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)
I hestiate to criticize anyone who has the discipline to write a book, let alone one so researched, but this book is really bad. At best, this should be marketed as a book for adolescent readers. From the word go, it is one laugh after another. The Washington Monument is described as appearing in the mist like the majestic mast of a ship; its architectural symbolism predating the ancient civilizations of Rome, Greece, and did he include Egypt? The super secret architectural inspiration for this is as ancient as a phallus. I gave this book three stars out of generosity for its research. Oh yes, the Masons embrace plenty of scumbags. My Grandfather, who graced their ranks, was denied the 33rd Degree because his ill health prevented him from physically going to Washington. They let him die without what he had worked so hard for. But, that isn't the reason for the scumbags comment. One of their finest pushed his wife down a flight of stairs fresh home from major surgery for cancer. Yep, they are a fine bunch of fine fellows.
A good Dan Brown book with more insight into the Masons. The device of a character seeing something revealing but not sharing it with the reader got a little tiresome but overall a good read.
I really like the way the reader brought to life the charachters of the book! I like the detail the author put into the book of the locations where the book took place. Makes on really want to travel and site see some of the places. It's a long read, but sure worth the suspence of the mystery!
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
There are few things more annoying and apt to make for a miserable story than a main character who is part of a series of books based around that character's own supposed intelligence & experience with the subject matter generally covered in each book, but nonetheless that main character proves just as "blind" in Book 3 as he was in Book 1 to said subject matter. In short, I cannot finish this book because it is far too frustrating to listen while Robert Langdon, despite the exceptional and thereby unique experiences of his first two adventures (i.e. Book 1 & 2) as well as his (fictional) education & profession remains 3 steps behind the reader in solving what seems, so far, to be a fairly obvious, if not predictable mystery. Indeed within the first 30 chapters (which could have been summarized in two) of this book "Robert Langdon" proves himself the worse kind of stereotypical college professor who is so steeped in higher learning that he cannot comprehend the possibility that something might have a reasonable explanation that he has not already deciphered yet. Perhaps it would help if "Robert Langdon" went back and read Dan Brown's 1st & 2nd book. Wait, no skip ANGELS & DEMONS and just read THE DA VINCI CODE and he could save himself some time & humiliation.
This book, is so far TERRIBLE! The action is slow and tedious because Langdon is an apparent idiot. He's so reminiscent of those people in UFO movies who never believe children, dogs, or old people when they are told that something fishy is going on. You'd think that by now no fictional character could be reasonably ignorant of obvious plot lines. If a kid tells you there's an alien teaching his gym class at least investigate it! If someone shows up one day and says they're you from the future at least let them prove it to you before you declare them mentally insane. And never think like a sane man hen trying to predict the actions of an insane one.
I simply refuse to finish this book and in so refusing to read another Dan Brown book ever in life. Alongside Dean Koontz & Robert Patterson, Dan Brown has won himself a place permanently in my disregard, however non-influential my disregard may be. The worth of one really good book simply cannot be used to establish the credibility of all that author's really bad books. The converse is not true.
The main character as well as the mystery!
The end where everything is wrapped up very nicely.
Self motivated, Opportunity seeker, Believer in positive energy. Our only limits are in our mind. It is to be understood that we are ageless, timeless spirits having a human experience.
The amount of detail in this book creates visual scenarios that you can almost touch and see! I must warn you the book is very entertaining and hard to put down.
To express how terrible an author Dan Brown is. Wow. His prose is laughable, I couldn't believe that the narrator could get through it without laughing. The story was interesting enough, especially since I live in DC and my commute home takes me past many of the landmarks he describes, but seriously, Dan Brown, have you even BEEN to DC? A big plot point included erroneous information about DC taxis, and seriously we are supposed to believe that the Redskins got into the playoffs? Entertaining enough to absently listen to during a commute, which is why I give it two stars.
This is the first Dan Brown book I have listened to, but have read all the print novels. Maybe that's why I much preferred "The Lost Symbol" to any of his other books.
Uninspired at best. Brown attempts to carry on his formula for success, with terrible results. I feel for the narrator, who did the best with the material he had to work with. I simply could not force myself to finish this book.
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