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Lyle

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  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8825)
    Performance
    (3055)
    Story
    (3130)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "The Formula Gets Tired"
    Overall

    Dan Brown hit on a great formula with "Angels and Demons," then improved the pacing and intrigue with "The Davinci Code." I found them both to be very entertaining and fun. The Lost Symbol follows the same formula for the most part, but without the excitement or supporting character pizazz of the other two books. I found it boring and predictable. The same old details are dropped ad nauseum, (Langdon's Harris tweed, Mickey watch, claustrophobia, et al.) and the character doesn't develop in any way. The plot is also a little clunky compared to the other two books. I wish I had reread Davinci Code.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (223)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "Thoroughly Lackluster"
    Overall

    My wife and I are both connoisseurs of kid's lit, she having years of experience working at a children's book store, and me having a generally puerile mentality. We both found this tale lacking in good characterization, interesting plot twists, and most importantly, the wonder and fantasy alluded to by the audible review. This is a droll story with generally unlikable characters, and a not-so-surprising ending. It was just no fun for either of us. Skip it, Caldecott or not.

    7 of 22 people found this review helpful

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