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)
Having read all of the previous reviews, I wonder what some of them were expecting from this book. With looking at the description and some of the critical reviews, along with knowing Mr. Brown's previous works, I found it engaging and entertaining. Just as I had hoped. As someone who has seen a lot of the world, retired military, and 'common' American, I found this book to be more enjoyable than 'code', although it will not be for everyone. Before you buy, check out the description, maybe the book's website and decide for yourself. I did not give it a 5 star simply because it is not without flaw. Definitely fulfilled my need for mental escape.
I loved the DaVinci Code so I eagerly ordered The Lost Symbol and began listening as soon as I could get it downloaded. I listened for several hours, waiting for it to get exciting...interesting...believable... If even one of the aforementioned qualities had emerged, I would have been relieved, but unfortunately, it only continued to drag on and on. I am fascinated by the subjects of the book, but this presentation is served up by both writer and reader with a heavy hand in a condescending, preachy manner. The situations are beyond farfectechd and the characters are unbelievable, unlikeable, and poorly developed, and the dialog is often downright laughable. After about 2 hours or so, I started jumping ahead about an hour at a time, to see if a) I was missing anything, or b) if I cared. When I began "cheating" and jumping to 2 hours each time, I realized I had basically quit listening soon after the book began, which I've only done one other time in my many years of Audible membership.
I know Dan Brown can be a good writer, but I think the pressure to outdo the DaVinci Code really caused this pyramid of mysteries to implode into (too) many hours of worthless dust. I wish Audible had a "return policy" so I could get my credit back....
For me, the best way to describe this book is to use the analogy of going to a French restaurant for a great dinner (The Da Vinci Code) and then the next day go to a fast-food joint with a French-style menu. Everything is similar but not as good. Also, the book is extremely formulaic, but so openly so, you see the formula more than the plot. And the writing probably has more clich?s than any professional writer should include.
But, it is a fast read--good for long, long plane rides or boring vacations. And if you ever wondered about the Masons, this is their Gone with the Wind.
I spent too much money here with 130+ books on this account and more on physical books on CD/Tape.
Ahhhh maybe it's just too much to expect for whatever followed DvC but man, it was a let down. Good history lesson though.
A ok book, long on symbolism which is good as always, but more like Dan Brown said there would be a trilogy so he had to write something. IMHO not anywhere near up to the first two
I looked forward to this audiobook (I enjoyed the others!), but 4 plus hours into it, I turned away from it. The info on the Masons is interesting, but it can not overcome a less than complelling story-line.
Up until now I have listened to all of Dan Brown's books pretty much in one go. There have always been interesting puzzles and characters you either quickly like or quickly love to loathe. This book, however, was an enormous disappointment. None of the characters engaged me much and puzzles were thin on the ground. The book reads as if it were meant to be the foundation of a screenplay. I'm sure the content would make a good movie, but as an entertaining read, it simply failed.
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