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The Lost Symbol Audiobook

The Lost Symbol

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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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    A. Westfall Cedaredge. CO 10-23-09
    A. Westfall Cedaredge. CO 10-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Dan Browns best effort"

    This book was good, not wonderful. Definitely not equal to the DaVinci Code.

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    Robert concord, NH, United States 10-23-09
    Robert concord, NH, United States 10-23-09 Member Since 2006
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    "dissapointing"

    If you have ever sat in a coffee shop and have someone regurgitate something they read or saw on TV and enjoyed it this is your book. If you are interested in these topics why not wikipedia em

    IMHO the story was not told well and mixed in obvious gotchas

    I buy one of these a month (Audio Books) this was a waste of the credit.

    Now the one thing this book does do is cover topics that many people may never have heard of, and for that it may inspire some research or something or tattoos... Who knows, I would pass a second time but I had to read it to see if it could hold me.

    Dan Brown is talented and i would buy him again, just this did not work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan boston, MA, USA 10-22-09
    Susan boston, MA, USA 10-22-09
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    "The Plot Preposterous The Questions Provoking"

    The idea that all the action takes place in less than 24 hours is ridiculous, however Dan Brown once again makes us think about philosophical and religious beliefs that challenge what we know or what we think we know.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jane USA 10-22-09
    jane USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Fiction or non fiction"

    Dan Brown is more interested in educating the listener on the history of the Masons than developing his storyline. I was very disappointed and often bored by his rambling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    StanR (Charlotte, NC) 10-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointment"

    My wife and I had been looking forward to another Dan Brown novel, having read all his previous books. Unfortunately, we were both very disappointed (I listened and she read on her Kindle). It just never seemed to draw us in as in the previous stories; it was very easy to put it down when we needed to do something else. Yes, it had lots of trivia and history, yes it had the signature Brown plot twist, but it still seemed to miss some spark.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Kingston, Ontario, Canada 10-19-09
    Jeff Kingston, Ontario, Canada 10-19-09
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    "Tough Critics"

    It seems that people are being exceptionally hard on this book. I think it does what it is supposed to do - promote thought and discussion. I bet the internet searches on Freemansons, noetic science, and America's founding fathers spiked with the release of this novel. This book is worth your time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carpenter 10-19-09
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    "Lost it's Steam"

    The book kept my attention throughout but I felt that it just slowly ended with a whimper rather than the high intensity pace of the rest of the story.

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    Cynthia Holden, MO, USA 10-19-09
    Cynthia Holden, MO, USA 10-19-09
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    "Great twists"

    Loved the mix of history as always and surprises.

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    Mark Toney, AL United States 10-18-09
    Mark Toney, AL United States 10-18-09 Member Since 2005
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    "More like Angels/Demons than Davinci Code"

    The portions of this book that I found most interesting could have been presented in a History Channel documentary on the Mason's rather than attempting to tie them together in a somewhat lame plot. In many parts of the book the characters and situations and the dialogue were simply not believable. Narration was ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhenda I. Strub Olympia, WA 10-17-09
    Rhenda I. Strub Olympia, WA 10-17-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Truly awful"

    I'm from the CIA and I'm taking over this investigation from the Capitol Police. Really? That tired old plot device is so awful. It can't happen. The CIA has no police powers. Couldn't someone bother to look that up? Then, once control has been meekly surrendered by the real police, the CIA agent threatens Robert Langdon (our hero) with a "CIA inquisition" if he doesn't cooperate. For-crying-out-loud. That's the beginning...but then it gets worse. SAVE YOUR CREDIT. The ultimate "plot twist" is transparent from the time it starts. The dialogue is dull and the philosophical lessons are childish. SAVE YOUR CREDIT.




    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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