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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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  • Jennifer
  • Holden, ME, United States
  • 09-24-09

Disappointing

I couldn't wait for this book to become available, and I downloaded it immediately. I loved "Angels and Demons" and "The Davinci Code". Unfortunately, this book really fell short. The facts are interesting, but I never felt myself "sitting on the edge of my seat". I still don't see the big "national security" issue. It was so overblown that it was a let down when it was revealed. Likewise, the big twist in the story was fairly obvious by the time I was half way through the book. I think it is worth the credit. It held my attention, but it doesn't even come close to his previous works.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 12-26-15

Enjoyed

This novel is quite good. If readers attempt to go into this book with the idea it is a non-fiction work, the reader will be greatly disappointed.

Dan Brown is a good story teller. Paul Michael is a fantastic narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Dan Brown delivers again!

If you could sum up The Lost Symbol in three words, what would they be?

If I could sum up any novel in three words, I would put a lot of authors out of business. I could, however, describe my reaction in three words : riveting action thriller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Symbol?

There were so many, but if I had to choose one it would be when Robert Langdon was placed in the coffin and it began filling with liquid. I would spoil the story if I said more, but as in real life, our hero's don't always have Houdini's escape skills.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

Robert Langdon was of course my favorite character. He is the Sherlock Holmes of symbolism, and as always his brain rather than his braun gets him out of his predicaments.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not have any extreme reaction to this book other than pure enjoyment. There were moments of excitement, wonder, sadness, happiness, ect. Just as in real life, no one emotion dominated the entire book.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed all three of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books. While I tell myself I will check out some of the information presented in these books, I have yet to do so. Maybe it is better for the story that I don't. Just the possibility of them being true enhances the story and makes me look forward to the next Robert Langdon adventure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

The book starts off well enough, but by the end of the first third of the book you will have already figured out who the bad-guy really is and how that came about. Many of the characters are portrayed as incredibly inept (or stupid). By the time you are two thirds through the book you wish it would just end. When it finally does end, it doesn't end but preaches (or drones) on and on and on. Contrived and predictable is a good description of the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mara
  • Saskatchewan
  • 01-30-10

Good escape

This book is not a leap from Dan Brown's other books. It was great escapism and there were some good moments...I am a geek and I liked the "lectures" throughout. As a mystery - not so much - I figured out the staircase about chapter 10 - won't spoil it for others.

This is not Shakespeare but a good story and probably written for the 3rd movie. Enjoy and take it as a bit of a vacation from real life. Don't bother if you want deep characters and a believable story.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • foozman
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • 01-26-10

not Dan Brown's best but still engaging

Well narrated. Not Dan Brown's best. Still, I normally listen while driving. This, I had to listen to even at home just to get to the ending. Very engaging, but not as memorable as earlier works.
A must for anyone new to the DC area as I am.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Doug
  • Eagle Mountain, UT, United States
  • 01-26-10

Fascinating book, Truly enjoyed.

Several people said the book was too long, I totally disagree. I truly enjoyed the level of detail and research that went into the book. The story was fascinating and the mix of science, technology and mysticism was amazing. Don't shy away due to the length; the story is captivating. I think I'd give Angels and Demons the edge over the Lost Symbol, but this was better than DaVinci Code.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

I find it interesting that some of the reviews here actually wrote that this book was a disappointment and a complete work of fiction. Well, I'll let you in on a little secret. It is a work of complete fiction. Robert Langdon isn't real. Brown does an excellent job in trying to weave a story into the real landscape of Washington DC. Despite the fact that you may learn a few interesting facts about certain landmarks in Washington that are factually accurate this book is a work of fiction. I will say it again...it's fiction, meant to entertain. For those of us with broad imaginations and open minds it accomplishes it's goal.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awful

This is the first book I downloaded and could not finish. I had to stop listening after only two thirds of the book. What a disappointment after Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons! This latest installment by Dan Brown is so thoroughly far fetched and repetitive it reads as if the publisher pressured the author to write this sequel, and a certain number of pages needed to be filled. I also can't believe the current 3 1/2 star rating. Eyballing the posted user reviews, the overall rating should be much lower.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wrong choice of reader

I eagerly awaited this book after reading Angels and Demons, but I have been barely able to get beyond the first three hours after many attempts. I just can't get beyond the awful narration. Every time the reader does Santos voice, I want to turn it off. Brown's writing does nothing to draw me in. It was a definite waste of a credit. I am going to go out and borrow the book and see if reading it is better than listening to it. I am spoiled by excellent readers. This one is not.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful