By: Dan Brown
Narrator: Paul Michael
PRHA | Imprint: Random House Audio
Genre: Fiction – Thrillers – Suspense
Release Date: October 03, 2017
7 Hours and 30 Minutes
In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/554852/origin/
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 have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
Origin is stunningly inventive—Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.
I have read two of the other novels in this “series that is not called a series” and including ORIGIN I have found them all thrilling and hard to stop reading or listening to them.
Here we have a brilliant scientist who knows a “secret” that will truly cause all religions to be seriously questioned. It also involves this man’s inventions and artificial intelligence. We have influential leaders of the worlds three major religions, an assassin, a sexy museum director, royals and, of course, the honorable, nerdy, and strangely capable Professor Robert Langdon. Langdon is a specialist in religious symbology and codes especially as they occur in art. His knowledge, brilliance, and idactic memory make him well-known, respected and, probably one of the foremost experts in his field. The questions about the Alpha and Omega of our species — and life on earth — that we’ve has asked since we had enough spare time to stop running from the bigger beasties are central to the story.
Another theme is recruitment for radicalization. But this is Christian radicalization which featured in his other works, and which is a sharp reminder of the power of organized religiosity and how wrong it can go in any faith.
There are a lot of influences in literature and current culture apparent in this book:Jorge Luis Borges, 2001, Steven King, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and more. There are layers on and in layers of thought, astounding ideas, meanings and even prediction. It explores how the world religions might react if our origin and direction were explained and found to be non-religious.
The character, Robert Langdon is well established via previous works; to some degree the story depends on those previous books for his character.
The character with whom Langdon spends most of his time in this one or two day journey is museum curator Ambra Vidal. I don’t think she added much to the story except as a way to connect to the Spanish Royal family and the church. The sect mentioned in the book does exist – google it.
In the end, this intimate connection between Ambra and the royals is possibly the most important. Because, at the heart of it, there’s a twist so interesting and unexpected that I think it was more important than Kirsch’s big secret.
The narrator was not annoying, had reasonable pronunciation, didn’t make all the women sound like breathless ninnies, and offered a good range of voices and accents. His narration was not intrusive which gives him high marks for me.
As usual, Brown delivers another thrilling ride through Catholic symbology and the power of faith and love to heal and to destroy.