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 thoroughly enjoyed the DaVinci Code, and have been big time looking forward to the new book. Just finished it today, and was VERY disappointed.
If you liked the DaVinci Code, go listen to/read it again. This won't do it for you. The plot is really scattered, the big "GOTCHA!" in the book was SO painfully obvious, the big secret they're trying to find ends up being a joke, it's just not good.
I only gave it 2 starts because I did want to see how it ended. Also, I HATE how he contantly teases you with secrets - someone would see something and gasp with amazement, then the chapter would end without revealing what they saw. It's a cheap trick, and this book does it over and over again, and most of the "what they saw" is so whoopdy-do you really feel let down once you get to the payoff.
Not to mention you would think Robert Langdon, the character, would be a BIT more worldly and less naive about these things after the previous books. For the love of pete, man, you found the freakin' holy grail with a cult madman chasing you down and unearthed the biggest secret, nothing should be bothering you now!
Dan Brown also seems like he has to throw EVERY conspiracy and weird science thing he can find in the book, especially at the end of the book, with characters having "did you know that..." "no way, really?" conversations. I'm surprised Bigfoot and Hoffa didn't find their way into the book.
Regardless, if you liked DaVinci Code, you'll probably end up getting this one, and you'll likely be disappointed too. The only Lost Symbol is the greenbacks disappearing into Dan Brown's checking account.
The much anticipated Lost Symbol from Dan Brown is clearly not his best work. Robert Langdon quickly finds himself entangled in events predictably similar to Dan Brown's prior stories with this leading character. Set in Washington D.C. it offers enticing views of the US Capital but fails to provide a truly engaging storyline. After three novels Robert Landon's adventures are predictable and Dan's discourses on symbology long and drawn out...especially the extended discourse which concludes the book.
One bright note for this Audio rendition is Paul Michael's narration. Paul does an excellent job and makes even the most lackluster of scenes bearable.
Bottom line...if you are a fan of Den Brown's Robert Langdon novels this is worth reading/hearing however if you are new to his work start elsewhere.
I was sorely disappointed in Brown's latest effort. The first quarter of the book was very promising, and the noetic referneces are intriguing, but overall this is a disappointing waste of time.
The antagonist is overdone, predictable,and obvious. His ritual sequences drone on and on. Most action elements were so contrived they were hard to sit through. Bait and switch got old quickly in DaVinci Code and it's even more tired here.
I also must warn listener's that despite a capable narrator, one character's "voice" is so annoying it is almost impossible to bear. I have seen it compared to JarJar Binks and I have to agree whole-heartedly.
After such edge-of-your seat efforts as Digital Fortress and A&D, I expected much better.
This book just outright stunk. There was maybe 1/8 of the book worth listening too. I finally turned it off in the last hour of what felt like Bible study. So much potential totally lost.
This book is way, way, way, too long. It is filled with information that is useless and repetitive. I don't usually get abridged versions but this one needs serious editing, abridging, and whatever else to make it even remotely interesting. All you never wanted to know about the Masons. Use your credit or $ for something else, it does not live up to its promise.
This book was really pathetic. Except for Robert Langdon, the characters seemed like predictable plot devices, There was little to no character development -- thus, it was hard to understand what motivated them or their bizarre behavior. Who is Peter Solomon? Even after 14 hours, I couldn't tell you. I didn't mind the hokey Masonic stuff, except that it was repetitious and went on forever. I enjoyed the well-researched detail about DC, as a former resident. The book's worst part is its "faux" ending, which occurs almost three hours before the narrator stops talking. After that, the story just went on and on, like a balloon that was slowly leaking air, until finally it collapsed under its own weight. I've heard Dan Brown say that he gets up at 4 AM every day to write. Maybe he should get more sleep.
Sorry, Dan Brown...this one didn't do it for me. I got it the minute it came out, but was disappointed. The way each short chapter ended in a cliffhanger seemed childish. There were some surprises, but I think it needed another flawed or evil character. Parts seemed pedantic and preachy. The narrator was excellent, so I was able to finish it. Had it been a book, I would have been speed reading thru it. Lynn
Lost Symbol sounds like Dan Brown's version of 24, with the bad guy being the main character, a few sprinkles of Family Feud, repetitious, and incredibly padded in many of the scenes.
After reading the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, I was really hoping for a different type of story. Instead, we are presented with a weak plot line that drags on and on. The random facts thrown in throughout the story was the only truly redeeming quality of the book. Brown's twists of historical events are interesting, however they don't make up for an overall predictable and nearly identical storyline to his previous two books.
Mr. Brown, please finally come up with some unique plot line that doesn't feel exactly like your other books!
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