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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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Good read-ending could have been better

A usual, Dan Brown provides an edge-of-the-seat experience with this educational story. The down-side is that he "lost" some potential symbology at the end of the book by getting bogged-down in religious vs spiritual details. For a creative writer like Dan, this is a major loss. It's almost like the publisher edited the last few chapters to avoid any potentially powerful message regarding an idea that the bible is strictly symbology and no part of it is real except its message. It fell just short of enlightenment, which was a real let-down. However, overall it is a worth while and typical Dan Brown read.

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  • Darren
  • Hubert, NC, United States
  • 03-31-10

The Lost Symbol Was an Average Book

The book was good at parts, especially towards the middle, but honestly the end was rather verbose and uneventful - not the best fom Dan Brown, but he did set the bar pretty high with the first two in this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • 03-27-10

A waste of time

I started it hung in there about an hour. Went back to a W.E.B. Griffin I't already listened to untill I could get back home and put another audio book in for next trip out. Lost Symbol got deleted out of my computer and Garmin. Dan Brown Is a good writer but I don't care for this.

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  • Kamal
  • Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-26-10


There are very few books that I literally could not put down, and this is one of them. While the real identity of the "villain" was pretty obvious (at least to me), the constant, breakneak pace just does not relent, driving Robert Langdon (and ourselves) constantly through a single, helter-skelter night. The only disappointment I had was the wishy-washy moralization and prosletyzation at the end of the book.

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Great mix of fact and fiction

The author skillfully intertwined facts, location, and storyline into a believable scenario. The book was educational and entertaining.

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  • Heidi
  • Napa, CA, United States
  • 03-26-10

Liked it, Sort of?

Okay, I will start by saying I liked it sort of, can I say that? I liked the series, but I think the books have progressively gone down hill. I loved Angels & Demons and it was my favorite, but I really liked, maybe almost loved Da Vinci Code, and I almost liked this, but come ON, PLEASE, for crimany sakes, how many hours of details do we have to listen to?

Now, the redeeming quality in this book, is there one you ask, well yes, it was the twist at the end. NO I did not see it coming, and it was GREAT!!! But it seemed like it took an AWFUL long time to get there, and I was very tired when I did. I will go back and listen to Angels and Da Vinci but probably not this one, if I do, I will FF through 3 or 4 hours of details.

I recommend it for a listen, but dont plan on it becoming a best friend in your audible collection, unless youre a DETAIL fanatic.

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this book is what I had expected after reading the reviews although I thought it was better than what some said!
there were some great turns and twists to the plot, it kept me very engaged (perfect for long drives, I don't want to be bored at the wheel!) but I have to say the ending was a bit of a let down... still worth i though if you like Dan Brown

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Good Action...common story

Finished this book over the weekend. What can I say...I think Dan Brown watched National Tresure, and National Tresure-Book of secrets too many times. It makes a good action read...but is predictable and not original.

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Not so great the third time around...

You know how a great joke loses its punch after the fifth or sixth telling? Dan Brown has told this joke twice before, substituting names and places. He's a good storyteller, and his publisher has trained him well... at this point they could have a ghost crew writing these for him and publishing a new one every month. It was entertaining and well narrated, but probably the last Dan Brown book for me.

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  • Dana
  • Anderson, SC, United States
  • 03-07-10

too evil

typical of prior Dan Brown. Least satisfying so far. The bad guy is too evil and too omnipotent and too UNcredible. Errors and conflicting descriptions are more obvious and never explained (extremely muscular eunuch eg) Most characters lecture eachother as if reading abstracts from a Google search with glowing generalities promising a universal truth which is never delivered. It's somewhat like weight-loss-secret pop-up ads keep appearing in the narrative.
Fiction novels, especially action/mystery, should have a separate rating system on credibility. How much are you willing to suspend your sense of disbelief and knowledge of the real world in order to go along with the ride? (Why do highly successful people all seem to have less than a high school level education and mentality? Why don't they delegate to more competent assistants?) In this case, you have to suspend a lot.
Brown's ticking clock suspense and plot twists and who-can-you-trust issues are included. If you loved his prior books, you may like this one.

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