Origin : A Novel

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The #1  New York Times  Bestseller (October 2017) from the author of  The Da Vinci Code.   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 orchestra...

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The #1  New York Times  Bestseller (October 2017) from the author of  The Da Vinci Code.   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 orchestra... The #1 New York Times Bestseller (October 2017) from the author of The Da Vinci Code.
 
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.

Specifications

Series Title
Robert Langdon
Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
480
Author
Dan Brown
ISBN-13
9780385514231
Publication Date
October, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.55 x 6.34 x 1.59 Inches
ISBN-10
0385514239

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Enjoyable
Enjoyed this very much. On the one hand, it was formulaic Dan Brown--but wouldn't we be disappointed if he veered off from his usual course? And by the end of the prologue and chapter one, you have the clues needed (if you paid strict attention) to solve the 'who done it' (well, who was responsible, at any rate). There was much more description--of buildings, religion, science--than plot action in this book. However, it was still a page turner (I was up most of one night, finishing the last couple of hundred pages). The story was interesting, the resolution creative. Do read it with your laptop or Ipad at your side--you simply MUST look up the amazing architectural wonders Dan Brown visits. They are incredible. I'd sum up by saying--don't expect anything but traditional Dan Brown. Don't expect his best book ever (will anything top The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons?). But Origin is a book that will entertain while it informs. Enjoy.
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Origin1 StarExceedingl...
Origin1 StarExceedingly disappointing!It is like Brown decided to phone it in. The plotting is lazy and predictable; the character development is non-existant and every trope from every Langdon book is rehashed ad nauseum. It is time for this series to end.
Most helpful positive review
10 customers found this helpful
Enjoyable
Enjoyed this very much. On the one hand, it was formulaic Dan Brown--but wouldn't we be disappointed if he veered off from his usual course? And by the end of the prologue and chapter one, you have the clues needed (if you paid strict attention) to solve the 'who done it' (well, who was responsible, at any rate). There was much more description--of buildings, religion, science--than plot action in this book. However, it was still a page turner (I was up most of one night, finishing the last couple of hundred pages). The story was interesting, the resolution creative. Do read it with your laptop or Ipad at your side--you simply MUST look up the amazing architectural wonders Dan Brown visits. They are incredible. I'd sum up by saying--don't expect anything but traditional Dan Brown. Don't expect his best book ever (will anything top The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons?). But Origin is a book that will entertain while it informs. Enjoy.
Most helpful negative review
Origin1 StarExceedingl...
Origin1 StarExceedingly disappointing!It is like Brown decided to phone it in. The plotting is lazy and predictable; the character development is non-existant and every trope from every Langdon book is rehashed ad nauseum. It is time for this series to end.
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"May our philosophies ...

"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." (Originalzitat)Inhalt:Der erfolgreiche, geniale Zukunftsforscher Edmund Kirsch hat seinen Freund und früheren Professor Robert Langdon eingeladen, im Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao zusammen mit einigen hundert weiteren Gästen an der Präsentation seiner sensationellen Entdeckung teilzunehmen: die Antworten auf die beiden größten Fragen der Menschheit "Woher kommen wir" und "Wohin gehen wir". Ein Gott als Schöpfer ist bei diesen streng wissenschaftlichen Fakten keine Option mehr. Doch bevor Edmund Kirsch die eigentliche Präsentation, die gleichzeitig weltweit übertragen wird, starten kann, wir er vor den Augen aller erschossen. Doch es gibt ein Passwort und einen Ort, wo dieses Projekt des Zukunftsforschers gespeichert ist, und somit auch nach seinem Tod noch veröffentlicht werden kann. Nur einer kann diese Rätsel lösen und so das Geheimnis um den Inhalt der wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse seines Freundes lüften: Robert Langdon. Gemeinsam mit Ambra Vidal, der Direktorin des Guggenheim Museums Bilbao, die für die Präsentation eng mit Edmund Kirsch zusammen gearbeitet hatte, beginnt für den Professor ein gefährlicher Wettlauf gegen die Zeit, gegen mächtige Feinde, die genau diese Veröffentlichung auf jeden Fall verhindern wollen. Hat Robert Langdon Erfolg und was genau ist diese bahnbrechende Entdeckung?Bis vor wenigen Tagen hätte ich auf die Frage nach dem meiner Meinung nach besten Buch von Dan Brown (einer meiner Lieblingsautoren) ohne zu zögern geantwortet: "Inferno". Ich weiß, da gehen die Meinungen auseinander. Wie auch immer, seit heute ist meine Antwort: "Origin". Diesmal begibt sich der Autor in ein neues Setting, in dem Symbole und Rätsel zwar eine Rolle spielen, jedoch geht es hier vor allem um die essentiellen und zeitlosen Fragen der Menschheit "Woher kommen wir" und "Wohin gehen wir" und auch um die Tatsache, dass Wissenschaft, Technik und Religion hier völlig kontroverse Antworten geben. Für mich ist es großartig, wie Robert Langdon hier einen spannenden Thriller entwickelt hat, der mögliche Antworten anbietet, ohne jemals unlogisch zu werden.Eine beeindruckende Geschichte, die auch zum Nachdenken anregt. Ich empfehle dieses Buch von Dan Brown nicht nur Dan Brown Fans, sondern auch Technik-interessierten Lesern, die auch einen spannenden Roman zu schätzen wissen. Wer, so wie ich, die Stadt Barcelona und Gaudi liebt, wird die vielen präzisen Schilderungen einzelner Orte, Bauten usw. ebenfalls genießen. Manchmal hatte ich während des Lesens in Wikipedia nachgesehen - Dan Browns Beschreibungen sind wieder exakt und entsprechen absolut der Realität.

Another breathless adv...

Another breathless adventure for Robert Langdon. I enjoyed the story, but perhaps even more, I enjoyed learning about some really interesting Spanish architecture and locales.

Computer mastermind/fu...

Computer mastermind/futurist Edmond Kirsch discovers an earth-shattering secret that "will change the face of science forever" and sets up a dazzling announcement at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. When an assassin cuts down the billionaire moments before he is to reveal this astonishing breakthrough, it falls to Harvard professor Robert Langdon and museum director Ambra Vidal to learn the cryptic password that will unlock the secret and allow them to reveal it to the world. But there are those who would keep them from revealing the secret, no matter what the cost. Will they succeed in revealing the truth Kirsch planned to announce? And what will that revelation mean for mankind? The fifth in the Robert Langdon series, "Origin" tackles hidden history and extreme religion in search of the answer to the two most basic questions of man: Where do we come from? Where are we going? With a twisty plot that ramps up the tension and suspense, this narrative grabs the reader from the first page and doesn't let go until the final unexpected reveal. An occasional "information dump" doesn't detract from the overall telling of the "origin of life and future of humanity" tale and readers are likely to be left dumbfounded by the final unexpected twist they simply won't see coming. Highly recommended.

It took me some time t...

It took me some time to think about all the small threads in the plot and tie them together. Once I did, I was truly scared. It has been a long time since I read a Dan Brown novel, so I can't speak to the other reviewers' issues with the work being formulaic.It did have less symbolism in it than I expected, but I found it exciting, breathtaking with intrigue and shocking. The author weaves a story around the announcement by Edmond, a former student of Robert Landgon's, who claims to have discovered where humans came from and where we are going. This all takes place in Spain where Catholicism is very strong and the anticipated presentation given by an atheist. As he is about to reveal his theory, a murder takes place and the presentation is not finished. Langdon is off to hunt down the murderer and presentation so that it can be played for the world. The possible involvement of the Spanish monarchy and the Catholic Church in this complex and intriguing mystery made this an exciting and enjoyable read. The conclusion to the story definitely gives you a chance to think about how the world is changing and what are the possible consequences. Highly recommended.

Enjoyable

Enjoyed this very much. On the one hand, it was formulaic Dan Brown--but wouldn't we be disappointed if he veered off from his usual course? And by the end of the prologue and chapter one, you have the clues needed (if you paid strict attention) to solve the 'who done it' (well, who was responsible, at any rate). There was much more description--of buildings, religion, science--than plot action in this book. However, it was still a page turner (I was up most of one night, finishing the last couple of hundred pages). The story was interesting, the resolution creative. Do read it with your laptop or Ipad at your side--you simply MUST look up the amazing architectural wonders Dan Brown visits. They are incredible. I'd sum up by saying--don't expect anything but traditional Dan Brown. Don't expect his best book ever (will anything top The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons?). But Origin is a book that will entertain while it informs. Enjoy.

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