Dan Brown needs a ruthless editor. The first half of this book is spent in dark, unlit, seemingly endless hallways requiring pages to describe. In the second half, the characters apparently suffer from severe tachycardia, with constantly pounding pulses and racing hearts. Finally, with one character next to dead from drowning, one missing a hand, amputated just a few hours earlier without anesthetic, and one left to lose most of her blood the same evening, all three cavort about the Masonic temple and the Washington Monument with great energy and NEVER shut up! I gave up in disgust about ten chapters after the villain gets skewered and the story is over.
I've listened to it 3x so far. Outstanding - blows DaVinci Code away. Super great if you've been to D.C. and know anything Brown is referring to. Very cool and backed up with facts...according to what you believe, of course.
Brown takes an interesting and potentially powerful plot and delivers a very subpar performance. The book is full of mindless dialogue without any purpose other than to "educate" the reader or further Brown's subtext -- that the power of prayer has a scientific anchor. After his prior achievements, this one is a serious disappointment. I haven't spoken with any other readers who thought this was worth the time or effort.
I ended up picking up the novel becauce I did not like Paul Michael's voice acting for this book. Some actors or voice actors like James Marsters or Scott Brick truly bring the books to life. But Paul Michael did not. It's too bad, this book is very good.
Each time I finish a Dan Brown novel, I think it's the best one he has written. The Lost Symbol is no exception. It is terrific. Readers who seek the perfect story will find flaws in this novel, however, Dan Brown offers much more, including a detailed history of Washington, DC that should be required reading for all students of American history. Plus, the etymology lessons that are woven nicely into the story are stimulants for the mind that make it a worthy read alone. The audio version is superb. Go for it.
Dan Brown's book, though intresting, has trouble with continuity. It sometimes rambles and is very predictable. The writing, as with all of Brown's books, is not on par with authors like Stephen King or Dean Koontz. It was enjoyable.
Great for long trips. Wordy, especially near the end but Dan Brown managed to keep my interest most of the time. Very in-depth research was done to write this one. Wish I was in Washington to see some of these places. Some unexpected twists.