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The Lost Symbol Audiobook

The Lost Symbol

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 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 is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.
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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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    Darla Marengo, OH, USA 09-26-09
    Darla Marengo, OH, USA 09-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Liked it"

    I liked it... but DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons were better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 09-26-09
    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 09-26-09
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    "Lacking"

    A ok book, long on symbolism which is good as always, but more like Dan Brown said there would be a trilogy so he had to write something. IMHO not anywhere near up to the first two

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    Bill Brian San Ramon, CA, USA 09-25-09
    Bill Brian San Ramon, CA, USA 09-25-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Painful and disappointing"

    I looked forward to this audiobook (I enjoyed the others!), but 4 plus hours into it, I turned away from it. The info on the Masons is interesting, but it can not overcome a less than complelling story-line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fara Longmont, CO, United States 09-25-09
    Fara Longmont, CO, United States 09-25-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disappointed."

    Up until now I have listened to all of Dan Brown's books pretty much in one go. There have always been interesting puzzles and characters you either quickly like or quickly love to loathe. This book, however, was an enormous disappointment. None of the characters engaged me much and puzzles were thin on the ground. The book reads as if it were meant to be the foundation of a screenplay. I'm sure the content would make a good movie, but as an entertaining read, it simply failed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Mount Laurel, NJ, USA 09-25-09
    Edward Mount Laurel, NJ, USA 09-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A history lesson with every thrill"

    Outstanding experience. Both the story and the narration were tremendous.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09-24-09
    Paul 09-24-09
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    "Wandering Tale"

    Brown's latest novel featuring Robert Langdon is a mixed bag of results. It almost appears as if parts of it were written, then the manuscript put aside and taken up a later dates. The strength, if you can call it that, in this novel, are the supporting characters, particularily two women who are the most interesting. The Langdon character unfortunately seems to have taken a stupid pill for this adventure as there are many cases where "I don't see it" "How did I miss that" "Oh, I see now" and so forth as the supporting scientist character is the one to find the majority of the clues and hence, clueing in Langdon.

    Paul Michael does a very good vocal job on this novel, it is just unfortunate the story was not more solid to carry such a length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan D Stiles 09-23-09
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    "The Lost Symbol"

    The story will be familiar to anyone who's read any of Mr. Brown's other books. It is an involved, fast-paced thriller that lives up to the complicated precedent set by the author's previous work. My summary would be this, "What's that? Run!"

    The recording is another matter however. The sound varies greatly throughout the book. For instance, in the middle of a sentence there might be a phrase or a word that sounds as if it has been over-dubbed. Like the narrator went back and re-recorded just a few words and then they were inserted afterward. It isn't a big thing but it definitely interrupts the flow and seems a tiny bit jarring as you listen.

    All-in-all a pretty good story with believable characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Jonesboro, AR, USA 09-18-09
    Jason Jonesboro, AR, USA 09-18-09
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    "Good puzzler, but a "sort of" rehash"

    Enjoyed the book and the audio performance. A good thriller/mystery, once again featuring Symbologist Robert Langdon. Can't help but feel a little plot re-tread, but Brown does this sort of thing well--and is well-researched.

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    J. Hansen Denmark 09-29-09
    J. Hansen Denmark 09-29-09

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    "Great page turner"

    I don't know why has become fashionable to claim that Dan Brown writes poorly. To me his prose is clear and strong and generates colorfull pictures of the characters and places. The story is gripping, and fast paced - even with the flashbacks and all the mini lectures that is part of Dan Brown's style. It does go to extremes in many ways but I find that facinating.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    verge hingham, MA, United States 04-19-10
    verge hingham, MA, United States 04-19-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Tedious!"

    Thought I was at the end, and had another hour to hear more of the same. Do not waste your credits.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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