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The Da Vinci Code Audiobook

The Da Vinci Code

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    BogKid 11-05-03
    BogKid 11-05-03

    I'm no kid, but I do live next to a cranberry bog.

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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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 10-30-03
    Stuart 10-30-03 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allan H. 10-19-03
    Allan H. 10-19-03
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    "Terrific!"

    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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Los Angeles, CA, USA 06-12-04
    Peter Los Angeles, CA, USA 06-12-04
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    "Hilarious!"

    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
    Cheryl Frisco, TX, United States 05-23-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

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    09-24-03
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    "A Bestseller? A Travesty."

    This doesn't deserve any stars. Being a writer myself, I can only surmise that after reading this, and then suffering through the listening to it as an audio book just to make sure I wasn't being unfair, that Dan Brown must have a huge following of fans. It reads like a first novel, and I am surprised that so many people find it "enthralling". The dialogue is horrendous, the narrative is pedestrian, and the writing overall seems remarkably amateurish for a celebrated novelist. It reads like a book he wrote years ago, hid in a closet, got well known, then brought it out and dusted it off to present it to his agent and publisher. I wrote better than this when I was in the 3rd grade. His prediliction to repeat sentences and phrases over and over again is annoying, as if the reader is mentally challenged and didn't get it the first time. It is an insult to a reader to "write down" to your audience. It just goes to show that perserverance pays off in the publishing world. If any other writer had tried to peddle this manuscript, they would have racked up truckloads of rejection slips, and been told to take elementary writing classes, in addition to "get an imagination". This writing is almost as bad as Danielle Steele, another publishing miracle. Add to the fact that the narrator does a pretty horrendous french accent, I was aghast. It is on the best seller list, so of course audible is going to offer it, but honestly, I am sorry I wasted a book credit on this sophomoric drivel. It stinks.

    294 of 857 people found this review helpful
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    Red Plammer 12-31-16
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    "The ending sucked"

    This book was surprisingly good, until the last several chapters. The ending of the story was atrocious. Don't read it.

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    Chad Baltimore, MD 08-17-16
    Chad Baltimore, MD 08-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A excellent book great storytelling "

    A Stunning Novel that blends real History with a fictional conspiracy that encompasses the Holy Grail and the Bible, and Christianity Very well written, detailed characters that seem real, lots of action and good twists and turns, definitely recommended.


    The 2006 Movie The DaVinci Code
    Starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon
    Was based on this book

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    Belinda Somewhere, CA 10-01-09
    Belinda Somewhere, CA 10-01-09 Member Since 2016

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    "Disappointing ending"

    Since I was not satisfied at the ending of "Lost Symbol", I bought this book to see if there is any difference in ending since so many people said this one is much better. I finished it, and my feeling was the same as when I finished "Lost Symbol"- very engaging beginning & middle, round & round chasing, but nothing there in the end. The "secret" is so laughable, which made the plots non-sense. Also I don't understand why the "bad guy" wanted to reveal himself eagerly when he could just get the secret easily being a "good buy".

    "Angels & Demons" is much better with a meaningful purpose.

    For the religious controversial, it's just a fiction, and really who cares.

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    annette PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-27-09
    annette PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 09-27-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Suspensful!"

    I enjoyed all the historical facts of this book, while you were getting a great suspense thriller, you also received a history listen in symbology. While the story is fictional, don't let it shake your faith or lessen your belief;) Great Story!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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