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)
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This book did not have the twists and turns of his previous books. Brown makes Langdon seem more like a fool or just a person in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of being the great symbologist whose background helps in solving some great mystery, as in past books. This is a very mediocre book, however the reading is excellent. Unlike Dragon with the tattoo the book is well written but the reading is so dull,
I listened to this book on a long drive. It kept me interested and made my drive go by very fast. I think it is a little bit different than the other books Dan Brown wrote, but I really enjoyed it.
I have read and enjoyed all Dan Brown's books and loved the DaVinci Code but The Lost Symbol was very disappointing. The story is written like a screenplay with alot of peripheral descriptions for the camera. Also there is much redundancy in the context of the Ancient Mysteries. It felt like being lectured to alot which DB does in his books but more so in LS. Where was the editor on this book? The history of the Freemasons and Washington DC was interesting but it lacked the action of his previous books.
Although what goes on in Brown's book is unbelievable you still wondered, were intrigued, believed, felt for the characters...not here. Robert Langdon seems simply dumb and baffled in this story...and he is such a great character. The ending is disappointing and not in the "revelations" but in the character portrayals (very unrealistic).
Oh I wish it wasn't so, but even the narration was disappointing...it failed to hold my interest (but one of the characters had a low soft voice which was just creepy but was described that way). Could not wait for the book to be available and then could not wait for it to be over.
Not at all what I expected. Story was bland and characters were shallow. Forced myself to listen to the end even though I was not even engrossed enough to care how it ended. Not at all up to the level of his prior books.
Brown throws everything but (well, maybe everything including) the kitchen sink about Freemasons into this piece.
If the reader actually knows anything about American history and the history of groups, like this (See the excellent Occult America) you'll be about as bored as I was.
By the way, about the most interesting character is the villain, who was stolen almost as a piece from Stieg Larssen.
Sorry I didn't wait 'til next summer. It would have been almost acceptable beach reading.
How did this so-called book become a best seller? I forced myself to finish this drivel just to see to what degree an author can fall. It's like watching a train wreck: you can't really believe what's in front of you. Sad, sad, sad.
I was expecting a roller-coaster ride of a thriller. I was ready for my mind to expand, my pulse to race... All that. So with such high expectations, I dove in. And was sorely disappointed.
The book itself is standard Dan Brown fare - lots of historical details, intrigue, and of course, fiction. But the overall feel was that of an author producing a work because he had already spent the advance. Not inspired. Not groundbreaking. Not interesting. If anyone else had written this, I would have stopped reading (in this case listening) at several points in the book. I so hoped it would get better. Nope. It went the other way.
To make things worse, the narration sounded like a hair commercial. I am sure I have heard Paul Michael before - I think he narrated the safety video my airline shows at the beginning of flights. And then there were the edits - oh, the edits. Mr. Michael has a quality of voice that changes as he reads. Early in a recording his voice is deeper and more gravelly and softens as he reads. I assume he made some mistakes. Anybody would. But they apparently record the corrections at at different time than the passage that is being corrected, so when they edit in his updated bit, it is like introducing a whole new narrator. Distracting, to say the least.
So I would be listening, thinking how bad the story was, then the audio train would derail with a horrible edit, and I would think, "it can't get worse," and it would - so much worse, in fact that I wished I could return it. But you can't return it, so I would try to re-engage as Mr. Brown would be building up this huge dramatic bit about the hero being taken to a mysterious place, but he didn't now where he was being taken, and there was this huge buildup of tension prior to the reveal, but the problem is I KNEW WHERE HE WAS. It just isn't that well crafted.
There are a lot of GREAT books available on Audible. This is not one of them.
I guess this was OK. Frankly, rather predictable and transparent. I'm glad I didn't shell out full price for this, it was just barely worth one credit. Dampen down your expectations and you won't be disappointed. If you haven't figured out who the bad guy really is by halfway through, you're not paying attention.
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