I listen to this book every chance I get, whether taking out the dog, doing the dishes, driving the eight minutes to work(jealous?), its a great read. Dan Brown has really done it again just when you think you know what is going on, the story twists with each passing brief chapter. I recommend this to anyone.
I was hesitant to use a credit on this book due to the bad reviews, but am so glad I did. I found it fast paced and entertaining. I liked the twists and the plot had the same level of conspiracy theory meets university lecture that made DaVinci Code fun. Brown's characters certainly don't share the same opinions about the world that I hold, but I sure enjoy reading stories about them. Keep up the good work, Mr. Brown!
I thoroughly enjoyed the DaVinci Code, and have been big time looking forward to the new book. Just finished it today, and was VERY disappointed.
If you liked the DaVinci Code, go listen to/read it again. This won't do it for you. The plot is really scattered, the big "GOTCHA!" in the book was SO painfully obvious, the big secret they're trying to find ends up being a joke, it's just not good.
I only gave it 2 starts because I did want to see how it ended. Also, I HATE how he contantly teases you with secrets - someone would see something and gasp with amazement, then the chapter would end without revealing what they saw. It's a cheap trick, and this book does it over and over again, and most of the "what they saw" is so whoopdy-do you really feel let down once you get to the payoff.
Not to mention you would think Robert Langdon, the character, would be a BIT more worldly and less naive about these things after the previous books. For the love of pete, man, you found the freakin' holy grail with a cult madman chasing you down and unearthed the biggest secret, nothing should be bothering you now!
Dan Brown also seems like he has to throw EVERY conspiracy and weird science thing he can find in the book, especially at the end of the book, with characters having "did you know that..." "no way, really?" conversations. I'm surprised Bigfoot and Hoffa didn't find their way into the book.
Regardless, if you liked DaVinci Code, you'll probably end up getting this one, and you'll likely be disappointed too. The only Lost Symbol is the greenbacks disappearing into Dan Brown's checking account.
The much anticipated Lost Symbol from Dan Brown is clearly not his best work. Robert Langdon quickly finds himself entangled in events predictably similar to Dan Brown's prior stories with this leading character. Set in Washington D.C. it offers enticing views of the US Capital but fails to provide a truly engaging storyline. After three novels Robert Landon's adventures are predictable and Dan's discourses on symbology long and drawn out...especially the extended discourse which concludes the book.
One bright note for this Audio rendition is Paul Michael's narration. Paul does an excellent job and makes even the most lackluster of scenes bearable.
Bottom line...if you are a fan of Den Brown's Robert Langdon novels this is worth reading/hearing however if you are new to his work start elsewhere.
I was sorely disappointed in Brown's latest effort. The first quarter of the book was very promising, and the noetic referneces are intriguing, but overall this is a disappointing waste of time.
The antagonist is overdone, predictable,and obvious. His ritual sequences drone on and on. Most action elements were so contrived they were hard to sit through. Bait and switch got old quickly in DaVinci Code and it's even more tired here.
I also must warn listener's that despite a capable narrator, one character's "voice" is so annoying it is almost impossible to bear. I have seen it compared to JarJar Binks and I have to agree whole-heartedly.
After such edge-of-your seat efforts as Digital Fortress and A&D, I expected much better.
This book just outright stunk. There was maybe 1/8 of the book worth listening too. I finally turned it off in the last hour of what felt like Bible study. So much potential totally lost.
This book is way, way, way, too long. It is filled with information that is useless and repetitive. I don't usually get abridged versions but this one needs serious editing, abridging, and whatever else to make it even remotely interesting. All you never wanted to know about the Masons. Use your credit or $ for something else, it does not live up to its promise.
This book was really pathetic. Except for Robert Langdon, the characters seemed like predictable plot devices, There was little to no character development -- thus, it was hard to understand what motivated them or their bizarre behavior. Who is Peter Solomon? Even after 14 hours, I couldn't tell you. I didn't mind the hokey Masonic stuff, except that it was repetitious and went on forever. I enjoyed the well-researched detail about DC, as a former resident. The book's worst part is its "faux" ending, which occurs almost three hours before the narrator stops talking. After that, the story just went on and on, like a balloon that was slowly leaking air, until finally it collapsed under its own weight. I've heard Dan Brown say that he gets up at 4 AM every day to write. Maybe he should get more sleep.