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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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    deb 12-01-09
    deb 12-01-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "disappointed"

    I think I slept about half the book away. Brown has taken a very good idea and presented in a way that it is laughable. I am an Art Historian so I do appreciate what he is trying to do, it just seems that he was in such a rush to follow up on his DaVinci Code that he didn't care to write a book worthy of the subject matter. Too bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-01-09
    Santiago Teaneck, NJ, USA 12-01-09
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    "Wow...until the last few chapters"

    I really enjoyed the Lost Symbol, that is until the "obvious" end of the book. You will know what I mean when you get to it. Stop reading right there and then....the last 20 or so chapters are worthless. Why did the author decide to explain all that crap? It may have been that he needed to fill X number of pages....Your guess is as good as mine.

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    Susan BaulmesSwitzerland 12-01-09
    Susan BaulmesSwitzerland 12-01-09 Member Since 2014

    The problem is that I have read too much and can't find new literary books. Writers today fill with too much stuffing, too little meat.

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    "Too many words, repetitions, poorly written"

    i nearly didn't make it to the end of this long, tedious, boring book.
    Now i realize that i heard the first book abridged, by accident, so they must have cut out a lot of the filler. Don't waste your time on this.

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    Timothy J. Herrmann 11-30-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Ever Hear of A Flashlight??"

    I've read all three of the previous Langdon books. This is the worst, and overall, I give it an average 3 stars. The plot is somewhat predictiable, especially the "twist" at the end. The characterization is ok, not great. Narration is average. What bugged the crap out of me was a portion of the book regarding a dark corridor the characters must travel thru repeatedly to get to an office space. The author describes deep fear by the characters regarding this situation. There's no deep fear for the reader tho--just a roll of the eyes and a "ever hear of a flashlight?" response every time the annoying sequence rears its unlikely head.

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    Robert Centerville, OH, USA 11-30-09
    Robert Centerville, OH, USA 11-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Lost Symbol"

    A good thriller,especially if you like history or mysticism. Exciting most of the way through, although end drags just a bit

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    Andy 11-30-09
    Andy 11-30-09
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    "Don't waste a credit"

    There are so many other books to choose from, don't waste a credit on this one.

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    T. W. Norman 11-30-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "Good narration but GET ON WITH IT!"

    Very good narrator who conveys characters well. However, even he was burdened with Dan Brown's attempt to stretch each scene out before revealing that chapter's "dramatic" conclusion. This unneeded dragging out proves to be the undoing of a book containing interesting factoids and a very evil villain.

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    Ian Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-30-09
    Ian Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11-30-09
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    "Great Narration"

    The overly wordy and self satisfied way of writing that Dan Brown employs is a bit much at times. "Look at me and how much I know", he apparently says. However, if one can stomach this style of writing, the audio book is excellently made. Nothing one can do about Dan Brown, unfortunately.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 11-29-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 11-29-09 Member Since 2009

    I love books.

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    "well narrated"

    The narration was very good, but the story itself was just okay. Parts of it were exciting, parts seemed to be Dan Brown showing off the research he did. It follows his usual formula, so if you like his other books you will probably like this one.

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    candace cotto 11-29-09 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm full but unsatisfied"

    It was good, but like a Chinese buffet, I'm still hungry. The book is so long for the payoff...but that is Dan Brown.

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