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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 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.

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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  • Matt
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    "Thrilling Blockbuster Romp."

    The book is up there with the best of slightly trashy thrillers but has a great deal more history and information than your usual page-turner.

    Including a look back to the start of America, the motivations of the "founding fathers" and the religious undercurrents running through modern day Washington, this book is tense, exciting and interesting in equal measure. While not anything like an academic text, this should contain enough backstory and real-life detail to keep brainy types listening while packed with enough action to keep the casual listener engaged.

    Nicely narrated by Paul Michael - adding personality and depth to the characters and leading you along this epic 18 hour adventure. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Hazlemere, United Kingdom
    "The Da Vinci Code Again"

    Enjoyable romp through Washington, but felt to me very much like the Da Vinci Code all over again, except in DC.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbo
    "Dull, dull, dull...."

    Really let down with this one. It seems Dan Brown has sold out to commercial pressure by just delivering an overlong and particularly bland effort. Very little substance and research in the tech pieces make the plot barely credible. He does manage to hold on to your attention with the snippets of information and unknown facts he is renowned for in previous novels, which in my eyes is the books only saving grace. It pains me to say I am doubtful if I will go for the next book....if indeed he actually continues with this character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr j
    "Predictable stuff from Mr Brown"

    Okay, but not great. Non-taxing, but the plot goes a bit weird toward the end and I did start to get bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    United Kingdom

    having read angels and demons, da vinci code and digital fortress, i pretty much knew what to expect. it delivered, nothing more to say really. a really good read with some good narration. loved it and looking forward to the movie in 2012.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Yateley, United Kingdom
    "Enjoyable but rather drawn out ending..."

    I can genuinely say that I found this book enjoyable and entertaining and found the narration by Paul Michael, enhanced the experience. Having said that, whilst many of the details are interesting, I would agree with some other reviewers that this book could have come to an end much sooner and actually been better as I think it was rather drawn out...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    "Oh my word. You may be the better for reading this"

    Not only is this a fabulously written fiction, that keeps you listening from beginning to end with its twists and turns. You may even feel more enlightened for the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    Crook, United Kingdom
    "First and possibly the last"

    This is the first Dan Brown book I have listened to, it is likely to be the last as well. I found it tedious and really a very short story padded out to provide quantity over quality. I bought it because I was going on a long journey and thought it might help to pass the time, instead it sent me into a bored stupor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Haverhill, United Kingdom
    "The Lost Plot"

    I bought the book when it first came out in hardback and found I was tired of all the cliched Brown writing about religion, symbols and science. Then I downloaded the audiobook and found myself reinvigorated with the story. I liked the narration and the story became quite gripping. The ending sadly comes way too early and the final chapters seem to be just plenaries on god and man. Nevertheless, a good book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Sheerness, United Kingdom
    "The Lost Symbol"

    Dan Brown is a very clever man, but is now getting a bit boring. If I was reading the book rather than listening to the book, I don't think I would of finished it. It wasn't as fast paced as Angels and Demons or the Da Vinci Code and unfortuantely got a bit bored towards the end and couldn't wait for it to finish so I could download another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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