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Written by: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Series: Robert Langdon
Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (266 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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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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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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brilliant narration

A very complex. tale performed with great finesse. I loved the narration and enjoyed the story

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A fast paced thriller

I liked the story and the sequence of events. Dan brown is a great story teller in the genres close to me - Science and Religion.

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' Origin ' audiovisual - Ears open Eyes Closed!

Earphones unputtdownable- A book after the netizens' heart and lots of facts and fantastic fiction subtly intertwined! 👍👍

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Another masterpieceof Brown fantastically narrated

Great plot, very well researched, beautifully written and extremely well narrated. just couldn't stop reading.
I like the way the author brings in science religion art architecture together. Brown is one of my of my favourite authors.

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Plot similarities to many writers and movies

The chase was ordinary. the antagonist was lacklustre and there was nothing for a Robert Langdon fan to celebrate about. There were no symbols to be interpreted or codes to be cracked. Overall it was a lacklustre story with a predictable ending.

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  • 13-04-20

you ask and Dan Brown delivers

has all the typical Dan Brown elements: an intriguing start, mysterious killings, heart racing chase scenes and visually and intellectually fascinating unknown trivia. this one is not as fast paced or as nail biting as the rest of the books in this series. however, the revelation is absolutely mind blowing, not just from the plott's perspective but from an intellectual stand as well

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A Propulsive Narrative !

This is an amazing read for anyone who fancies an exhilarating plot. And It keeps you on your toes till the very end.

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Epic narration

One of the best narrators! The story is gripping too. the topics have been timed so well that you don't get bored. One of the best audible buys for me!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Admond Tay
  • 31-05-20

I could not stop hearing

I finished the audible book the story is good and the performance was excellent well done Audible.

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  • Maria Liyubman
  • 17-05-20

Laughable factually wrong, but nice fiction though.

The claim of the book is that the Harvard genius proved religions are all fake, and that the church felt the need to kill the genius to protect religion. When in fact all three religions contradict each other, It is clear Brown never read the Muslim scripture, as it refutes his claim that a Muslim cleric would agree with Christians and Jews or that a Kufar would make him commit suicide over disproving religion. Anyone who knows anything about Islam knows Muslims are commanded not to believe nonbelievers. Ever.
Also, the claim made is that the human “creator” made us want to turn chaos into order (so we do have a creator... so that’s not an atheist claim), and the crap about how Islam discovered math and algebra is factually wrong - it’s been renamed after Islam’s conquests and revised just like the claim Abraham and Jesus were Muslims.
I don’t put it past some of our religious leaders to be this gullible as to believe God doesn’t exist (especially since many of them are atheist and politicians more than leaders, but even a secular believer like me can refute the entire “Harvard” argument in 3 minutes. Granted, this is a fictional book, but if you take on religion at least make a better case (I can help... lol). The Rabbi works at a synagogue where there is a holocaust memorial - the holocaust was caused by atheists (granted, who were fascinated by Satan and the occult).
Also, science is currently the new religion, and the Vatican and the UN are making sure the mega-rich such as Bill and Melinda Gates could pay tons of money to make sure only the convenient outcomes of science be published and we currently operate on a scientific consensus. That is, if enough people say the longer line is shorter - it must be scientifically correct. I don’t see how that’s any different from burning Galileo at the stake for claiming the earth revolves around the sun.
The entire book is pathetic. I read his books because I’m interested to learn about all kinds of religious and scientific organizations, but it is clear he has come to believe the world he created in his books and today’s reality seems to follow suit. It’s no wonder the tech giants combined forces with governments and corporations to wreak havoc with their eugenical beliefs.

Shame.

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  • Priya S
  • 02-12-19

Dan Brown never disappoints!!

Loved the plot as well as the narration! Like any other book in the Robert Langdon series, this one is full of suspense, thrill and excitement. A gripping read, narrated very well!

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • A. Storm
  • 08-10-17

Brown brings Art and Science together

I am a fan of Dan Brown. I have read all his books (and listened to most of them).

I like the idea to base this in Spain, especially relevant because of current events. However, I found the story rather flat. Maybe I am use to the signposts because of previous stories. The narration is good, but I never really got excited by the story. I would recommend Da Vinci or Angels and Demons.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-20

a bit predictable. ..

I found it repetitive , long winded and predictable. .. not his best work. the narration was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-20

Must read if you are visiting Spain this year!

And incredible read, with lots of twists and turns. A remarkable walk-through history, and oh so clever examination of religion versus science.

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  • Jan
  • 20-11-19

interestingly longwinded

The storyline was extremely interesting, however it took quite some time to get to the nub of the story I.e. origin. I loved Winston (it was Paul Bettany's voice I heard) I also loved the science both computer and biological most fascinating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-19

Wow!

Gripping the whole way, strangely prophetic and optimistically comforting. Dan Brown does it again. Nice one!

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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!