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The Lost Symbol | [Dan Brown]

The Lost Symbol

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 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 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.

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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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 07-17-11
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 07-17-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Kept me in suspense"

    I did enjoy this book. It keep me guessing what would happen next. The masonic theme was fascinating. Dan Brown fans will enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark C Australia 06-03-11
    Mark C Australia 06-03-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "An adventure, real fun"

    Loved this book. Well read, it stays interesting to the end. If you're a sucker for symbolism and old world mysteries you'll enjoy this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    05-20-10
    05-20-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Tedious"

    The basic plot is interesting, unfortunately it does not survive the lectures on ancient mystecism. I fastworwarded through a big portion of the book. This would probably do better as a film. I enjoyed the narrator though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10
    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Weakest of 'The Three'"

    I enjoyed symbologist Robert Langdon's previous two adventures, but I found this one to be predictable and trying far too hard to be 'clever'. I was engrossed for the first third of the book, the remainder was a struggle. Brown's constant overuse of adjectives and constant 'eureka' moments really started to get on my nerves this time around. 'Angels & Demons' was a great switch-your-brain-off title. 'The Da Vinci Code' was a commendable follow-up. 'The Lost Symbol' felt like an author who had to try very hard, with limited fresh ideas. OK, but not great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Carnarvon, WA, Australia 01-22-10
    Anthony Carnarvon, WA, Australia 01-22-10
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    "dissapointing... very"

    a half decent listen until the final 1/4 of the book. the climax and ending is both predictable and very weak. obviously written to cash in on DVCs popularity, it stuggles to be either entertaining or engaging. a poor effort and i cant stress enough how disapointed I was with the concluding chapters.

    perhaps the most annoying part of the actual audio is the readers attempts to pronounce most of the more obscure names and regilion related words as well as the extremely grating female CIAs characters voice... i actually couldnt make it to the very end and had to turn it off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SharonJen 12-28-09
    SharonJen 12-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "only OK"

    A little 'same old -same old' and laborious at times.

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    12-08-09
    12-08-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wondrous"

    Dan has, once again, managed to write a work that elicits introspection, whilst taking the reader on a thrilling adventure. Beautifully narrated by Paul Michael.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 11-18-09
    Peter 11-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Dan Brown has lsot more than a Symbol!"

    I was totally and utterly disappointed in this book which trades on his (Brown's) past success. It is repetitive, predictable, stupid and badly written!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St Albans, UK 10-21-09
    Amazon Customer St Albans, UK 10-21-09 Listener Since 2005

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    "Simple fun or ridiculous? You decide."

    Here we go again. Robert Langdon and a random woman go on a trail of secret symbols to uncover the meaning of life, the universe and everything, this time in Washington DC and via Freemasonry. My relief that Brown was leaving Christianity alone evaporated in the last hour of this preposterous revision of US history. As with his previous 2 books knowing where fact stops and fiction begins is horribly difficult, this time especially for a Brit. However, his numerous errors with science, Biblical quotes and simple facts (apparently you can go south from DC on a line of longitude 24,000 miles long...) are easy to spot and either forgiveable (as its fiction anyway), or complete spoilers, suggesting Brown hasn't researched as he should. There are a few moments of genuine tension, and a couple of surprising twists, but by the time you get there you'll be wanting to grab Langdon by the trousers (sorry, pants) and give him an all time great wedgie. You'll also be wishing all sorts of horrible ends for the annoying CIA woman. Written undoubtedly with Hollywood in mind, Brown has crafted a story that might make a fun movie - all that CGI in Washington DC! As a book though I found it ultimately disappointing with a hint of annoyance bordering on offence, as he has no grasp of Christian teaching. His mishandling of Biblical references to Jesus, especially in the gospel of John, is so glaringly and straightforwardly wrong that it undermines his entire thesis, and left me finishing this book with one word uppermost in my mind - ridiculous. Am I right? You decide!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annemari Pretoria, South Africa 10-19-09
    Annemari Pretoria, South Africa 10-19-09
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    "Nothing much to write about"

    I was really disappointed with this book. There was about 10 minutes worth of suspense in total and the last hour of listening to this book was so boring that I fell asleep a few times and had to go back to listen to it again. I will not easily spend money on the next Dan Brown book before reading the reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jenny
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    5/8/10
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    "Painful"

    I found this audiobook painful to listen to, though I have a feeling I think I would have found the book painful to read. I've enjoyed previous Dan Brown books even though I've known that they weren't great works of fiction, this one I couldn't enjoy as I was aware almost from the first chapter that it was badly written wtih repeated use of the same descriptions among other things. I did make it to the end, though more through perseverence than enjoyment.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Leonard
    Braintree, Essex, United Kingdom
    4/12/10
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    "Good in parts but...."

    If you're a reader of Dan Brown then you know the plot line:- Professor meets girl, ancient signs and symbols, he solves it, saves everyone's life and the bad guy gets it.
    This one is no different. I'm afraid it suffers from a lack of imagination in creating the plot line. I found this the most difficult Dan Brown to get immersed in and it struggled to keep my interest at almost any point. The ending was, at best, poor as it seemed to just fizzle out without much of a crescendo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    Beverley, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    12/17/09
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    "The Lost Symbol"

    Filled with the usual Dan Brown ingredients this book follows the expected path, however as the story move along the tedium levels increase untill once the 'main' story was over I couldn't wait for the book to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    manchesterUnited Kingdom
    10/26/09
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    "Disappointing"

    I first read Angels and Demons - was an exciting read. Followed this with the Da Vinci code, which despite the hype was pretty average in comparison. 'The Lost Symbol' essentially is a re-write of the Da Vinci code with locations and names changed but the characters and the plot are the same. Replace demonic mad monk with demonic mad tattooed free mason etc etc. As with the Da Vinci code the 'prize' in the end is such an amazing anti climax and for anyone with the slightest understanding of the architecture of Washington DC you will have guessed within 15 minutes which significant landmark holds the 'prize'. I think I might have beaten Robert Langdon to it by a country mile. Amazing continuity flaws and implausible story lines. So as to avoid not spoiling I won't detail these here. Tedious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    salisbury, United Kingdom
    9/29/09
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    "same old same old"

    a quirky professor, a beautiful yet intelligent woman, a kidnap, a car chase , a helicopter chase and the revealing of a mundane secret society. have we not read all this before. The plot is thin and full of holes. The ending seems to have been tagged on and the whole thing padded out with pointless narrative. Why any book needs so many chapters is beyond comprehension. But apart from that it is a fun piece of trashy literature that once over is easily forgotten.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laurence
    Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
    6/26/10
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    "The Lost Symbol : By Dan Brown"

    Dan Brown as we have come to expect.
    Narration was excellent and had me listening with anticipation for the next sentence. Unfortunately the book itself died a death towards the end and had me waiting for an ending that never really came...Im afraid I was dissapointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Upal
    GreenwichUnited Kingdom
    2/14/10
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    "Highly improbable!!"

    Dan BROWN is as ever gripping and the narration faultless. However even with any stretch of the imagination improbable with too many plot holes. The story is set for twists and turns but most of the time these don't occur!!
    I have given it 3 stars as it is quite gripping but I was frequently disappointed by the various narratives and the ultimate conclusion.

    This is not a par on the Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, Its trying to be a bit like these, I think Dan Brown needs to take a different direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Stalybridge, United Kingdom
    7/7/10
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    "Too long"

    I found this a bit too far fetched. It should have ended at the altar. I listened to it all the way through but not one of my favourites and I won't be listening to it for a second time although the narration was very good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dianne
    Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom
    9/21/09
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    "Dan Brown at his best"

    Another book from the pen of the master. Full of twists and turns in true Dan Brown Style. The suspense keeps you intregued to the end. Can't wait for the next one!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    12/7/14
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    "Best Dan Brown book yet"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Symbol the most enjoyable?

    The story is really brought to life by the way it is told, thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story really gets you thinking, with the inevitable twists that made the likes of the da Vinci code and others so good


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favourite?

    All of them were good


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't like to see it made into a film, the film version of the da Vinci code ruined it for me. The book was brilliant, the film was a let down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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