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)
"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!
Enjoyed the main body of the tale, very much Dan Brown.
I found the last hour of the book pointless, I wondered who Mr Brown was trying to convince, so only 4 stars from me, good but not brilliant.
My first Audible book and what a fantastic intro. I was totally gripped and could not get enough.
Whether what Dan Brown writes includes truth or untruth, it is utterly believeable and plausable, this book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down and feel lost now I've finished it. The twist at the end was completely unexpected. Just as good as The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons, if not better. Well worth the purchase.
"Hard going in places"
Whilst the plot line was quite good, some of the finer detail about the Masons was like listening to a mad professor who doesn't know when to stop rambling on. Background information can really add to a novel but is overdone in this book. I also agree with another reviewer that the storyline is rather similar to the Da Vinci Code and the main villain is verging on science fiction.
"Good but not as good"
Standard Dan Brown - secrets, codes and a nasty man chasing people with a greater spirtual goal. All in all I could not recommend it but if you like Dan brown then you'll like this.
I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but found the fact that this is all set in Washington D.C. rather dull - it feels like it's been written with the movie in mind
"THE LOST SYMBOL"
I?M NOT SATISFIED: THE NARRATOR?S VOICE IS NOT CLEAR BECAUSE OF THE ECHO: IS HE SPEAKING FROM A CAVE? i?M LEARNING ENGLISH AND THIS AUDIOBOOK ISN?T USEFUL.
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