I eagerly awaited this book after reading Angels and Demons, but I have been barely able to get beyond the first three hours after many attempts. I just can't get beyond the awful narration. Every time the reader does Santos voice, I want to turn it off. Brown's writing does nothing to draw me in. It was a definite waste of a credit. I am going to go out and borrow the book and see if reading it is better than listening to it. I am spoiled by excellent readers. This one is not.
As much as I enjoyed DVC, perhaps I anticipated this release too much. Brown seems to have lost his touch. At times, I found myself urging my iPod to just get on with it already. Implausible characters and irritatingly slow plot development just left me exasperated when it was finally over.
I am not sure what I was expecting, but this was not it. I think Dan Brown was writing a screen play rather than a novel this time. The book is not as intelligent or insightful as his other Langdon books. It is a sloppy retelling of the DaVinci Code in a different setting.
Couldn't take the heavy dose of philosophy towards the end. The plot was too predictable and weak.
Didn't live up to the hype at all.
Boring, boring, boring. Needed some serious editing. If you like DC architecture and history, you might like this implausible story. As suggested, the bible could be more entertaining.
I listened to his previous books multiple times. I barely even heard this one - too dull to even focus on. "Surprises" totally predictable yet often take an hour to reveal.
Much hyped and anticipated, "The Lost Symbol" was the first book I pre-ordered. I had enjoyed The DaVinci Code and looked forward to an entertaining read. Yet, the story, supposedly condensed into a day, began to drag on and on. The tone of the last hour and a half became preachy. The plot became one coincidental meaning after another.I found myself looking for the lost portal...out of the story.
Depending upon your view, this was either "classic" Dan Brown or "Typical" Dan Brown. Being a fan, I will say "classic", but definately not the best of Brown.
Robert Langdon was once again, after an early morning call, running around a large city with a beautiful, very smart, scientist; being chased by the authorities, and a scary, extremely creepy bad guy. Of course Robert has to decode something to save a life and once again it all has religious overtones. (Okay, overtones is an understatement.)
There were plot twists that I saw coming and a couple that caught me off guard. All in all, I did enjoyed the ride. But, as others have said, once the ride was over, it just kept going! Not only did the ending go on too long, but the behavior was not believable. All the people involved had just been through a harrowing, intense experience - The emotions or lack of, did not ring true.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
What a disapointment. I would not have given this one star but 0 star is not an option. I was looking forward to going on Dan Browns newest adventure. I'm feeling let down by Mr. Brown. I have read his other books this once is not even close to his other novels. In fact I would like a refund!
I was so looking forward to listenting to this book. Little did I know that in the six years it took to write this he had forgotten all about pacing, humor, plot development... you name it. This book reads like a dusty history book. It goes on and on trying to educate us on the way of the Masons, but he made it so dry that I could'nt tell you one thing about them, even though I just finished the book! Do yourself a big favor and do not waste your time, let alone a credit.