Angels & Demons [Part 1 of 2] (Robert Langdon, #1)
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Korean edition of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Part 1 of 2.
Paperback, 407 pages
Published 2008 by Moonhak Soochup Publishing (first published 2000)
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Jess Michaelangelo
Wow.

Before I begin my review, I want to preface it by saying a few things.

I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is a crappy writer who writes crappy books about crappy stories with crappy characters and crappy, unbelievable plots.

I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is one of the best at the "cheese factor" and roll their eyes at his stories.

I know a lot of people out there know more about European history, etc. etc. than I do, and therefore, I might not be the appropriate judge of this s...more
Brian
Apr 16, 2008 Brian rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I read this after the drivel that is called "Da Vinci Code." I decided to give the author another chance, and take on something that maybe wasn't so formulaic.

No dice. I am convinced that Dan Brown does absolutely no research into the subjects he writes about. Or if he does, he decides it is not "titilating enough for him" so he makes it up. I mean why even include actual real things in his books if he chooses to ignore any facts about them. Opus Dei? I doubt he could spell it. Catholic Church?...more
Mohammed Arabey
اولا الروايه دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقراها بجد ليها حل من الاتنين
1- تقرأ النسخه الانجليزيه المصوره Illustrated Edition
او
2- وانت بتقرا النسخه تكون فاتح جوجل صور وتكتب اسم كل مكان بيزوره روبرت لانجدون وكل قاعه في كنيسه او جداريه او تمثال وتشوف صورته علي النت

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ده صوره من احد اغلفه الروايه اللي بيظهر فيها التماثل...محبتش احرق شكل الكلام المتماثل في الروايه بس جرب اقلب الصوره حتلاقي عنوان الروايه بيتقرا من فوق زي من تحت

يمكن دي اول تجربه ليا في اني اقرأ روايه مليانه تفاصيل ومعلومات حقيقيه سواء علميه او
...more
Russell
This was Brown's book before the infamous "The Da Vinci Code." In many ways, this book was like a rough draft for "The Da Vinci Code", same character Langdon, same other characters, same basic start, same concepts, same bad research passed off as fact, same trick of having nearly every chapter end in cliffhanger, the same in so many ways.
Sadly, I think he did a better job the first time around.

I recommend you have a computer handy so you look up what Brown is talking about, and that way you can...more
Dan Schwent
When a physicist/priest is murdered, the word Illuminati branded into his chest, and a quarter-gram of antimatter stolen, it's up to renowned symbologist Robert Langdon to find the goods and the murderer. But can he stop someone from using the antimatter as a weapon, even with hot physicist Vittoria Vetra in tow?

After all the hype, I managed to dodge this bullet for over a decade but when my girlfriend caught me in a vulnerable moment between books, I knew the time had come.

Overall, it was a fu...more
Rosey
Religion always was, is, has been, and always will be a very sensitive subject for me. However this book was a "battle" of religion and science. The storyline was engaging. I have to admit that the beginning was a bit slow, but as the book progressed, the pace really picked up to a point I pruned myself out in the bathtub finishing it. There was a page I found to be very thought-provoking.

"Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end...more
wanderaven
So I honestly want to give the book three stars. What I enjoy about Brown is how he can write almost 600 pages of a book and I get almost to the end and realize that it has taken place all in the space of one day. As a writer, I would love to be able to do that. The weaving of religious and scientific themes into an adventure set in European locales is also right up my alley.

What I don't like... and why I am forced to drop down to two stars (just a few examples):

That same time stretching often...more
Mike Philbin
Angels and Demons is one of the most insidiously-constructed page turners I’ve ever read and unlike other such efforts (Richard Laymon’s IN THE DARK) I actually raced to the end of it rather than throwing the thing half-finished against the wardrobe in rage. Think of Hercules Poirrot. Think of Inspector Morse. Think of Agatha Christie. Once you strip all the character and soul from these genre writers you have Dan Brown. They all have in common the one writer trick, etirwer (the backwards rewrit...more
مشاري العبيد
أفضل ما كتب دان براون من وجهة نظري الشخصية .. تجربة سينمائية فريدة على الورق ..
و تفوق إثارة كلماتها مشاهدَ الفيلم الذي تم انتاجه في 2009 ..
يُرجى ربط الأحزمة فور قراءتك الصفحة الأولى منها .. و تمتع بـ رحلة "تاريخية - مليئة بـ الرموز"..
Danielle
Mar 31, 2008 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love a mystery
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown was one of the best page-turners I have ever read. From the very beginning I couldn’t put it down. I did not know where Dan Brown would take the story next. Following the main character Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist on his first great adventure was breathtaking. I wanted to learn more, to know the secrets of the Illuminati and the only way to do it was to let the story naturally unfold as I read. I can usually guess what is going to happen in thrillers, but...more
Rachael
Jun 23, 2007 Rachael rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone stuck on a desert island who has no other option
In the first, I don't know, 30 pages or so a character is "overwhelmed" by the smell of frozen urine. Frozen things don't smell, let alone overwhelmingly. Shortly thereafter an expert in religion (or whatever he is, I've tried to block it out) is shocked to see a study containing both scientific and religious items. I should have put the book down then, but then I would have missed unbelievable characters, hackneyed descriptions and spitting in the face of the laws of physics and physiology. Use...more
Jennifer
I actually prefered Angels and Demons over The DaVinci Code.
Shayantani Das
We have a term called ‘paisa vasool’ in Hindi. It means ‘worth the money’ and is generally used in reference to films. A mainstream Bollywood film is termed paisa vasool and is commercially successful only when it constitutes the following factors:

1) A hero who can do anything and everything under the sun. He can achieve impossible feats and always survives bizarre accidents.

2) A heroine comes across as smart independent women in beginning but turns into a cardboard cutout by the end. Just anoth...more
Susan
As soon as I finished Angels & Demons, I started feeling guilty--and a bit two-faced. You see, I've been telling anyone who would listen (my poor husband, mainly), about Dan Brown's atrocious writing style. Nearly every page was riddled with exaggerated descriptions, cartoon-like characterizations, implausibilities (even for a thriller), and just plain clumsiness.

But I am forced to admit that I turned those pages pretty rapidly--maybe a hundred a day near the end. After all, I had to find o...more
Megan
I enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code" as a trashy good time, but then read this one and just couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Not only was it silly and formulaic, it made the silly formula underlying "The Da Vinci Code" all too clear. Really? Another middle-aged yet strangely attractive/brilliant male protagonist -- oh wait, the same one from the other book? Another grisly murder of an old dude kicking things off? Another hot foreign chick, related to the dead dude, helping solve the mystery? Another secr...more
TK421
I liked this book. In as much as a person can like, say, cotton candy. It tastes good at first, but after a bit the taste starts to lose some of its sugary goodness and just becomes a sticky mess that you hope doesn't get in your hair or on your shirt.

The premise was interesting: I liked the whole Illuminati and church conspiracy. The suspense of the novel kept me engaged. But like I said, too much of a good thing just becomes problematic. To be honest, after a few hundred pages, the writing re...more
★ Jess
This book almost ruined my education.
Seriously, whilst I was supposed to be doing homework, I spent three hours reading this.
When I was supposed to be studying for a maths test, I read this.
During science, english, Religion, Drama and Humanities lessons...I read this.
It was that amazing.
For the past week, I have not been asleep before 1AM, because I have been reading this thriller.
And well after I turn of the light in the early hours of the morning, Angels And Demons clouds my thoughts.
On...more
Kira
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Nicole  Easterwood
Aug 31, 2007 Nicole Easterwood rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
it is a real page turner and beautifully written.
kudos to dan brown!!
Jared Pyatt
This Dan Brown thriller kept my attention from the very first chapter. I read Brown's Code and thoroughly enjoyed. After enjoying TDC and seeing the movie trailer for Angels and Demons, I decided to read the book while on my honeymoon - 710 pages in five and a half days. Throughout the read, I often wondered when the story would become dull - and it simply never did. Chapter after chapter, Dan's style of writing (intelligent, visual, and well-researched) kept the pages turning. The intriguing co...more
Jeana Warren
Dec 18, 2007 Jeana Warren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoyed da vinci code
A quote from the book: "Science may have alleviated the miseries of disease and...provided an array of gagetry for our convenience...but it has left us in a world without wonder. Our sunsets have been reduced to wavelengths and frequencies... Even the technology that unites us, divides us. We are electronically connected to the globe and yet we feel utterly alone. Skepticism has become a virtue. Is it any wonder that humans now feel more depressed and defeated than at any point in human history?...more
Joyzi
Aug 16, 2011 Joyzi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peeps who loves mystery, thriller, puzzles
Recommended to Joyzi by: My classmates
I can't put it down and read it in one day. I remember my mom was mad at me because I'm like, "I don't want to eat yet, I'm reading a book!" After that I ate lunch, at our table while still reading and I'm holding the book in my other hand and holding the spoon in my other hand. That's how good this book is.
Marwa A.
Angels and Demons is so far one of the best thriller book book I have ever read!
The combination of religion, science, secret brotherhoods and is what makes me a Brown fan.
This is so far the best book I've read for Dan Brown.

"Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end, we all are just searching for truth, that which is greater for ourselves."
Patrick

Gech.
أحمد نفادي
دعوا الملائكة ترشدكم في بحثكم ...

تلك هي عبارة المفتاح لذلك اللغز
لغز كبير وحله عصيّ علي الجميع فماذا يحدث ؟؟

يبدو ذلك بأنه برومو لأحد أفلام الأكشن :D

الرواية رائعة جدااااا قد أستعمل عبارة مستهلكة من نوعية
إنه عالم دان براون
ولكنه عالمه فعلا ما في ذلك من شك
الوتيرة السريعة والقصة التي تحدث وتنتهي في أقل من يوم
الألغاز الصعبة والطريقة الذكية في الحل
وكمية المعلومات الرهيبة التي تحصل عليها

هي ليست برواية بقدر ما هي كتاب تخصص بها قدر هائل من المعلومات تدل بوضوح علي كم الجهد المبذول من دان براون في كتابتها

إن...more
Ben Babcock
Right, so, I don't really want to write this review. In fact, re-reading this book was a bad idea, but I chose to do it for reasons that will soon become clear (that, and I wanted to give it a more accurate rating on Goodreads).

I love to tear into bad books—and make no mistake, Angels & Demons is a very bad book, and not in the naughty sense. But the problem with bad, popular books published ten years ago is that most of the witty deconstructions have been done. Bashing Dan Brown is like bas...more
9 3/4
Dan Brown is without a doubt one of the best writers of action thriller mystery stories in today's literature. Many years ago with his novel Da Vinci Code he took the world by storm and he became one of the most famous writers in the world. Back then I read most of his novels and I enjoyed every one more than the one before it. But for some reason I didn't read this one, his first one with his famous hero Robert Langdon. And now I really ask myself why. Because I loved it!

Dan Brown combines acti...more
Christine
If you enjoy suspense and mystery novels like myself, Angels and Demons is a great novel. Dan Brown combines religion and science to create a rather controversial read. The story starts out by introducing us to Robert Langdon by awakening him with a phone call. Maximillian Kohler summons him to the science base, CERN, for his expertise of symbolism following the murder of their top researcher. He was branded with the mark of the Illuminati, an anti-religious cult that was believed to have died...more
Manny
There's this argument you sometimes see, that Richard Dawkins spends a bit of time discussing in The God Delusion. Perhaps religion is all nonsense, it goes; but, when you consider how much great art it has inspired, surely that, on its own, is justification enough. Dawkins, you won't be surprised to hear, doesn't buy this, and thinks that people like Dante, Michelangelo and Hesse would have done great stuff even if they hadn't been inspired by the Church. He goes so far as to say that maybe the...more
Jim
I found this book in a freebie bin and thought, "Why not? The armchair sophisticatoes love to dump on this writer. Let's see why..."

First, it isn't so much that Brown is a bad writer, he's just a simple writer. If you have an eighth grade vocabulary, you can read this book without referring to a dictionary. There's nothing inherently wrong with this approach. It's just a little too simple and grates a bit on the ears of college grads. Too many bland adjectives, but that ain't a hanging crime. It...more
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Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIM...more
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