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Origin

A Novel
De : Dan Brown
Lu par : Paul Michael
Durée : 18 h et 10 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 notations)
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Description

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

Critiques

"Narrator Paul Michael dazzles in this latest Dan Brown thriller featuring symbologist Robert Langdon.... Michael's narration provides a tone of erudition that complements Brown's signature blend of art, architecture, history, and thriller. Michael's inspired vocal work adds further texture, though Winston, surprisingly, outshines most of the human characters." (AudioFile)

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Play

Sometimes the book is missing just one or two seconds of reading
It happened several times in the book

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Amazing story of human origin

As always, Dab Brown create a incredible story of the human origine. A lot of action, love and answer to the questions: Where do we come from? Where are we going?
Definitely recommend.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Evan M Carlson
  • 01/11/2017

Formula over fiction

I remember when I read the DaVinci Code. I couldn't put it down. And when I did, it was 4am and I was half convinced a Spanish albino monk was going to come crashing through my window.

Maybe it isn't fair to compare the two, but this felt lazy by comparison. It's possible I'm immune at this point to the twists that Dan Brown takes the reader down, but I honestly don't think his heart was in the story. This felt more like an excruciatingly protracted science lesson than a mystery thriller.

I say this as a fan of Brown and as someone who will continue to read about Professor Langdon - regardless of the absurdity of his "romances" and leaps in logic - but this was the most disappointing "adventure" Langdon has embarked on. I honestly wanted to like it, but there were times in the story when I rolled my eyes so often, my wife thought that I was having stroke.

Return to Angels & Demons or DaVinci Code...even Inferno, but leave this on the shelf with the Lost Symbol.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Dan Largent
  • 14/10/2017

Formulaic and (Sadly) Predictable but worth the read.

This was the first Dan Brown novel I chose to listen to on Audible. I typically like to read novels the old fashioned way, and listen to non-fiction on Audible.

When I first started reading Dan Brown novels, I loved that while his plots all seemed to follow the same formula and arc, they were rarely so predictable from the start. In almost every other DB book, I would find myself at a point where I’d feel glib for not seeing a plot twist coming.

That being said, this was an enjoyable book, and well-worth the Audible credit at 18+ hours.

It just wasn’t Dan Brown’s best effort, and I was really hoping for less exhausting over-explanation of details that don’t impact the plot. Dan Brown’s critics typically point to this as his biggest flaw, as if he’s trying to turn an 80 chapter book into one that’s over 100 like this one.

What I did love:

DB always does an amazing job creating imagery, especially when describing the setting and characters.

The narrator was FANTASTIC in my opinion. I really enjoyed listening to him read the book.

The theme of the plot. It was topical and very relevant to current societal issues.

All in all I give this novel:

3/5 Overall
5/5 Audiobook Performance

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • WVU BUCKEYE
  • 14/10/2017

my least favorite of his books

I have listened to all of Dan Brown's books...one was even on cassette! This one actually lost my attention several times. Usually these are great driving books due to the excitement, but this one was a bit too philosophical. It sometimes bound up the flow of the story and I had to relisten to sections because my mind had wondered. Definitely a Dan Brown book, but not his best.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dan
  • 27/11/2017

Long-Winded, Wordy, and PREACHY

This was my first Dan Brown read. First off, i really enjoyed how Dan Brown incorporated real life locations and history into this fiction story. However, a small part of me almost felt like Dan Brown was trying to preach his religious agenda in this book. Moreover i almost felt like that book was long-winded and lengthy. Call me young and stupid but i really felt like there where large chunks of seemingly irrelevant matter that doesn't really advance the narrative - ex. Herman's Melville's lengthy descriptions of different types of whaling ships and species of whales - really didn't need all that info. (Sorry if you're offended). I picked this book because i wanted a good mystery/adventure/suspense book. Overall i give this book a 3.5 out 5.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Diane
  • 01/11/2017

Origin --UNORIGINAL

Dan Brown needs to find a new formula. Robert Langdon continues to chase around beautiful, historical cities with a beautiful woman. (really the same woman just with a different name & nationality in each book) The twists and denouement have become banal.
I anticipated the "surprise" revelations many chapters before the conclusion.

I have enjoyed Mr. Brown's previous books, but I forced myself to slog through this one.
Many pages ( or minutes ) of boring exposition.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Justin Z.
  • 13/10/2017

Boring

The writing is uninspired, boring, and repetitive. The pace is very slow. The suspense feels contrived. The subplots are unimportant/uninteresting. I seriously considered returning the book midway through. But the promise of the big science discovery and the superb narrator kept me going. In the end, it was just ok, nothing ground breaking as promised. Surprisingly Brown cites real scientists and their ongoing preliminary research in the final presentation.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Rita T
  • 13/10/2017

You lost me in the last 3 hrs

So much excitement, then what should have the best part of the book turned into a scientific lecture. Now my head hurts and I don’t care when or how life started.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • dp
  • 28/10/2017

Shallow tropes delivered on grand promises

Brown's latest tale begins with bold claims, claims demanding of any storyteller. But Brown has delivered gripping narratives playing on some of humanities most entrenched divisions, with complex supporting characters, and a lead who is both superbly capable while being "Everyman" relatable. Unfortunately the characters in this novel do not live up to this, they are shells of personalities, predictable in their use and intent. Even Langdon, normally a perceptive, deliberative hero is clumsy, unnaturally biased in his actions, easily swayed in his perception of other characters- sometimes within only a couple pages.

Winston's character is again predictable in being plied to the story by Brown. The character is far more reactive than proactive in driving the characters supported and is chained to already overly used tropes for AI. Futurist may be the title of the man who created Winston but is not the description that can be affixed to Brown's use of the character.

The enlightenment at the end of the mystery leaves this reader feeling played for a fool, it is nothing near the promise received in the stories early setup.

The best of the book involves the descriptions and observations of architecture, art, and artists in Spain. It will leave one with an immediate desire to travel and see in person what is described. Perhaps leaning on experiences internalized from his time in Spain, Brown does an excellent job relating the structures and works of art he describes along with fair to tolerable (if shallow by necessity of scope)critique of the individuals responsible for their creations.

I expected more from Brown in this novel but choose to trust that this will be a disappointing anomaly in his series not a foretelling on limitations in his works to come.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • John L. Moncrief
  • 26/10/2017

I must be from a parallel universe

I bought this book because it got 4 1/2 stars. It has a good hook - computer genius is to announce where we (humans) came from and where we are going. It soon becomes apparent this revelation was going to be dragged out for 18 hours. In the meantime we are subjected to an over the top plot, over the top writing and over the top narration (like actor in the National rental car ads). The speeches done in Spanish accent given at the end by the dying Spanish king and by the crown prince are insufferable. Oh, and the revelations are clunkers.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Linda
  • 14/10/2017

Where is the mystery? not here

this was such a disappointment. im in disbelief. could not believe that was all of it when i got to the end. had to check if there was something wrong with my app. there was no mystery! nothing. i loved all his earlier books, read all of them. this felt like a short story written just for the money

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Stefan
  • 25/10/2017

Laaaaaaaangweilig... und zeitweise nervig

Im jedem seiner Bücher führt Brown seine Leser in eine andere europäische Metropole, mal ist es Rom, dann Paris und dieses mal eben Barcelona. Immer mit einer europäischen Schönheit an seiner Seite, dieses mal ist es sogar die zukünftige spanische Königin!!! Die Story ist ziemlich geradeaus mit wenigen Wendungen, was aber wirklich sehr nervt, ist das Abschweifen Browns von der eigentlichen Story, um seinen Lesern wieder einmal Geschichtsunterricht oder ähnliches zu erteilen. Es geht pausenlos in etwa so: Langdon flüchtet vor den Männern mit den Gewehren in eine Kirche oder wahlweise Museum xy und sieht Bild a oder Fresko b oder Statue c. Anstatt weiter dem Plot zu folgen, weil es im Moment ja auch wirklich interessant wäre, ob er den Männern entkommt, ergeht sich Brown dann in langwierigen Erklärungen, was es mit Bild, Fresko oder Statue auf sich hat, nach dem Motto: Langdon erinnerte sich, wie er vor vielen Jahren mal etwas über das Bild gelesen hatte und das ging so... bla bla bla. Wenn er dann fertig mit seinen Erklärungen ist, erinnert sich auch der Hörer: Ach ja, da waren ja Männer mit Gewehren, welche ihm nach dem Leben trachten...Die Geschichte bleibt auf der Strecke, da man ihr nur schwer folgen kann, da er immer sinnlos abschweift, um sein Wissen zu vermitteln. Fazit: Weit weg von Sakrileg oder Illuminati, sicher etwas für eingefleischte Fans, für alle anderen sicherlich kein Muss.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Dieter Sedlacek
  • 07/11/2017

Langweilig und zäh

Total entäuschend. Der englische Sprecher war ok, obwohl er sichtlich Probleme hatte einen englischen Akzent für die KI umzusetzen.
Die Geschichte ist vollgestopft mit umständlichen Beschreibungen - Seitenschinderei. Das eigentliche Geschehen kommt nicht voran. Der Plot ist so einfach gestrickt und die Auflösung schon aus den ersten Kapiteln vorhersagbar, dass ich nur zur eigenen Bestätigung ans Ende (ca. Kapitel 90) gesprungen bin. Bingo!
Das Buch leidet auch sehr darunter, dass Dan Brown sich nicht entscheiden konnte welchen Standpunkt er zu den aufgeworfenen Themen (Religion) vertreten will. Und so hat er versucht niemanden zu verärgern. Auf dass ein möglichst breites Publikum auf das langweilige und zähe Allerlei anspringt. Dabei hat Dan Brown schon echt geniale Bücher geschrieben. Aber das war mal. Ganz nach dem Motto: "ich brauchte das Geld."

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/10/2017

Nicht schlecht

aber leider auch nicht wirklich gut. Zuerst einmal das Positive: das Buch ist gut geschrieben, der Sprecher hervorragend und es gibt keine Längen, die einem das "Dranbleiben" erschweren.
Leider ist die Geschichte allzu vorhersehbar, die "überraschenden Wendungen" überraschen nicht (oder sind für die Handlung bedeutungslos). Für diejenigen, die sich noch nicht ernsthaft mit Technik/Wissenschaft/Religion und der Bedeutung füreinander auseinandergesetzt haben, könnte es ein paar interessante Aspekte aufweisen, ansonsten hat man das alles schon einmal (und deutlich besser) gelesen. Und der Krimi- / Verschwörungsaspekt ist längst nicht so spannend wie bei "Illuminati". Das war meiner Meinung nach Dan Browns bestes Buch und Origin nicht mal annähernd so spannend.
Fazit: alles in allem gut hörbar, aber kein "Muss" sondern eher Durchschnitt.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • BikerJoe
  • 11/10/2018

Dan Brown has answers to the ultimate questions

I became ardent fan of Dan Brown, when I read the DaVinci Code. It was such an unusual, mesmerizing thriller, filled to the brim with well researched historical facts and speculations, I simply could not put the book down. Of course I also came to like Robert Langdon, this unbelievable smart and savvy historian.

Unfortunately Dan Brown struggles very hard to deliver anything close to that with his later novels. Origin is well written and packed with trivia of art and history, especially the detailed information about Antoni Gaudi and his architecture are a pleasure to hear. On top of that the author does not shy away from tackling the great issues of humanity, the conflict of science and religion and the impact of artificial intelligence on our future. Regardless of that, Dan Brown wanted too much and ran the risk of coming across as a preacher of his own religious beliefs and wannabe prophet of mankind’s future.

In Origin we meet again with Robert Langdon in Bilbao Spain. He is attending an event in the world famous Guggenheim museum, where his friend and former student Edmund Kirsch will reveal to the world the answer to the ultimate questions, where do we come from and where are we going. His friend is well aware of the tremendous impact his revelation will have on religions and mankind in general, but even he did not expect, what is going to happen.

In the course of events Harry Langdon is chased across Spain, accompanied by the beautiful director of the Guggenheim museum and future queen of Spain. In a battle against ultraconservative forces he makes it his mission to make the findings of his friend Robert Kirsch known to the world. In this life threatening task he finds a comrade-in-arms in Vincent, the AI computer programmed by Robert Kirsch.

Yes, this is a mouthful, but overall entertaining and fun to listen to.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • michael
  • 02/03/2018

Langatmig

Haben Sie die Zeit genossen, in der Sie dieses Hörbuch gehört haben? Warum oder warum nicht?

Buch hat meiner Meinung nach deutliche Längen.

Was war der interessanteste Aspekt der Handlung? Welcher der uninteressanteste?

Wilson

Welche Szene hat Ihnen am besten gefallen?

Ich war insgesamt wenig gefesselt

Wenn dieses Hörbuch ein Film wäre, würden Sie ihn sich ansehen wollen?

Nein

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Für eingefleischte Dan Brown Fans.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Philipp
  • 12/11/2017

Leider ein schwächerer Dan Brown

Leider ein Dan Brown der mit seinen bekannten Vorgängern nicht mit halten kann.

Wer spannende Rätsel wie aus Da Vinci Code erwartet wird bitter enttäuscht. Das Buch spielt gut mit einer Zukunftsangst des Menschen.

Sonst bleibt die Handlung flach und zieht sich über weite Strecken

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Lover
  • 01/11/2017

Origin seem to have tried hard to keep it up

Started great but did not stay gripping as it went on. Loved the narration of Barcelona. Expected a bit more after Inferno.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ronald
  • 27/10/2017

Enjoyable

I really loved the first half of the story. The second half gets a bitt lengthy. Good entertainment though anyway.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Katharina
  • 16/10/2017

exciting although somewhat predictable

good story and interesting scientific background. still the end was predictable for Dan Brown fans.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • sri harsha
  • 08/11/2017

Same old Langdon, same old twists in plots.

It's time professor Langdon retires. His style is the same, his work is the same.

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