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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 format...to 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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  • Michael
  • Akron, OH, United States
  • 12-04-03

Talk about over hype!

I gave into the hype and decided to listen to this book. While I was not impressed by the shallow character development or the simplicity of the dialog, what bothered me most was half cooked (if that) attempt at a deep plot line. I have an earned doctorate in Religious studies, so I know a good deal of Religious history (Christian and otherwise), and the historical ?facts? that the author puts into the mouth of the main character, a historian, are not only misguided, but imaginary tales. I am not Roman Catholic (the church the author bashes) and my goal is not to defend that church, but I am amazed that someone who is so ignorant on issues of religious history would attempt to write a book that deals with the subject, and I am more amazed that people have taken this author at all seriously.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Well, I got some historical perspective....

Were it not for the rich texture of historical perspective, these (include Angels and Demons) books are terribly ordinary. The characters are underdeveloped and the plot simplistic, boring really. One dangerous vignette after another grows weary after a time. Mythical cult attacks Myth! Several die, boy doesn't realize that girl wants him. Pretty spine-tingling stuff, alright.

The revelation that the winners write the history may justify the price of admission, but just barely. The paucity of characters and the narrowness of the storyline make anticipating the true culprit far too easy. Just not that many possibilities. The presumptive clues indicating the Captain discount his culpability. After that, the choices are pretty thin re the "teacher".

Good historical vehicle, poor novel!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Truly a delight...

I had already read this book, but when looking for something for my commute decided it was time for a revisit of the characters. The story still held it's magic for me and the puzzles were fresh.. The best part of this work though is Paul Michaels reading. He handles the mood of the book wonderfully and his mastery of accents makes the story come alive. Truly a delight to hear.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Incredibly entertaining

What a captivating story!The narrators voices are greatly varied.I felt like watching a movie and was so enetertained that I couldn't take my headphones off.The historic and scientific facts are very interesting and contribute to common knowledge in an easy going way. Anytime you think you know where the story is headed it takes another turn keeping the thrill-factor high.I highly recommend it.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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interesting..

For me, the most interesting part of the book was the historical background--the life of Christ and history of the Church, traditions of the Grail and the Knights Templar and the involvement of great historical, literary and artistic figures, all woven together into a conspiracy theorist's dream--or nightmare, perhaps. I also enjoy Brown's use of heroes whose strengths are mental rather than physical, although his recycling of male academic and female cryptographer--the same pairing found in Digital Fortress--seems forced. I might add that for cryptographers, both Susan(Fortress) and Sophie (Da Vinci) took forever to decode things that I had seen coming for a while. There are some good twists to the plot despite those weaknesses, and his depiction of Paris was generally good, although I think an 18-wheeler would have a hard time getting onto any of the streets bordering the grounds of the Louvre.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Awesome book!

This is an awesome book. It kept my attention throughout the book. It definitely brings to light some interesting views. Worth the money.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Victor Hugo... where are you?

This is an interesting book. The premise of it is 5-star. The story was more like a 3-star. How could ALLLLL this happen in about 24 hours?I can suspend belief for a lot, but this is way too much.

My other "complaint" is that the characters were so flat. There was not one person (except maybe Silas) who was described physically (and Teebing); especially there was no psychlogical depth to these people. The search for the *prize* was all we knew about any of these folks.

The holding out of some of information was too staged, to obvious. A very disturbing event which was introduced early on, was not exposed until much later, but it was referred to over and over, as a the SOLE reason for Sofie's falling out with her grandfather. Even the explanations given in two different parts of the books were insufficient for all the build up.

Also, near the end, Langdon comments on Sofie's beauty. Except for some minor introduction in the beginning, we didn't know much about her physically. We knew nothing about Robert Langdon's appearance.

I can accept a story that is totally plot driven, but so many characters were marched out who were not really developed, they just peopled the landscape. The little suspicion cast on most of them made for good suspense, but it could have been so much more riveting.

Yes, it's worth a listen. It's a good mystery but probably about 25% too long with unnecessary filler.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Molly
  • Montara, CA, USA
  • 10-01-03

Unabridged version is Wonderful

I listened to the abridged version first (it was available much earlier). Even if you listened to that one, GET THIS UNABRIDGED VERSION. Paul Michael is a great narrator (his characterizations and accents are perfect) and the details they cut out of the abridged version were critical to the tightly woven tapestry of the story. A fun ride with lots of interesting historical and regional detail. Don't miss it.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Top Notch book

hard to turn off found myself in the driveway listening to it many times even after long days of work

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  • Ben
  • CULLMAN, AL, United States
  • 03-07-17

Very well written engaging and intriguing novel

I really enjoyed this book. The mystery and suspense was very captivating. The picture painted with Dan Brown's words made me feel as if I was there watching the story be told.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful