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Origin Audiobook

Origin

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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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    451 10/10/2017
    451 10/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 10/10/2017
    Sarah 10/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Dreadful"

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

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Hurley Cambridge, UK 17/10/2017
    Andy Hurley Cambridge, UK 17/10/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    heide 21/10/2017
    heide 21/10/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "Very predictable"

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

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Forest Resident UK 12/10/2017
    Forest Resident UK 12/10/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 12/10/2017
    Matthew 12/10/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ladyboss 26/10/2017
    Ladyboss 26/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A bit longwinded"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carterspboro 17/10/2017
    Carterspboro 17/10/2017
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    "Worst Dan Brown ever!"

    The story was poor and felt more like I was being read paragraphs from a text book or Wikipedia. This had none of the excitement I usually associate with Dan Brown. Maybe the film will be better. Very disappointed that I wasted 18 hours of my life on this book!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    James 08/10/2017
    James 08/10/2017
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    "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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Antony Cairns 09/10/2017
    Antony Cairns 09/10/2017
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    "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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    29/10/17
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marisia Robus
    26/10/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/10/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Boston, MA
    11/10/17
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    "Terrible terrible book"

    Hope Dan brown stops writing this genre. Narrative flow, plot, history, mystery, characters are totally stale. And hold no interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vallabhi
    10/02/18
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    "Too many loose ends"

    Though it's an intriguing storyline, the loose ends are too many. And I see that increasing progressively , with each of his novels. I hope that his next novel is more finished. Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors. I am awaiting his next novel with interest. I sincerely hope that he takes this review into account.

    The narrator was outstanding as usual. I will be listening to more books narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather Byrne
    05/02/18
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elyssa
    Secunda, South Africa
    05/02/18
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    "Nice surprise ending"

    Dan Brown does it again, you will never guess the ending. Brilliantly written and the performance was also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    21/01/18
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    "nice book"

    love the book and storyline. could be true that there is no god! man were evolved naturally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Johnson
    19/01/18
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    "Wow! "

    That was tedious. The slow pace of the author and the long winded drawn out story made for a slogfest. I gave up 7 hours in. Not sure if I’ll get back to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Luke and Roslyna Reifler
    Sydney, Australia
    11/01/18
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    "Thrilling detail, intrigue & conspiracy"

    Mr Brown, your "colour" belies the broad spectrum evidenced in the brilliant tapestries you weave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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