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)
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.
Love sailing, private pilot, Home cooking. Lecturer in pharmacology of local anesthetics used in dentistry. (M.Sc. PharmD) CCPE
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.
As most devout religious followers cast this novel off as a complete total fiction, Mr. Brown leaves one to wonder about we all have been led to believe. Whether or not the truth is found in this novel is still left up to the reader(listener). The interwining of well researched facts along with a great "questioning" story line has grasped my curiousity, and many others by its popularity. I definitely recommend this book to one and all, and suggest them to read(listen)to the predecessor "Angels and Demons" as well.
Reading the Da Vinci Code brought back a lot of memories of studing the Knights Templar. Some what accurate with fiction added; while Dan Brown did his homework he did not touch all the signs and symbols available for study. One leaves this read with many un-resolved issues to ponder.
While Da Vinci was definately an interesting person from all perspectives. His work definately has a message in them. My but isn't it interesting to debate and ponder. Dan Brown again gives one a good read which can be taken in any manner the reader wishes. Good luck to everyone with the research we're going to undertake.
Yes - It is impossible to say enough good things about the Da Vinci code! I burned it on CD, listenened to it driving and found myself getting depressed upon reaching my destinations!
Well researched geography, tid-bits of history and a plot that rivals none I can think of! I'm going to listen to it again! Good value for the money: burns onto 14 CDs. Thanks audible!
The theories are not his invention. If you've never heard about certain anomalies in Da Vinci's paintings (especially "The Last Supper"), you might be tempted to credit Brown with their invention, but you would be incorrect in doing so.
What he has done is to take an existing train of thought, embellished it with his own speculations (and sometimes outright inventions), and written a novel that incorporates these theories into the plot. And, personally, I do not feel that he has done a very good job of that.
The theories require so much explanation that the books has long, long expository scenes in which one character explains, for example, "The Last Supper" to another character. And, as Officer Lockstock says, "There's nothing that can kill a show like Too Much Exposition."
Brown also has an annoying habit of dangling the fact that he knows more about the plot than the reader does (which made me want to shake him and say, "Of course you know more about it! You wrote it! So just get on with it!"). Far too many chapters end with inept, melodramatic danglings of, "For a moment, he pondered whether now was the time to explain to her about...but, no, it would be better if he waited until later to open that subject." This happened so often as to become a cliche or a running gag, getting more humorous every time it cropped up.
As a mystery, I did not find it engaging. As an description of alternate theories about Jesus, he had very little to say that I have not already heard elsewhere. There are more interesting and more carefully written books that cover this topic better. And, in the end, the theories about Jesus were far more important to the book than whodunnit, how they dunnit or why they dunnit.
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