Dan Brown is clever in how he creates suspense and tension, but this story was waaay too long, and many aspects of the tale were far-fetched to me. One of the main "tensions" was the supposedly national crisis that would be created by exposure of certain information. Such an exposure would hardly have created a national crisis, in my view, which undermined a key tenet of the story. I kept hoping we would get to the final scene, but then was let down that the truth was less thrilling that all the suspense had led us to believe.
One of the appealing features of an audiobook is the reader...if the book is read with expression, if the reader also enjoys the story and how well he is able to convey the author's intent. Although this is just another Dan Brown, I enjoyed listening to the story and was able to get as involved as if I were reading the book myself.
This was my first audiobook. At first I thought the reader was terrible and monotone but after a few chapters I really started to enjoy the experience and felt that the reader was amazing at playing all the different characters. Great story.
I thought that Angels and Demons was good, until I listened to the Lost Symbol,and I changed my mind. Dan Brown keeps on surprising me with every book I listen to.
lame and unbelievable production book by an author who stretched way too far. i was trapped in audible book hell, a long car trip with this as my last book. there were some interesting historical facts and the original premise had promise but the "evil doer" was so bizarre and the "tension" situations so totally improbable that this should have been labeled sci-fi.
One must acknowledge the fine quality of the sound production and Paul Michael's narration. And, Dan Brown certainly can construct a tortuously convoluted tale. Unfortunately, that's all this story is. Brown takes a simplistic and highly improbable plot and wraps it in unconvincing layers of false mystery and mysticism.
The characters are unbelievable, their motivations nonsensical. The only ones who don't see through the holes in the plot are the characters themselves. The dialog is stilted. No one thinks to ask the next logical question, but seems content to listen to overly verbose exposition. Guess what? Concepts cloaked in supposedly spiritual jargon aren't actually profound. It's just noise. Citing scientific evidence in support of paranormal claims don't make the claims true--science is based on peer-review and the repeatability of experimental results.
Ultimately, the payoff just isn't there. I understand that Brown delayed publication of this book for quite some time. It seems as if he knew this book wasn't measuring up. It still doesn't.