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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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    Bob 12-27-09
    Bob 12-27-09
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    "Save your money"

    14 hours too long...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chiang ShanghaiChina 12-26-09
    Chiang ShanghaiChina 12-26-09 Member Since 2013
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    "The lost symbol"

    very exciting book, full of imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Surf City Swami 12-24-09

    Dude!

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    "18 Hours of Overwrought Nonsense"

    One must acknowledge the fine quality of the sound production and Paul Michael's narration. And, Dan Brown certainly can construct a tortuously convoluted tale. Unfortunately, that's all this story is. Brown takes a simplistic and highly improbable plot and wraps it in unconvincing layers of false mystery and mysticism.

    The characters are unbelievable, their motivations nonsensical. The only ones who don't see through the holes in the plot are the characters themselves. The dialog is stilted. No one thinks to ask the next logical question, but seems content to listen to overly verbose exposition. Guess what? Concepts cloaked in supposedly spiritual jargon aren't actually profound. It's just noise. Citing scientific evidence in support of paranormal claims don't make the claims true--science is based on peer-review and the repeatability of experimental results.

    Ultimately, the payoff just isn't there. I understand that Brown delayed publication of this book for quite some time. It seems as if he knew this book wasn't measuring up. It still doesn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Albert MIDDLETON, WI, USA 12-23-09
    Albert MIDDLETON, WI, USA 12-23-09
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    "Great Listen"

    awesome way to multi-task

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    Nancy fort lauderdale, FL, United States 12-23-09
    Nancy fort lauderdale, FL, United States 12-23-09
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    "Disappointing"

    I think this book was written to be a movie. I was particularly irritated with the "I know someting you don't know, Grasshopper" characters. My last Dan Brown.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Francesca walnut creek, CA, United States 12-23-09
    Francesca walnut creek, CA, United States 12-23-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Save your credit"

    I stuck with this piece of rubbish on an 800 mile road trip. Repetitive, cardboard characters, implausible time line, and a complete disrespect for the intelligence of the reader.

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    Dave 12-23-09
    Dave 12-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring."

    Started off exciting, then went terribly downhill. Hard to believe everyone in the world speaks in riddles, I don't see people in crisis making sure their friends figure out the problem instead of tell them the answer. At any time into the second part, I would have been happy to stop this book, I've only said that about a few of over 100 audio books.

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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