I loved Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code. What made them fun to read or listen to was that they were good stories. My favorite reads (listens) are mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. The Lost Symbol was not a good story and it offered no mystery, suspense, or thrills. I looked forward to Dan Brown's latest offering, but ended up looking forward to its ending.
The book was full of action as the others are. But it was predictable. Story was well conceived and very thought out. Enjoyed, I would listen to it again.
Draggy plot with nothing new that I haven't read in Dan Brown's previous books. So predictable, easy to figure out the hidden location in the first chapter. Only interesting character was not played up enough...the head of the OS.
Very interesting book but I thought a lot of repeat detail could have been left out. Harder to follow than the Da Vinci code but worth listening too.
The book was interesting fiction until the whole religious connection got to be more like listening to a sermon. I am NEVER going to waste my time and money on Dan Brown again.
Dan Brown always delights me with his intellect. His books always open you up to concepts, ideas, a bit of science that you might not typically run into in your life. He makes you think about things you take for granted... or about things you already know... but presents in a new way. He is definitely an author of the thinking woman's fiction. Bravo
It held my attention for a while, but it eventually became so repetitive and boring that it was hard to take. Brown's books usually include very long conversations between characters that seem to happen at the most inappropriate times, i.e. an academic discussion about Masonry while being chased by the CIA... The implausibility of his character's interactions makes the rest of the book hard to enjoy.
Seriously, if someone told me that they had a really cool story to tell me, and then came over and preceded to preach at me for a couple of hours, I would be pretty pissed off. I feel like that is what Dan Brown has done to me. Mixing interesting scientific facts, and presenting religious and philosophical theories as the back drop for an exciting mystery has always been Dan Brown's method for creating a good read. The problem is that Lost Symbol seemed to be more about beating us over the head with this particular religious belief than the mystery. To top it off, the whole action part of the book came to a staggeringly disappointing conclusion.