©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2004 W.F. Howes Ltd.
"Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts." (Publishers Weekly)
"Brown's intricate plot delivers more satisfying twists than a licorice factory." (Booklist)
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"keeps the suspense up"
As good a read as all Dan Brown's books. Fast paced. This one is more interesting to me however because of the symbolism and a glimpse of the power of religion/the church. Very interesting.
Ive read this book now its nice to have it read it me fantastic will recommend anytime the quality is great
"Better than the Film"
I had watched the film, The Da Vinci Code, a couple of times but I really didn't enjoy the story. I thought I would get the book when it was on offer and, I was impressed. The book and narration is good. I found it addictive and couldn't wait to listen to it at every spare moment.
I haven't seen the film but don't need to now as I feel I would be disappointed after this book. Highly recommended.
"Dislike the narration"
Overall I enjoyed it, I like the way the mystery slowly unravels and the detailed analyses of the artwork. It doesn't bother me that the theory presented here has been disproved countless times. However this could really have done with some tighter editing as it is too long and starts to drag a bit, especially in the middle. The entire book takes place over a 24 hour period but the pacing is not perfect and it is just too long a book.
I did not enjoy the narration at all. Usually even if I'm not crazy about the voice on the preview I can get used to it as the audiobook progresses but this narrator's accent and slow, dull speech grated on me until the end. Nearly all the French characters had a very over-the-top accent, and all the male French characters were given ridiculous voices that made them all sound like thuggish brutes.
"Sooo much better than the film"
After watching the film and thinking how awful it was, I wasn't convinced that this would be a good buy. A friend had convinced me that Dan Brown's books were 100 times better than the file I gave it a go. I really enjoyed listening to this book and I am going on to buy the others in the series. DON'T be put off by the film if you didn't enjoy it, the book is really worth a listen.
"What a book!"
a must! just brilliant
"Utterly Amazing - Like Crack for the Ears :)"
I cant understand why this hasnt got 5 stars?, It was like Crack for my ears! - found myself driving home via a 20 mile detour so I could listen to more!
Amazing, and the Narrator reads perfectly and his accents are more than good enough to get you to envelope yourself into the tale and the different characters.
"A bad book"
I should say first of all that I have not listened to this so the reader may have done a marvellous job and turned what I found to be a very bad read into a good listen.
I have read the book and the best thing I can say about it is that it is so bad as to be funny. Terrible plot, clumsy writing, unbelievable twists that began as annoying but then became the only pleasure as I tried to guess how many pages it would take for the next telegraphed twist to come along. There is only one character who is drawn at all well but sadly he is not one of the main protagonists.
I was annoyed with myself for falling for the hype, everyone seemd to be reading it so surely it must have something? I regretted paying even the full price for the book so how I would have felt if I had paid this amount for an audio book or even used it as my month's choice, I can't imagine.
I am really sorry to have to say this without having heard this reading as for all I know the reader may be marvellous. I would just suggest thinking very carefully before spending this much on this audio book.
This was my first audible book. Not sure what to expect but enjoying the 'sample' I downloaded Da Vinci Code. I have to say after reading the book, watching the film and listening to the audio, (in that order) this book let me re-create the characters in my mind and didn't conflict with my imagination unlike the film. The only downside was the voice of Sophie that the narrator creates, but even that you accepted during the 16 hours it takes to listen to the book. I would recomend this if you have read the book and want to experience another dimension to the book without having it spoiled by 'real people'.
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