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)
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.
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!
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!
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.
I really enjoyed the previous 2 books... this one, however, was a real disappointment.
17 hours to tell a "fast paced" 10-hour story. Every few chapters we are treated to half an hour of history and lecture material, and the once "Brilliant" professor, seemed to have become a first year student.
One of those books that makes me wish I could exchange audio books.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
I have followed Brown and always found the stories entertaining and delightfully implausible. But this one, although well narrated, suffers from 'success syndrome' much the same way Cussler went as his fame increased. It feels 'made' rather than 'written' and there is an annoying repetition of information already delivered in much the same way you see on television when delivering pseudo documentaries. There are 'moments' but it fails to deliver his brand, that being 'believable/possible'.
If you loved Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons then you will love this one also. An excellent and interesting plot which is beautifully written. Paul Michael does a terrific narration.
Can't wait to see this on the screen. Narrator was excellent, bringing the characters to life.
Very interesting, lots of mystery, rambles a bit towards the end!! Overall another good Dan Brown novel.
Once again Dan Brown provides a fast paced, captivating and educational story. Highly recommended. Narration by Paul Michael was lively and engaging.
"strong start but weak ending"
started great and built tension. however, the ending / resolution of the story was unfortunately disappointingly simplistic.
"Scooby Doo for grown-ups"
I'm sure there must have been a storyline somewhere buried beneath the shallow, gullible characters and neverending conspiracy ramblings.
Another Dan Brown masterpiece. wonderfully gripping and chillingly accurate account of the locations. Great listen.
Too much preaching
Probably not which is a pity as I quite liked the original Robert. Now he is partly intelligent but mostly not the sort of person I could spend time with.
Maybe quite a good basic story idea.
"I wish I could even finish the book - downloading failed 5 times so far"
Still trying to download this book but the audible download simply stops after about 100m - and starts again. Like others that have reviewed this book...
Useless, worse than useless. I want my money back... both for this book and my subscription. It's not much to expect an online book club to be able to download a book.
I bet this review is ignored by Amazon
"Tedious but worth the time"
Thought this was a little long and tedious at times but well worth my time to listen, I don't read and had never used an audio book until I found "da Vinci code" well worth finding
"THE SECRET is out there and in here..."
Sometimes the things we search for is much closer than we believe or are willing to see...
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