I thought this was a great book. Having studied world religions for 15 years, it's surprisingly accurate. The descriptions of the art and the Louvre were very good as well. Mr, Brown has done his homework.
I actually like the fact and fiction wound together. I guess some won't get it, but as an author you can't write a book for everyone.
This is an awesome book. It kept my attention throughout the book. It definitely brings to light some interesting views. Worth the money.
Some books are more suitable than others for the audio format. This one made two days of boring sanding and painting go much faster and I enjoyed it a lot!
For one thing, the narrator is excellent, which makes a big difference.
The book has lots of action, a fun mystery and fascinating symbology lore! Very interesting if you don't take it too seriously.
I would definitely go for the unabridged version, rather than for the abridgement, as it would be a shame to miss out on all the age-old conspiracy theories!
This is an interesting book. The premise of it is 5-star. The story was more like a 3-star. How could ALLLLL this happen in about 24 hours?I can suspend belief for a lot, but this is way too much.
My other "complaint" is that the characters were so flat. There was not one person (except maybe Silas) who was described physically (and Teebing); especially there was no psychlogical depth to these people. The search for the *prize* was all we knew about any of these folks.
The holding out of some of information was too staged, to obvious. A very disturbing event which was introduced early on, was not exposed until much later, but it was referred to over and over, as a the SOLE reason for Sofie's falling out with her grandfather. Even the explanations given in two different parts of the books were insufficient for all the build up.
Also, near the end, Langdon comments on Sofie's beauty. Except for some minor introduction in the beginning, we didn't know much about her physically. We knew nothing about Robert Langdon's appearance.
I can accept a story that is totally plot driven, but so many characters were marched out who were not really developed, they just peopled the landscape. The little suspicion cast on most of them made for good suspense, but it could have been so much more riveting.
Yes, it's worth a listen. It's a good mystery but probably about 25% too long with unnecessary filler.
Rinse and repeat and repeat and ... (you get the idea)
308 reviews and this one makes 309. Why add? My recommendation, read only the bad reviews (3 stars or less). They're hilarious, I agree with them all, and you'll get more genuine entertainment.
Mr. Brown himself attaches the success of his novel not to his writing ability, but to the subject matter; 'nuff said. It's a made-for-Hollywood book that distorts the 'facts' (he still maintains them, I add) and exploits the ignorance of the his readership. It took him four tries to be palatable enough for consumption by the unenlightened masses. Thank you, Double Day Marketing Department.
I attended almost five years in a catholic seminary before the hypocrisy drove me out. Contrary to his musings, TDVC has not spurred any detectable 'intelligent' debate. I'm not against his Church bashing. I'm also not against his stance on the right place of the sacred feminine. I just don't see the need to manufacture reasons to discredit the dogmatic pillars of faith when the major religions themselves supply all the necessary damning evidence.
I only accepted this purgatory because a mentor and friend recommended a documentary on the Discovery Channel about TDVC when I had given up on television long ago. What's your excuse? I suppose you'll need to keep up with the idiomatic references in pop culture if such a thing interests you.
How can anyone even listen to this drivel? I don't think I've ever read (or heard) a book that was more poorly written and that had more logical holes. How frustrating that this person is a published author.
The first 100 pages were ok mystery thriller and then it goes right in the bucket. The middle is a complete muddle and you're begging for mercy by the time of the trite ending. audible has a ton of more worthwhile and entertaining books than this one.
As usual, Dan Brown weaves an interesting novel out of thin air. He puts in just enough real facts to help fool people with his imaginary ones, many of which are second hand from old conspiracy theories. But he dumbs it down so much, and constantly has his characters missing the most blindingly obvious clues, that it gets irritating. But the overall story is quite good, if rather obvious. And of course much of the quoted "history" is pure bunk to make it work.
The basic premise explored by Dan Brown in the DaVinci Code had been set forth some 20 years earlier in books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail. This premise of The DaVinci Code was not a surprise to those familiar with Henry Lincoln and his associates. A minor spate of books exploring the same or closely related topics have been published over the last 20 years. All these books are written from the perspective that the life and death of Jesus was significantly different from hundreds of years of Church teachings. The cryptic essence of the Holy Grail and the secret society that is the keeper of the "Grail Knowledge" provide the principal theme on which the plot hangs.
I say this, not to detract from Brown's efforts, but rather to point out that the major ideas that Brown weaves into this engrossing story are not unique to Brown. However, it is the novelization of these ideas for which Brown is to be commended. The DaVinci Code is a novel that takes these ideas and presents them in an exciting and overall well-crafted story. It holds your attention throughout. In the process, he introduces many new tidbits and topics of arcane interest, prior books not withstanding. Readers unfamiliar with the prior works will find The DaVinci Code full of esoterica and plot twists that will cause them take a more critical look at the religious dogma that have been carefully perpetuated and guarded by the Catholic Church and most of its off shoots for nearly two millennia.
On a negative note, Brown has a slight tendency to occasionally over explain and overkill a topic. However, on balance, I found the novel to be entertaining, informative and a technically satisfying read (listen).
When I first started reading this book early Saturday morning, I did not realize that I would end up neglecting food, shower, bathroom, and sleep for a full 16 hours.
This gripping tale in the quest for the Holy Grail perfectly captures the reader with the main character who, like the reader, is completely unaware of the adventure in store. Brown has character development down to an art and is an expert at providing the reader with information only when appropriate.
I enthusiastically encourage all to share this original and engaging novel!