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(Robert Langdon #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  302,395 ratings  ·  26,571 reviews
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions ha ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 461 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Doubleday
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Wayne Jackson I stayed up till 1:00AM reading Origin. The book has all the hallmarks of his Langdon series; vivid locations, historical tie-ins and a mad dash to th…moreI stayed up till 1:00AM reading Origin. The book has all the hallmarks of his Langdon series; vivid locations, historical tie-ins and a mad dash to the final reveal when we learn the secret Langdon has been chasing. Origin has all of that in typical Brown fashion, however, for me the reveal (and there are two in this book) was overdrawn and fell flat. I put down the book with a sense of “that’s it?” disappointment. (less)
David I'm thinking it's going to be just like the previous four. Little to no character development. Bigly plot swings. A sidekick who is super competent an…moreI'm thinking it's going to be just like the previous four. Little to no character development. Bigly plot swings. A sidekick who is super competent and only needs to adjust her pony tail every four or five chapters.

With Dan Brown, you know what you're going to get, is what I am saying. People who like his combinations of "codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture" are going to love it. People who think he's the worst thing to happen to literature are going to hate it. No mystery involved. (less)

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Emily May
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

Yes, it's the new Dan Brown book. Yes, it's pulpy and ridiculous. But I have to say it-- it was really entertaining, too.

The thing about Brown is that he's a mediocre-at-best writer with really fascinating ideas. If you spend too much time analysing individual scenes and sentences, then you're going to start to see the cracks, big and small. Big cracks like world-renowned scientists jumping to ludicrous conclusions, and small cracks like world-renown
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I just finished the book. It's not the best Robert Langdon book in my opinion but it's entertaining as hell. As always if you are looking for some quality writing this is not the book for you. However I love these books. I love that I can look up a building or a piece of art or a religious organization I never heard of and they are all real. So if that's your cup of tea I would recommend this book for you.

Yes Robert Langdon is my guilty pleasure so sue me! I can't wait for this !!!!!

I kn
Sep 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
All right, Danny boy, let's see what you've got for us this time. Anyone want to take bets on how many times he mentions the Mickey Mouse watch?

Man, I hope that thing gets smashed under a garbage truck.
(C-) 59% | Very Unsatisfactory
Notes: Smug and sterile, it refuses to get to the point: all idle-talk and touristy tidbits, it's a dumb book that thinks it's smart.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dan Brown is back with some of his best work in a while. I was not a huge fan of his last two – Inferno and The Lost Symbol. I think for me they seemed kind of stale after Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. Origin is now probably my second favorite of his (behind Angels and Demons).

Some of the key points:

Religion and Science – this is a big battle in our world today. It is an exhausting battle for someone like me who goes to church but also loves science. I worry that the feeling is starting
Sean Gibson
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
If you’re reading this in an effort to determine whether or not you want to read Origins, I’m going to make two assumptions:

1) You’ve already read the previous books in the series and, as such, need no introduction to Robert Langdon or Dan Brown’s art/history/symbol/puzzle MO; and

2) You’re not looking for sparkling prose (because, if you are, it’s a little bit like going to an all-you-can-eat $5.99 buffet and getting pissed that there’s no caviar and foie gras).

Dan Brown is the Hootie and the B
When A-- H-- woke up this morning, at the crack of dawn, she was in no way prepared for the absolute dismay she would have to face during the day. As she pulled her long, black hair into a bun, she contemplated the decision she had made the previous night. She had decided, bravely, to read Dan Brown's new treatise on the amalgamation of history and technology, religion and science. As she thumbed through the massive tome, she was, despite her initial trepidation, caught unawares of how crummy th ...more
Ron Charles
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dan Brown is back with another thriller so moronic you can feel your IQ points flaking away like dandruff.

“Origin” marks the fifth outing for Harvard professor Robert Langdon, the symbologist who uncovered stunning secrets and shocking conspiracies in “The Da Vinci Code” and Brown’s other phenomenally best-selling novels. All the worn-out elements of those earlier books are dragged out once again for Brown to hyperventilate over like some grifter trying to fence fake antiques.

This time around, t
Ahmad Sharabiani
Origin (Robert Langdon, #5), Dan Brown

Origin is a 2017 mystery thriller novel by American author Dan Brown and the fifth installment in his Robert Langdon series, following Inferno.

Edmond Kirsch, a billionaire philanthropist, computer scientist and futurist, as well as a strident atheist, attends a meeting in Catalonia with Roman Catholic Bishop Antonio Valdespino, Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Köves, and Muslim Imam Syed al-Fadl, three members of the Parliament of the World's Religions.

He informs them
Helene Jeppesen
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Even though I spent quite some money on this book, I can’t finish it. That’s because this book is an exact replica of all of Dan Brown’s previous books about Robert Langdon and I’m so bored and frustrated with how unoriginal this is. The same protagonist who finds himself in the same kind of situation and makes the same decisions. The structure of the plot is the same with short chapters that all end on “cliffhangers”, and to top it all off Dan Brown throws in a beautiful female - just like
Tharindu Dissanayake
"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."

Finally made it to the last (as of now) RL book, hoping that Brown would continue to maintain the upward trend established with Inferno. I'm happy to say Origin did manage to reach the bar, once again proving that Brown's slump with repeating the same is finally over! While a new young and attractive foreign female sidekick (Spanish this time) makes it to the main cast as always, it's probably the only similarity there is.

"Those who c
G.H. Eckel
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are some laughably bad and some insanely-good parts in this novel. If you like Dan Brown, your skin will already be toughened for the bad writing in parts and you will be thrilled with the genius parts. This novel, like Brown's others, will not pull at your heartstrings; it's very much an intellectual adventure--just like you'd expect from a Harvard professor who seems to have no sex drive nor any desire to fall in love. He's in love with ideas and he makes the reader fall in love with ide ...more
Caro (Bookaria)
I first fell in love with Dan Brown's books when I read Deception Point and Digital Fortress many years ago. I used to get the audiobook CDs from the library and I would listen to them on my commute. His novels kept me completely captivated.

Now let's talk about Origin, his latest novel. This is the 5th Robert Langdon novel and it has the same elements of the previous books in the series: a crime in a relevant location such as a museum, a mystery to solve, a beautiful and smart woman that teams
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Dan Brown is back with another explosive addition to the Robert Langdon series, after a less than enthusiastic fourth book. When iconoclast and renowned atheist Edmund Kirsch speaks, the world listens. His premonitions along all fronts have been earth-shattering and by enriching his statements with the use of computers, Kirsch adds a level of 21st century to his Nostradamus character. Meeting with senior representatives of the world’s three major monotheistic religions, Kirsch tells of an announ ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nothing is invented, for its written in nature first. Originality consists of returning to the Origin." -Antoni Gaudi

Where did we come from? Where are we going? These are the two most basic, yet important questions mankind asks of itself. For thousands of years man has struggled with these questions and, in an attempt to fill the void where there is no definite absolute, has created stories and gods to explain the inexplicable.

This book, which is one of the most thrill
Justin Tate
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dan Brown is the premiere source for edge-of-your-seat thrillers, and Origin doesn't disappoint. This time Robert Langdon finds himself somewhat out of water when a murder ploy involving a futurist atheist and varying religious figures takes a high-tech turn. As always, the secret sauce is Brown's ability to incorporate research into the high-stakes adventure. We get some of the classic art history type stuff, but also a lot of forward-thinking technology concepts that truly fascinate.

On the po
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
When Origin, the fifth in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, was published last Fall, I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately, I had several ARCS, giveaways, and commitments that forced me to hold off until just this week to read it - nearly 5 months of misery. I cried when my fellow readers published reviews and I couldn't look at them. I kicked things when the book mocked me on the shelf. Yet I survived and made it my priority this week... in the end, it was a good read and I will alway ...more
Ardent Reader
So after reading all Dan Brown’s books, I think I finally found the most interesting book among the five; which is ORIGIN

This book also starts with the same structure like his previous novels which focuses about the religion and the past while this book speaks about the religion and the future. In here the author gives the answers to the most basic and important questions which are;

Where did we come from?
Where are we going?

The second question made me astounded, but in a way I agree with that fa
Sara the Librarian
It was morning. It was possible to tell this because the sun was in the sky and it was no longer dark out. Chestnut maned, voluptuous reference librarian Sara Fiore gradually felt herself awaken from a sleep which had lasted approximately seven hours. She turned on her side and allowed her brown eyes, one of which was slightly droopier than the other to linger lazily on the still sleeping form of her lithe and marvelously sexy husband Dan (who might be just a tad annoyed at being included in thi ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Again, Dan Brown wrote about the journey of Robert Langdon, the character that he has presented since his second book titled Angles and Demonds (2000). Robert Langdon was a Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology. As usual, Robert was accompanied by a woman along his journey of revealing the mystery. In this novel, he was accompanied by Ambra Vidal. She was a curator of Guggenheim Bilbao, and she was also a fiancee of Spanyol’s prince, Don Julian.
The collaboration of Robert Langd
I read this as summer reading. It was fun and thought provoking for me. I do find the way Dan Brown tells the story to be so annoying. He draws certain things out to create tension, but in me it was not good. It made me want to set the book aside because it was so annoying. He will start telling part of the narrative we want to hear and then a character will go off on a tangent for a while before coming back to the story. Really?

This is the 5th Robert Langdon book and I love the symbologist and
Sumit RK
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
At the outset, I must admit that I am a big fan of Dan Brown. I have read his every book and the Robert Langdon series is one of my favourites. But the latest offering has left me disappointed. His latest offering Origin is by far his weakest; a uninspired narrative, lacking creative depth and most importantly a formulaic Langdon thriller that just doesn’t feel like a Dan Brown original. Origin is the fifth Dan Brown book featuring Langdon. Brown’s story explores the two existential questions: W ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
-------------------------- Genesis 1:1 

Where did God come from? And if we decide this to be unanswerable, why not save a step and decide that the origin of the universe is an unanswerable question?
--------------------------Carl Sagan

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
----------------------- Paul Gauguin

Langdon's fifth outing to the world questions the origin of life and future of mankind, and promises exciting ans
Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا
[Oct 15, 2016] I can't wait for this!

Months and months and months ago (last year), I was waiting for September to come, when the date was pushed to October and when October the 3rd came I forgot about the release date, which is today! I went for lunch and walked as usual to the nearest bookstore to find the display to Origin being set!

I'm glad to announce that I am the first person to buy this book in Kuwait! How cool is that?! I can't wait to begin reading! This edition is the UK first edition.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another vanished review.

Read in 2017, I recall listening to this book, and when I found out (not sure how) there were symbols in the book I tried to find a printed copy but was unable to borrow one before my loan for the audiobook expired. Nevertheless, it was an exciting thriller that took place at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain.

Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller

When I finished this book in December, I posted a vague teaser but left it unrated. Now, it’s finally time to end the suspense—not that my rating will be much of a surprise to those that know me. Which begs the question, why would I subject myself to a book that I seemingly had little chance of enjoying? What’s that quote about setting aside childish things and whatnot? Wasn’t there a legitimate reason why I gave up on Dan Brown nearly a decade ago?

Probably, but this was a Christmas presen
Jerry Jose
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, I won’t lie. I had fun.

Dan Brown novels are like Michael Bay movies; both were once cool and are now timeworn by overstaying the welcome. Well, if you are content with what to expect, they could still be easy entertainment. But this one surprised me, by being bad. I was more curious about whether everything in this book will remain in Spain or move to Catalonia by the time I finished it, than the promised big secret. ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition’, right?

For the fifth time in
So I will just sift through the final chapters once again before I write anything....which really won't be a lot! :P

Right, so after a lot of soul searching, 2* is the max I can give for this book and I am being lenient. This has to be the most under whelming book I have read in the R.L. series so far!

Very early on in the book, there are two instances where Robert Langdon feels that:
1) Tonight's audience was not exactly the 'home crowd' for a
Suanne Laqueur
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was quintessential Dan Brown. A literary masterpiece? Of course not, and that's not why I read him. Origin isn't his best. Overwritten in some places, underwritten in others. Premise wasn't as tight as his others but still, fast-paced, exciting, interesting, a bit of armchair travel, a crash course in art/architecture every other chapter, decent food for thought and the added bonus of having Tom Hanks in your head.

Not a bad way to spend 24 hours.
Review to follow, but this was very close to a 5 ⭐️read

I have in the past read a number of Dan Brown books and really enjoyed them, this was as my initial comment suggest, no exception.
I suppose because I find the films enjoyable that I naturally see and hear Tom Hanks as I read this book. No bad thing as in a way it makes it more personal.
This book I suppose could be classed as formulaic as it is very similar to some of his others, but as I haven’t read one for many a year I did not suffer in
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