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.
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.
Highly anticipated. Ultimately, a waste of time. Much too much ado about nothing. Washington is an interesting place so this works better as a travelogue than a thriller. It was boring, tedious and preachy.
How critics can praise this as a great, suspenseful story is beyond me. Langdon knows his codes and symbols but that's about it. Every decision he makes is stupid and this would be a better book if Catherine were the main protagonist and he just played a role as a consultant. I'm 2/3 through and what keeps me going is the excellent history lesson on symbols and secret societies. And the incredible description of Washington's buildings and symbolism. Sadly, the story is spoiled because each new turn in the plot is easily anticipated by the reader/listener. A real disappointment after the Da Vinci Code.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
"A" reveals "B". "B" leads to "C". "C" then winds through "D" to end up at "E". Then, finally, FINALLY we arrive at "F". But...wait...wait...yup, sure enough, just as we thought, it turns out "F" reveals "G", which is now leading to "H"... (tiring, sooo tiring.)
It was fine with Davicnci, but I think it's time to move on to another Genre.
I've read and enjoyed every other Dan Brown book and was looking forward to this one. I have strong mixed feelings - the plot is enormously compelling. While the story is contrived and requires some strong suspension of disbelief, the result is really a great, fast-paced page turner. I am half-way through the book and will finish it in the next day or two because the mini-cliffhangers at the end of each small chapter are so addictive.
But like most addictions, this one feels unhealthy. I had to turn the book off numerous times because the dialog and narration were so terrible. I don't blame the narrator - Dan Brown's language gives him so little to work with. I don't expect Nabokov, but Brown's sentence structure and word rhythm, especially when heard aloud, is so graceless that it borders on ugly. Worse than that the author repeats distracting cliche phrases so often that after a while it sounds like a terrible running joke. For example, it sounds as if the editor and author are playing a game to see how many times they can hammer the phrase "stopped short" into the narration. These characters "stop short" on every other page of the book! It's amazing they get anywhere. I don't even know what that phrase means - does anyone use it in real life?
This book is like a super-sized order of french fries from McDonalds. You know they're not good for you and they don't even taste good going down, but for some reason you can't stop eating fry after fry till they're all gone. I'm going to listen to the ending now.
The book was good, even gripping through the first half. Then it became redundant and very predictable. And the end sounded like an excited school child preaching to you you about the wonder of God. The last four chapters felt like they were never going to end; dragging on and on and going nowhere. I appreciate the insight Brown was trying to portray there, but it was done rather poorly.
As for the Narrater, Paul Michael, he would blend his voices into the narration and at times I felt like he completely forgot which character he was portraying. He wasn't terrible, and was certainly listenable. But he could have been much more consistent.
Overall, A good book, not great, but good. It won't become anybody's favorite book. Fan's of Dan Brown will more than likely enjoy it though I don't expect anyone to be terribly impressed.
Facts are probably all correct, but so are those of an encyclopedia.
Rather boring/similar to Da Vinci story line with a very unsatisfying ending, to which I had to wrestle myself up to.