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)
... but i know what I like. I haven't read many books but this one first interested me when a friend said the plot related to the Freemasons. I, being a brother, was very interested on how another piece of fiction depicted my brothers. It did not go into Freemasonry but into one of our related groups the Knights Templar. I was impressed on how fairly informative Brown had been with the several lectures he had included in the work (phi, the "other gospels"). The informative lectures and the speculations on Christianity (Holy Grail) had been brought together by Brown in a fasion I had never seen before that had me thirsting for more... not in a thrill gripping sense but as a man looking for enlightenment. I am open minded to everyone's point of view especially to Brown's presentation of all the "information."
Wonderful! The best book I have ever heard (read). It has opened my mind to new possibilities in religion also. It is a must read. I ordered it for all of my family.
"The Da Vinci Code" has you sitting on the edge of your sit even though you are into a surprise in the end. You will not be disappointed in the book.
This work of fiction will be viewed by many as fact. It is a shame that it is portrayed as fact that will attempt to undermine a persons faith in the true Biblical teachings.
Conspiracy theories always end up with EVERYONE involved in the conspiracy. That said, this particular story is a good one, a gripping read (listen) with characters you care about. Real or not, it is believable in the context of the story, and that's what really matters.
This is a great page turner and some interesting information that I did not know about art history. I was a little disapointed in the ending but well worth the time and great fun.
I had a hard time putting this one down - it is filled with multi-layered intrigue. The characters were nicely defined over time, the overall mystery was paralelled by other related mystereis, the reader was taken behind the scenes into areas long known to the world to be secret but to a select few, the pace was wonderful. I might have given this 5 stars, but for the predictable love story. In all fairness, I'm not sure how that element might have been done differently, and while predictable the love element was quite beleivable. An excellent read, with impressive use of different accents by the narrator.
I had heard good things about the book, so I picked it up to see what I thought of it. My gauge for enjoyment is how quickly I turn my iPod back on when I get into the car to pick up the story, and the first third or half of the book did that. At the turning point, however, the story started to become less of an interesting collection of new facts, explanations, and ideas about symbology and art history, and more of a fantasy novel that stretched way too much.
I finished the book because I was interested enough in finding out what happened, but I can't help but think I would have enjoyed the book far more if it the plot didn't wend its way into the unbelievable coincidences and paths that crossed. Suspension of disbelief can only go so far.
So I gave it 3 stars. I'd have given it 4 if realism governed the latter half instead of the quick barrage of amazing incidents, and I'd have given it a 5 if I had twice as many interesting factoids to walk away with. Now, how many of those are true, and how many were created to fit into the story of the book....
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.
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