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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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.
"The Lost Symbol"
First audio book which I enjoyed very much. A good story told well.
"The lost \symbol"
Ok but same old thing from Dan Brown. Had my fill for good now.
"I COULDN'T FINISH IT!"
It would seem DB has only one plot line, the particulars and details change as in the Lost Symbol, but they are nowhere near as interesting as in the Da Vinci Code (which I liked). The style and plot lines are the same, I tried 3 times and did not finish, audio books are last chance saloon and DB failed to get me there. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. My view is that the only reason he has sold so many copies is the same reason I bought it, expectation and anticipation, I should have believed the critics.
This was my first audiobook and I had reservations about whether I would enjoy it or not but I was pleasantly surprised.
The narrator was excellent and Dan Brown didn't let his fans down with this latest book. The plot focuses on the inner workings of the Free Masons but it had me gripped from beginning to end. There is an unexpected twist in the last few chapters that I did not see coming! I would definitely recommend this audiobook.
"Lost several hours of my life...."
The plot is simultaneously utterly ludicrous and fairly predictable. Some of the content about noetics made me physically cringe, especially as many readers/listeners will probably take it all far too seriously. All in all a typically badly written Dan Brown book, so if you like that kind of thing, go ahead. I wish I hadn't surrendered to my curiosity and wasted a credit on it.
"Snore snore snore zzzzzzzzzzz"
Oh blimey, another one. For a start, this is about freemasons. Freemasons! The po-faced descriptions of these silly rituals (rolling up your trouser legs, wearing leather pinnies to name few!)- what might once have been serious and mysterious is now the habitat of the bonkers. And apart from the usual Interesting Facts bits, which are a bit like downloading wikipedia, this is soooo boring. I skipped sections at one point, because it was so slow moving, only to find him still rambling on. He's surely going to run out of conspiracy theories soon - what next, the 12 foot lizards?
Truly apalling. Absolute garbage. If your IQ is in double digits, I strongly suggest that you ignore this book. My Son was quite right.
"Dan Brown does it again!"
This was my first book I have 'read' as an audible book instead of the 'old fashioned' way. I was therefore a bit sceptical if I would like it. However it was great! This newest adventure of Harvard Prof. Robert Langdon was filled with the usual mysteries from Symbols and their varied meanings throughout history as well as perceptions of the Free Masons and their ?Hidden Secret Mysteries?. I enjoyed the narration and found this very easy to listen to, I would listen often before going to bed and the voice of the narrator helped me to relax and unwind. The book was filled with the usual twists and turns, surprises and moments where you held your breath as you intently listened on. Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery that captures your imagination and keeps you wanting to read on. I believe you could also listen to this book without having read the previous ones. Overall Excellent!
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