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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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  • Elizabeth
  • Nebraska City, NE, United States
  • 08-03-10

Dan Brown does it again!

I am a Dan Brown fan and I believe this was possibly his best work. I didn't think he'd be able to beat Angels and Demons but he might have with this one. I was hooked with the first chapter and could NOT stop till the story had been spun! Great work! I'm glad I got the unabridged version, I wouldn't have wanted to miss a minute!

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  • Maria
  • houston, TX, United States
  • 08-02-10


I haven't read a book this suspensful ever!!!!!! I went on a trip and listened to it and could not stop listenning to it. It is my favorite of Dan Brown's.

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  • Debbie
  • London, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-31-10

WOW! Don't lose your chance to be carried away!

Lost Symbol is another Dan Brown mind bending ride. Sit in the front car of 'Lost Symbol's' roller coaster and hold on tight, there is no safety bar! This is one ride that you'll be gauranteed better for having bought the ticket!!!

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Nothing special

Same as all other Dan Brown books. If you are a fan of his writing, you will most likely enjoy this book as well. I found it somewhat boring and predictable yet somewhat enjoyable.

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  • Julie
  • Melfa, VA, USA
  • 07-11-10

Simplistic plot terrible narration

I had higher hopes for this story and should have known better but decided to try it anyway. The story is very predictable and the narration is just awful. The supposed voice of the CIA director is just laughable...wait for this one to go on sale - not worth it - sorry Dan Brown!

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  • Kathy
  • Stone Mountain, GA, United States
  • 07-04-10

Very, very slow......

Too wordy. I almost quit this several times but kept with it because I had already gone so far. It was intriguing in many respects but after awhile it's just too much stuff. I'm glad I finished it, I needed to know how it ended, it just took way too long to get there.

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  • Betsy
  • Spicewood, TX, United States
  • 07-03-10

Horribly Boring!

I am a Christian but have enjoyed some of Dan Brown's other novels always intrigued by the history and images. I almost got through this one but was begging for it to end and finally the final conclusion caused me to give up on the whole thing. It was one of those books that goes on and on and on!

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This was a book I considered abandoning on a long trip, thinking road noise might be better, but hoping the book would improve. Nope. The author needs an editor, as the book has way too much extraneous material, even when you have nothing else to listen to. Very similar formula to the other books otherwise.

I have done the other Brown books. This is the bottom of the list. I won't do another one.

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Some good parts...but mostly just ok

It was easy to get distracted throughout a lot of this book. BUT the good parts were VERY good and suspenseful. If you are a big Dan Brown fan, I'm sure you'd like this one.

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  • Timothy
  • Omaha, NE, United States
  • 05-17-10

Intellectual laziness ...or?

Few things I disdain more than Geo/Political energy price fixing, however, intellectual laziness masked as "thought-provoking" really troubles me because of the duping of the masses by the intellectual elite. This book, the only one (and last one) I've purchased by Dan Brown is entirely predictable, low character developement and, conveniently, mis-representative of too many known facts. Tell me, Mr. Brown, are you really intellectually lazy ...or just dishonest?