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.

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Say-Say Jane

Origin1 star

What a complete waste of my time. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they want to be bored to death. The only thing remotely interesting about it is the description of the many wonders of architecture to be seen in Spain. Other than that, it was a total waste of time. I say this as one who enjoyed his other books. 15

Tyra Grey

Another great read5 star

Unpredictable and as usual he makes you ask the questions you probably didn’t want to ask yourself. 55


Great read5 star

Best Dan Brown novel since the Da Vinci Code 55


Terrible1 star

I usually love Dan Brown’s books, but this one was terrible. So boring and way to much scientific and technical talk. Hardly a plot at all. Glad it was an audio book so I could tune out for parts of it. And not even miss anything. 15


Origin4 star

Well written with excellent pacing throughout building up to, unfortunately, a lesser peak that expected. I had hoped the climatic reveal would have had a little more to it than the purported singularity. Having said that, I would still rate this book as a must read. 45


Good read4 star

Thrilling till the end and unravels with a twist. 45

Tony Palino

Dan Brown Does It Again5 star

Dan Brown captures the readers attention right from the introduction. The ideas and theology he brings to this story is very relevant to the times still finds a way to be one step ahead of the reader the whole time. Religion, death, technology. Well written, I can’t wait for his next book. 55


Fun read3 star

A somewhat formulaic book by Dan Brown. Langdon, a pretty woman to go on an adventure with. Plot twists. Historical and factual information. The detailed reveals of major plot points...but the ending with the King seems unnecessarily added. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it just seemed forced into the story and didn’t flow naturally with everything else that was happening. Third best Langdon book. Angels and Demons #1 and Da Vinci Code #2. 35


Nonstop Adventure5 star

Another great Dan Brown book. My favorite since “The DaVinci Code” 55


Wonderful Novel!!5 star

Another winner from Dan Brown! 55


Yes, yes, what, yes!4 star

Dan Brown really grabs my attention and really paints a great picture of the areas visited within his novels. This novel and premise really hooked me, but I must confess I tired a bit before the end. All in all, it was a good read and I enjoyed the ending! 45


Origin5 star

Good stuff 55


Amazing5 star

This book is a wonderful read, it opens the mind to interesting and curious possibilities. 55


Awesome!5 star

Great read. I was glued to the book the entire time. I would highly recommend if you are a fan of Brown and Langdon! 55

Mr. Science Guy

Exceptional work5 star

We all know what to expect from a Dan Brown book by now but he really nails it here. The science, religion, and historical clash make for a unforgettable read. 55


Once again, predictable.2 star

I wanted to like it, but just couldn't care. I felt the author was trying to make an issue where, for most enlightened readers, there just isn't one. Absolutely no surprises here. The author tries to create a sense of urgency but falls short....again. 25


Interesting3 star

I’ve read all the Dan Brown books so far and was looking forward to this one. It closely patterns itself like his previous books. But this one did not have a good rhythm, was choppy in places, not enough detail. I like the solution, the “mystery” and think that Mr. Brown’s idea of the future has merit. 35


Can i call it spaghetti novel?4 star

In this novel, the hero goes to a new country (after Paris, Vatican, Florence, Venice, Istanbul, it’s Bilbao and Barcelona turn!) and face another science/religion “showdown”, and he always knows somebody in town. Something awful happens and he need to solve the “crime”. Then he uses his cunning and exceptional weapons skill, knowledge and eidetic memory is power. Riddles and puzzle are revealed growing more complex and he need to find a way to solve it. I just used the definition of spaghetti movie on wikipedia to “spaghetti novel” Dan Brown’s new work. And i am willing to read more!! 45


Best since Da Vinci4 star

I have been disappointed in Brown’s books, except for The Da Vinci Code - until now. This one has the same flavor and excitement as that, only in the technology realm. The premise actually made scientific sense (I am a scientist, so I was looking for an acceptable theory). The twist at the end (the Regent) was both unexpected and a little frightening. Dan Brown is back in form. 45


Origin3 star

This is nowhere near as good as Browns earlier work such as The DaVinci Code or Angels & Demons. 35

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