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
"[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)
Seriously, if someone told me that they had a really cool story to tell me, and then came over and preceded to preach at me for a couple of hours, I would be pretty pissed off. I feel like that is what Dan Brown has done to me. Mixing interesting scientific facts, and presenting religious and philosophical theories as the back drop for an exciting mystery has always been Dan Brown's method for creating a good read. The problem is that Lost Symbol seemed to be more about beating us over the head with this particular religious belief than the mystery. To top it off, the whole action part of the book came to a staggeringly disappointing conclusion.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
Same book again, only not as interesting. Don't waste your money.
Having collected the $$ for Angels and Da Vinci, Brown should have left well enough alone. This was about as interesting as a grocery list. I would recommend he move on to another form. I couldn't finish it.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is long, but there was a lot to explain and I appreciated all the information. There are a lot of concepts that I researched because I didn't even now about them before. As in his prior books, he opens your eyes to a lot of possibilities and destroys a lot of generally accepted myths.
This book had the slowest pace of any book I've ever read/listened to. I kept waiting for it to get better, but finally with about an hour left I just turned it off. I didn't even care how it turned out. I just wanted it to be over. I couldn't suspend my disbelief to the point that I could believe that in crisis situations everyone would stand around listening to or delivering long winded lectures. The premise was also just too ridiculous to be believed. Powerful or no, I doubt that the revelation of Masonic secrets would be cause for the kind of mobilization of govt. resources that the book describes. Save yourself the hours of boredom and read a good Masonic history instead. Get all the information and trivia without the wooden characters, pompous lectures and silly plotline.
Several segments of incredibly well-written tension and suspense interspersed amid nearly 18 hours of sometimes interesting, sometimes even educational, symbological blather. It is the rare case when a story cries out for abridgment but this is one - and perhaps when they do the movie - they can leave out of a few of the minor but irritating things that people just wouldn't do - that just wouldn't happen - but do here, in order to move the sometimes riveting, sometimes - frequently - self-absorbed in inanely long narratives of symbological explanation. You might not want to FF for fear of missing something, but a "faster" switch would be welcome to get through this 120 plus chapter lengthy tome.
Dan Brown has once again thrilled me. And his extensive collection of minute yet important and sometimes secret facts is amazing! I'm left awed and feeling rather dumb. And his protagonist, once again saves the day and gets the girl. Gonna have to read it again.
I have to classify this one as a dud. Granted, following his remarkable success of The Davinci Code was nearly impossible, but this is real turkey. I felt that it was a waste of my time.
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