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)
Mr. Brown is obsessed with himself and two ideas (which I won't share as to not ruin the book). The book could have been 2 hours shorter simply by leaving out the last 10 chapters - with no impact on the relvent content. In a "new" country I though Mr. Brown would have some new ideas, but he just falls back into the same old stuff. The new age wishy-washy BS he pretents is real science (even reassures the reader it is real in the foreward) when it is in fact junk science of the first order is probably the most troubling.
The book has an interesting plot with lots of unexpected twists. There are just too many words. It's a long book and could be shorened by eliminating some of the long and sometimes tedious explanations Otherwise. a pretty good book.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
While being a "thriller" with plenty of them to boot the author's character and narrator's tone continually amazes me with the his symbology insights. So not are you only entertained but learn as well.
I finished and felt appropriately "thrilled" and also much wiser about rarely or never mentioned details that are apparently visible if you just know where to look in Washington D.C.
These are all described and explained in a way that makes Langdon (the main protagonist and Harvard symbology professor, if this is your first Dan Brown book) explain so many amazing things without ever once sounding patronizing nor superior. His attitude of "Aww shucks this stuff is just common sense if you know a little history behind it" makes Langdon all the more endearing.
Langdon/Dan Brown are very good teachers!
Dan Brown, it seems, wants to "play nice" with the groups (Masons, Catholic church, Rosicrucians, etc.), he had used as previous plot devices. Brown, there, elevates the debate.
His logic and the discussion he creates between two characters make very solid food for thought and an ending that will leave you thinking.
The tech stuff: Perfectly produced and edited (you can hear a very rare "redo") which means they wanted every last word to sound perfectly and they all do!
Love to listen and read. Both different experiences, but both are ways to keep the mind active and learning.
I love the thoroughness of Dan Brown's research and the enlightening etymology of different words. Exceptional book and great narration!
If you've read/listened to the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, read/listen to this. If you have not, don't get it because you won't like it. This is a great book, only if you are familiar with the other 2...
Take the poor reviews elsewhere.
People either seem to love Dan Brown or hate him. I like him and found this to be a good book. It is not another Divinci Code but it is still very much worth the listen.
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