Don’t assume that everything by Dan Brown will be a great listen. Deception Point was awful. I had read and enjoyed both the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Reading the action-packed novels filled with highly improbable plot twists and mindblowing conspiracy plots was like eating handful after handful of addicting mind candy.
Listening to this ridiculous drivel is another matter entirely. Perhaps the slower pace of narration vs. speed reading tends to sensitize me to the blatant absurdity of the sci-fi plot of Deception Point. Really, evidence of extraterrestrial life engineered by planting an artificial meteor in the Artic–all to elect a President? Give me speculation about the sex life of Christ any day!
Also, my sister insisted that I read The DaVinci Code. Being pressed for time except when in my car, I bought it in audio format and listened to it while commuting. I loved it! I used to wait until I hit the freeway before injecting the CD, but soon it was when I hit the main artery leaving my neighborhood and not long after, I was hitting play as I was backing out of my driveway.
I have not yet picked up Angels and Demons. It isn’t for lack of trying early on. I went to so many stores searching for it and all they had was the hardback.
I’ve since seen it available, but at least for now, the moment has passed. I’m currently listening to an audiobook by Steve Martin instead.