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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 Building. 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 Inc.

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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Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance.

If you are a fan of Dan Brown then you won't be disappointed with this volume either. Holds your interest and has good solid info presented in his riveting style.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Christian
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 09-30-09

16 hours you'll never get back ...

I enjoy some good old airport fiction as much as the next person, but there is a limit. The characters are one dimensional - which is fine - the plot however is tissue paper thin, and this is a problem for a book that is entirely plot driven!

We stumble from one poorly realised "revelation" to another under an avalanche of portentous prose that completely fails to deliver anything like excitement or tension.

The narrator does an heroic job, but there are only so many times you can say "the ancient mysteries" and "the wisdom of the ages" before you sound like you're taking the mick. So run don't walk and look elsewhere!





5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 11-25-09

Preposterous, in a good way

Well, the hype surrounding "the next Da Vinci Code" actually detracted from the experience for me.

I enjoyed this book none the less, as it was pure unadulterated pulp, and pretty self aware. It didn't set out to climb literary mountains, or be worthy or clever. I seemed to be content with just telling a ripping, and totally preposterous story and trying to be entertaining with it.

I was entertained. The story was read very well, and the sound and quality were excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A book to listen to again and again.

I've read this book and now listened to it. It's a story that engulfs you and you don't want to stop.

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Another exciting and intriguing novel !

As per usual, I was not disappointed ! Enjoyed the story and the narrator was excellent.

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Best book yet!

What did you love best about The Lost Symbol?

the story, and the hidden DC history

What did you like best about this story?

the ending was a surprise

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he was great

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

lots of laughs and some damns too

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Waste of time, a piece of junk.

Although Paul Michael narrated well, this book lacks of depth in all aspects. Story is very predictable, and it's more or less just a repeat of Da Vinci Code. A piece of rubbish by Dan Brown.

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A must read

For the open minded. Cermented my curiosity about we humans..our purpose here on earth..what we are capable of and how lost we all are. My journey for enlightenment and apotheosis has began

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Great story superbly told

As always Dan Brown does not disappoint
The story is a super mixture of fact and fiction

Waiting for the film version with Tom hanks as Richard Langton

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Another good story from dan brown, but .....

I like the Robert Langdon character, and the semi historical nature of the plot I dan Browns stories is excellent.
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This one lost itself and became unconvincing in the last few chapters. After the dramatic climax, the key scene the whole plot had been building towards, it was totally unbelievable that the cast would then wander off sightseeing and continue discussing historical contexts of religion and politics , given what they'd just been through. at the end it totally spoiled the whole experience for me.

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  • Kirstine
  • 06-23-10

Pacy, preposterous story marred by finale

I've read the daVinci Code and listened to Angels & Demons by Dan Brown so had a good idea what style of book this would be. As with the earlier books the story is full of complex explanations of symbols and historical references, this time for Masonic Orders coupled with a fast moving thriller. Much of the detail was interesting. The section about weighting the human soul was scientific bunk. As with Angles & Demons the book is marred by a boring finale of nearly an hour: in this book it's turgid religious references. It made the end of the book a damp squib.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • PatriciaWN
  • 08-25-10

Did it end?

After all the excitement it took two goes at listening to the ending to realise my player hadn't switched off - it had just run out of story. Pity.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin
  • 02-14-11

A SHORT STORY WITH NO TWISTS

This is a very disappointing book.

While well read and dramatised - that is the end of the positives.

The book is really no more than a short story spun out with a lot of tedious detail, trading on the author's reputation.

It is slow, dull and unexciting compared to his previous work.

Definitely the worst book I have had from Audible

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn Stevenson
  • 04-25-10

Not brilliant

Long, drawn out, annoying... with bursts of excitement here and there. And Dan Brown needs to work on his endings - it just wasn't good.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 01-31-10

Unadulterated tosh

I cannot believe I wasted so many hours of my life listening to this book!! Luckily I was walking the dogs at the time so not a total waste. What started as quite an exciting story was rapidly bogged down in way too much detail. It felt as if Dan Brown was including every piece of research he had ever done, rather than applying any filter as to what was interesting or necessary to the plot. The last 3 hours was a complete waste of time, some parts didn't even make sense. Do not buy this however much you may have enjoyed his previous books.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • 09-30-09

Great fun, but flawed...

Really enjoyed it. Lost a star because of points below (no spoilers)...

1. If your female companion declares she has decyphered an element of the puzzle, you must ask 'You understand??' incredulously as though you had always assumed her an idiot.

2. The nervous wreck Langdon will meet any mild revelation during the proceedings with such actions as staggering, knees giving way, jumping backwards or being utterly shocked.

3. There are two ways you can learn the secrets of the ages. You can either graft your way up the 33 degrees of the Masonic order over a lifetime or, alternatively, you can hand it on a platter to your brattish, spoilt, greedy and indiscreet son.

4. After you have finished your story, reserve an extra 2 hours at the end of the book to preach at the listener.

5. Make your puzzles decypherable only to the sagely initated, oh, and everyone else who has basic knowledge of art, history and architecture.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Gary
  • 09-22-09

A good read

I really liked this book. Not as unrealistic as the others I have listened too and with some good links to real life and ideas.
Liked the end but found it carried on a little too much after the climatic end. This just knocks it off the five stars for me.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Jacqueline
  • 09-18-09

The retrun of the dashing symbologist .....

Here we go again .... In traditional Dan Brown style we are returned to the mystical world of Professor Robert Langdon and yet again he has a sexy, intelligent, companion throughout this epic adventure.
Basically, if you enjoy the Dan Brown style then you will drop lightly into the characters in this tale of the New World. The usual sysbologist aproach to the solving of a mystery, add in the usual secret societies and a touch of drama and awaay you go. Throughly enjoyable.
You will always be left with food for thought and a desire for more if you enjoyed The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons then here is the next step on the staircase.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • 05-27-10

Tedious

The da vinci code was a bit daft but basically a fun adventure that kept my interest throughout. This book charts new heights of the ridiculous without the redeeming feature of being a good yarn.

I was pleased to get to the end.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • GolfSierra
  • 10-12-09

Worst one yet

Quite liked his previous books. This one is dull, slow and tedious. Was glad when it was over.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • 04-19-15

Great Thriller ... Bit weird end

Great Thriller ... Bit weird end story was really good but not sure we needed the last hour of mason meaning

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-17

Riveting!

Loved it, captivating as always and a few good twists thrown in for good measure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-17

Just Ok

The last several chapters were really silly. It's like an extended 10 chapter epilogue that really doesn't reveal too much more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-17

Preachy and a bit dumb

The great secrets turn out to be very underwhelming. Dan Brown is a preacher and teacher and annoying. Fast moving story but much gaping in disbelief from the characters. Ultimately like a theology lecture.

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  • Renee
  • 10-20-16

Riveting !

Thoroughly enjoyable . An amazing, interesting and nail-biting experience! Loved the narrator.

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  • Belinda
  • 07-26-16

Read with an open mind

Narrator is very good at each of the voices, although it was a long book and if it weren't being read to me I'm not sure whether I would have finished it.

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  • Paula
  • 08-10-16

Awesomeness

Great book.
story holds you to the end.
Guy reading the book has a easy voice to listen too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • mark
  • 05-05-16

not devinci code though still thought provoking.

as im at a crossroads in my own thoughts of religion and spirituallity these books are helping me too understand where i need to start reserching in order to find a little clarity on what i believe to be.although this is just a story reserch must be done and truths used to help plausability of the story line.the masons sound interesting to me.i dont want to join but i like the idea of religion,science,and spirituality all being connected in our endevours for spiritual awakeneing.interesting stuff.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful