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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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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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WHO AM I? WHERE AM I??

OMG!!!! My brain is fried and frazzled!!!
Far fetched, yet fascinating! Voice activated computer Winston is intriguing!
Reader excellent.

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Waste of time, ending fell flat

Love Robert Langdon, I have been wanting to complete this book for a long time, now that I have finished it, the book didn't provide a good ending

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Delivery is Engaging

I somehow long the way Dan Brown books are written, while some can find it hard to keep track of everything that is happening simultaneously, the almost movie like delivery keeps me focused.
The journey building upto the climax was great, but somehow the climax itself was lacking the surprise factor. About 2/3rd of the book I guessed exactly what might have been the case and that matched up exactly.
A good read after all

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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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Typical Dan Brown book where 1can't predictVillian

The story is thrilling and it's keeps you at edge of your seat. Dan Brown beautifully incorporate latest technology like AIML and self driving cars in the story. The story is centered around the art and philosophy and rapped by technology

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One of the best books I've read

this was so unique and interesting to read. story was mind blowing. my jaw dropped at the end

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as always exceptional work by Dan brown

it's a great story with story telling style of Dan brown. quite engaging plot with lots of twists and turns. enjoy entire book recommended for all Dan brown fans and people who love this genre.

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Enjoyed

This is my first audiobook. At first, I was averse to try audiobook but I must admit it was a whole new experience. Credits to the narrator, he is amazing.

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Gripping thriller Flat Ending

Role of Robert Langdon and Ambra Vidal make justice, initially it was comforting when main characters are connecting back to Winston AI and get all help inorder to reveal the suppressing discovery of Edmond Kirsch. But main discovery and bizzare plot setup by this synthetic intelligence without the consent of its originator to fulfill his commands gave me bit disappointment.

Overall good book; Paul Michael does an extraordinary job at narration with voice modulation for each character, different tones and languages and sentimental simulation.

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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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  • Raj
  • 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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  • 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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  • Reader of a the lost Art
  • 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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  • Dr Dina
  • 05-02-18

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
  • 26-10-17

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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  • Nik
  • 10-08-20

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
  • 16-07-20

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
  • 24-06-20

The evolution on man

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

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  • 451
  • 10-10-17

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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  • Salter
  • 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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  • Forest Resident
  • 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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  • 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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  • Sarah
  • 10-10-17

Dreadful

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

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  • Ben
  • 19-09-18

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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  • Jackie
  • 08-08-18

Quality narration but a predictable and dull story

Quality narration but a predictable and dull story that is neither engaging or interesting. There is nothing clever, no twistes and unless you want a potted surface level history of Spanish building, id skip this one.

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  • Andy Hurley
  • 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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  • Antony
  • 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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  • Carlo
  • 25-05-21

Awesome story and voice acting.

A must read. Dan Brown delivered.
Voice acting on this audio book was also flawless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-21

Enjoyable

Enjoyed the narration - e.g. great and appropriate accents used. Story drags a bit and not as intriguing as Dan's previous books. Enjoyable, overall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-21

Enjoyable, but not my fave dan brown book

The story does get you thinking though.
I love a good science vs religion story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

Great and fantastic read

Loved it and a very interesting topic well. It also will make the reader want to visit Spain as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-20

Interesting story

I enjoyed this but definitely not as exciting and captivating as Dan Brown's other Langdon stories. Always great twists and fascinating real life facts to back up the fictional storyline.

I really liked the narrator on this one.

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  • Marita
  • 19-11-20

Classic Dan Brown

Like his other books, this one doesn't disappoint. You are in his power and you just keep on reading until he's finished with you. A good read.