A good thriller,especially if you like history or mysticism. Exciting most of the way through, although end drags just a bit
Very good narrator who conveys characters well. However, even he was burdened with Dan Brown's attempt to stretch each scene out before revealing that chapter's "dramatic" conclusion. This unneeded dragging out proves to be the undoing of a book containing interesting factoids and a very evil villain.
The overly wordy and self satisfied way of writing that Dan Brown employs is a bit much at times. "Look at me and how much I know", he apparently says. However, if one can stomach this style of writing, the audio book is excellently made. Nothing one can do about Dan Brown, unfortunately.
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The narration was very good, but the story itself was just okay. Parts of it were exciting, parts seemed to be Dan Brown showing off the research he did. It follows his usual formula, so if you like his other books you will probably like this one.
Amongst the many problems with the book include such diverse elements as:
1. The CIA exceeds their authority to operate domestically. As a typical reader with no special knowledge of the CIA, I expect the CIA to have very little authority inside the borders of the USA. There are plenty of people crying out over government agencies abusing their authority, or the great potential for abusing their power, so a different agency should have been used.
2. In Angles & Demons, the threat and the motivation of the authorities dealing with the threat will very real, easy to understand, and clear cut.
In The DaVinci Code, the true threat and motivations were more abstract, but there were still multiple murders to investigate.
In The Lost Symbol, the threat and motivations are kept hidden too long. The leader of the CIA efforts to thwart the villains plans is prepared to bend or break any rules in order to succeed, without any explanation of why. Once the threat and motivations were made clear, I was not impressed by the severity of the supposed threat.
3. There are parts of the book that come very close to science fiction. The leading/bleeding edge technology might exist is some form, but not yet practical or safe to be used the way described in the book.
Very suspenseful, thought provoking and interesting. Somewhat long, with a few parts that could have been left out without losing anything. A typical Dan Brown mystery with many spiritual overtones and messages.
I read reviews that say its just another Dan Brown twist of the truth and theories; and so it is. But if you're on a long drive and want something easy to follow, not too deep, yet thoughtful at times, this is a good choice. I thought it was interesting and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a light read. If all you can do is criticize Dan Brown, then skip it.
I didn't have high hopes for this book, and was still disappointed. Very long and tedious, with detailed explanations about uninteresting bits of history and objects. It seems Dan Brown must have been paid by the word by this book, since he uses 5 of them whenever one will do, with a bonus for every ten adjectives. To make matters worse, the actual plot (such as it is) ends about 45 minutes before the actual book, a gap which Brown fills with goofy monologues and soul sucking banter between characters who have long lost interest in their own adventures, let alone what desire the reader may have had to continue to listen to their drivel.