I loved the DaVinci Code so I eagerly ordered The Lost Symbol and began listening as soon as I could get it downloaded. I listened for several hours, waiting for it to get exciting...interesting...believable... If even one of the aforementioned qualities had emerged, I would have been relieved, but unfortunately, it only continued to drag on and on. I am fascinated by the subjects of the book, but this presentation is served up by both writer and reader with a heavy hand in a condescending, preachy manner. The situations are beyond farfectechd and the characters are unbelievable, unlikeable, and poorly developed, and the dialog is often downright laughable. After about 2 hours or so, I started jumping ahead about an hour at a time, to see if a) I was missing anything, or b) if I cared. When I began "cheating" and jumping to 2 hours each time, I realized I had basically quit listening soon after the book began, which I've only done one other time in my many years of Audible membership.
I know Dan Brown can be a good writer, but I think the pressure to outdo the DaVinci Code really caused this pyramid of mysteries to implode into (too) many hours of worthless dust. I wish Audible had a "return policy" so I could get my credit back....
For me, the best way to describe this book is to use the analogy of going to a French restaurant for a great dinner (The Da Vinci Code) and then the next day go to a fast-food joint with a French-style menu. Everything is similar but not as good. Also, the book is extremely formulaic, but so openly so, you see the formula more than the plot. And the writing probably has more clich?s than any professional writer should include.
But, it is a fast read--good for long, long plane rides or boring vacations. And if you ever wondered about the Masons, this is their Gone with the Wind.
A ok book, long on symbolism which is good as always, but more like Dan Brown said there would be a trilogy so he had to write something. IMHO not anywhere near up to the first two
I looked forward to this audiobook (I enjoyed the others!), but 4 plus hours into it, I turned away from it. The info on the Masons is interesting, but it can not overcome a less than complelling story-line.
Up until now I have listened to all of Dan Brown's books pretty much in one go. There have always been interesting puzzles and characters you either quickly like or quickly love to loathe. This book, however, was an enormous disappointment. None of the characters engaged me much and puzzles were thin on the ground. The book reads as if it were meant to be the foundation of a screenplay. I'm sure the content would make a good movie, but as an entertaining read, it simply failed.
Brown's latest novel featuring Robert Langdon is a mixed bag of results. It almost appears as if parts of it were written, then the manuscript put aside and taken up a later dates. The strength, if you can call it that, in this novel, are the supporting characters, particularily two women who are the most interesting. The Langdon character unfortunately seems to have taken a stupid pill for this adventure as there are many cases where "I don't see it" "How did I miss that" "Oh, I see now" and so forth as the supporting scientist character is the one to find the majority of the clues and hence, clueing in Langdon.
Paul Michael does a very good vocal job on this novel, it is just unfortunate the story was not more solid to carry such a length.
The story will be familiar to anyone who's read any of Mr. Brown's other books. It is an involved, fast-paced thriller that lives up to the complicated precedent set by the author's previous work. My summary would be this, "What's that? Run!"
The recording is another matter however. The sound varies greatly throughout the book. For instance, in the middle of a sentence there might be a phrase or a word that sounds as if it has been over-dubbed. Like the narrator went back and re-recorded just a few words and then they were inserted afterward. It isn't a big thing but it definitely interrupts the flow and seems a tiny bit jarring as you listen.
All-in-all a pretty good story with believable characters.