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)
The French accent the narrarator makes is so annoying. That aside its a good drama and unlike some others I liked the ending. There's so much symbolism, codes and ciphers in it that I think an abridged picture story book version would be neat to see although some of the pagan fertility info is stretched to fit his fictional story. If you can suspend reality and remember this is a work of fiction, and can get past the annoying fake French accents the narrator insists on doing you'll probably like it.
This book by Dan Brown is fantastic. The first I have experienced by him and I can't wait to read more. As a English/History major this book truly inspired me to learn more and after all that is what a great book should do.
I found "The Da Vinci Code" an entertaining book to read -- a nice piece of 'brain candy', if you will. I enjoyed reading the book so much I decided to listen to the unabridged version to hear the plot and ideas from the beginning. Unfortunately, I did not care for the narration. Narrator Paul Michael has a nice enough voice, but his accents completely distracted me from concentrating on the book. Every time he attempted a French or British accent, I would get pulled out of the story and have to concentrate on what he was trying to say. As others have already pointed out, this book is not meant to be a true piece of literature. However, in the original written format, Da Vinci Code can't be beat for a fun and fast read.
I'm giving this book 2 stars with much hesitation. The topic of the book, a historical conspiracy surrounding the truth behind the Holy Grail, is very intriguing. The reader is excellent, bringing all the characters to life. Unfortunately, the book itself is the problem. I don't understand why Dan Brown is highly praised. His writing style is quite immature. At several points in the listening experience, I wished that someone else had written the book. His constant, and I mean constant use of flashbacks became irritating after chapter 10. Pacing suffered as a result and the short chapters make the listening very choppy. The narrative could use more descriptors. The dialogue is more like a movie script than a novel. He tends to repeat some phrases over and over. If I was reading the text, I would simply skip over it but being in an audio book, you really cannot. I also found some of the plot elements to be ridiculously transparent. There is no suspense left when some events are revealed after the numerous foreshadowing. I listened to it once, and that was enough.
A good book should pique your curiosity and make you think, and this book does just that. Regardless of your beliefs, it is still an interesting work of *fiction*, based on some nuggets of truth. While I found the frequent use of flashbacks in the first half a bit repetitive, this information certainly rounds-out the story. This is not a book to be gulped in one sitting, but to be savored with time to think in-between (and to perhaps look at some of the references listed).
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code". It's light, engaging, and great fun. I quickly developed affection for the characters, and a heart-felt interest in what was happening to them. The sprinkling of history and conspiracies is fun. I use the Audiobooks as an incentive to get out and walk to work. I have no problem marching in the pounding rain, I so want to hear what happens next to Robert Langdon, Sophie Neveu, Bishop Arringarossa (italian for "red herring").
Minor quibble: you don't pronounce the 'd' in "Nord", etc. The narrator should get a french speaker to vet the pronounciations.
Also, since 200 AD the Prime Meridian has been the island of Ferro in the Canaries. Even Louis XIV felt so.
This adjective describes my emotion at having spent a huge chunk of time listening to this book...ever optimistic that it would turn a corner and become the captivating novel lauded by the masses. The adjective also describes the entire novel. "Sad" being used in the common vernacular of "pathetic." The narrator was annoying! The "twists, turns and clues" foreseeable and utterly pedestrian. I think the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries that I grew up reading offer more surprises. The only redeeming quality of the book is that it made me yearn to return to the Louvre and DaVinci's works.
Believe it or not, I am reviewing this at chapter 90. I have enjoyed the book so far immensely. I think Stacey (Bestseller--A travesty) is very far off the mark. Granted it is not the great American novel, but for listening while relaxing or cleaning out a closet! it has certainly fulfilled my needs.
Paul Michael is a wonderful reader and I thought his accents were quite good. At times, I could hear his voice coming through, but for the most part his characters took on their own voices.
All in all, it is an exciting "read" and I just bought Angels and Demons, will download it and compare the two.
I probably shouldn't have written this after seeing Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion." But to be fair, I found the writing unimaginative, and a bit unsophisticated. The concept is a good one and if I had thought of it, I probably would have written it too. But the problem is, I want my fiction to be on a level somewhat above that of the Harry Potter series. In this respect it is disappointing. However, I think the exploration of art history involved in this plot and the interesting twists and turns it takes was enough to make the effort worthwhile for me personally. It is hard for me to recommend this book unless I know what kind of person you are. If you really like art and art history, you'll probably find this worth a credit.
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