©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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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'.
"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!
"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
"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!
"Hell of a book"
Best book i have read in about 2 years.
Excellent book, as the sales figures would suggest! Very well paced plot, and good narration. Strongly recommended.
"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.
Great story read well. I have enjoyed this as I have all by Dan Brown.
"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.
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
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