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The Da Vinci Code | [Dan Brown]

The Da Vinci Code

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, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

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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©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Alexandra New York, NY, USA 10-03-05
    Alexandra New York, NY, USA 10-03-05
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    "Incredibly entertaining"

    What a captivating story!The narrators voices are greatly varied.I felt like watching a movie and was so enetertained that I couldn't take my headphones off.The historic and scientific facts are very interesting and contribute to common knowledge in an easy going way. Anytime you think you know where the story is headed it takes another turn keeping the thrill-factor high.I highly recommend it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Olivia Plano, TX, USA 01-16-06
    Olivia Plano, TX, USA 01-16-06 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book"

    I thought this was a great book. Having studied world religions for 15 years, it's surprisingly accurate. The descriptions of the art and the Louvre were very good as well. Mr, Brown has done his homework.
    I actually like the fact and fiction wound together. I guess some won't get it, but as an author you can't write a book for everyone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cole Tennessee 11-03-05
    C. Cole Tennessee 11-03-05 Listener Since 2005

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    "Awesome book!"

    This is an awesome book. It kept my attention throughout the book. It definitely brings to light some interesting views. Worth the money.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dionne 07-07-05
    Dionne 07-07-05
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    "Great Narator, Fun, fast-Paced book"

    Some books are more suitable than others for the audio format. This one made two days of boring sanding and painting go much faster and I enjoyed it a lot!

    For one thing, the narrator is excellent, which makes a big difference.

    The book has lots of action, a fun mystery and fascinating symbology lore! Very interesting if you don't take it too seriously.

    I would definitely go for the unabridged version, rather than for the abridgement, as it would be a shame to miss out on all the age-old conspiracy theories!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Renee 01-03-05
    Renee 01-03-05
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    "Da Vinci Code"

    I was extremely pleased with the detail and suspense of this book. This was my first read of Brown and it set me off to read his other works. Though some won't read because they believe it is "pure fiction", and offends their religious beliefs, I enjoy a good piece of fiction. A must for anyone that can look past the fact or fiction of the religious content.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Parsons Seattle, WA 04-04-04
    D. Parsons Seattle, WA 04-04-04 Member Since 2007

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    "Light but very fun"

    It's a fun labyrinth. It isn't a masterpiece, but if you're looking for something fun to listen to in your car, this is it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 03-25-04
    Amy 03-25-04
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    "Highly recommended -- really enjoyable!"

    I really enjoyed this book (unabridged version), and purchased it based on the excellent reviews the book has received. Having just now read reviews like that written by Stacey from Seattle -- "A Bestseller? A Travesty!" -- I was suprised the writing/plot fell so flat for some people.

    There's not much I didn't like about this book. I found the characters increasingly easy to empathize with as the story progressed - sometimes surprisingly so. But what I *most* enjoyed was the way the references to historical works of art, as well as prominent persons and events in history, were woven throughout the story.

    Not knowing details about much of the history discussed in the book, I now feel compelled to pull some related non-fiction texts from the library. For a book to be an entertaining fictional read/listen, and at the same time inspire you to want to learn more about real history, is an accomplishment in itself.

    Stacey from Seattle criticizes the reptition of some sentences and phrases annoying...and maybe it would be if I were reading the book. But for an audio book, where you can't refer back a page or two, the repetition wasn't annoying and saved me having to press rewind repeatedly!

    Sometimes things are resolved and then spelled out fully but, quite honestly (and no offense intended!), some people need it! Paul Michael also does a great job reading.

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    Matt LA GRANGE, IL, USA 11-13-03
    Matt LA GRANGE, IL, USA 11-13-03 Member Since 2006
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    "Adjust Your Perspective..."

    It's important for readers to understand, as many previous reviewers do not, that not all books are works of literature. Chances are that if you are purchasing a(n)(audio)book that appears on the New York Times Bestseller List, it has most of the characteristics that the Average Joe looks for in a book: entertaining, fast-paced, transparent, filled with action (as opposed to thought), and sex.

    Although "The Da Vinci Code" features a prudish protagonist that precludes much of the latter, it does serve up an orgy of controversial historical facts that will prod all but the most closed-minded of readers to question their beliefs and research the presented details further. If the indignant one-star-reviewers wanted character development they should have bought some Saul Bellow or Philip Roth. The self-proclaimed writer who fumed, "I wrote better in the 3rd grade" should check her ego and realize that this effective piece of entertainment isn't trying to be deft with the English Language, just thought provoking and fun. I find it funny that those who thought the reading and the book itself was so unbearably horrendous wasted 15+ hours listening to the purported drivel.

    Ultimately, this book is great for those who have an interest in religious history and don't mind the cliched plotline and hackneyed characters roughed-in to deliver the truly interesting ideas on the roots of Christianity and the rise of patriarchal society.

    53 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. SW USA 04-26-04
    M.W. SW USA 04-26-04 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprised at the negative reviews..."

    I've read some of the reviews of this book and find them surprising. I found the book entertaining, thought provoking, and somewhat educational. I agree with one reviewer that the people who have a problem with this book probably object more to the theme than its plot or how the story is constructed.

    I found the reader to be very good, too. I'm not going to get picky about how well someone does a foreign accent. If they get too authentic I probably won't be able to understand what they are saying! Hey, I'm trying to drive while I listen. I value clear diction and good pacing.

    In all, if you are looking for an entertaining book, listen to this one.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. Miller 08-26-05
    R. Miller 08-26-05

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    "Quite simply fascinating!"

    This is one of the great books of our time. I have listened to and read most of the great mystery writers of the past 50 years and nothing has caught my attention like this novel. The characters are good but the plot and its details are interesting beyond words. I am going to go buy the illustrated version of the book for my collection. Now I have to research the "facts" of the book to see which are real. Well Done!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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