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Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see, yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion, an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret, and an explosive historical truth, will be lost forever.

As a special bonus, this audio edition includes Dan Brown's October 2005 speech at the University of New Hampshire, introduced by his father. The author discusses the research behind his groundbreaking novel and the controversy it has created. Also, listen to an exclusive interview with Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter of The Da Vinci Code.

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©2003 Dan Brown; (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"In this gleefully erudite suspense novel, Mr. Brown takes the blockbuster perfection." (The New York Times)
"Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet with his best book yet, a compelling blend of history and page-turning suspense." (Library Journal)
"Many notches above the intelligent thriller; this is pure genius." (Nelson DeMille)

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Just plain great

A great listen. You won't be disappointed and you will never look at the last supper picture the same.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 02-04-04

Better Than I Had Anticipated

The Da Vinci Code moved along at a nice pace with some good twists and was pleasant to listen to. I enjoyed the subject matter and found it thought provoking. A good read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining and thought provoking

As a first time listener to an audio book I found the experience very entertaining. The narrator was easy to listen to and did a good job of altering his speech so that the listener knew clearly who was speaking. The book keeps your attention throughout and does well to mix a historical perspective with the fictional novel. My only complaint is that the end of the book seemed slightly more rushed than the first half. So much time was spent developing the plot and the interaction between the characters in the beginning that I could not help but feel that the ending came too quickly. However, I did enjoy the book and would encourage anyone who has an interest in mystery, conspiracy or history to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • San Bruno, CA, USA
  • 01-21-04

Interesting, thought provoking and exciting

This book is the start for interesting research. Raised catholic, I am inclined to listen to conspiracy theories - but it makes wonderful sense. The plot is pervasive... action happens quickly and throughout. The reader was above average and switched voices very well. I enjoyed this book immensely.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • 01-20-04

Captivating and thought provoking

To say the The Da Vinci Code is a page turner would be an understatement! I found myself cursing at the end of each chapter as Brown left me grasping for what would happen next. The art history and world history are both intriguing and thought provoking. You have probably heard the phrase "history is written by the winner." Brown takes us on a journey of religious history through the eyes of the losing team, and delves into the lengths they went to to protect and preserve their truth. I loved the explanations of religious symbols, ancient languages and codes. My journey into the ideas Brown explored has not ended with the silence of my Otis. The Da Vinci Code sparked my interest in learning more about the Louvre, Greek mythology, Da Vinici and even Walt Disney.

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  • Barry
  • Ithaca, NY, USA
  • 01-11-04

Enjoyable and a little education.

This was a reasonably good thriller; it had a nice twist at the end. The plotting did require some suspension of disbelief but it is a thriller, not a great work of art and, on that level, works quite well. The narrator did very well with characterizations, especially the male characters. The art history lessons and discussion of ancient religious practice was a painless educational bonus.

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  • Marco
  • Stony Brook, NY, USA
  • 01-05-04


This book has two aspects to it: the story and the history. The story itself is a typical fast paced interesting mystery, complete with some twists and turns. I found the story to be average.

What makes this book stand out in my mind is the history it presents. DaVinci's painting of the last supper will never look the same after you read this book.

To me, this book was a pseudo-history book hidden in a mystery book. Bearing in mind that much of the history discussed in the book deals with Catholic religion, having an open mind is a must to enjoy the book.

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  • Mark
  • Warner, NH, USA
  • 09-03-03


Brown weaves the legends of the Church into a wonderful web that will keep you listening until it's finally unraveled. Brown clearly knows his stuff and the listener will find his story informative and provacative as well as enjoyable. The only reason I held back one star was that as he unfolds the mystery, Brown makes sure to go back and connect all the dots for the reader (listener), not trusting that his narrative is sufficiently strong, which it certainly is, that the the reader can make the connections her or himself. As for the narration, the strained accents and melodrama of the narrator can take some getting used to, but the story is so powerful that soon any awareness of the narration is left behind. A highly recommended choice!

110 of 146 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • 04-17-05

So Dumbed Down It Hurts

This book has go to be the biggest insult to a reader's intelligence in years. Don't believe the hype. If you aren't comatose, you'll easily see each "revelation" coming long before the author drops it on you as if revealing something extraordinary. Brown even has a character (Sophie) whose main literary purpose appears to be repeating anything important said by other characters just in case the reader isn't paying attention.

If you like the idea of this book, do yourself a favor and read Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose instead. It's vastly superior.

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I loved it!

Disregard my review of the abridged version. This one MUST be unabridged.

I listened to this book while I cleaned my house and kitchen--they've never been so clean! I totally got caught up in the mystery. When I came to the end, I was left wanting more.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful