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By: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,149 ratings)
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The spellbinding new Robert Langdon audiobook 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 a discovery that 'will change the face of science forever'. The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.

But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with 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.

In their path lie dark forces which will do anything to stop them. To evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried - until now.

©2017 Dan Brown (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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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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plot fail (spoilers, don't read)

ok, first the good. Dan Brown is the master of stringing you along, so it is a reasonably compelling read. The voice actor is also first rate. That aside, I'm not sure if it is just that I have read a couple of his books, and know his style, that I picked the plot twists very early on, making the only interest, "when will Langdon work it out." or at the end "why has he not figured this out"

ok, that is about where the good ends....

spoilers below... don't read if you want to enjoy the book at all







So let me get this straight... the Miller Urey experiment pre programmed to have a purpose of increasing entropy, somehow proves that life can spontaneously come from non life. lol. This is Boltzmann brain level silliness . It just shows that if you pre program a computer to randomly do things and select with certain rules, eventually it will create something useful. This assumes that the universe is a particular way in order to prove that the universe is a particular way.

Also, it was amazing how badly he misrepresented creationism and then states that it is 100% fact that evolution occured and the earth is billions of years old. Again this is just silly when you see the contradictory evidence on the mentioned creation.com. i.e. c14 in diamonds (limiting their supposed 250ma life to 70k or less) which can't be contamination due to the incredibly stable nature of diamond, c14 and soft tissue in dinosaur bones (limiting again to 70k or less), c14 in coal beds, etc. basically the only way to convince people of the who evolutionary theory is to close your eyes and ears and scream like an autistic person in a loud room "it's a fact".

In short the whole book was just a whole lot of atheist wishful thinking, circular reasoning and statements of faith, with zero to back up the wild claims at the start of the book. Pretty much the Da Vinci code all over again. I know it is fiction, but my issue is when it pretends to be fact.

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Lacking action and dumb plot (Spoilers)

The smartest scientist in the world makes an astounding discovery that will change everything. He only tells those who have the most reason to silence him. The inevitable happens and Robert Langdon has to try and find the password to the recorded presentation of the discovery and release it himself. People try to stop him and you wish they had succeeded because the resulting PowerPoint presentation is described in such excruciating and tedious detail that you want to kill yourself. All action ceases about 2/3 of the way through the book and many chapters of talky exposition ensue. There is also a boring romance throughout the book that mainly serves to make people chase Robert. There is much staring in disbelief but little of it is warranted. A computer helps by bridging plot difficulties. Religion gets a caning. The end.

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Good but a bit long winded

I really enjoy Dan Brown’s books and learning about the art/locations involved in his stories. This book could have been edited down quite a bit and I think it would have been more exciting. Did drag in some parts. Really enjoyed the narration by Paul Michael he was a great match for Brown’s work.

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Dan's 4th best

Disappointed with slow build up, though plot twists held interest. Some quantum leaps in story.

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Fantastic!A+++

I really enjoyed this book.A definite read.Dan Brown makes you really think about the theme of Religion verses science in the creation of Man!On my list of ‘So want to see’ is Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia,Gaudi’s Cathedral’ as it is ‘reviewed’ and refered to in this book.

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brilliant story ans excellent narrator

Brilliant story, AI blending with humans displacing religion is thought provoking. The narrator was excellent.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Ong Thong Tat
  • 10-02-2019

Alluring blend of history, religion and science.

Loved the blend between history, religion and science with an astounding glimpse into the near future of AI.

Well narrated with the tones and accent of the people in the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-2018

A good adventure

Ones again i find myself mezmorised by dans writing and eye for detail and facts tied to The real thing. Good job!

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  • Hamada
  • 13-11-2018

What a waste of 18 hrs

The discovery wasn’t nearly groundbreaking nor was it worth the wait. The plot was poorly implemented. A few events were never properly mapped out and didn’t fit in the overall picture. The use of foreign language didn’t enhance the experience at all. The narrator had poor accent imitation and inaccurate pronunciation of some non English phrases. The whole thing was disappointing

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  • Chris
  • 01-09-2018

A well crafted story

The book is excellently composed with great detail and research to put together an intriguing master piece.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ladyboss
  • 26-10-2017

A bit longwinded

Towards the end I was just willing it to be over tbh. Good, but not great.

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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 Cairns
  • 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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