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)
If you're looking for a fun summer read that has the added benefit of being intellectually stimulating, this is it. The hype generally surrounding bestsellers is usually enough to turn me off but I gave this a try at the suggestion of a friend. I was not disappointed. Approach it like a serial novel and don't take it too seriously although there are enough facts inside to tempt you. I guess I don't know what a "true" british or french accent is supposed to sound like but the narrator did a good job with the possible exception of Sopie Noveu. My experience is that most male narrators have a hard time doing female voices and this is no exception. Enjoy.
This book has been one of the best books that I have listened to in a long time. The story line has you coming back for more. The characters are fabulous. The reader is phenomenal - his voice caused me to listen to 2 more books read by him. Dan Brown did one heck of job writing this book. So much information is told, you might have to listen to it again - twice is nice. He has you wondering if what he is saying is true - look up the Last Supper and you will understand what I am talking about. Enjoy!
I thought this selection was wonderful! It kept me guessing, and I was surprised more that once. I found the mix of fact and fiction fascinating, and have spent hours on the internet exploring subjects that I never would have otherwise.
The reader was great, and I enjoyed his accents. Overall, I enjoyed this selection, and would choose it again.
This one seems like a definite love or hate volume. Personally, I was totally caught up in the story and loved the narration. I had a hard time not listening to the whole thing at once. If you're expecting great literature or well-researched history or orthodox religion, you'll undoubtedly be disappointed and/or offended. However, if you want to listen to popular fiction in a mystery-history vein, you can't go wrong. Sure, Brown is somewhat sloppy with his facts (Sorry, but the Dead Sea Scrolls are not early Christian writing, but pre-Christian), but the point here is easy-to-read and ocassionally thought-provoking fiction.
Decided to go with the unabridged and WOW! Thought it was suspenseful and ever changing until the end. I highly recommend!
I wore headsets around the house for two days, instead of the normal car use, because I was so interested in the plot of this book. The folks who are giving it negative reviews are upset that what they have been told and believed all of their life may be called into question by some information presented in this work. Great story. The author clearly did his homework. It?s a #1 best seller for a reason.
I absolutly loved this book, it was well written and suspensefull. It had a wide varriety of charachters which gave the book depth and interest. Many parts had a wonderful wry humor, that made it a pleasure to listen to. The narrator was outstanding, he brought a life to the book that many audio books are lacking.
I usually don't take the time to write up reviews for all the books I read but I had to do so for this book. I found the story well written and set at an excellent pace. There was always something interesting going on or just around the next corner (page). The story kept getting more and more interesting with a good amount of suspense along with excitement.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, or Robert Littell.
This is an interesting book. The premise of it is 5-star. The story was more like a 3-star. How could ALLLLL this happen in about 24 hours?I can suspend belief for a lot, but this is way too much.
My other "complaint" is that the characters were so flat. There was not one person (except maybe Silas) who was described physically (and Teebing); especially there was no psychlogical depth to these people. The search for the *prize* was all we knew about any of these folks.
The holding out of some of information was too staged, to obvious. A very disturbing event which was introduced early on, was not exposed until much later, but it was referred to over and over, as a the SOLE reason for Sofie's falling out with her grandfather. Even the explanations given in two different parts of the books were insufficient for all the build up.
Also, near the end, Langdon comments on Sofie's beauty. Except for some minor introduction in the beginning, we didn't know much about her physically. We knew nothing about Robert Langdon's appearance.
I can accept a story that is totally plot driven, but so many characters were marched out who were not really developed, they just peopled the landscape. The little suspicion cast on most of them made for good suspense, but it could have been so much more riveting.
Yes, it's worth a listen. It's a good mystery but probably about 25% too long with unnecessary filler.
I can't imagine why there is such furor over such a silly, farfetched book. Even had Mary Magdalene and Jesus married and born children, I hardly see how this union would have resulted in a secret fertility cult centuries later. That goes against the clear teaching of both Jewish and Christian tradition. Bah, humbug.
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