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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"Enjoyable but rather drawn out ending..."
I can genuinely say that I found this book enjoyable and entertaining and found the narration by Paul Michael, enhanced the experience. Having said that, whilst many of the details are interesting, I would agree with some other reviewers that this book could have come to an end much sooner and actually been better as I think it was rather drawn out...
"Oh my word. You may be the better for reading this"
Not only is this a fabulously written fiction, that keeps you listening from beginning to end with its twists and turns. You may even feel more enlightened for the experience.
"First and possibly the last"
This is the first Dan Brown book I have listened to, it is likely to be the last as well. I found it tedious and really a very short story padded out to provide quantity over quality. I bought it because I was going on a long journey and thought it might help to pass the time, instead it sent me into a bored stupor!
"The Lost Plot"
I bought the book when it first came out in hardback and found I was tired of all the cliched Brown writing about religion, symbols and science. Then I downloaded the audiobook and found myself reinvigorated with the story. I liked the narration and the story became quite gripping. The ending sadly comes way too early and the final chapters seem to be just plenaries on god and man. Nevertheless, a good book to listen to.
"The Lost Symbol"
Dan Brown is a very clever man, but is now getting a bit boring. If I was reading the book rather than listening to the book, I don't think I would of finished it. It wasn't as fast paced as Angels and Demons or the Da Vinci Code and unfortuantely got a bit bored towards the end and couldn't wait for it to finish so I could download another book.
"One of the best"
Superb narrator, fast moving storyline,couldn't wait to hear part 2, one of the best audio books I have. Highly recommended.
"An exciting story"
This book is an excellent story.It is riveting right to the end. Excellent reading a pleasure to listen to.
The story started off well keeping the mystery vague but there was too much talking about obscure points which detracted from the main story. The thread was lost by the ending which ended up just waiting for it to get to the point and end. It was too stretched out and would have been better condensed.
"More unconvincing drivel"
Once again Dan Brown has managed to create a story full of supposedly hyper-intelligent people who can't see beyond the end of their noses. Drama is contrived and often overdescribed and at times frankly unbelivable.
"the narrator didn't understand it according to me."
It would have been fine if the narrator put the stress in the right places. It seems as though there's a formula for reading any audiobook. I want to hear a book read with flair, understanding, imagination and original dramatization, not in a standard way. Couldn't even listen to it.
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