I think I slept about half the book away. Brown has taken a very good idea and presented in a way that it is laughable. I am an Art Historian so I do appreciate what he is trying to do, it just seems that he was in such a rush to follow up on his DaVinci Code that he didn't care to write a book worthy of the subject matter. Too bad.
So I'll start by admitting that I've read or listened to all the Dan Brown books. They're not great literature, but they are usually really entertaining. But The Lost Symbol is definitely the weakest of his Langdon books.
In typical Dan Brown fashion, this book keeps you hooked by parceling out a little bit of information at a time and making cliffhangers out of even the most mundane details (what's at the end of the hall?!). The irritating part of this book is that Brown never manages to deliver on the main mysteries he sets up. With six years since his last book, you'd have thought he'd have time to work out how to resolve all the stories he sets in motion, but apparently not.
Also: the last hour or so is one long, boring lecture that left me really annoyed.
I really enjoyed the Lost Symbol, that is until the "obvious" end of the book. You will know what I mean when you get to it. Stop reading right there and then....the last 20 or so chapters are worthless. Why did the author decide to explain all that crap? It may have been that he needed to fill X number of pages....Your guess is as good as mine.
The problem is that I have read too much and can't find new literary books. Writers today fill with too much stuffing, too little meat.
i nearly didn't make it to the end of this long, tedious, boring book.
Now i realize that i heard the first book abridged, by accident, so they must have cut out a lot of the filler. Don't waste your time on this.
I've read all three of the previous Langdon books. This is the worst, and overall, I give it an average 3 stars. The plot is somewhat predictiable, especially the "twist" at the end. The characterization is ok, not great. Narration is average. What bugged the crap out of me was a portion of the book regarding a dark corridor the characters must travel thru repeatedly to get to an office space. The author describes deep fear by the characters regarding this situation. There's no deep fear for the reader tho--just a roll of the eyes and a "ever hear of a flashlight?" response every time the annoying sequence rears its unlikely head.
A good thriller,especially if you like history or mysticism. Exciting most of the way through, although end drags just a bit
Very good narrator who conveys characters well. However, even he was burdened with Dan Brown's attempt to stretch each scene out before revealing that chapter's "dramatic" conclusion. This unneeded dragging out proves to be the undoing of a book containing interesting factoids and a very evil villain.
The overly wordy and self satisfied way of writing that Dan Brown employs is a bit much at times. "Look at me and how much I know", he apparently says. However, if one can stomach this style of writing, the audio book is excellently made. Nothing one can do about Dan Brown, unfortunately.
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The narration was very good, but the story itself was just okay. Parts of it were exciting, parts seemed to be Dan Brown showing off the research he did. It follows his usual formula, so if you like his other books you will probably like this one.