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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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  • Amelia
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 01-06-04

A travesty? A bestseller!

All are entitled to their opinions, and there are certainly a variety of those here. For myself, I am going to throw my lot in with the guy who states "Who cares if I can't put the book down". As a writer - as an intelligent human being - I can see as easily as any others where the plot holes are, the narrative lacks, and the dialogue disappoints. But I assure any prospective reader that this book is a bestseller for a good reason (unlike some). It is at it's core a fun, and occasionally very interesting, story. It certainly kept me sitting in my driveway on more than one occasion, not wanting to get out of the car because I had to see what happened next!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Mooresville, IN, USA
  • 12-16-03


I know there are tons of other reviews out there on this book. I'm not going to try and come up with words for it. This book is simply perfect for what it is. A non-fiction thriller/mystery. Nothing more needs to be said...

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book, Excellent Reader, Excellent Value

One of the best of the hundreds of audiobooks i have listened to.

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The Da Vinci Code

Spellbinding! Loved the mystical angle of the story and was amazed to find how believeable the story line was, in spite of the mysticism. Many would likely be affronted by the ideas expressed. I just found it wildly entertaining and creative and admit it did challenge some previously held beliefs. A must read for mystery lovers with a mystical bent.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • User
  • Burlington, ON, Canada
  • 11-09-03

I loved it

There is a good reason that this is on the best seller lists. It is thoroughly engaging. Even for those of us who believe they are "religious" it makes you think and want to follow up Brown's research. The reader was excellent, especially in the accuracy of his accents. Well worth listening to.

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Surprisingly tedious!

No need to write at length, as I fear Mr. Brown has done. Perusing the other readers' reviews -- high high's and low low's -- will give you a spectrum of thinking about this book. My "DaVinci Code" thoughts are quite simple. Talk, talk, talk. I found the action in the book to be extremely slow moving and totally enveloped in talk, talk, talk. Much too long an exposition of what is not an entirely surprising conclusion. Much ado about not all that much. But plenty of talk!

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A very good book

I downloaded the book on a Thursday and could not stop listening. It was fasinating. It held my attention the whole way to the end. I finished it 3 days even though it was about 16 hours long. I highly recommend listening to this book.

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I loved it. Great combination of murder, mystery, history of Christianity and the Catholic Church and the search for the Holy Grail (it's not what you think). I ended up checking up quite a bit of the historical background info on Christianity/Jesus and the grail (as provided in the book), and found to my surprise that many of the concepts and ideas could have some element of truth to them.

The reader, Paul Michael, (spelled wrong above) is simply the best reader I?ve ever listen to. His French, British and Scottish English accents are terrific and hilarious at times

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  • Peter
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 06-12-04


For all the hoopla this book has generated, it turns out that "The Da Vinci Code" is little more than an overheated romance/adventure serial with intellectual pretensions. Leaving aside all of the obvious historical inaccuracies, it's clear that this book is a cross between an Indiana Jones adventure and one of those boring and irritating conversations everyone occasionally has with their eccentric uncle at Christmas dinner. (You know the one - the uncle who is confident that he can name JFK's "real" assassin but is afraid to tell you because "they can hear everything we say.")

Can someone explain why Brown insists on referencing the Dead Sea Scrolls? The Dead Sea Scrolls are copies of Hebrew biblical texts and have nothing to do with the "sacred feminine" or any other of Brown's pet ideas. What's scary is that Brown seems to believe that this book will engender legitimate discussion about significant religious issues. The only certainty is that Dan Brown is very good at making his publisher's shareholders very happy.

A comic book for oversized kids - nothing more or less.

4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Frisco, TX, United States
  • 05-23-09


After reading Angels & Demons, I found this book extremely disappointing. I was never caught up in the plot, which was frankly stupid. Everyone was running around killing and dying for a meaningless "secret" that was in history books anyway.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful