting asides and flashbacks.
If you are one who likes Brown's style at its most melodramatic and enjoys a reader who takes the style and cranks it up even further, this may be a good read for you. If not, be forewarned.
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Utterly predictable schlock
There is enough foreshadowing in the first few chapters to allow you to perfectly predict the end of this pitiable, formulaic thriller within an hour. The next seventeen alternate between cheap thrills, painfully stilted dialogue, and the occasional lame attempt to make it seem as though the inevitable plot line is not so inevitable after all. Brown's talent as a writer evolved substantially between this overwraught dime novel and the Da Vinci Code, and it's interesting to draw comparisons between the two as an example of how an author can grow into his metier, but it took real dicipline and a lot of eye rolling to make it to the end of this painful early excersise in suspense writing.
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Not for those who've already read DaVinci Code...
While it may true that this book need not be read as a prequel to DaVinci Code, it is almost a carbon-copy of the popular 'sequel' in terms of the storyline, just with different names for all the protagonists, except Robert Langdon of course. The story would probably read well for first-time listeners of Dan Brown, however it didn't quite live up to my expectations after having already read DaVinci Code and loved it for its suspense and brain-teasers (although sometimes a bit transparent) In "Angels", the object of Robert's pursuit is a bit more dramatic than in DaVinci yet I hardly want to care since the story is painfully dumbed down for the reader at several points. Overall, recommended for first-time listeners, not so much for the person looking for something equally or more entertaining than DaVinci and also offering a fresh plot.
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Better in some ways, and worse in others
Like most people I only became aware of this story after having seen and read The Da Vinci code. This book is very suspenseful and the whodunnit/spoilers in this book beat those of the Da Vinci code. If you got used to his writing in the Da Vinci code, it is kind of annoying to go back to an earlier book where Brown uses a lot of cliche's regarding epiphones that Langdon has. It gets old having things' come to a stunning realization stronger than anything he had ever realized before." I think the cliche part is a little more noticeable because it is in audio form. Fantastic read though, 1000 times better than the movie.
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spannend und kurzweilig, sehr schön gelesen!
Als ich das Hörbuch gekauft habe, wusste ich gar nicht was mich erwartet...Jedenfalls war das Buch so spannend, dass ich meine eigene Vorgabe, nur während dem Joggen zu hören sehr schnell über den Haufen geworfen habe.
Das Buch hat so viele unerwartete Wendungen, dass man bis zur letzten Stunde am Handelsstrang klebt und immer wieder überrascht wird. Der Erzähler hat eine sehr fesselnde und leicht verständliche Stimme! So macht das Zuhören richtig spass!
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- Julia Halm
Better than 'The Da Vinci Code'
After having read the 'Da Vinci Code', I thought I would give this one a try. It is a little lengthy in the beginning (like 'Da Vinci Code') but one gets really rewarded after having managed the first 50 pages. The story is quite sound and really captivating and I enjoyed it till the very end.
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ACHTUNG: Halbe Audioqualität zum vollen Preis...
Diese Rezension bezieht sich nur auf die angebotene Audioqualität.
Ich finde die halbierte Klangqualität die sehr an eine 70er Jahre Telefonverbindung erinnert sehr ärgerlich!
Ein Blick in die technischen Daten offenbart:
Audio: aac, 22050 Hz, stereo, 62 kb/s - Normal wäre: 44100 Hz, stereo, 125 kb/s
Halbierter Frequenzbereich und halbierte Bitrate, was auch deutlich zu hören ist - und ja, ich habe beim Download "Beste Qualität" ausgewählt.
Für den vollen Preis finde ich das ziemlich unverschämt, daher nur einen Stern in der Gesamtbewertung.
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The Perfect Mixture: History, Science and Suspense
This is Robert Langdon's first adventure, before the DaVinci Code and in my opinion much better than the DaVinci Code. The plot is sinister, full of suspense and fast. The whole story takes part in nearly 24 hours. Especially the audio book gives you a kind of real time feeling. The story is again an intelligent mix of science, religion, art, history and crime. The deadly scavenger hunt through Rome is more than enthralling. Additionally the audio book is very well read. Five stars for a 'page turner'.
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irgenwie immer dasselbe
man hat den Eindruck die gleiche Geschichte wieder und wieder zu hören. leider abgebrochen, Deja vu.
Historical and Thriller
Anyone wanting to know something about Rome should read it. It will definitely make your Rome trip special
Der Film war besser
Ich sage sonst meistens, dass Bücher besser sind als Filme, aber hier ist es umgekehrt. Im Film ist die Handlung mehr gestrafft und das Ende im Film gefällt mir auch besser. Hier hat man oft das Gefühl, dass die Handlung ins Leere läuft.
Viele Leute kritisieren, dass zu viel Theorie über Symbolik vorhanden ist, aber das hat mich nicht gestört - im Gegenteil, davon hätte ich noch mehr hören können. Da ich auch moralisch kein Problem mit dem Thema habe und mich darüber nicht empören kann, reißt es mich nicht gerade vom Hocker.
- Andreas Frahn
Der beste BROWN
Für mich ist dieses Werk von Dan Brown weitaus besser als die schlappe Nummer im Da Vinci Code, der mich persönlich enttäuscht hat! Auch die Audio-Produktion an sich ist mehr als gelungen! Volle Wertung!!!
Good book, bad reading
The book seem to be as good as "The Da Vinci code"
The problem is the over dramatic and the strong english accent speaking italian from Mr. Poe.
It took my pleasure in hearing it.