- Narrated by: Susan Denaker
- Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-09-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
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"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them." - Genesis 6:5
Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.
For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.
Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus, and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.
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By Angela on 05-08-10
Very Pleasant Divine Suprise
I debated getting this book for at least a month, due to the negative reviews, and the low star rating. But I was intrigued by the premise for the book. I AM SO GLAD THAT I DOWNLOADED IT. I loved this book, the plot, the characters. I hope the sequel comes soon. This would be a great series to replace the endless Vampire based books. A Saga of Angels on earth, count me in. I have to apologize to the narator, I ripped her for the naration of The Eight by Kathrine Nevile....She completly redeems herself with this naration.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Richard D. Shewman on 06-30-10
promising but not quite there yet
I will begin with what I liked. First, the narrator was excellent. She made the characters come alive and each character voice was distinct and consistent. The second half of the book had a good deal of action and plot twists that kept you listening. The basic concept of the Nephelim is intriguing. I enjoyed the imaginative world of the story. The central human characters are engaging.
As to the negatives, I agree with many of the points raised in other reviews and will not repeat them here. However, the greatest weakness of the book is the handling of the Nephelim. They are cardboard characters who act like psychopaths. An entire species of psychopaths could not survive, especially when their main defense is bluster, smoke and mirrors. There is no real complexity to any of the Nephelim characters, even Percy and his sister, who offer some hint of depth, act like confused adolescents and never develop beyond caricatures. It is frustrating.
The author would have benefited from a tough editor who told her that she had a good idea and plenty of talent but that the story needs more work before it is ready for publication. The story is set up at the end for a sequel. I like the basic idea of the story and if the author does a sequel I will probably give it a read/listen in the hope the author addresses the weaknesses of this promising but ultimately disappointing first effort.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful