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)
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.
Once I began "reading" this novel I couldn't put it down. The descriptions of the Louvre, Westminster Abbey and so many other locations in Paris and London added to the credibility and suspense. Bravo!
The background information in this book, is rather made up. I am only listening to it because my honors group is going to discuss it, I wouldn't recomend it, beyond understanding that it is a work of fiction and that many of the facts used in the novel are not true, and have no historic background. It takes two radical points of views, and puts them in apposing sides. On one side is the radical catholics who believe in male supremity and tourture, and on the other side is the female supremity & changing the history and the bible. The side of female supremity are the heros, and believe that the Gospels in the bible are false and that what happend in the bible are else where. Not only that the author keeps putting symbols in everything.
As a Christian, I have found few books as offensive as this one. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but to base a whole book on a premise that violates the very core of my (and millions of others) beliefs is low class. Presenting Jesus Christ as married and the whole of the New Testament as fiction and a huge coverup by the early church is one of the worst plot twists I've ever read(heard)and again, very offensive. I'll stick with the likes of Sixth Sense and The Others if I want plot twists. One of the worst I've ever seen.
Dan Brown has really captured the imagination and curiosity of his readers with a timely exploration of the validity and "divinity" of the Christ legend. Whether or not his assertions ring of truth or not (I understand there is considerable debate about many points in his novel) they obviously pique the religious intellect of many in this country.
The reader is outstanding - providing believable and consistent personas to each of the characters in the novel. Sometimes it seems as though the "cast" is larger than just one, though of course it is not.
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