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The Da Vinci Code | [Dan Brown]

The Da Vinci Code

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle.
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Publisher's Summary

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle. The duo becomes both suspects and detectives searching not only for the murderer, but also the stunning secret he was charged to protect.

©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2004 W.F. Howes Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Peter
    Harrogate, North Yorks, United Kingdom
    6/25/06
    Overall
    "Forget the film - read the book!"

    Don't get me wrong - I love the cinema, but sometimes the pictures you make in your head as you read or - in this case - listen to a book are much more impressive.
    It's a good romp through all the usual grail legend suspects, but has nothing to do with reality, truth or the meaning of the universe.
    To be honest I don't think Dan Brown wanted it to be a life threatening experience - just a good read?!
    It won't change the world or threaten the imminent break up of world religion - just enjoy the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Myra
    Leicester, LEI, United Kingdom
    5/21/06
    Overall
    "da vinci code"

    One of the best books i have ever read and the film now out is also good, but lots missed out, but what can you do in two and a half hours. All good entertainment and worth doing. Thank you Dan Brown

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    4/26/06
    Overall
    "My first Audible book...impressed!"

    This is my first experience of an audio book and I was pleasantly suprised. I thought I'd start off with some fiction, and with all the surrounding hype thought this would be a good listen...and yes it was! As people have already mentioned the actual story was a little predictable (hence only 4 stars), but the detail and 'facts' were fascinating, enough to warrant a little extra research on the subject matter. Jeff Harding does a great job narrating the story, and his pace and style kept me hooked throughout, so much so that I'd listened to the whole book in two evenings!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    wolverhamptonUnited Kingdom
    3/8/06
    Overall
    "Hell of a book"

    Best book i have read in about 2 years.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • WJE Hoppitt
    Cambridge, UK
    7/30/06
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    Excellent book, as the sales figures would suggest! Very well paced plot, and good narration. Strongly recommended.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • V. Wilson
    9/6/06
    Overall
    "Oh Dear, Oh Dear"

    Please don't get me wrong. I have every respect for authors who mangle historical facts to create 'a good read'. However, I have nothing but contempt for those who take a blend of myth, speculation and foklore sprinkled with fact some correct, some so wildly corrupted that they have no resemblance to reality and then to portray that 'this is the truth' just to add weight to what is at best a mediocre 'bot-boiler'. The characters are totally transparent and having heard the narrator's simpering french accented Sophie Nevaue, I would have happily joined in with the baddie to try an assassinate her early in the book just so that I didn't have to listen to 'her' characterisation.

    Dan Brown can write good novels. I thoroughly recommend 'Deception Point' and 'Digital Fortress' Both have you guessing what's going on all the way through the books. However his pseudo-religious so called thrillers; 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons' each contain ludicrous villains who rank alongside 'Jaws' (Richard Kiel - The steel toothed monster in the Bond movies).

    If you have managed to evade the Da Vinci Code to date in any of it's forms, well done I say, Try and keep it that way.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Marion
    Brington, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    9/27/09
    Overall
    "Save money, Buy anything else."

    Awful. Awful. Appalling sterotyping, ghastly English, ridiculous and implausible action, a true literary crime. It made we want to weep with rage that anything so unworthy could be allowed into print.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    manea, cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    2/25/08
    Overall
    "3-2-1"

    This book had so much hype I avoided it for a while but then thought -could all the hype be wrong? -yes. Boring and contrived,
    For those of you old enough to remember the TV program, 3-2-1 is what this reminded me of, nonsensical answers to cryptic clues, I listened to the end with a feeling all the while that it was a waste of time,
    A pity as other books of his such as deception point and digital fortress are worth listening to

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    1/20/06
    Overall
    "Gripping Stuff"

    Excellent and facinating, still trying to work out what is fact and what is fiction, the plot is very intricate, perhaps a little predictable at times but great listen. There aren't enough hours in the day, would definately recommend.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Axminster, Devon, United Kingdom
    6/21/06
    Overall
    "anthony"

    Not quite worth the effort. Angels and demons is MUCH better written. I suppose if you have nothing better to do, then it's better than watching paint dry, but i've read better recently.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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