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)
First.. The story captured my interest. I found myself following along on the internet, traveling with Langdon, from the Louver where I looked at the Art, to the churches of England seeing what Langdon saw.
Few books have made me want to travel to places and walk along with the characters.
Second. The Reader was excellent. His use of voices and accents, swept me along. I look forward to hearing him again in another book.
I really enjoyed listening to this book and had trouble shutting it off. The plot was fun and open minded and the mystery unraveled nicely. There were twists and turns throughout, which I always find enjoyable. I found the historical references very interesting and thought provoking (I was compelled to look some of them up to see if they were accurate.) The reader, Paul Michel, is excellent. His ability to animate the personalities made the whole experience of this story even better. I was sorry to have it end. I would definately recommend it -- get the unabridged as I did, I can't imagine leaving out the fun facts which I'm sure got cut in the abridged version.
I couldn't wait to get into the car to begin listening where I left off last. I'm not into mysteries, but this book piqued my interest and I wasn't let down. Excellent!
This book is on a par with (or above) any other mystery writers I have read. A beautiful blend of fiction and fact. I can not imagine this book being abridged it is cram packed. A must read.
I'm no kid, but I do live next to a cranberry bog.
No need to write at length, as I fear Mr. Brown has done. Perusing the other readers' reviews -- high high's and low low's -- will give you a spectrum of thinking about this book. My "DaVinci Code" thoughts are quite simple. Talk, talk, talk. I found the action in the book to be extremely slow moving and totally enveloped in talk, talk, talk. Much too long an exposition of what is not an entirely surprising conclusion. Much ado about not all that much. But plenty of talk!
Dan Brown has done his research....an amazing intellect and story telling. Highly recommend the mystery and suspense of this book. I now will take much more appreciation of the fine art of Da Vinci. This story will change your perceptive on several fronts.
This title seems apparent to me a medium used by Dan Brown (the author) to explain and divulge some of his personal thoughts and theories without writing a theological book. While if written in a theological book of sorts it may cause a giant contraversy, in a fiction book it can be written off as nothing more or less than fiction. However, regardless of personal belief this is an outstanding book and is highly recommended. Not only does it tastefully reveal theories on the holy grail, di vinci, and the priory of sion. It also keeps you constantly going "now what"? If you enjoy conspiracy in any sense of the word, this book is a must for you.
This is a good book and good narration. It moves right along even in its unabridged form. I found that I usually "guessed" the solution to many of the puzzles, codes and mysteries before the author actually got around to revealing them which makes the reader feel "smart". Asking around, I find that most readers reported a similar experience. Literary snobs can criticize writing style, plotting, believability, etc. but in the end, this is good entertainment. Enjoy!
Dan Brown manages to tie in much of the current work of a number of revisionist Jesus scholars in this novel. He manages to cover many of the theories concerning the importance of Mary Magdalene to Jesus and her shunning by the Church after Constantine. If cast solely as a historical or schalarly text the theories would astound many and raise a Christian uproar similar to the one that earned Salman Rushdie a Muslim fatwah.
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