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)
Dan Brown?s The Da Vinci Code is an excellent piece of literature allowing the reader to take an outside look at a religion centered on specific notions yet without making the reader challenge their religious beliefs. Brown?s novel is a very great work for people of interest towards Catholicism written with a straightforward approach; minus all of the recent controversy, a splendid examination.
One of the best stories ever written. As a former Catholic it gave me another point of view and reason to pause. Must be the true Catholics that gave it for stars.
Excellent read from start to finish... Personally not knowing much about the history of some of the 'secret societies' descibed in this book, it brought up an interesting theory that had me thinking about it for several weeks, looking for plainly obvious weak points, altogether a great book.
Everyone knows of this book. It has sold about a gajillion copies.
I was pleasantly suprised by the quality of the read... improved on an already good thing.
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.
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