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Origin

By: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Series: Robert Langdon, Book 5
Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,374 ratings)

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The global best seller - Origin is the latest Robert Langdon novel 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 an astonishing scientific breakthrough. The evening’s host is billionaire Edmond Kirsch, a futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world.

But Langdon and several hundred guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is suddenly blown apart. There is a real danger that Kirsch’s precious discovery may be lost in the ensuing chaos. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao, taking with him 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.

To evade a devious enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate the labyrinthine passageways of extreme religion and hidden history. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal will come face to face with a breathtaking truth that has remained buried – until now.

©2017 Dan Brown (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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"Fans will not be disappointed." (The Times)

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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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well worth the read

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

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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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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.

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Not as good as his first books.

Interesting concept but over story was ok, if your a fan of his books then this won't disappoint, he has his story formula down pat.

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Enjoyable

A typical Dan Brown book. Enjoyable. Well read and decent attempt for the female characters.

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Great...what more can I say

great narration, easy listening, of an amazing author and story. loved it. looking forward to the next Dan Brown Novel

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A book to stay forever

The book holds interesting arguments about the beginning of life and the trajectory i'll traverse through the perspective of an individual submerged in scientific knowledge but anchored by religious dogmas. the way this book is read is clear and subtly dramatic, injecting life into focal points and descriptions of arts and structures.

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Great story Great reading

Wonderful opening with detailed imagery that immediately immerses you into the journey. Felt like I was right there! Very entertaining role play by the reader made it a real joy :)

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great story

loved it! another gem by Dan Brown. I love how he mixed fiction with real history, architecture, technology, religion and conspiracy theories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2017

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!

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  • Tomi Ojavuo
  • 19-08-2018

The story is just rather poor

And having too much repetition and "preaching" really doesn't help. Begins ok but the ending is quite spectacularly disappointing.

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  • Raj
  • 20-10-2017

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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  • Reader of a the lost Art
  • 11-10-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-2018

Clever and highly interesting

Dan Brown on top form again featuring Spanish cities, particularly Barcelona. Thoroughly enjoyable, especially listening to it in Barcelona from roof top hotel pool with views of the Sagrada Familia.

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  • Dr Dina
  • 05-02-2018

Just Okay

Lots of build-up for a disappointing finish. Fantastic performance by Paul Michael doesn’t make up for it. It’s like a complex recipe that smells marvellous while it’s cooking - but has little flavour when it’s tasted.

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 26-10-2017

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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  • Nik
  • 10-08-2020

Absolutely brilliant!!!

I bought the paperback book and have read it twice and now have the audiobook! My absolute favourite book ever !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-2020

Such an amazing book, captivating till the end

This was my first listen in Audible. It was an amazing experience. I loved the book! It makes you continue listening without stopping. You are eager to find answers. It is full of aurprises till the very end ! I highly recommend it ! Just bare in mind that the book is highly descriptive, so you might get bored by some details. Just 2 suggestions: It would be nice if Audible included a small audio clip on the author’s background. And also, it is the same narrator that reads every single passage. It would be very helpful if Audible includes different narrators, each impersonating each character.

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  • Kevin
  • 24-06-2020

The evolution on man

far too drawn out without really disclosing anything powerful . Theibald De Chardin is more enlightening

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  • 451
  • 10-10-2017

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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  • heide
  • 21-10-2017

Very predictable

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

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  • Salter
  • 07-08-2018

Mildly enjoyable.....

Overall, I didn't think this lived up to previous Langdon adventures. Storyline a little weak, with the listener left believing it could have been so much better. Generally I'd recommend Dan Browns books, but the likes of Steve Berry are much more consistent in this genre, imo.

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  • Forest Resident
  • 12-10-2017

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.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-10-2017

Dreadful

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

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  • Matthew
  • 12-10-2017

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.

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  • Andy Hurley
  • 17-10-2017

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.

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  • James
  • 08-10-2017

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.

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  • Antony
  • 09-10-2017

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

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  • Ben
  • 19-09-2018

No real story. Just an idea stretched out.

Spent the whole book expecting the standard Dan Brown twists and turns but got to the end without anything really happening. I've been to college lectures with more action.

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