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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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    Amazon Customer St Albans, UK 10-21-09
    Amazon Customer St Albans, UK 10-21-09 Listener Since 2005

    PhilTheDoc

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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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    Sean PretoriaSouth Africa 10-18-09
    Sean PretoriaSouth Africa 10-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A Lecture with a plot... not a novel"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 10-06-09
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 10-06-09 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Not his best work"

    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'.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Woods 10-05-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable story"

    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.

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    Coventry , England
    7/31/15
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    "Awesome story brilliantly narrated"

    One of the best books I have every enjoyed. Every minute was truly captivating and the plot twist was awesome and totally unexpected.
    The narration was superb too, each character felt truly believable!

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  • Mr
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    "Expected too much"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not really, the style of writing seemed to be different to other Dan Brown books I have read.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

    I've read the first two in the series, and this was a long way behind them, although great respect to the author for the details that it goes into. Either he has great knowledge, or I am very gullible. Maybe both!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine, although the accent a little irritating.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    6/16/15
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    "Well written, detailed, but too long"

    Thought the story line in places was over developed, enjoyed some of the concepts. Made me want to find out more. Will probably have to read or listen to it again to fully appreciate it,

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  • Scapatchi
    6/16/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Something to think about as we enter into the light of truth. We all forget and we all need to learn to see again. Great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss l hughes
    5/4/15
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    "Very good"

    all you expect from Dan Brown. Keeps you interested and poses lots of thought provoking questions about our pre conceived ideas

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  • David
    4/2/15
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    "Absolutely great book & story."

    Superb narration... Loved the story, very inspiring and educational, recommendation 100%, starting another Brown's book right now!

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  • Susan
    3/30/15
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    "Well read compelling story but way too long"

    The Narrator was great but the story too long and repetitive. I feel sure one section was repeated... when the student challenged the professor... but I may have fallen asleep and heard it sublimely. The story is compelling but too many protracted descriptions get in its way. And some bits are plain silly. I'm glad I finished it. I'm glad it's finished. I won't do a long book like this again

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  • Blore
    2/16/15
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    "The worst book I've ever finished"

    The narrator was good, but the story was much less compelling than his other books, and the subject matter seemed to be little more than an apology to religion for the previous two Langdon novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    2/3/15
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    "Brilliant! Dan Brown is a master writer."

    Dan Brown. What a writer. I was addicted from the out set and enjoyed every moment of this book. Now for the next one!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy Comber
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    1/11/15
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    "A continuing story following Robert Langford"
    Would you try another book written by Dan Brown or narrated by Paul Michael?

    Having already read the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, it was a forgone conclusion for me to finish the "series" follow the escapades of this interesting and fascinating symbolist. This centres around codes and symbols from the secretive side of freemasonry but with some compelling action. Not quite as gripping as the previous 2 but worth a read if you like the character of Robert Langdon, as I do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon is my favourite character and the sole reason for continuing the series of stories with him as the main protagonist, I love codes and cyphers and symbols and he really makes me want to find out more of the subjects explored.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Im not sure the narrator could do much better but some of the different characters "voices" become similar as it progresses and can make things a little tricky to follow who's talking at times, but on the whole not bad at all.


    Could you see The Lost Symbol being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    I would love to see this made into a movie and would sincerely hope that Tom Hanks would reprise his role as langdon, I saw the movie adaptation of Da Vinci Code which I really enjoyed although, as always you get much more from the book as far as detail and suspense goes.


    Any additional comments?

    A great addition to the series and although many seem to downplay Dan Browns writing ability, although its true at times things seem a bit "samey" or rehashed older ideas, the stories are compelling and I don't think the style of writing is too bad, its certainly not worth missing out on the story content because of a dislike to the authors writing style.

    If you liked Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, then id certainly recommend this to continue the robert langdon series.

    If you are one of these that dislike Dan Brown for any reason, this won't change your mind, but I did enjoy this story and any langdon fan would be a fool to miss out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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