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Written by: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Gripping from start to end

Probably one of the fastest books I have ever finished. Very nice gripping story and well read out. The reader maintained the essence of the story.

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Disappointed

Unlike other works of Dan Brown this novel is not upto the mark. author has done a lot of research work but fails to build a good plot.

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The best one yet.

The narrator performs an amazing job bringing the characters to life, was hooked for 8 hrs straight during the ending.

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High on sensation, not great on content

Narration was good. The plot was a bit of let down. Pace of the story was a bit slow. Overall enjoyable listen but not thrilling!

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  • RA
  • 25-05-19

Thanks

The book was expectedly good. The narrator was engaging and the experience was immersive. Thanks once again!

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Standard story, repeat framework, narrated well

This story from Dan Brown is based on his tried and tested framework. however, it's getting stale now. while the story does hold some bit of thrill, very long and unnecessary narrations slows it down and kills it. At times, the story comes to a halt, right when prev chapter ends with high suspense and then story becomes a documentary for a while. such paragraph, I feel, are good and informative but I'll placed. However, Paul's narration is really fantastic. his voice modulation for diff characters is simply superb.

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not as gripping but worth a thought

not as gripping as other Dan Brown novels....but certainly makes you think about our future with all the rapid advances being made in technology and science

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Much ado about nothing

the central thing on which the whole plot revolved around turned out to be a dud. what i didn't understand is since this is a fiction, why didn't Dan Brown come up with a better idea.
also he seems unable to know when to stop, he tries to make the story extra great by adding twists which are unnecessary and only makes the plot less sensible.

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Predictable ending, amazing journey

Ending was very predictable but you don't read dan brown for endings. it is more about journey to places you have not been irl. As always i loved the places i visit in book, this time a Spanish settings.

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Suspense Thriller

As any other Dan Brown book suspense and thrill factor till the last page and leaves you wondering after reading on the closeness to reality of the the way the data of the church and emerging tech world merges.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-17

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
  • 19-08-18

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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  • Nayan Prakash
  • 20-10-17

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
  • 11-10-17

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
  • 09-06-18

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
  • 26-10-17

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-06-19

Gripping, frightening and enlightening!

The best Dan Brown work to date! The future is alive with promise and change.

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  • Ong Thong Tat
  • 10-02-19

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
  • 12-12-18

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
  • 13-11-18

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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  • 451
  • 10-10-17

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
  • 21-10-17

Very predictable

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

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  • Forest Resident
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  • 12-10-17

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
  • 10-10-17

Dreadful

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

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  • Matthew
  • 12-10-17

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
  • Herefordshire, UK
  • 07-08-18

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
  • 26-10-17

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
  • Cambridge, UK
  • 17-10-17

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
  • 08-10-17

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
  • 09-10-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-17

well worth the read

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

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  • Veronica
  • 11-11-17

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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  • Adam
  • 09-10-17

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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  • Toni
  • 23-06-19

excellent, simply excellent.

Brilliant evolution of this author. Dan Brown has come a long way '&' I hope & look forward to Professor Langdons next journey into human realisation.

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  • Dwayne
  • 11-05-19

Gripping!

Great story, thrilling and very clever plot! So much detail it is astonishing that the level of research that would have been required to give credibility to the story.

Narration was superb!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-19

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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  • Shalleycat
  • 03-04-19

Dan's 4th best

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

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  • Denise Young
  • 23-02-19

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.