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  • gilwilson 11:01 AM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , mark shanahan, sports, wrestling   

    Pinned By Alfred C. Martino 

    1737149Pinned
    By Alfred C. Martino
    Narrated by: Mark Shanahan
    Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    Release date: 03-04-05
    Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

    This book is one I would never even think  of picking up.  So, how did it end up in my ears?  Well, it was offered up as a free young adult audiobook from SYNC YA as part of their free weekly audiobooks during their Summer Read program.  I have found that most YA novels are not just very well written but have stories that are intriguing.  (Except for that glittering vampire series.)

    The basic story is that of 2 high school wrestlers in different parts of New Jersey and their climb to the New Jersey High School State Wrestling Champion.  Both come from different backgrounds, Ivan whose mother has recently passed away, and Bobby whose parents are possibly divorcing.  What kept me listening to the story was that each individual’s climb to the same goal was so different from the other.

    While their story is told through the sport of high school wrestling, which by the way, has no ropes, rings, or folding chairs (which is why on the first day of tryouts in high school i left) it could have been any sport or common interest their story was in their dedication and progress.  The ending will confuse you for a moment, but after some contemplation you will reach that “Ah-ha!” moment.  I loved the ending.

    Mark Shanahan delivered the audio perfectly and kept the story interesting with his vocal acting.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    Pinned follows Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane, two high school seniors, as they embark on the most important winter of their lives in a quest for the New Jersey state high school wrestling championship.
    Ivan Korske is the pride of Lennings, a rural town tucked away in the farmlands of western Jersey, and the odds-on favorite to be crowned state champion in the 129-pound weight class. For Ivan, the stakes are impossibly high. A state championship fulfills a promise he made to his mother before she passed away nine months earlier and will, perhaps, stem his father’s continued withdrawal from life. But mostly, Ivan dreams of getting a scholarship to a college far from his dreary hometown. To him, anything short of the title is failure.

    In Short Hills, a wealthy town on the other side of the state, Bobby Zane protects his younger brother Christopher from the fallout of their parents’ impending divorce, while searching for comfort from Carmelina Carrillo, a girl from a depressed part of Newark. Despite the distractions from the intense pressures of adolescent love and the family’s breakup, Bobby realizes his quest for the coveted 129-pound state title may be his only hope for salvation.

    Pinned chronicles Ivan and Bobby’s season-long efforts toward overcoming forces within and beyond their control toward a title that only one of them can capture.

    ©2005 Alfred C. Martino (P)2005 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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  • gilwilson 6:43 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asgard, , loki, , thor   

    The World According to Thor by Marc Sumerak Illustrated by Freddie E. Williams 

    22928979The World According to Thor
    by Marc Sumerak
    Illustrated by Freddie E. Williams
    Series: Insight Legends
    Hardcover: 64 pages
    Publisher: Insight Comics; Nov edition (April 21, 2015)
    ISBN-10: 1608874931
    ISBN-13: 978-1608874934

    I have to let you know that I am a big Thor fan.  Not as much as a Spidey fan, but close enough.  After all I didn’t give him the name Peter Parker.  I named him Thor.  So yeah, I’m a fan.  I pretty much knew Thor’s history and such, but, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know everything, and I forget half of what I learn.  So this was a nice refresher and I even learned a couple of things new to me.

    Let’s start out with first how awesome the illustrations are in this tome.  Freddie E. Williams knocks it out of the park with the drawings of the 9 realms and of all the heroes and villians.  As a comic book fan alone, the artwork is enough for you to keep this on your nerdy coffee table.

    This book features an Encyclopaedic look at the above mentioned 9 realms and such.  From Asgard, to Midgard, all the way to Svartalfheim, then to Hel and back the reader learns all the basic facts about the Heroes and Villians.  If something from the 3 movies recently made by the Marvel Cinematic Universe has you confused this would probably clear it up.  If you are new, or know someone who is, to the comic book world and want to know about a cool hero, I would highly recommend this book as the perfect intro.

    Publisher’s Summary
    See the world through the eyes of the Norse Super Hero in this immersive journey into Thor’s universe.

    While battling dangers from the nine realms, Thor shares his outlook on life, love, and war in this immersive new volume. Whether it’s handling mischievous siblings, defeating the Frost Giants, or falling in love with a mortal, Thor’s experiences span centuries. With removable items such as Donald Blake’s medical degree, a copy of the Superhuman Registration Act, pages from ancient Asgardian texts, and much more, this insightful look into Thor’s universe will soon be a fan-favorite.

    © 2015 MARVEL

     
  • gilwilson 7:04 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Anne of Green Gables” By L. M. Montgomery 

    61to+Iomn-L._SL500_“Anne of Green Gables”
    By L. M. Montgomery
    Narrated by: Colleen Winton
    Series: Anne of …, Book 1
    Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    Release date: 05-30-14
    Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

    Recently I saw the movie based on this book starring Martin Sheen. I found myself enjoying the performances so much that I had to go back and check out the source material. I was never a young girl so I never thought to even pick this book up. But having listened to this audiobook, I found it was a fun little story full of charm and wit.

    The humor and wit expressed in this story completely took me by surprise.  I was expecting to stop listening halfway through, but the story itself kept surprising and entertaining me that I had to keep listening just to find what happens next.

    The talented Colleen Winton presents the story using a broad range of vocal abilities and is able to convey an even wider range of expression, emotion, and voices.  At times I was enthralled, and not necessarily by the prose being spoken, but rather, the person doing the speaking.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London), is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their 50s and 60s, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley. Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne tells Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished”. Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead.

    Public Domain (P)2012 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

     
  • gilwilson 12:42 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , americas, , indians,   

    “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” By Charles C. Mann 

    1491: N1538183ew Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    By Charles C. Mann
    Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
    Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    Release date: 08-29-16
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    So when Columbus “discovered” America, as we are all taught in school, the country was barely populated and ripe for the picking.  Well, my problem with that was always that, well he only landed on a few islands that were populated, maybe not densely, like his hometown, but populated.  Had he traveled actually inland onto the main continents of North or Sout America he would have see a larger population of a land that was NOT India or China as he believed.  Rather, he would have seen that the land was more populated than Europe and had very intricate governments, civilization, and culture.

    This book provides evidence for a picture of North and South America that could have been the equal to if not better than the rest of the world.  Unfortunately with the journeys of the white man into the “New World” brought with them the white man’s diseases, most prevalent of them was small pox.  Small pox can be blamed for easily wiping out at least half of the original citizens of the Americas.

    Mann takes on a journey to the Americas before Columbus and even before the birth of Christ, where civilizations were using agriculture and government to an extent that may even rival today’s civilization.

    When I first looked into this audiobook, I saw that it would be a 16 hour commitment and wondered if I was ready for that long of a history lesson.  Once in the book, it was very hard to stop and it the information provided made not only the time fly, but also made me want to seek out more information.  For example, here in Illinois we have the Cahokia Mounds location where history and archaeology have proven that it was a culture that rivaled the Incas and or Mayas and was just as ancient.  I now have an overwhelming urge to go visit that site and learn more.

    I’ve always known that the Americas were inhabited but how they arrived and to what extent I had no clue, now it can be read with the support of great evidence that our “discovered” country was thriving long before westward expansion of Europe destroyed it.

    Publisher’s Summary
    A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

    Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus’ landing had crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago; existed mainly in small nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas were, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last 30 years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

    In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:

    In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
    Certain cities – such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital – were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
    The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
    Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as “man’s first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering”.
    Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it – a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
    Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively “landscaped” by human beings.
    Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation.

    ©2016 Charles C. Mann (P)2016 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 6:07 PM on June 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , steven savile   

    Tau Ceti by Kevin J. Anderson & Steven Savile 

    taucetiTau Ceti
    by Kevin J. Anderson & Steven Savile
    204 pages
    Publisher: Phoenix Pick (May 4, 2013)

    I just can’t seem to get enough of Kevin J. Anderson. I picked up this book from the only because Anderson had written it. Once I took a real long look and just before I started reading I noticed another author’s name on the book; Steven Savile.

    Further investigation told me that this is actually 2 novellas, the first being a story by a well known sci-fi author (Kevin J. Anderson) and the second a sequel by an up and comer (Steven Savile). In my youth i remember buying books that were 2 stories in one in a flip book type of set up. Being on my Kindle, the fun of the flip book was lost but the great story was not.

    The first story tells of the generation ship, The Beacon, and it’s 200 year journey to a planet orbiting the star of Tau Ceti. Earth is dying but as humanity’s last hope a ship with lots of families to carry on humanity’s seeds is sent to carry on life on other planets. The Beacon is near the end of its journey and is preparing for entry into the Tau Ceti system. The families onboard will colonize the new planet and humanity will continue.

    Meanhwile back on earth a dictator, President Jurudu, has taken over and the planet has somewhat recovered its near death experience. Even technology has advanced. So much so that Earth has created a faster than life ship, The Conquistador. The Conquistador can be sent to Tau Ceti and arrive just months ahead of the slowship. President Jurudu sees his ship taking over and enslaving the families on the Beacon.

    The second story takes place in the aftermath of the meeting of the 2 ships and shows the colonization process taking place on the new planet. This new planet is still not safe from threats from old Earth.

    I loved the concept of 2 writers telling one continuous story. I will admit there were moments in both novellas where the story moved slow and could have used some tightening up, but overall the stories were great science fiction with a focus on the attitudes of the world we live in today.

    I would be very interested in other books in this series where an up and comer writes a sequel to an established author’s story. So, I guess I’m saying, “Phoenix Pick, I’m coming for more.”

    Publisher’s Summary
    Main Story by Kevin J. Anderson. Sequel Novelette by Steven Savile. The Stellar Guild Series.

    Jorie Taylor has lived her whole life on the generation ship Beacon. Fleeing an Earth tearing itself apart from its exhaustive demand for resources, the Beacon is finally approaching Sarbras, the planet circling Tau Ceti they hope to make humanity’s new home.

    But Earth has recovered from its near-death experience and is now under the control of a ruthless dictator whose sights are set on Tau Ceti as well. President Jurudu knows how to get what he wants-and he wants Sarbras.

     
  • gilwilson 6:36 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Character Building Thought Power By Ralph Waldo Trine 

    51fO+NKXHDL._SL500_Character Building Thought Power
    By Ralph Waldo Trine
    Narrated by Kent McKamy
    Length: 54 mins
    Release date: 05-03-10
    Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC

    Written in 1899 this book was ahead of its time in the self-help realm.  Imagine that the way you think affects how you perceive the world and how the world perceives you.  Pretty progressive thought for the turn of the 19th into the 20th century.

    Being only about an hour long, this audiobook is one to keep around and revisit on occasion.  The narrator, Kent McKamy keeps the content interesting with his delivery.

    A classic look at thought power and how we can control it to determine our future and place in life.

    Publisher’s Summary

    “A thought, good or evil, an act, in time a habit, so runs life’s law, what you live in your thought world, that sooner or later you will find objectified in your life.”

    A landmark in the New Thought movement that spawned much of the 20th century’s self-help writing, this 1899 classic inspires us to create the healthy habits we need to develop the effective character we want.

    ©2005 Gildan
     
  • gilwilson 6:18 PM on June 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black history, , rosa parks   

    Claudette Colvin:Twice Toward Justice By Phillip Hoose 

    7011976Claudette Colvin:Twice Toward Justice
    By Phillip Hoose
    Narrated by Channie Waites
    Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    Release date: 12-10-09
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio

    There was a girl before Rosa Parks that refused to give up her seat to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama. She’s all but lost to history and this is her story of the struggle for basic human rights, in the era of Jim Crow Laws.

    Before I go any further I just want to say it is extremely sad that human beings can treat each other this way in the first place.  If you and I ran a race and I won, I would celebrate and maybe let you know I won a few times, but would soon move on because ONLY in that moment was I better in some aspect than you.  Who knows run it again and I just might lose.   I can never think of a time where I, as a whole, am better than anyone else.  I may know more about a certain topic than someone else, but that and winning the race does not make me better than anyone else.

    This country (USA) has a horrible history of treating people as less than human because of nothing other than the color of their skin.  What’s even more sad is that this still goes on today.  People, it has to stop.

    Well that’s my soapbox speech, the people that needed to hear it probably didn’t, so I guess I’ll just talk about this book.

    Claudette refused to give up her seat to a white woman.  If that white woman were pregnant, disabled, or just needed a seat badly I could see where this could be bad.  But this particular white woman was none of those only that she felt she was better than someone with darker skin color.  This still shouldn’t be a reason to throw a teenage girl into jail.

    What followed is that Claudette was not seen as a hero for standing up for her rights, instead she was shunned.  Claudette became pregnant while still a teen and was seen by the black community as not fit to represent.  So 9 months later Rosa Parks did the same and became that heroe.

    This book is Claudette’s story.  She may have made some mistakes, but we still have to remember that even though she didn’t become the hero, she still struggled.

    Channie Waites does a beautiful job as narrator, fully enveloping the listener in Claudette’s voice and psyche.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    National Book Award, Young People’s Literature, 2009

    On March 2, 1955, a slim, bespectacled teenager refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Mont-gomery, Alabama. Shouting “It’s my constitutional right!” as police dragged her off to jail, Claudette Colvin decided she’d had enough of the Jim Crow segregation laws that had angered and puzzled her since she was a young child.

    But instead of being celebrated, as Rosa Parks would be when she took the same stand nine months later, Claudette found herself shunned by many of her classmates and dismissed as an unfit role model by the black leaders of Montgomery. Undaunted, she put her life in danger a year later when she dared to challenge segregation yet again – as one of four plaintiffs in the landmark busing case Browder v. Gayle.

    Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of a major, yet little-known, civil rights figure whose story provides a fresh perspective on the Montgomery bus protest of 1955 – 56. Historic figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks play important roles, but center stage belongs to the brave, bookish girl whose two acts of courage were to affect the course of American history.

    ©2009 Phillip M Hoose (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

     
  • gilwilson 6:07 PM on June 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hair metal, metal, mothley crue, party,   

    The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band  by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars 

    25378The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band
    by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars
    448 pages
    Published by New York;Regan Boks,2001.

    My initial response to this book was, “wow what a journey. total disregard for their health and the law.total rock and roll debauchery.”  That is not near enough for a review, so I guess I’ll go into detail.  However, that is a great summary.

    This book chronicles the rise and plateau of one of the partyingest bands in the 80s.  I’m pretty sure these guys read the Led Zeppelin biography, and said, “Is that all? Here, hold my beer.”

    From drugs to groupies they went through it all.  I’m pretty sure that excess to us would be the minimum required.  All rumors you’ve heard about the band are probably true, but only the tip of the iceberg.  This book takes you under the surface and into the slime below with no holds barred.

    Many of the chapters cover a different aspect of the band’s rise to fame and each member, as well as other people along the line tell their sides of the story.  All the stories seem to have one central theme: the party never stops.  The party even went on when one member dies, and comes back to life in the back of an ambulance.

    Nothing should surprise you in this book, but it will.

     

    Publisher’s Summary

    Mötley Crüe’s bestselling The Dirt—penned with rock chronicler extraordinaire Neil Strauss—set a new bar for rock ‘n’ roll memoirs. A genuine cultural phenomenon, this turbocharged blockbuster, with more than half a million copies in print, celebrates thirty wild years with rock’s most infamous band.

     

     
  • gilwilson 6:43 PM on June 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agnosticism, atheism, ,   

    Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto By Lesley Hazelton 

    25894086 (1)Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto
    By Lesley Hazelton
    Narrated by Lesley Hazleton
    Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    Release date: 04-05-16
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Being a full-fledged ordained atheist, I was very intrigued by this book.  Growing up I was forced to attend either a Baptist Church or a Presbyterian Church.  I had no say in the matter and I’m not so sure that the Presbyterian church attendance served as my punishment for staying out too late on Saturdays.  So what did I learn?  Well, hard to say other than If you party to hard god will force you to sit in a creaky old building where women in their 90s will sing loudly and out of key to force you to stop sinning.

    So before I became an atheist, I had declared myself an Agnostic.  I thought there could have been an intelligence but that intelligence had yet to show his/herself in any form of organized religion in the United States.  I also felt that well, if Jesus died for my sins, then I’d better get to sinning or else he would have died in vain.    That’s what forced religion taught me.

    Later in life I determined no divine deity could ever be in control because if so he/she were some cruel deity and enjoyed watching his/her creation suffer.  Look what they did to their own son in Christianity.  Look what was allowed to happen to the Jews through the ages.  How the African brought over to serve the white man followed the white man’s god is beyond me.  How can god let little children suffer and die?  Yeah my ranting could go on, but this is about Lesley Hazleton’s book.

    Hazelton is able to explain why agnostics, and even atheists, can be proud of who they are.  So what is it to be agnostic.  Simply put,  just to be able to admit you have no idea what the answers to life’s great mysteries are, but to always be seeking those same answers.  Hazelton presents her case by bringing in science, psychology, philosophy and of course, theology.

    If you are looking for an intriguing philosophical discussion on life, the universe, and everything, you could definitely give this book a place in your time on this earth.

     

    Publisher’s Summary

    A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant and engaging – and, ultimately, the most honest – stance toward the mysteries of existence.

    One in four Americans rejects any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under 30 describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious”. But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice?

    Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous “seeking”, and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what “the soul” might be.

    Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.

    ©2016 Lesley Hazelton (P)2016 Penguin Audio
     
  • gilwilson 2:42 PM on June 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dan brown, davinci code, , robert langdon   

    “Origin” By Dan Brown 

    36348699Origin
    By Dan Brown
    Narrated by Paul Michael
    Series: Robert Langdon, Book 5
    Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    Release date: 10-03-17
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Once again Robert Langdon is out seeking clues in art and trying to solve one of life’s mysteries.  This time around the clues are not from some ancient master, but rather from one of his former students.

    Edmond Kirsch a billionaire futurist, pretty much Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson rolled into one, has found the great answers to the 2 questions that have stymied the philosophers and clerics through the centuries; “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?”  Kirsch has made this discovery and knows it will blow apart religion as we know it.  To give the world’s religious leaders a heads up he presents his findings to a 3 of the most powerful of religious leaders.  That may have sealed his doom.  Without religion the major religions lose their control over humanity.  Kirsch presents his findings to the public but before he can reveal the final results he is assassinated by a religious zealot.

    Robert Langdon is in the audience for the live event and finds himself following Kirsch’s clues to release the presentation to the world which will reveal why religion is dead.  To do so Langdon follows clues left behind by his former student.  The action takes place through many famous landmarks in Spain.  The reality of Dan Brown’s writing lies in his use and detailed descriptions of these landmarks and their use in pushing the story line forward.

    While this book is not as thrilling as some of Brown’s previous Robert Langdon’s books, it does have a lot of fun in the solving of the clues.  The letdown in the story for me was the answers, as revealed by Kirsch, to those 2 big questions.  It was like a catch and release fishing trip; the thrill is in the hunt but the find was a let down in that you couldn’t enjoy the final product.

    Paul Michael does an excellent job of narrating and presenting the action as well as the thought processes of Robert Langdon.  I nearly Tom Hanks as Langdon (in the movies), and fully accepted Paul Michael as the puzzle solving professor.

    All in all a fun book, but the end was a bit of a let down.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Where do we come from?

    Where are we going?

    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 40-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 Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

    Dan Brown is the author of numerous number one international best sellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.

    ©2017 Dan Brown (P)2017 Random House Audio

     
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