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)
While the previous Da Vincy Code was an easy and exciting read, this is basically the same but much much slower paced - but also just bad writing. The narration is great, but that can't make up for the fact that this book is the book that Dan Brown should have left in the drawer as a draft. The plot is painfully obvious and sometimes the plot mechanics are embarrassingly placed to drive the story in a certain direction. The characters are not belivable and lacks depth. In short - get another audio book instead!
If you liked Angels & Demons, you might appreciate this Dan Brown novel, which offers the same sort of labrynthine mystery and mayhem but on American soil.
Whether you buy into the symbology/beliefs ascribed to the Free Masons in this book, the puzzle that Brown places in the nation's capital city is nonetheless fascinating.
I guess Dan Brown and his editors figured that if the DaVinci code worked, just take that, tweak it, repeat certain lines and paragraphs over and over, and Voila! One voice given to a specific character, was the most annoying and grating I've ever heard. The story doesn't even get interesting for FIVE HOURS and aside from a few good heartpounding moments, a is a total waste of time. This book made National Treasure look original. An extra star for a few tense moments and for being able to get so many people to buy this book.
I loved Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code. What made them fun to read or listen to was that they were good stories. My favorite reads (listens) are mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. The Lost Symbol was not a good story and it offered no mystery, suspense, or thrills. I looked forward to Dan Brown's latest offering, but ended up looking forward to its ending.
The book was full of action as the others are. But it was predictable. Story was well conceived and very thought out. Enjoyed, I would listen to it again.
Draggy plot with nothing new that I haven't read in Dan Brown's previous books. So predictable, easy to figure out the hidden location in the first chapter. Only interesting character was not played up enough...the head of the OS.
Very interesting book but I thought a lot of repeat detail could have been left out. Harder to follow than the Da Vinci code but worth listening too.
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