This is an exciting trip through symbolism, and gathers art and architecture in our United States Capital, insight into our founding fathers, with connections to the Free Masons, and the illuminati, a tale of suspense and intrigue that produces a history and art lesson that we all should know about our own capital and heritage. I was spell bound and could not wait to find out what happened in the next chapter. Dan Brown is a teacher and a fiction writer, combining the two we always learn from his books, and the story is compelling and exciting.
With Ron Howard directing this will be a great follow up to "Angels and Demons" and 'The Davinci Code". I can even suggest some cast members to go with Tom Hanks! For Catherine Soloman; Nicole Kidman, and for CIA Agent Sato an actor whose name I can't remember but who is currently featured in "NCIS Los Angeles"
The audio book however drags! 19 hours is just to damn long, especially when a lot of it is Author padding! The researched detail is all very well and interesting, up to a point, but it slows down the pacing of the story.
I also found some of Paul Michael's characterisations very annoying, especially the villain, who did not sound scary to me. Just extremely irritating.
This is, of course, just my opinion, but it is based in part on the experience of listening to the other two books, neither of which had the same effect on me. I just don't think Dan Brown needed to try so bloody hard! This story is just crammed with too much extraneous stuff, that does nothing for the plot, just slows it down. There won't be any room for the extraneous stuff in the Screen Play which is why I say "It will make a great Movie!!"
Being a mason, at times I was somewhat horrified with what was being said. We really do all those things. The story is what threw things off, the truth was always there and will be there throughout time. A must read for my brothern.
Tedious and very long book which completely turned me off. I am a commuter listener and this book got on my nerves with its lack of action from about midway through. I finished it despite this hoping for it to start going again, but alas no such luck. He just kept on rambling. What a rip off!
PS! I have read other DB books and although they are not all as good as the Da Vinci code I thought this one could compare, but it certainly did not.
Imagine you just watched the 6th sense, but in the end Bruce Willis was a psychologist and helps a boy to realize he wasn't actually seeing dead people. That's how I feel. This book should be renamed, "The National Emergency that Turned out to be Nothing Serious At All" or "Robert Stays Up All Night to Watch the Sun Rise, Finds Nothing Goes Home".
The villain was very cool though.
If this book was written by any other author and was not the sequel to one of the highest selling novels of all time...I think I would have rated it a five. Nonetheless, this is a very good book with a solid story. It was paced well and took me on many different turns that I enjoyed. There were some rather predictable payoffs, but as a whole a great effort!
As a side note, Paul Micheal is now without a doubt one of my favorite narrators! His character development is crisp and his tone control is top notch! A+ for him!!
I have to say, I just couldn't wait for this one to be over. There was a lot of pre-publishing hype and I think this continued in the book. Just so much written, but very little of it was super exciting. I was disappointed in this one.
As always, Dan Brown comes through with another great book. Is it as good as Angels and Demons? Judge for yourself. I thought it was excellent and well worth reading. His story lines are extensively researched and well thought out which keep the readers attention throughout the whole book. Some of the important points of the book are over-emphasized and restated again and again but it is not too annoying. If he had stopped the book when the story line ends it would have been a 5 star rating for me. But he chose to write a few more chapters of preaching about his ideals on religion and concepts that may be found offensive by some. The preaching did not really tie into the great story line and was more of an ambiguous tag on the end of what could have been an excellent book that a successful author like Brown is sadly afforded by the powers that be. Nonetheless, it is still worth reading and I do recommend it if you like Brown.