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)
In Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps," Robert Donat wakes up in his London flat to find a young woman fatally stabbed with Donat's kitchen knife. Before she dies she tells him that a vital secret is about to be taken from the country and shows him a map where the villain can be found in Scotland. Soon, Donat is heading north to find the secret and the police are chasing a murderer -- Donat. Soon, the bad guys are also after Donat. Hitchcock used this formula again and again as did many other directors. Dan Brown uses this reliable formula in The Da Vinci Code.
For Hitchcock, the details of the secret were not very important. For Brown the details share the stage with the exciting story. I found the details about the Holy Grail and Mary Magdalene to be fascinating and as I listened I frequently used the internet to learn more. I was surprised to find how much information there was to support Brown. In short, this book was interesting, educational and well-read.
Unfortunately, fairly early on in the story it was obvious how the story would unravel. After an exciting start, the rest of the story was a let down.
After reading Angels & Demons, I found this book extremely disappointing. I was never caught up in the plot, which was frankly stupid. Everyone was running around killing and dying for a meaningless "secret" that was in history books anyway.
This book was extraordinary! I am amazed at how Brown can intertwine religious history, action/adventure and international plottings by European 'power-players' into one non-stop text. This book was seamless. It's likely the negative reviews come from people who are unhappy about some of the 'history' revealed herein regarding Jesus Christ, Mary Magdeline and the Catholic church. As a Christian, I don't know how historically correct it is(if at all). But I can see how many would say anything to keep people from reading the book because it conflicted with what they learned in Sunday School or Masses. If you are one of those people, find something else. This book did not change my core beliefs and I was more than able to enjoy every minute. The narrator did an extraordinary job too!
This was the most disturbing novels I have read in a long time. The author presents many things as factual in this fiction book, that are not factual at all. He has a obvious hatred towards the catholic church, and has deliberately distorted many "facts" in this book. His writing style is terrible, and he continually repeats himself. He distorts the facts, and did I mention that he keeps repeating himself? Don't waste your book credits on this one.
This was my first audio book and I absolutely loved it. I downloaded it to our Zune and have now decided this is the best way to "read". The Da Vinci Code (unabridged) was great.
This was a good book, well written, exciting... until I realized it was going to be the same old story and then it was just a big let down for me.
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The taxi from the train station was a manual shift, yet Sofie demanded the taxi driver to "put it in park" a term associated with automatic transmissions. Another inconsistant remark... Sophie said her Grand father never told her a lie. If she revered him so highly why was she so adamant never to make contact with him after the incident at the villa where she witness Jack Sauniere in a Masonic symbolic ritual? All in all, it is still a turn pager!
This is a well written and entertaining story. It reminds me of the movie National Treasure with all the clues. I would encourage christians to listen to this book. If you are truly a believer as I am then the the book will not shake your faith at all. In fact you will probably get a good laugh out of it. In any event you will at least know what all the debate is about regarding this book. I have to say that the writer treats christians as if they are idiots and are easily deceived by just about anyone. When you read the book and see what the writer reports as the real truth you will see that it is not christians that are easily decieved but vice versa. In closing let me say that your decision regarding who Jesus Christ is will be the most important decision that you ever make. Consider all the facts, search your heart and make a decision. A famous man once said "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free". Keep in mind that Dale Brown has made millions reporting his version of the truth. The writers of the New Testament received nothing but a death sentence.
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