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The Lost Symbol | [Dan Brown]

The Lost Symbol

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.
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Publisher's Summary

The Lost Symbol, the stunning follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, is a masterstroke of storytelling - a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes and unseen truths...all under the watchful eye of a terrifying villain. Set within the unseen tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object - artfully encoded with five ancient symbols - is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor Peter Solomon - prominent Mason and philanthropist - is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving Peter is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon finds himself plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations...all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

The Lost Symbol is exactly what Dan Brown's fans have been waiting for...his most thrilling novel yet.

©2009 Dan Brown; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[I]mpossible to put down....Mr. Brown was writing sensational visual scenarios long before his books became movie material. This time he again enlivens his story with amazing imagery....Thanks to him, picture postcards of the capital's most famous monuments will never be the same....In the end it is Mr. Brown's sweet optimism, even more than Langdon's sleuthing and explicating, that may amaze his readers most." (The New York Times)
"Thrilling, entertaining....Robert Langdon goes for another roller-coaster ride - this time in a hunt for a Masonic treasure in Washington, D.C." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Michael L. Durfee 02-17-10 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Disappointing"

    The book starts off well enough, but by the end of the first third of the book you will have already figured out who the bad-guy really is and how that came about. Many of the characters are portrayed as incredibly inept (or stupid). By the time you are two thirds through the book you wish it would just end. When it finally does end, it doesn't end but preaches (or drones) on and on and on. Contrived and predictable is a good description of the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    foozman Gaithersburg, MD 01-26-10
    foozman Gaithersburg, MD 01-26-10 Listener Since 2004
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    "not Dan Brown's best but still engaging"

    Well narrated. Not Dan Brown's best. Still, I normally listen while driving. This, I had to listen to even at home just to get to the ending. Very engaging, but not as memorable as earlier works.
    A must for anyone new to the DC area as I am.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 01-26-10
    Doug Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 01-26-10
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    "Fascinating book, Truly enjoyed."

    Several people said the book was too long, I totally disagree. I truly enjoyed the level of detail and research that went into the book. The story was fascinating and the mix of science, technology and mysticism was amazing. Don't shy away due to the length; the story is captivating. I think I'd give Angels and Demons the edge over the Lost Symbol, but this was better than DaVinci Code.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sabine Long Beach, CA 01-13-10
    Sabine Long Beach, CA 01-13-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Awful"

    This is the first book I downloaded and could not finish. I had to stop listening after only two thirds of the book. What a disappointment after Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons! This latest installment by Dan Brown is so thoroughly far fetched and repetitive it reads as if the publisher pressured the author to write this sequel, and a certain number of pages needed to be filled. I also can't believe the current 3 1/2 star rating. Eyballing the posted user reviews, the overall rating should be much lower.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Abbasi Clarkston, Mi USA 01-05-10
    Sue Abbasi Clarkston, Mi USA 01-05-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Wrong choice of reader"

    I eagerly awaited this book after reading Angels and Demons, but I have been barely able to get beyond the first three hours after many attempts. I just can't get beyond the awful narration. Every time the reader does Santos voice, I want to turn it off. Brown's writing does nothing to draw me in. It was a definite waste of a credit. I am going to go out and borrow the book and see if reading it is better than listening to it. I am spoiled by excellent readers. This one is not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzy Miller Arlington, TX, US 11-09-09
    Suzy Miller Arlington, TX, US 11-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Lost his touch"

    As much as I enjoyed DVC, perhaps I anticipated this release too much. Brown seems to have lost his touch. At times, I found myself urging my iPod to just get on with it already. Implausible characters and irritatingly slow plot development just left me exasperated when it was finally over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 10-21-09
    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 10-21-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Rehash and plot holes."

    I am not sure what I was expecting, but this was not it. I think Dan Brown was writing a screen play rather than a novel this time. The book is not as intelligent or insightful as his other Langdon books. It is a sloppy retelling of the DaVinci Code in a different setting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anuja Natick, MA, USA 10-16-09
    Anuja Natick, MA, USA 10-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Predictable plot, too much philosophy"

    Couldn't take the heavy dose of philosophy towards the end. The plot was too predictable and weak.
    Didn't live up to the hype at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Galsterer United States 10-13-09
    James E. Galsterer United States 10-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "He wrote The Da Vinci Code?"

    Boring, boring, boring. Needed some serious editing. If you like DC architecture and history, you might like this implausible story. As suggested, the bible could be more entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Trappe, PA, United States 10-13-09
    Anne Trappe, PA, United States 10-13-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Dull"

    I listened to his previous books multiple times. I barely even heard this one - too dull to even focus on. "Surprises" totally predictable yet often take an hour to reveal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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