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The Lost Symbol Audiobook

The Lost Symbol

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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. 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 Audio

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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    Chana 12-22-09
    Chana 12-22-09
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    "creating fuzz out of a human mind"

    Very entertaining and as usual for Dan Brown, full of interesting little details- a little too full for an audio book, an abridged version might have been better. And I totally agree with previous reviews that it got too long after the main plot was resolved. I kept thinking that in print I might have enjoyed it more as I could better absorb the tidbits which were interesting enought that I would like to remember them but find my mind turned to fuzz at some point

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    Michael Midvale, UT, USA 12-21-09
    Michael Midvale, UT, USA 12-21-09
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    "Too much religiosity to mystery ratio."

    The first part and most of the second was very entertaining. The resort to literal intepretation of the bible (and related texts) after the bad guy had been dispatched and the code interpreted was a literary drag and quite unecessary.

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    Ed New Bern, NC, USA 12-21-09
    Ed New Bern, NC, USA 12-21-09
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    "How could he do it?"

    I am glad that I listened to this book, but it is hard to give much praise. The DaVinci Code was one of the best books ever written in my opinion. The story captivated from page one to the end. So, my question is how could Dan Brown have possibly scored on a follow up novel? He couldn't and it is hard to imagine him doing it successfully. This book seemed similar to The DaVinci Code, but it took far too long for the story to turn interesting and it seemed like the story was really over with two more hours os listening, so the end petered out. I think if someone had not read his previous novel, they might get more enjoyment out of this one. All in all, I can only give two stars and, for pete's sake, if you haven't read The Davinci Code, do it soon. It was fantastic.

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    L. Spain New Jersey 12-19-09
    L. Spain New Jersey 12-19-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish I had bought the abridged version."

    Funny that another recent reviewer said the same thing. About halfway through the book I was wishing the whole time I had bought the abridged version. I am a big fan of unabridged audio books. If this book had been shorter, I would have given it one more star. I loved the Davincci Code, Angels & Demons and Deception Point. But this book just seemed to drag on and on. And there was way too much description and too many details that added nothing to the story. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, but towards the end I was getting frustrated with it. I thought Angels & Demons read as though it were a movie, but this felt like reading a screenplay. Just too much direction in it. I was thinking is Robert Langdon only useful for knowing what certain symbols are, because he seems pretty dense about so many other things.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, USA 12-19-09
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, USA 12-19-09
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    "Great shift from Catholicism Book HAHA"

    I really enjoy Dan Brown. I have read every book he has written. I have enjoyed watching as his writing improved and his story lines became more dramatic. He has developed into a fantastic writer. This book was well written, well planned, and well researched. The plot and theme were great. The final scenes were great and very unpredictable. I'm just sad he strayed from the church, but he sure has strayed in his movies also. I love a great book with religeous overtones, so going with the burnt out Freemason story line just left me dry.

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    Katharine Whitworth Calgary, Alberta Canada 12-18-09
    Katharine Whitworth Calgary, Alberta Canada 12-18-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Buy the abridged version!"

    Dan Brown needs a ruthless editor. The first half of this book is spent in dark, unlit, seemingly endless hallways requiring pages to describe. In the second half, the characters apparently suffer from severe tachycardia, with constantly pounding pulses and racing hearts. Finally, with one character next to dead from drowning, one missing a hand, amputated just a few hours earlier without anesthetic, and one left to lose most of her blood the same evening, all three cavort about the Masonic temple and the Washington Monument with great energy and NEVER shut up! I gave up in disgust about ten chapters after the villain gets skewered and the story is over.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 12-16-09
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 12-16-09 Member Since 2010
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    "A MUST READ!"

    I've listened to it 3x so far. Outstanding - blows DaVinci Code away. Super great if you've been to D.C. and know anything Brown is referring to. Very cool and backed up with facts...according to what you believe, of course.

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    David S. Wise Houston, Texas USA 12-13-09
    David S. Wise Houston, Texas USA 12-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't Waste Your Time or Money"

    Brown takes an interesting and potentially powerful plot and delivers a very subpar performance. The book is full of mindless dialogue without any purpose other than to "educate" the reader or further Brown's subtext -- that the power of prayer has a scientific anchor. After his prior achievements, this one is a serious disappointment. I haven't spoken with any other readers who thought this was worth the time or effort.

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    Vanessa McLean, VA, United States 12-11-09
    Vanessa McLean, VA, United States 12-11-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Needs a new Voice actor"

    I ended up picking up the novel becauce I did not like Paul Michael's voice acting for this book. Some actors or voice actors like James Marsters or Scott Brick truly bring the books to life. But Paul Michael did not. It's too bad, this book is very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LaPorte, IN, United States 12-10-09
    Charles LaPorte, IN, United States 12-10-09
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    "Well researched, intriguing and great plot line"

    Dan Brown wrote and excellent book, fun read. Amazingly interesting.

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