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The Da Vinci Code | [Dan Brown]

The Da Vinci Code

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see, yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion, an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret, and an explosive historical truth, will be lost forever.

As a special bonus, this audio edition includes Dan Brown's October 2005 speech at the University of New Hampshire, introduced by his father. The author discusses the research behind his groundbreaking novel and the controversy it has created. Also, listen to an exclusive interview with Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter of The Da Vinci Code.

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©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In this gleefully erudite suspense novel, Mr. Brown takes the format...to blockbuster perfection." (The New York Times)
"Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning suspense." (Library Journal)
"Many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius." (Nelson DeMille)

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    David Freeport, ME, USA 10-14-03
    David Freeport, ME, USA 10-14-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Not bad entertainment"

    The premise seems to get stretched a little to thin, but it's not a bad novel.

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    Raymond Green Lane, PA, USA 05-13-03
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    "Le Stinko"

    Wow what a stinker. Lousy characters (made worse by terrible voices by the reader). Puzzles that range from the absurdly difficult to blatantly obvious (Newton's missing orb? - jeese my four year old figured that one out). All based on the premise that Jesus was married with 2 1/2 kids, a dog and a house in the suburbs (well not quite but equally ridiculous). ON the whole one of the worst books I've read in a while.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Santa Cruz, CA, USA 03-23-05
    Annette Santa Cruz, CA, USA 03-23-05
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    "great read"

    This is a book that is strong and interesting as well as fast-paced and controversial - and able to challenge the pious hypocracy of the church. I highly recommend it.

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    Richard Green Bay , WI, USA 01-25-05
    Richard Green Bay , WI, USA 01-25-05
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    "The Da Vinci Code"

    The book well written and you may like it. If you don't mind the
    author rewritting history or just making it up. Then putting it out there as fact. But afther all it is fiction.
    Also to enjoy this book you will need to think of the Bible As a work of fiction as the Author seem to do!

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    Pier traverse city, MI, USA 06-23-04
    Pier traverse city, MI, USA 06-23-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Shorter is not necessarily better"

    Having neither read the book nor heard the unabridged version I can only guess that either version is preferable to this shortened edition if only because of it's immense popularity. With that said, the six hour and 22 minute version will still entertain.

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    Carl Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-01-03
    Carl Jacksonville, FL, USA 05-01-03
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    "The Da Vinci Code"

    Great book- Holds your intrest all the way through.

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    Kathryn New York, NY, USA 11-13-05
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    "Not Even a Good Suspense Novel"

    I listened to this book only because of the hype and could not believe it sold so many copies! Its a trite, cliche-ridden (an psycho albino killer? Come on!) thriller with little to recommend it. However, the author clearly knows how to get people excited by coyly intimating that his fiction really has some basis in truth. Despite the fact that any educated person knows that his Mary Magdelene-Jesus survival story line is laughably absurd, there are enough uneducated people that he has made a fortune with his "fiction-history" game. I find this trend in pop literature, at the very least, unethical, and at worst, dangerous. One only has to remember that the "Protocols of Zion" are still routinely trotted out to know what I mean.

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    Tim Houston, TX, USA 12-04-04
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    "Why such high acclaim?"

    This book was such a boring listen and the characters are the most dull and dry I have ever seen in a book. I could not possibly relate to these characters and their code-breaking skills are rediculous. Hopefully, they can make a better movie out of this boring book, for I fear a 7 dollar ticket would be more of a value and less wateful of our time.

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