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Editorial Reviews

International best-selling novelist Dan Brown delivers the exhilarating third audiobook in his Robert Langdon series, The Lost Symbol, narrated by American actor Paul Michael. This phenomenal series has taken the world by storm. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon hunts through hidden chambers and secret tunnels under Washington D.C to save his kidnapped mentor. He must use all his knowledge and skill to break through the codes but the task ahead seems impossible and the clock is ticking ever-closer towards danger. What Langdon never suspects is the shocking twist of truth that will change everything. Available now from Audible.

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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  • Chris
  • 12-07-14

Best Dan Brown book yet

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Symbol the most enjoyable?

The story is really brought to life by the way it is told, thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

The story really gets you thinking, with the inevitable twists that made the likes of the da Vinci code and others so good

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

All of them were good

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't like to see it made into a film, the film version of the da Vinci code ruined it for me. The book was brilliant, the film was a let down.

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  • Øyvin
  • 11-30-14

As Expected from Dan Brown

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if the friend was a fan of suspense books and/or Dan Brown

Any additional comments?

Pretty standard Dan Brown. The book is as good as any other in the series, for better and for worse. The plotline is intriguing and suspenseful, but if you're familiar with Dan Brown's work, you can see the plot twists coming from a mile away. Don't buy this book and expect something groundbreaking from the author. If you just want to read another Brown book, you're in for a treat.

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  • chikwan
  • 10-29-14

Good, typical Dan Brown story

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Exciting and interesting story but stopped listening an hour before the end as the actually story seemed to have finished and had turned into long winded babbling about symbolism.

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  • Edwina Lowe
  • 10-07-14

Great story!

What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It was a good performance overall I thought which was just spoiled a bit for me by one character's voice that grated on me every time "they" spoke (the FBI woman, Sato). I was like, pleeeease stop with the silly voice.

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My main problem with any kind of treasure hunt type story - looking for a lost item of tremendous significance to all of mankind and beyond and all that - is that the chase is nearly always more exciting than the final reveal. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, and I'd worked out a major character reveal long before it happened which I'm sure would have helped had I been in the dark about it.....and I got a bit bored of Mal'akh constantly admiring his own rippling tattooed body and how glorious it all was - get over yourself, chap,

Its a pretty good story other than that and a decent performance - worth a listen.

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  • Jill
  • 08-24-14

The most boring book so far by Dan Brown

Would you try another book written by Dan Brown or narrated by Paul Michael?

No.

What will your next listen be?

"Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He had a strange American accent - kept saying "shown" instead of "shone" - and dropped his voice at every "thought" ( the characters thoughts rather than their actual words) which brought what little tension had been created, down.

What character would you cut from The Lost Symbol?

I thought the characters were okay and so was the basic story line, it was just soooo repetitive.

Any additional comments?

Dan Brown should decide either to write a fast moving thriller or a factual book about the buildings, history and symbols connected with Washington. He insults his reader's intelligence by constantly repeating the same facts every few chapters as well as slowing the plot down to a boring crawl. Had I read this book, instead of listening to it, I could have skimmed over the repeated information to make it a bit more exciting.
A much shorter version would be infinitely better.

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  • Barbara Keegan
  • 06-24-14

Painful

What disappointed you about The Lost Symbol?

This was hard work. It dragged on and had the most disappointing ending - should have ended at least 2 hours before it did. Hours of my life wasted!

Has The Lost Symbol put you off other books in this genre?

This author!

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Michael’s performances?

Possibly by a different author.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

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  • W
  • 06-21-14

If you like Dan Brown you'll love this

What I liked about the da Vinci Code is that it has a fast paced plot that hooked you in and kept you there. What I didn't like about it is that it treats you like a bit of a plank - over-explaining over-simple concepts and trying to kid you into thinking that only the amazing Professor Robert Langdon could discover that trail of hardly hidden 'secret' clues.

The Lost Symbol is like that, but set somewhere else. (Don't worry, if Langdon's on the case, it won't stay lost for long.)

Oh and Dan Brown does like to demonstrate all the research that went into the book - thanks Dan.

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  • James
  • 05-12-14

I didn't want to like this but I really did

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The reader does a great job of bringing the characters to life and sustaining dramatic tension. The plot is well thought out and thoroughly researched. It's fantastical but I didn't want it to end. Cracking good yarn.

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  • brierley
  • 02-25-14

A great thriller

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Symbol the most enjoyable?

I just couldn't guess what was happening next! As for the identity of the 'bad guy' - well I did not see that coming!

What other book might you compare The Lost Symbol to, and why?

Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell. I have chosen this one because I it is also clever and well written. It too is excieint and has a fast pace with loads of twists and turns.

What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I remember more by listening to a book. He brings Robert Langton to life for me, I love listening to his velvet tones too.

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

I laughed sometimes but it isn;t that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to listen to it although I had read it before. It was better listening!

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  • Rupert
  • 02-21-14

an engaging and thought provoking epic

Would you listen to The Lost Symbol again? Why?

I would probably not listen to this again, as the main feature of the story is the level of suspense created by the author. However, I would recommend it to anyone else as a brilliant title and wonderful way of getting involved with Dan Brown for those who have never read one of his novels before.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the suspense created and the fact that you never knew what was going to happen from one chapter to the next, although you may guess one or two of the plot twists, mostly they are incredibly surprising. I was also impressed with the level of research which clearly went into the story, and as such would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys the works of authors such as Chris Kuzneski.

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

I have not listened to a Paul Michael performance before. However, it was a consistent performance of great ability and significantly better than the performances of several of the other authors I have listened to both on and off audible.

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

The book will at times frighten you, and at other times make you cry, and it is the authors ability to create multiple emotions in the novel and sometimes within the same scene, that makes him an incredibly engaging author.