Origin

Origin

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Whoever You Are.
Whatever You Believe.
Everything Is About To Change.

The stunningly inventive new novel from the world’s most popular thriller writer
 
Bilbao, Spain
 
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.



Publisher: New York :, Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group,, 2017
ISBN: 9781524779122
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ArapahoeAngelina Sep 13, 2018

This was my first Dan Brown's novel, and I really enjoyed it. I used a visual companion that I found online (https://langdonsworld.com/) and I was able to see all the places and pieces of art that he described on the book. This book will make you want to buy a plane ticket to Barcelona!

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 21, 2018

Origin, the fifth in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, is an entertaining read. Not quite as good as Angels and Demons or The Da Vinci Code (in my opinion), but an enjoyable escape nonetheless.

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LibraryUser53
Feb 22, 2018

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".

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TheresaAJ
Jan 02, 2018

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.

ArapahoeTatyana Dec 15, 2017

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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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 21, 2018

May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.

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