Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. 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 Inc.
"[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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"How does he get away with this"
Credit has to be given to Dan Brown that he has made a succsess through poor plots and cliche ridden prose. The Villans in his books are straight out of victorian melodramas or pantomime.. The villan here is no diffrent One has to resist calling out to the narrator
'He's behind you'
Robert Langdon the hero is two dimentional and it is hard to feel anything for him. I really did not care if he lived or died. At points this book is simply ridiculous. The story ends with about 2 hours to go; and in these two hours we are treated to Brown's self indulgent ramble about religion, Phiosophy and science and how they all mix. Clearly Brown such a big hitter that editors in his publising house is terrified to do his job, as this is overblown, boring nonsense of the highest order
"The Lost Symbol"
I have read all of Dan Brown's work and always considered him a good story teller, but I found this book tedious and predictable.To often the detail gets in the way of the story.
I managed to finish it, just.
"Another Ace from Dan Brown"
Having read all the previous Dan Brown novels, I wasn't sure what to expect from The Lost Symbol but this is probably Dan Brown at his best. He entangles the unwitting Robert Langdon (from Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons) in a macabre mystery where he needs to draw on his symbolic knowledge to try and save a dear friend. Interwoven in this, the plot unfolds revealing the tragic family history of his friend who also happens to be a senior figure in the Washington Masonic Society guarding an ancient secret. Also mix in the intense interest and involvement of the CIA and you are never sure what will happen next.
Langdon is pulled on a rollercoaster ride with the story being revealed in a series of layers, like peeling an onion. Each layer holds its own shocks and revelations until the truth is eventually discovered.
Set in the U.S. capital, Washington DC, Brown sets out to stimulate the reader once again in wondering just how much truth is mixed in with the fiction.
If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, you will almost certainly enjoy this.
"Even for fans, not enjoyable listening"
I'm an intelligent reader and I'll generally defend Dan Brown as he's an easy target but often enjoyable, but I really didn't like this book. It's a bit of a torture-porn fest, doesn't have many of the usual puzzles and interesting facts, and it's really just quite unpleasant and unentertaining. If you're looking for a nice page-turning thriller, this isn't it. Whatever this is, it's really worth the wait until you can buy it in paperback for 50p from every charity shop, just like the Da Vinci Code.
"Great audio presentation and narrative."
The story rattled along at quite a pace at times, but at others it was overly full of scientific/ religious references too often of which most readers would not understand. Over and over we were told the same thing. Also, I felt the time line was too short for everything to have happened during that time, had it been pacier, it might have pulled it off, but to suggest the story took place in only 10 hours is ludicrous.
The narration was spot on, the vocal visualizations perfect, 4 out of 5 stars for this on. The last one is left off for the above reasons. Loved the story, great imagination and insight into some of the most famous buildings in the world, richly told, but wordy at times and the ending lacked crescendo.
"The Lost Plot"
The narration of this audiobook is absolutely fine but unless you are a die-hard Dan Brown fan then I'm afraid that the book itself is dreadful. I think that it is the first time ever that I regretted not having bought an abridged version of a book and when you're really hoping that the lead character dies just to liven things up a bit then you know that there's a problem. This is simply another formulaic Langdon novel and Brown's editors seem to have been far too gentle with him - the book meanders on pointlessly and the last 2 hours are absolutley meaningless. A shame.
"Lost it's way"
It started well in Dan Brown style but became too drawn out and I feel it lost it's way towards the end. The drama and emotion died two thirds of the way in leaving the ending pointless and with a very unsatisfying feel. Not his ususal standard.
"the lost symbol- unabridged"
I love Dan Drown's books and was really looking forward to this, but its just so slow and boringly dull with no excitment at all- maybe the book is a better read than listen!!!!
I have read all Dan Browns novels and I found them all enthralling. The Lost Symbol just didn't do it for me.
I was disappointed with the Lost Symbol. I have enjoyed Dan Brown's past novels and whilst this story and its subject matter had potential, its flow was constantly interrupted with repetitive lectures on historical and religious 'facts'. I appreciate there may be a lot of background research needed for this type of novel but didnt feel I needed all of it forced into the story. The last part of the book was the most obvious example of dull and unnecessary 'lecturing' , heightened by characters who at this point of the story behaved with no emotion whatsoever....very strange ending , but not in a good way.
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