Look Inside the Motion Picture Angels & Demons (Sony Pictures, 2009)
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Essentially, this is the same format. Same excellent lead character, who goes on another thrilling, intelligent and twisty adventure! This is kind of like a smarter version of the National Tresure movies. Very entertaining, and highly recommended if the other things listed appeal to you!
The amount of research that must have gone into this book in the locations alone must have been daunting. It turns a work of fiction into a believable, well plotted book.
Have fun with this one.
I realize many folks were upset with the religious controversies within this and The DaVinci Code, I read them as works of fiction. Yet they are very intriguing and thought provoking. The movies made from his books are very close to the books, but I recommend reading them first if you have not seen them yet.
I found the audio version condensed and amateurish. I was dismayed and perplexed that such a work could get past a publisher's editor. At times it seemed on the level of a junior high schooler with ambitions of becoming a novelist. Nearly laughable writing errors. I couldn't fathom why Dan Brown received such high praise, and some of it from established and admirable authors.
But when I read this version, the "real" novel, I realized the fault lay at the door of whoever butchered the novel to produce the audio version. Dan Brown writes well and the story is quite intriguing and entertaining. Some even like it better than "The Da Vinci Code".
Caution: You shouldn't take Brown's historical details and conclusions as historical "gospel." He takes liberties and pushes facts into some unwarranted conclusions, but no more so than some historians themselves do. But he is writing fiction, and sometimes history serves his fiction more than his fiction serves history. And, if his historical opinions provoke you to do some of your own research, well and good.
That said, the many beautiful photos and illustrations add a lot to the enjoyment and visual understanding of the story and its settings.