Dan Brown's theme for "Origin" is about the ambiguities in the technical meaning of "life". What exactly is "life" anyway? How did it get started in the first place? Why does it change? And where is it going? Would scientists differ from religious experts about those questions? If so, why? And if there's a difference of opinion about the meaning of "life", how important is that difference? Of course as in all of Brown's books, the plot is interspersed with a quick-paced jog-about, this time along northern and eastern Spain's tourist spots, with romance, symbology, and ultra high tech thrown in for good measure. Although a little tedious and over-detailed in places, overall I'd rate it definitely worth a read. The reader on the audio CD version does an excellent job. Their vocal presentation, enunciation, and diction are all clear and easy to understand, all the while interposing subtly different voicings for the characters. Another plus, the audio reader doesn't make the rookie mistake of trying to effect a true-to-form Spanish accent for the pertinent characters either. That's a common mistake of audio readers for some reason, and often makes the audio book so difficult to understand that it is better just to read the original book in print form. Not in this case. Between the original paper book format and the audio book on CD, the audio book is the better choice to enjoy the musings of "Origin".
In Robert Langdon's fifth outing, his friend Edmond Kirsch is assassinated right his eyes while making an announcement that will upend the world's religions. As Langdon and Ambra Vidal, fiancee of the Prince of Spain, find themselves investigating a religion vs. science conspiracy, they're aided by Winston, the AI embodiment of Kirsch. Like other Langdon novels, the reader is immersed in an exotic locale, educated in history and geography, and treated to a twist at the end. Although Langdon doesn't resolve the debates between religion and science, he gives the reader a lot to think about.
Professor Robert Langdon returns in the fifth of Dan Brown's wonderful books, "Origin".
This time the story is set in Spain. I am sure that Barcelona and Familia Sagrada in particular, will attract even more tourists now. Langdon's friend and a tech genius Edmond Kirsch, is giving a talk at the Guggenheim museum. He promises to reveal the secret to life and universe, to answer the questions: Where do we come from? Where are we going?, the fundamental questions of human existence.
In my opinion it's one of the best books of the year. It is an adventure, but a very thought-provoking one. A fantastic thriller that unites art and technology, science and religion, history and poetry, symbols and codes, and a bit of romantic love.
I find his ideas about science and religion at the end of the book fascinating!
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