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The Lost Symbol Audiobook

The Lost Symbol

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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 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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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-25-14
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-25-14 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Really a 3.75"

    It's always hard to review books like this one. It's not meant to be literature, so you don't want to measure it on that scale, but it's not (intended) trash either. In this pseudo cerebral, pseudo-action come whodunnit genre, it is above average, but not as good as, say, his "The Da Vinci Code". It's not at the top of the tree with some of Le Carre's classics, but it's better than the Gabriel Allon series (in my opinion, although to be fair, that's more espionage than cerebral). In the end, I've opted for the upper end, although in truth I should have "split the difference" (if that were possible) overall.
    Basically, this conforms to all of the formulaic traditions common to these books. There is a protagonist and an attractive assistant. there is a constant threat from a very scary individual whom appears to have no moral compass. The Chapters all end on a cliff's edge, making them perfect for serialisation (and, for that matter, for motion pictures). There is a wicked twist (although the astute of this genre will pick it early) in the tale (and tail); and there is the declamation of the little know, but startling, in the true habit of a a conspiracy theory. For all that, it is a page turner and, given its Masonic underpinning, a vaguely interesting yarn.
    I thought Paul Michael did a sterling job, too, especially with the evil one (Mulah) and the snaky one (Kato). The latter reminded me of the boss lady from Monsters Inc! Good fun listening.

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    Todd Orange, Australia 01-06-14
    Todd Orange, Australia 01-06-14
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    "Hey everyone, look how much smarter I am than you!"

    This is only the second Dan Brown book I’ve read/listened to. I’ve avoided his books because I’ve heard his prose is terrible. Having said that, I found “Digital Fortress” to be highly enjoyable and thought I’d give him the benefit of the doubt. I know this review is long, but bear with me. I may save you some time and money.

    “The Lost Symbol” returns us to Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon, and his search for the mythical pyramid of the Freemasons. It’s a good idea with loads of potential and the pace initially seems to be well set (it actually isn’t). As always there appears to be plenty of research put into the subject by Brown and the elements that bring the story together are very intriguing. But Brown’s greatest strength is also his most frustrating one.

    Brown appears to cast himself in the role of Langdon (the all-knowing teacher) and relishes talking down to the rest of the characters (and his students), who represent the majority of the “ignorant dumb masses” that think they know things, but are sadly mistaken i.e. us. There are many scenes involving these other characters making statements about a historic building or event, only to have Langdon correct them. There is an overwhelming sense of Brown’s pomposity and condescension present when these scenes take place that it’s almost enough to make you turn off the audiobook.

    The other frustrating thing Brown does is tiptoe around the big revelations of the story, making the characters spell out every step involved in deducing the big reveal instead of just getting to the bloody point. It’s like they forget they’re racing against the clock. ”I know Peter is about to die any minute and the future of the country is at stake, but let me spend 15 minutes giving you a dissertation on something…” It’s enough to make you gouge your eyes out!

    Add to that the fact that certain chapters end on “big” cliffhangers and we don’t return to those scenes for some time after. It’s designed to keep you “turning the pages” until you discover the next anti-climactic irrelevant plot point, but it just ends up making you want to punch Brown in the face…repeatedly...with a shovel. Oh and did I mention Langdon seems to have become a complete moron? You’d think after his DVC and A&D adventures he would be more open-minded about things, but no. The same old scepticism first, be-shocked-and-dumbfounded-after-being-proven-wrong second, still applies.

    The narrator cannot be faulted though. He sincerely gives the book his best reading and performance and does a good job of depicting the characters. But even he can’t save this train wreck.

    All that being said, I nevertheless found myself swept up in the book as it approached its climax (I know right. WTF?). The character of Mal’akh is actually quite interesting, if a little too similar to Thomas Harris’ Francis Dollarhyde and a complete cliché. The book ends up being an okay read if you can stomach the negatives and the twist that many will see coming from a continent away. The last hour of the book is also unnecessary and the final revelation of the Ancient Word is a complete “That’s it?” moment. Don't waste your time.

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Snoooozzzzzee"
    What disappointed you about The Lost Symbol?

    Dan Brown managed to take one character and clone him into several supporting characters. All of the main characters use the same phrases ("Patience," "I assure you") to no end.Where Angels and Demons was a fast paced adventure, this was a slow dragged out performance. Endless lists of all the various symbols and organisations, cost me hours of my life. It is quite acceptable to provide such lists but when every character thinks about them, it forces me to hear it again and again. I should however not be surprised, as Da Vinci Code lost a great deal of the momentum from Angels and Demons. Even in DVC Dan Brown managed to turn on the snooze with his insistence on providing so much "proof" that his story is no longer plausible.I am rambling...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    I have not yet read Deception Point and will give it a go, purely because Angels and Demons, and Digital Fortress were two of my favourite books.


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

    Probably, he was not bad.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. I nearly did not finish it.


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    Aubrey 04-04-12
    Aubrey 04-04-12
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    "Another Dan Brown formula"
    Any additional comments?

    Not original anymore. Will be good for those die hard Dan Brown fans or those who loves this type of genre. I loved Angels and Demons, but after that book its been the same formula, different city, different cult and different villain.

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    Stuart 12-01-11
    Stuart 12-01-11
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    "Tedious"

    The narrator did a good job, but the story was formulaic and tedious. I couldn't wait for it to end so that I could move onto something better

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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 11-28-11
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 11-28-11
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    "What more can be said"

    Dan Brown is the best!

    His books are fantastic!

    I've recently been able to introduce my fiance to audio books as he reads all day and find "leisure reading" tedious.... Now we spend evenings listening to books before snuggling up for the night!


    Dan Brown needs to give us more!!

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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 07-17-11
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 07-17-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Kept me in suspense"

    I did enjoy this book. It keep me guessing what would happen next. The masonic theme was fascinating. Dan Brown fans will enjoy this one.

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    Mark C Australia 06-03-11
    Mark C Australia 06-03-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "An adventure, real fun"

    Loved this book. Well read, it stays interesting to the end. If you're a sucker for symbolism and old world mysteries you'll enjoy this one

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    Adelheid 05-20-10
    Adelheid 05-20-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Tedious"

    The basic plot is interesting, unfortunately it does not survive the lectures on ancient mystecism. I fastworwarded through a big portion of the book. This would probably do better as a film. I enjoyed the narrator though.

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    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10
    Alex Prospect, Australia 02-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Weakest of 'The Three'"

    I enjoyed symbologist Robert Langdon's previous two adventures, but I found this one to be predictable and trying far too hard to be 'clever'. I was engrossed for the first third of the book, the remainder was a struggle. Brown's constant overuse of adjectives and constant 'eureka' moments really started to get on my nerves this time around. 'Angels & Demons' was a great switch-your-brain-off title. 'The Da Vinci Code' was a commendable follow-up. 'The Lost Symbol' felt like an author who had to try very hard, with limited fresh ideas. OK, but not great.

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  • Dianne
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    9/21/09
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    "Dan Brown at his best"

    Another book from the pen of the master. Full of twists and turns in true Dan Brown Style. The suspense keeps you intregued to the end. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • stephen
    8/7/17
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    "captivating"

    if you like puzzles history and a race against time then they don't come better than this!

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  • michelle steer
    7/30/17
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    "worth listening to"

    great book narrater could of done with putting more tone and expression into his voice

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  • s
    6/26/17
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    "You must listen to this book"

    I read this book many years ago but listening to it really brought it to life. The story has a great twist and keeps you guessing. I particularly like the fact that some of this fictional writing has its base in fact.
    I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind.

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  • Amanda Stevenson
    6/20/17
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    "'Robert, don't you see?'"

    Not the usual page turner that I expect from Dan Brown. There are many times where Langdon, despite being so endearing previously for being the expert, doesn't get the clue and a long drawn out explanation takes place. I found this a bit tiresome in the end.

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  • Alex J. Fabs
    6/6/17
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    "Simply mind blowing"

    I had owned the hard covered novel for years but was unable to finish it. Finally deciding to get it over with I download the audiobook and completed it within 3 days.
    I must say I am simply amazing and speechless, a perfect book for everyone on earth to read.

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  • Anonymous
    6/1/17
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    "Not Dan Brown's Best"

    I usually love Dan Brown books but struggled to get through this one. I found the plot too predictable and the dialog trite. The motivation of the villain seemed weak and lacking in depth. it seemed less like Mr. Brown was telling a story and more that he was making a political statement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth Barclay-Devine
    5/13/17
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    "The most fantastic storyline ever"

    This is a great read, had me hooked from chapter one and really didn't want it to end
    would definitely recommend it to wveryone

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/10/17
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    "great"

    loved this book and I just wish they would make it in to a film

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  • Heidi
    5/8/17
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    "It's Dan Brown so you know what to expect"

    The narrator can't pronounce the word 'shone' and it drove me barmy, especially as Brown seems to use it every other sentence... plot twists were often predictable and its not exactly well written, but if you wanted something well written you wouldn't be looking to Dan Brown in the first place! If you want something trashy yet still pretty gripping then this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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