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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"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)
Do not miss this book! My friend is in a book club and told me to read/listen to this book. I was amazed. I was blown away. There is mystery, murder, twists and turns through out. Everything deals with symbology and double meanings. If you are a mystery lover, this is a must!!! I am pretty good, and I never NEVER even was close to who the was "it". WOW!!! I wish I could just start over and listen to the whole thing again. I'm jealous that you're going to get to hear it for the first time. Oh, by the way the reader is fantastic too. He does a great job with the accents and both male and female voices. It felt like a whole cast of characters. Go get this one!!!!
I am just getting started at listening to books on my iPod and I couldn't wait for car pool time, drives to the soccer field, a trip on an airplane -- all because of this book.
It drags a little here and there and you find yourself almost shouting at the characters -- ok to do in the car alone BTW-- when they don't get the clue right away -- but I think the author planned it that way. Thanks for opening up a new door for an old Mom. BTW - I liked the narrator very much.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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